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Antique Sculptures For Sale

Vintage & Antique Sculptures for Sale

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Since Ancient times humans have moulded the materials around them to create 3D representations of the world that matters to them. From energetic animals and figures to far more serious Busts and abstractions, Sculpture offers probably the most engaging form of art. It is extremely tactile as well as created in the round, and this helps provides both a sense of physical weight and presence to the piece. It also allows light and shadow to envelope the item.


Throughout history there have been countless Masters of sculpture creating in materials as diverse as wood, stone, metal and resins. Of these the most respected today is Bronze and Marble. Bronze is essentially a mixture of copper and tin and has been in use for at least seven centuries.


In contrast items carved in wood or stone require the artist to carefully chip away at the piece until the form is created. Compared to Bronze these materials are whittled down slowly and methodically but can be just as prone to failure with a single misguided blow of the mallet. This is particularly true with Stonework where the craftsman needs to understand the natural striations in the rock to predict where the crack or fissure of each blow will occur. 

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Stunning Bronze by Joseph-Michel-Ange Pollet

£ 1,450

€1,694
$1,824
Stunning Bronze by Joseph-Michel-Ange Pollet

Stunning Bronze by Joseph-Michel-Ange Pollet

£ 1,450

€1694
$1824

Antique & Modern Living

19th Century Austrian Cold Painted Bronze

£ 495

€578
$623
19th Century Austrian Cold Painted Bronze

19th Century Austrian Cold Painted Bronze

£ 495

€578
$623

Antique & Modern Living

Saint Anne & The Virgin Mary in Polychrome Wood - 18th Century

€ 2,300

£1,969
$2,477
Finely Detailed 19th Century French Bronze Figure

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Finely Detailed 19th Century French Bronze Figure

Finely Detailed 19th Century French Bronze Figure

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Antique & Modern Living

Bust of Guinevere

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Bust of Guinevere

£ 1,750

€2,044
$2,201
Bust of Guinevere

Bust of Guinevere

£ 1,750

€2044
$2201

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Statue of a Saint Oak  Height 20 Inch 1820

£ 485

€567
$610
Statue of a Saint Oak  Height 20 Inch 1820

Statue of a Saint Oak Height 20 Inch 1820

£ 485

€567
$610

Trade Antiques

19th Century Jeune Mere by August Moreau

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century Jeune Mere by August Moreau

£ 500

€584
$629
19th Century Jeune Mere by August Moreau

19th Century Jeune Mere by August Moreau

£ 500

€584
$629

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century Combat De Coqs by August Moreau

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century Combat De Coqs by August Moreau

£ 500

€584
$629
19th Century Combat De Coqs by August Moreau

19th Century Combat De Coqs by August Moreau

£ 500

€584
$629

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century 'Grand Tour' Bloodstone Desk Paperweight

£ 385

€450
$484
19th Century 'Grand Tour' Bloodstone Desk Paperweight

19th Century 'Grand Tour' Bloodstone Desk Paperweight

£ 385

€450
$484

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Pair of Indian Temple Figures

£ 1,395

€1,630
$1,755
Pair of Indian Temple Figures

Pair of Indian Temple Figures

£ 1,395

€1630
$1755

Kernow Furniture

German Soldier of the 2ww

Sovereign Antiques

German Soldier of the 2ww

£ 395

€461
$497
German Soldier of the 2ww

German Soldier of the 2ww

£ 395

€461
$497

Sovereign Antiques

Mother Otter with Pup Stone Garden Ornament

Cheshire Antiques Consultant LTD

Mother Otter with Pup Stone Garden Ornament

£ 600

€701
$755
Mother Otter with Pup Stone Garden Ornament

Mother Otter with Pup Stone Garden Ornament

£ 600

€701
$755

Cheshire Antiques Consultant LTD

Bronze a Figure of Bacchus Copied from Pompeian Original

£ 2,800

€3,271
$3,522
Bronze a Figure of Bacchus Copied from Pompeian Original

Bronze a Figure of Bacchus Copied from Pompeian Original

£ 2,800

€3271
$3522

Antique & Modern Living

A French Bronze Figure of a Prisoner

£ 1,650

€1,927
$2,075
A French Bronze Figure of a Prisoner

A French Bronze Figure of a Prisoner

£ 1,650

€1927
$2075

Antique & Modern Living

Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Grouse

Digby Antiques (Wiltshire)

Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Grouse

£ 198

€231
$249
Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Grouse

Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Grouse

£ 198

€231
$249

Digby Antiques (Wiltshire)

Stylish Pair of Chinese Bronzed Deer

£ 495

€578
$623
Stylish Pair of Chinese Bronzed Deer

Stylish Pair of Chinese Bronzed Deer

£ 495

€578
$623

Rams Head Antiques

19th Century Bronze of Danaides

£ 575

€672
$723
19th Century Bronze of Danaides

19th Century Bronze of Danaides

£ 575

€672
$723

Treehouse Antiques

A 17th Century Hand Carved Oak Putti Wall Shelf

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

A 17th Century Hand Carved Oak Putti Wall Shelf

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
A 17th Century Hand Carved Oak Putti Wall Shelf

A 17th Century Hand Carved Oak Putti Wall Shelf

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Pair of Decorative Busts / Figures

£ 25

€29
$31
Pair of Decorative Busts / Figures

Pair of Decorative Busts / Figures

£ 25

€29
$31

artsncraftsfurniture

Mirror Pair of Carved Hardwood Water Buffalo

£ 530

€619
$667
Mirror Pair of Carved Hardwood Water Buffalo

Mirror Pair of Carved Hardwood Water Buffalo

£ 530

€619
$667

Whites Antiques

Yorkshire Critters Carved Oak Figure of a Majestic Cow

Philip Allison Antiques and Decorative Arts

Yorkshire Critters Carved Oak Figure of a Majestic Cow

£ 350

€409
$440
Yorkshire Critters Carved Oak Figure of a Majestic Cow

Yorkshire Critters Carved Oak Figure of a Majestic Cow

£ 350

€409
$440

Philip Allison Antiques and Decorative Arts

19th Century Gilded Bronze Georgian Aristocrat Riding Horse

£ 650

€759
$818
19th Century Gilded Bronze Georgian Aristocrat Riding Horse

19th Century Gilded Bronze Georgian Aristocrat Riding Horse

£ 650

€759
$818

Cheshire Antiques Consultant LTD

Vintage Leather Model of Deer -  Possibly Libertys

£ 495

€578
$623
Vintage Leather Model of Deer -  Possibly Libertys

Vintage Leather Model of Deer - Possibly Libertys

£ 495

€578
$623

Beresford Antiques Ltd

Small Black Forest Carved Bear

Antique & Modern Living

Small Black Forest Carved Bear

£ 395

€461
$497
Small Black Forest Carved Bear

Small Black Forest Carved Bear

£ 395

€461
$497

Antique & Modern Living

Franze Bergman Bronze English Bulldog

£ 425

€496
$535
Franze Bergman Bronze English Bulldog

Franze Bergman Bronze English Bulldog

£ 425

€496
$535

Treehouse Antiques

Antique Victorian Quality Bronze Figure

£ 575

€672
$723
Antique Victorian Quality Bronze Figure

Antique Victorian Quality Bronze Figure

£ 575

€672
$723

London City Antiques

Chinese Bronze Warrior on Horseback

£ 495

€578
$623
Chinese Bronze Warrior on Horseback

Chinese Bronze Warrior on Horseback

£ 495

€578
$623

Rams Head Antiques

Antique Sculptures FAQs


What are the 4 basic types of sculpture?

Sculptures are categorised into four basic types including moulded, cast, assembled, or carved. A typical moulded sculpture would be hand-cast with wax, clay, Papier-Mache, or plaster usually using a wooden mould. Antique cast sculptures were typically cast in Bronze, Brass or Spelter (a combination of zinc and lead). The model would first be carved and created from wax which was then encased in clay. The wax is melted off and the mould is then filled with the hot metal. Carved art is produced by cutting or chipping away a piece of stone, wood, or other solid material until the sculpture is created. Assembled sculptures involve combinations of different materials to create a three-dimensional style. Sculptures in glass are created by manipulating the molten glass into the shape desired or filling a mould with the glass.


Where to buy Bronze statues?

There are many places where you can buy Bronze Statues but when looking for genuine antique examples it is important to purchase them from reputable dealers like ours on LoveAntiques. This is because bronzes are still being produced new today so can easily be confused as being old if you don’t have the relevant skills to tell the difference. There are also sadly many fakes and copies out there usually of the more desirable makers and statues. These have been produced for many years so may have begun to acquire some of its own genuine patina (as well as the faux patina given to it when made). Most new bronzes are given a coat of patinating fluid which is brushed on and will darken the metal to a deep brown/black. There is no depth or variation to this finish but over time it will wear and soften. Therefore with a bit of skill it is possible to spot new from old bronzes, but a skilled professional will also give you the peace of mind necessary and point out the features which make their items genuine.


How to date antique statues?

Dating an antique statue will depending on several factors and sadly often years of experience. The main things to consider are the materials used and how it has aged, the overall artistic quality and detail of the piece, as well as how accurate the poses or details are. All materials and finishes age over time and understanding how the main material used ages will help a lot. Wood will not only crack but will also attract dust to give a unique look, paintwork will chip and details will wear if handled. The timber will also darken. Stone and marble left outdoors will weather in different depending on how soft it is, and metal will usually oxidize. Kept indoors these materials won't weather much but an accumulation of dust and particles in the atmosphere may darken the finish. Once you have ascertained the degree of aging then it is important to understand the fine details and attributes of that statue.  Many modern statues tend not to be as detailed because they are more interested in creating movement and abstract forms, but also copies of older pieces will usually lack the necessary attention to detail because time is money. If you have an antique statue which you believe is old then it is a good idea to show it to a reputable dealer who should be able to confirm its age and authenticity.