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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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LOT OF 13 ANCIENT ROMAN PERIOD BRONZE RINGS
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 13 ANCIENT ROMAN PERIOD BRONZE RINGS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
A BRASS ENKOLPION AND A CROSS
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A BRASS ENKOLPION AND A CROSS
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
Ancient Greco-Roman Carved Stone Bust Of A Woman
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Ancient Greco-Roman Carved Stone Bust Of A Woman
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
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Miniatur eines Kriegers aus Bronze. ETRUSKISCH, 5./4. Jh.v.Chr..
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Miniatur eines Kriegers aus Bronze. ETRUSKISCH, 5./4. Jh.v.Chr..
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€3200 Bids
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TAUREAU EN BRONZE Art égyptien, période hellénistique ou romaine
Nov 02, 2:30 PM CET
TAUREAU EN BRONZE Art égyptien, période hellénistique ou romaine
by Artcurial
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
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VÉNUS GENITRIX EN BRONZE Art romain d'Orient, 3e siècle
Nov 02, 2:30 PM CET
VÉNUS GENITRIX EN BRONZE Art romain d'Orient, 3e siècle
by Artcurial
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,4000 Bids
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HERCULE EN BRONZE Art romain, vers le 3e siècle
Nov 02, 2:30 PM CET
HERCULE EN BRONZE Art romain, vers le 3e siècle
by Artcurial
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
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STRIGILE EN BRONZE Art romain
Nov 02, 2:30 PM CET
STRIGILE EN BRONZE Art romain
by Artcurial
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
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LAMPE À HUILE EN BRONZE Art byzantin, vers le 5e siècle
Nov 02, 2:30 PM CET
LAMPE À HUILE EN BRONZE Art byzantin, vers le 5e siècle
by Artcurial
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
ROMAN BRONZE BOWL
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
ROMAN BRONZE BOWL
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
A Roman bronze hair pin. 2th/3th AC
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
A Roman bronze hair pin. 2th/3th AC
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
A pair of Roman to Byzantine pottery oil-lamps
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
A pair of Roman to Byzantine pottery oil-lamps
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1500 Bids
Ancient Roman Bronze Arm Fragment
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Ancient Roman Bronze Arm Fragment
by Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Roman Bronze Chariot Fitting Bust of Youthful Hercules
Oct 21, 8:00 AM MDT
Roman Bronze Chariot Fitting Bust of Youthful Hercules
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $3,200- $4,800
$1,6000 Bids
Roman Imperial Leaded Bronze Satyr
Oct 21, 8:00 AM MDT
Roman Imperial Leaded Bronze Satyr
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $1,700- $2,550
$8500 Bids
Antique Roman Bronze Pot Vessel
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Antique Roman Bronze Pot Vessel
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Byzantine Gilt Horse Harness Mount Group
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
Byzantine Gilt Horse Harness Mount Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£50 Bids
2 ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE HAIR PINS OR STYLUS
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
2 ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE HAIR PINS OR STYLUS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $300
$400 Bids
2 ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE HAIR PIN OR STYLUS
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
2 ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE HAIR PIN OR STYLUS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $300
$400 Bids
Roman Military Phalera with Lion
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Roman Military Phalera with Lion
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1800 Bids
Roman Gilt Cupid Statuette
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Roman Gilt Cupid Statuette
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£1800 Bids
Roman Hercules with Lion's Skin Figurine
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Roman Hercules with Lion's Skin Figurine
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£2600 Bids
Roman Ring with Seated Figure
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Roman Ring with Seated Figure
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £30- £40
£50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Roman Bronze Antiquities


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TimeLine Auctions

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Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery