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Roman Bronze Antiquities

There is no tradition quite as brilliant as that of ancient Roman bronze. Used for everything from small votive figurines to full-scale imperial portraits, Roman bronze works reflect the popularity of the medium in the ancient world as well as the skill of ancient Roman bronze workers.

The ancient Romans adopted a love for bronze from their Mediterranean neighbors, the Greeks, as well as their Tuscan predecessors, the Etruscans, who were true masters in the medium. In addition to using bronze for larger sculptural representations, the material also became prevalent for the creation of household objects, from fine mirrors, polished to a high sheen and often featuring carved accents, to candelabras and depictions of miniature household deities.

Separated from the days of their creation by thousands of years, bronze works improve with age and develop a deep green patina for which they are renowned. With many ancient bronze examples lost to history, to attain an example of Roman bronze work in quality condition is becoming increasingly difficult.


Quick Facts

  • Part of the reason ancient bronzes are lower in number is the fact that subsequent generations typically valued the medium more than the art object it conveyed. As a result, many bronzes were melted down and reused in other contexts
  • One of the most popular methods for the creation of bronze sculpture was the "lost wax" method, which resulted essentially in a shell of sculpture, rather than a solid mass. This was beneficial as it both cost and weighed less
  • One of the most famous Roman bronzes is that depicting second century Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback. Displayed outside for centuries, it now lives in Rome's Capitoline Museums

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ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH STYLISED BRANCHES
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH STYLISED BRANCHES
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £75- £150
£501 Bid
AN EXTREMELY RARE GOLD & BRONZE ROMAN FIGURE OF ZEUS, CRICA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM GMT
AN EXTREMELY RARE GOLD & BRONZE ROMAN FIGURE OF ZEUS, CRICA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £10,000- £15,000
£8,0001 Bid
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ROMAN BRONZE DOUBLE-AXE "LABRYS" BROOCH
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE DOUBLE-AXE "LABRYS" BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £75- £150
£500 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP WITH SWAN HEADS
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP WITH SWAN HEADS
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £450- £900
£3000 Bids
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GROUP OF ROMAN MILITARY BRONZE BELT FITTINGS
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
GROUP OF ROMAN MILITARY BRONZE BELT FITTINGS
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £300
£900 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE FEMALE HEAD WITH STEPHANE
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE FEMALE HEAD WITH STEPHANE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £300- £600
£1800 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE OPEN-WORK BROOCH
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE OPEN-WORK BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £75- £150
£500 Bids
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RARE ROMAN BRONZE STATUETTE OF THE NYMPH EGRERIA
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
RARE ROMAN BRONZE STATUETTE OF THE NYMPH EGRERIA
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Est: £750- £1,500
£5000 Bids
Etruscan Roman Bronze Miniature Bronze Figure
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Etruscan Roman Bronze Miniature Bronze Figure
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $300- $500
$2750 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH SUN SYMBOLS
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH SUN SYMBOLS
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £300
£900 Bids
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ARMBRUSTFIBEL
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ARMBRUSTFIBEL
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 3 AUCISSA-FIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 AUCISSA-FIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 3 FIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 FIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 2 KNIEFIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 2 KNIEFIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF140
CHF1000 Bids
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GROSSE SCHALE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
GROSSE SCHALE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 4 BRONZEFIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 4 BRONZEFIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF300
CHF2000 Bids
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LOT: 3 FIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 FIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 3 FIBELN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 FIBELN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 9 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 9 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF120- CHF200
CHF1200 Bids
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LOT: 3 BRONZEANHÄNGER, 1 AUFSATZ
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 3 BRONZEANHÄNGER, 1 AUFSATZ
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 12 KLEINE GÜRTELBESCHLÄGE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 12 KLEINE GÜRTELBESCHLÄGE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 12 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 12 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 10 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 10 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
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LOT: 15 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 15 BRONZEFRAGMENTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF160
CHF1000 Bids

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