A branch of the visual arts traditionally typified for being solid and three dimensional. Media used to create sculpture including stone, bronze, pottery and wood. In their appearance, sculptures may be divided into two categories, either free-standing (in the round) or adjoined to a background surface (relief).

With the development of plastic art in the 20th and 21st century, the definition of sculpture was broadened to include works specifically concerned with the three-dimensional form.

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Eye on an object: French sculptor's terracotta model

15 April 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.


How Gwen John sought creature comfort

08 April 2024

Watercolour of a sleeping feline – possibly her favourite cat – takes £19,000 in Cambridge saleroom


Pair of Portland stone sculptures by Charles Sargeant Jagger are among six lots to watch

25 March 2024

With estimates from £120, here are six previews of lots coming up at auction this week.


Call for new rules on ‘cold cast bronzes’

11 March 2024

A surge in websites selling ‘cold-cast bronzes’ – sometimes passing them off as original metal alloy sculptures – has led to calls for tighter rules to distinguish them from genuine works.


Ultimate example of nepotism from Napoleon

05 February 2024

Biennais bronzes portrayed Napoleon and the many family members he appointed to poweful positions


Getting ahead as the year begins

05 February 2024

Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) got off to an early New Year start with a Country House auction.


Auction house hails ‘incredibly busy and buoyant’ start to the new year

05 February 2024

North Yorkshire saleroom starts 2024 with 2600 lots offered over two weeks in four auctions

Vénus de Milo

Louvre buys Vénus de Milo cast at auction

30 January 2024

The Louvre Museum has used its pre-emption right to successfully secure a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo at Artcurial.

Hiawatha’s Marriage

New auction records for under-represented artists as museums show purchasing power

29 January 2024

The desire by top museums to buy works by under-represented groups, including women and minority ethnic artists, has led to two new auction records in the US.

Vénus de Milo copy

News in brief including the Louvre securing a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo

29 January 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the Louvre Museum using its pre-emption right to secure a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo at an Artcurial auction

Kenneth Armitage sculpture

Plea to trace Kenneth Armitage sculpture stolen from Sloane Street Auctions

22 January 2024

A sculpture due to be offered at Sloane Street Auctions has been stolen from its gallery.


Two Old Master artworks to benefit from this year’s TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund

20 January 2024

Museums in Ireland and Connecticut are recipients of the annual grant


Belgian sculptor Minne much in demand at German auctions

08 January 2024

The work of Belgian artist celebrated in his day is coveted by modern collectors judging by latest sales.

Bowler sculpture

Howzat for a marble sculpture thought to be one of the first depictions of a cricketer

02 January 2024

A white marble sculpture of a young man holding what appears to be a cricket ball flew away from its estimate to bring $30,000 (£23,700) at Andrew Jones (25% buyer’s premium).


5 Questions with sculpture specialist Willoughby Gerrish

02 January 2024

Willoughby Gerrish is a sculpture specialist trading from Yorkshire and London, and is among the exhibitors at London Art Fair.


McWilliam sculpture reflects troubled times in Northern Ireland

18 December 2023

A bronze from Frederick Edward McWilliam’s (1909-92) Women of Belfast series of sculptures sold for £37,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium) on December 6.

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Sculpture of a juvenile T-rex skeleton goes on show in Berkeley Square

14 December 2023

A bronze statue created through 3D scanning the skeleton of a juvenile T-rex has been installed in London by antiquities specialist David Aaron.

Terracotta dog

Pick of the week: Sculpture by 3D printing pioneer soars above estimate at Chiswick Auctions

11 December 2023

It was around 1860 that the trained artist François Willème (1830-1905) began to experiment with photography as a way to create sculpture.


Sculpture that stunned Rodin bid to six-figures at Rago auction

27 November 2023

Eminent artist stepped aside once he saw the monumental figure by younger colleague Maillol


Sculpture dealer goes back to Victorian values

27 November 2023

Sculpture dealer Willoughby Gerrish is using London Art Week (LAW) as a chance to launch another branch of his business.