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.


Volubilis sculpture

Art dealers Bowman sell sculpture to French museum

16 January 2023

The Camille Claudel Museum has unveiled its newly purchased Volubilis sculpture by Alfred Boucher.

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Socialite’s bedroom opened up

19 December 2022

Pieces that had decorated Paris home of a famous patron of the arts come to Fontainebleau auction

Roman emperor Antoninus Pius

Dramatic contest for emperor’s head at Sotheby's auction

12 December 2022

A bust of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius sold for more than ten-times its low estimate at a Sotheby's sale

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Rare Colombe goes to the Louvre

12 December 2022

Terracotta Virgin and Child joined a handful of other known works after 2010 attribution

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Tiffany gift came with true royal approval

12 December 2022

Engraving on Tiffany pepperette reveals the provenance as a princely present in 1879

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ATG letter: Barking up the wrong tree

28 November 2022

I believe the Bugatti sculpture pictured in ATG No 2569 (Sculpture special report) is a dachshund.

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Bugatti for better and Wurst

21 November 2022

Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) is well known as an animalier sculptor creating studies of exotic animals that he observed in the zoos at Antwerp and the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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Pomodoro in the round

21 November 2022

This 1966 work by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (b.1926) will feature in Koller’s Post War and Contemporary sale on December 1 in Zurich.

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Life revealed in terracotta and wood forms

21 November 2022

This terracotta sculpture from 1941 by Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) featured in the Fine Art sale held by Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) on October 15.

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Chadwick proved his mettle

21 November 2022

A welding course was to have a lasting effect on the artistic development of the British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003).

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Richier sculptures consigned direct from her family

21 November 2022

An unpublished group of works by the French sculptor Germaine Richier (1902-59) that have remained with the artist’s family are to be auctioned.

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Sculpture: Buyers thrill to 3D

21 November 2022

Modern and Contemporary art collectors are increasingly willing to consider sculpture, creating a strong and dynamic market

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Enwonwu figures highly at auction

21 November 2022

In the last decade sculptures, as well as paintings, by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (1917-94) have become a valuable proposition.

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Wells took steps to a varied career

21 November 2022

A British subject born in Rio de Janeiro, Reginald Fairfax Wells (1877-1951) studied sculpture at the South Kensington School of Art in the 1890s and then studio pottery at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

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Betjeman and Lowry immortalised in bronze

21 November 2022

Two sculptures of well-known 20th century British cultural figures drew attention at different regional sales recently.

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First Giacometti man strides out

14 November 2022

Two closely related bronze sculptures by Alberto Giacometti are among the highlights of the Modern and Contemporary sales on December 2 at Lempertz in Cologne.

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Venus sculpture triples estimate in Munich

14 November 2022

The sculptor Prosper d’Épinay (1836-1914) was a true cosmopolitan. Born in Mauritius, he later became a British subject, but is still often considered to be a French artist.

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Marcks hoped for better

24 October 2022

The creative roots of this 22in (56cm) bronze figure, which was one of the highlights at Nusser (22.69% buyer’s premium), date back to the pre-war years.

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Perfume burners and famous horse set the saleroom pace

24 October 2022

Leading the sale of Fine Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on October 6 was a very fine pair of blue john and ormolu perfume burners by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill.

Bronze after Giambologna

Top selling bronze horse stars in our pick of five auction highlights

21 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a bronze cast based on one of the great Giambologna’s (1529-1608) favourite models that made over 25-times estimate in Somerset.

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