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Bronze Sculptures

Bronze is typically the material of choice when a sculptor chooses to execute a work in metal. Casts require less support than most other mediums, are less prone to fracturing, are more easily reproduced, allow for the execution of finer details, and can be assembled in stages. As a result, ancient cultures across the world, from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, developed methods of creating cast bronze sculpture at various points in history.

Bronze's largest “weakness” is it’s inherent value as a material. Throughout history, many bronze pieces have been melted down to recover the raw metal itself, which would then be recast as weaponry or to create new sculptures if a piece had fallen out of favor. It is estimated that between 40 and 60 percent of modern European bronze sculptures made before the First World War have now been lost. The decimation of ancient sculpture is even greater.

While other techniques, such as hammering, have been used to mold bronze into various forms, “lost wax” casting has been the dominant method for much of history. The ancient Greeks were considered to be the original masters of this technique, as they were the first to create life-size pieces using this method. Many marble statues from western antiquity are known to be Roman copies of original Greek bronze masterworks, very few of which survive to this day.


Quick Facts

  • Bronze art theft has occurred as recently as 2007. John Waddell’s "Gathering" and "Andrea," a total of 7 life-size bronze figures, were stolen from his home, likely due to the value of melted bronze
  • The oldest lost-wax artifacts known today were found at Nahal Mishmar in southern Israel. Carbon dating estimates that the bronze scepter found there dates to about 3500 B.C.
  • The Bronze Statue of Buddha housed in the Japanese Temple of T?dai-ji was cast in the 8th century and took seven tons of wax to execute

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Manfred Welzel (Berlin 1926 - Stuttgart 2018). Geschwisterpaar II.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Manfred Welzel (Berlin 1926 - Stuttgart 2018). Geschwisterpaar II.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€2,0001 Bid
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Small Head in Profile.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Small Head in Profile.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Small Head of an Aries.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Small Head of an Aries.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Siegfried Neuenhausen (Dormagen 1931). The Housefriend.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Siegfried Neuenhausen (Dormagen 1931). The Housefriend.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Peter Bömmels (Frauenberg 1951). The Artist.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Peter Bömmels (Frauenberg 1951). The Artist.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
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Ear with a sinuous shape
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Ear with a sinuous shape
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Est: €0- €0
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Edgar Augustin (Recklinghausen 1936 - Hamburg 1996). A Seated Female Nude.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Edgar Augustin (Recklinghausen 1936 - Hamburg 1996). A Seated Female Nude.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€8,0000 Bids
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Standing Female Nude.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Falko Hamm (Halle/Saale 1939 - Berlin 2015). A Standing Female Nude.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€1,5000 Bids
Heinz Detlef Wüpper (Hannoversch-Münden 1911 - 1995). A Sitting Female Nude.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Heinz Detlef Wüpper (Hannoversch-Münden 1911 - 1995). A Sitting Female Nude.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€8000 Bids
Fritz Fleer (Berlin 1921 - Hamburg 1997). A Couple of Lovers.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Fritz Fleer (Berlin 1921 - Hamburg 1997). A Couple of Lovers.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€1,7000 Bids
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). The Bookseller.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). The Bookseller.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). Hand-footed with Fist.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). Hand-footed with Fist.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). Sitting Ear Witness.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Michael Schwarze (Krefeld 1939). Sitting Ear Witness.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Anton Büschelberger (Eger 1869 - Dresden 1934). Three bear cubs on a tree.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Anton Büschelberger (Eger 1869 - Dresden 1934). Three bear cubs on a tree.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids
Bruno Bruni (Gradara 1935). A Pair of Small Bronzes 'Mignon' and 'Donna che si veste'.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Bruno Bruni (Gradara 1935). A Pair of Small Bronzes 'Mignon' and 'Donna che si veste'.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
Yiannis Moralis (1916 - 2009) Foliage
May 29, 8:00 PM EEST
Yiannis Moralis (1916 - 2009) Foliage
by Psatharis Auctions
Est: €600- €900
€6000 Bids
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
May 27, 9:00 PM EDT
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $700- $900
$5250 Bids
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
May 27, 9:00 PM EDT
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $700- $900
$5250 Bids
Matched pair of 19th Century Bronzes of Hunter and Fisher Boys by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (2 items)
May 19, 12:00 PM AEST
Matched pair of 19th Century Bronzes of Hunter and Fisher Boys by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (2 items)
by Smalls Auctions
Est: AUD20,000- AUD30,000
AUD15,0000 Bids
HERBERT STRÄSSER (1930 Lebach - 2005 Bücken)
May 25, 2:00 PM CEST
HERBERT STRÄSSER (1930 Lebach - 2005 Bücken)
by Dannenberg
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
GROUP, Ed. 1/10
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GROUP, Ed. 1/10
by The Art Auction Center
Est: ฿120,000- ฿150,000
฿90,0000 Bids
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Arman - Le dos de Valentine, 1997
May 19, 8:00 PM CEST
Arman - Le dos de Valentine, 1997
by MDP Auction
Est: €16,000- €28,000
€14,0000 Bids
Reinhold Felderhoff (Elbing 1865 - Berlin 1919). Vanity.
May 25, 11:00 AM CEST
Reinhold Felderhoff (Elbing 1865 - Berlin 1919). Vanity.
by Auktionshaus Stahl
Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids

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