Sculpture

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.


Ghandi

Gandhi bronze valued on Antiques Roadshow by Philip Mould to be sold at auction next month

23 May 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at around £20,000 on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will come up for sale next month.

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Bust depicts a short-lived Roman emperor Didius Julianus

13 May 2019

This over life-sized marble bust depicts Emperor Didius Julianus, who ruled the Roman empire for just a few short months in the year 193AD. His fleeting 66-day reign took place during the tumultuous period known as ‘The Year of the Five Emperors’ and came to a grisly end when he was murdered by a common soldier.

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Fragment from Roman period sarcophagus – an example of very early recycling

13 May 2019

Although the antiquities market is more stringently regulated than ever before, the possibility of illicit material continues to cause concern for collectors of antiquities. This places a greater financial value on pieces with long watertight provenances.

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Artefacts collected during extensive Indian travels for sale

13 May 2019

On May 17 Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, is selling the collection of Indian artefacts from the estate of David Swope of Ossining, NY.

Antonio Canova bust

Antonio Canova idealised bust sells at €2m in Monaco

04 May 2019

An idealised marble portrait bust of a 16th century Italian noblewoman by the neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova has sold at auction in Monaco for €2m (£1.72m).

Turnbull sculpture

Call for help to recover pictures and sculptures stolen from Leicestershire home

03 May 2019

Pictures by contemporary artists Howard Hodgkin, Sir Peter Blake and Gilbert & George and sculptures by William Turnbull have been stolen from a home in Leicestershire.

Joseph Gott’s Greyhound with Puppies

Birmingham gallery acquires marble sculpture with support from Tomasso Brothers

02 May 2019

UK dealership Tomasso Brothers Fine Art has helped a Birmingham gallery to acquire a 19th century sculpture by the ‘Landseer of marble’.

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Madonna and Minerva sculptures stand out in Vienna sale

29 April 2019

Two highly different examples of sculptural art caused the greatest stir at the sale of works of art at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on April 8-10. First up was the 3ft 5in (1.05m) high lime-wood sculpture of the Madonna with Child, flanked by two angels.

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Napoleon bronze commands high price in Zurich auction

29 April 2019

The biggest surprise at the sale of works of art at Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich on March 28 was the result for a bronze figure by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-91).

Moore

Summer of Moore: exhibitions and events celebrating sculptor Henry Moore

16 April 2019

Henry Moore (1898-1986) fans are spoilt for choice this summer with exhibitions and events across the UK.

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Two seven-figure French discoveries

08 April 2019

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna and a rediscovered oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens posted seven-figure sums during the series of sales coinciding with the Salon du Dessin fair in Paris.

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Giambologna bronze brings 100 times estimate in Paris

01 April 2019

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna brought a surprise €3.2m (£2.7m) at Artcurial on March 27.

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Houdon busts take $1.25m total at New York auction

01 April 2019

Single buyer secures two key works by one of the main sculptors of the Enlightenment.

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Rembrandt Bugatti bronze stars in beastly auction selection

01 April 2019

Head and shoulders above anything else in Millon’s (25% buyer’s premium) animalier bronze sale, Bestiare, held on March 8 at Drouot in Paris, was a dramatic study of a lion eating by one of the most sought-after names in the genre and the star of the so-called Antwerp school of sculpture.

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Henry Moore the early influencer in Mayfair exhibition

01 April 2019

Mayfair exhibition reveals the sculptor and painter’s huge impact on artists.

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Busts of French enlightenment thinkers by Houdon star at US auction

29 March 2019

Two market-fresh marble busts of 18th century luminaries by a famous French sculptor with a detailed historic provenance and very attractively pitched estimates were propelled to multi-estimate prices totalling $1.25m at a US auction last week.

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Rediscovered Jean-Antoine Houdon busts offered in New York State

04 March 2019

Two rediscovered marble busts by the French 18th century sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) are to be offered in Cottone Auctions’ next sale in Geneseo on March 23.

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Hit and hiss: Triqueti Cleopatra in ivory takes £22,000

04 March 2019

Following the fall of Louis-Philippe in the 1848 revolution, the French royal sculptor Henri Joseph Francois, Baron de Triqueti (1804-74) was obliged to cast his net further afield for new patrons.

Boar

New initiative makes the UK’s public sculpture available to the nation online

21 February 2019

A thousand of the UK’s public sculptures have been digitally catalogued with 150,000 to follow by the end of next year.

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Paris sale to offer range of animalier bronzes

18 February 2019

Animalier bronzes will be on offer at Drouot in the coming weeks.

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