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.


Canova sculpture

Long lost Canova sculpture bought at a garden auction for less than £5000 to be offered for £5m-8m at Christie's

18 March 2022

A long lost Antonio Canova (1757-1822) sculpture that previously sold for around £4400 in a garden statuary auction in 2002 is to be offered at Christie’s on July 7 with an estimate of £5m-8m.

A group of works by Sir William Reid Dick

Reid Dick stars in Curated Auctions debut

07 March 2022

A collection of works from the family of the sculptor Sir William Reid Dick (1879-1961) comes for sale at a new London firm this month.

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Melancholic not monstrous Mephistopheles sculpture sells at Sworders

07 March 2022

The unexpected highlight of the Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) Out of the Ordinary sale on February 15 was this plaster version of the Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-52) sculpture Mephistopheles.

Wooden figure

Woodcarver Kendall chipper once again

14 February 2022

A collection of works by the Victorian woodcarver Thomas Henry Kendall has been consigned for sale next month.

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Abraham Lincoln bronze scaled down but makes a big price

14 February 2022

Very much the highest price in the sale of American Works of Art held by Skinner (25/20/12 % buyer’s premium) in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on January 28 was this bronze figure of Abraham Lincoln.

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Elisabeth Frink’s Midas touch reaches Pennsylvania

14 February 2022

This bronze Midas Head by the British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-33) featured in a large two-day Americana and International sale held by Pook & Pook (24/13% buyer’s premium) in Downingtown, Pennsylvania on January 13-14.

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Reduced returns for Duleep marble

07 February 2022

One of the highlights of the April 2007 London Islamic sale series had been this 2ft 4in (74cm) high white marble bust of Maharajah Duleep Singh by neoclassical sculptor John Gibson.

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Cotswold dealership Houlston offers carvings from late dealer Jonathan Horne's collection

07 February 2022

A 20-piece group of early carved sculpture is on offer from Cotswold dealership Houlston.

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The faces of Napoleon’s family

07 February 2022

Small bust in bronze and wax model were produced by the goldsmith to the emperor

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Dealer Houlston marks election to BADA with collection of former chairman Jonathan Horne

31 January 2022

This family group of four polychromed limewood kneeling figures, made in England c.1610-30, is to go on offer with Cotswolds dealership Houlston.

Banksy's Merrivale Stable

Banksy stable sets house record in Newcastle

31 January 2022

This small wood and fibre glass sculpture by Banksy (b.1974) sold for £800,000 last week – a house record for Anderson & Garland.

Lion statue

Arundel Lion ready to roar again in a new home

24 January 2022

The so-called Arundel Lions were once a well-known landmark in Sheffield.

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Market-fresh Henry Moore sculpture heads from mantlepiece to auction house

19 January 2022

Dreweatts is offering a market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figural group sculpture, Mother and Child, on March 16.

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Highlights from central Europe including a British dealer bidding 85-times estimate for a portrait copy

17 January 2022

ATG picks out 16 recent stand-out items making waves in German, Austrian and Swiss salerooms

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Cordier busts are keenly contested

10 January 2022

Pair of bronzes of north African subjects are consigned by a branch of sculptor’s family.

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Prehistoric art with curve appeal

10 January 2022

‘Venus’ figurines from the Upper Paleolithic are recognised as some of the earliest works of prehistoric art.

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Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market

10 January 2022

Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.

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The record £16m love affair with Aphrodite

13 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, an Imperial Roman sculpture dubbed ‘The Hamilton Aphrodite’ has set a record for any ancient marble at auction.

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Nemon became Sir Winston’s sculptor of choice

13 December 2021

The Anglo-Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906-85) first met Sir Winston Churchill when holidaying in Marrakech in 1951.

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San Lorenzo rises afresh

13 December 2021

A recently rediscovered life-size terracotta bust of San Lorenzo, c.1440, by early Renaissance sculptor Donatello stars at Colnaghi’s exhibition.

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