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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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Greyhound Pen Wipe

Bridport Antiques

Greyhound Pen Wipe

£ 115

€136
$143
Greyhound Pen Wipe

Greyhound Pen Wipe

£ 115

€136
$143

Bridport Antiques

Pair of Art Deco Cold Painted Figures

£ 650

€766
$811
Pair of Art Deco Cold Painted Figures

Pair of Art Deco Cold Painted Figures

£ 650

€766
$811

Town House Traders Ltd

Finely Cast Late 19th Century Bronze Neoclassical Head

£ 1200

€1415
$1496
Finely Cast Late 19th Century Bronze Neoclassical Head

Finely Cast Late 19th Century Bronze Neoclassical Head

£ 1200

€1415
$1496

Windsor House Antiques

Well Modelled Late 19th Century Bronze of Snake Charmer

£ 590

€696
$736
Well Modelled Late 19th Century Bronze of Snake Charmer

Well Modelled Late 19th Century Bronze of Snake Charmer

£ 590

€696
$736

Windsor House Antiques

Pair of Distressed Clay Sculptures Vintage 1960's

£ 295

€348
$368
Pair of Distressed Clay Sculptures Vintage 1960's

Pair of Distressed Clay Sculptures Vintage 1960's

£ 295

€348
$368

Marylebone Antiques

19th Century Spelter Miner Statue

£ 95

€112
$118
19th Century Spelter Miner Statue

19th Century Spelter Miner Statue

£ 95

€112
$118

Attrells

Large Bronze Head Sculpture Signed Akarova

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

Large Bronze Head Sculpture Signed Akarova

£ 5000

€5895
$6235
Large Bronze Head Sculpture Signed Akarova

Large Bronze Head Sculpture Signed Akarova

£ 5000

€5895
$6235

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

Pre Cast Lion on Plinth Statue

£ 595

€701
$742
Pre Cast Lion on Plinth Statue

Pre Cast Lion on Plinth Statue

£ 595

€701
$742

Rocaille

20th Century Bronze of Mother & Daughter

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

20th Century Bronze of Mother & Daughter

£ 845

€996
$1054
20th Century Bronze of Mother & Daughter

20th Century Bronze of Mother & Daughter

£ 845

€996
$1054

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Three Wise Monkeys in Bronze

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Three Wise Monkeys in Bronze

£ 210

€248
$262
Three Wise Monkeys in Bronze

Three Wise Monkeys in Bronze

£ 210

€248
$262

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century Bronze Bust

£ 895

€1055
$1116
19th Century Bronze Bust

19th Century Bronze Bust

£ 895

€1055
$1116

Athey Antiques

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Figure of a Female Kneeling

£ 1500

€1768
$1870
Early 20th Century Neoclassical Figure of a Female Kneeling

Early 20th Century Neoclassical Figure of a Female Kneeling

£ 1500

€1768
$1870

Windsor House Antiques

Bronze Sculpture of Woman & Child

£ 450

€531
$561
Bronze Sculpture of Woman & Child

Bronze Sculpture of Woman & Child

£ 450

€531
$561

Marylebone Antiques

Large Greyhound Statue

£ 2500

€2947
$3117
Large Greyhound Statue

Large Greyhound Statue

£ 2500

€2947
$3117

Rocaille

Rare Bronze Dog by Henry Snell Gamley

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

Rare Bronze Dog by Henry Snell Gamley

£ 695

€819
$867
Rare Bronze Dog by Henry Snell Gamley

Rare Bronze Dog by Henry Snell Gamley

£ 695

€819
$867

Graham Smith Antiques Ltd

20th Century Life Size Bronze Stag's Head

£ 1795

€2116
$2238
20th Century Life Size Bronze Stag's Head

20th Century Life Size Bronze Stag's Head

£ 1795

€2116
$2238

Pushkin Antiques Ltd

Pair of Well Carved Late 19th Century Trophies

£ 1850

€2181
$2307
Pair of Well Carved Late 19th Century Trophies

Pair of Well Carved Late 19th Century Trophies

£ 1850

€2181
$2307

Windsor House Antiques

19th Century Bust of an Arab Girl

Windsor House Antiques

19th Century Bust of an Arab Girl

£ 1600

€1886
$1995
19th Century Bust of an Arab Girl

19th Century Bust of an Arab Girl

£ 1600

€1886
$1995

Windsor House Antiques

Gothic Period Angle In Walnut - 15th Century - Flanders

€ 4600

£3902
$4865
Gothic Period Angle In Walnut - 15th Century - Flanders

Gothic Period Angle In Walnut - 15th Century - Flanders

€ 4600

£3902
$4865

Alain Michel Antiques

Marble Bust of a Lady

Georgian Antiques

Marble Bust of a Lady

£ 1150

€1356
$1434
Marble Bust of a Lady

Marble Bust of a Lady

£ 1150

€1356
$1434

Georgian Antiques

Russian Agate Carved Bear with Gold and  Ruby Eyes

£ 7500

€8842
$9352
Russian Agate Carved Bear with Gold and  Ruby Eyes

Russian Agate Carved Bear with Gold and Ruby Eyes

£ 7500

€8842
$9352

Museum of Treasure

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.