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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Veryl Goodnight (American, b. 1947) Summer Moon, edition 4/15, 2004
May 09, 10:00 AM MDT
Veryl Goodnight (American, b. 1947) Summer Moon, edition 4/15, 2004
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
CAST BRONZE ROOSEVELT PLAQUE
Apr 26, 12:00 PM EDT
CAST BRONZE ROOSEVELT PLAQUE
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $150- $300
$501 Bid
Denis Mitchell (British, 1912-1993) Gunwalloe, 1975
Apr 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Denis Mitchell (British, 1912-1993) Gunwalloe, 1975
by Hindman
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5001 Bid
Laszlo Szabo, Tree of Life, bronze sculpture
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Laszlo Szabo, Tree of Life, bronze sculpture
by Kunst und Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
Apr 29, 9:00 PM EDT
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $700- $900
$5250 Bids
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
Apr 29, 9:00 PM EDT
Melting Clock Bronze Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $700- $900
$5250 Bids
Kinderschuh,
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Kinderschuh,
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €70- €100
€700 Bids
Lucca Villacis Guillermo de
May 04, 10:00 AM CEST
Lucca Villacis Guillermo de
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €180- €270
€1800 Bids
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ECOLE BELGE DU 20e SIECLE Sans titre, circa 1980
Apr 23, 11:00 AM CEST
ECOLE BELGE DU 20e SIECLE Sans titre, circa 1980
by Bonhams
Est: €500- €700
€5000 Bids
§ HUBERT DALWOOD (BRITISH 1924-1976)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
§ HUBERT DALWOOD (BRITISH 1924-1976)
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£8000 Bids
PETER BEARD (BRITISH 1951-)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
PETER BEARD (BRITISH 1951-)
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £800- £1,200
£6500 Bids
Rolf Szymanski (1928 Leipzig - Berlin 2013)
May 04, 2:00 PM CEST
Rolf Szymanski (1928 Leipzig - Berlin 2013)
by AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
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FERNANDEZ ARMAN (1928-2005) Pizzicato omaggio a Boccioni
Apr 30, 3:00 PM CEST
FERNANDEZ ARMAN (1928-2005) Pizzicato omaggio a Boccioni
by Bonhams
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€6,0000 Bids
§ MARGARET LOVELL (BRITISH 1939-)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
§ MARGARET LOVELL (BRITISH 1939-)
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,6000 Bids
Beautiful Original Cast Bronze "Tur" by Artist Tom Tischler #6/50 (1984) BRONZE ART
Apr 25, 9:00 AM CDT
Beautiful Original Cast Bronze "Tur" by Artist Tom Tischler #6/50 (1984) BRONZE ART
by Western Sportsman
Est: $10- $10,000
$100 Bids
NAOMI SIEGMANN - PUF / BOLSA / PORTAFOLIO (3 WORKS)
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
NAOMI SIEGMANN - PUF / BOLSA / PORTAFOLIO (3 WORKS)
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
MANUEL SOLÀ MORENO (Barcelona, 1950). "Caixa d'estels". 1997. Wrought iron sculpture, painting, rope and bronze.
May 13, 1:15 PM CEST
MANUEL SOLÀ MORENO (Barcelona, 1950). "Caixa d'estels". 1997. Wrought iron sculpture, painting, rope and bronze.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €800- €1,000
€3500 Bids
EUGENIO MERINO, (Madrid, 1975). "Deadball", 2011. Patinated bronze.
May 13, 1:15 PM CEST
EUGENIO MERINO, (Madrid, 1975). "Deadball", 2011. Patinated bronze.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €5,500- €6,500
€3,0000 Bids
Coat of Arms Family Crest Hanging Bronze Sculpture w Lions
May 14, 9:00 PM EDT
Coat of Arms Family Crest Hanging Bronze Sculpture w Lions
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $700- $1,100
$4700 Bids
Chrysanthus Helmers, Sculpture Sail, 2018, Ed. 15
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Chrysanthus Helmers, Sculpture Sail, 2018, Ed. 15
by Kunst und Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski
Est: €300- €450
€3000 Bids
Boaz Vaadia (American/Israeli, 1951-2017) Milka, 1999
Apr 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Boaz Vaadia (American/Israeli, 1951-2017) Milka, 1999
by Hindman
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bronze Sculptures


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Hindman

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Lyon & Turnbull

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Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen