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Iron Sculptures

Artists have sculpted with various metals, including iron, for centuries. The use of iron in sculpture can be traced as far back as the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete (circa 2000-1100 B.C.), which was noted for its sculpture and metalwork.

While earlier civilizations known for their metalwork such as the Minoan and Celtic cultures were limited to using the resources readily available in their region, today's artists can choose from a variety of metals. Iron's unique tone and depth are qualities that many sculptors revere.

Many different processes can be used to create a diverse range of metal sculptures, but the most common process for iron is casting. Casting is a process in which liquid iron is poured into a mold containing a hollow cavity of the sculpture's shape and then allowed to harden. This method is often used for complex shapes.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest surviving casting is a copper Mesopotamian frog from 3200 B.C.
  • The use of iron has a rich history, and it is often referred to as the plastic of the Victorian age
  • Pablo Picasso's famed "Tête" sold at Sotheby's London in February 2015 for $13,351,490

Recommended Items at Auction

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Franz Eggenschwiler, 1930-2000, Untitled
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Franz Eggenschwiler, 1930-2000, Untitled
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF300- CHF400
CHF2600 Bids
Franz Eggenschwiler, 1930-2000, Dreibeiniger Mondaffe (Three-legged Moon Ape)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Franz Eggenschwiler, 1930-2000, Dreibeiniger Mondaffe (Three-legged Moon Ape)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF300- CHF400
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Win Knowlton, 1953, Untitled I (*)
Nov 29, 6:00 PM CET
Win Knowlton, 1953, Untitled I (*)
by Germann Auction House Ltd
Est: CHF1,000- CHF1,500
CHF9000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Iron Sculptures


Germann Auction House Ltd

Germann Auction House Ltd