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.


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O’Casey crow sculpture attracts a flurry of bids

03 October 2022

Simple, nature-inspired motifs and geometric shapes run through the work of St Ives artist Breon O’Casey (1928-2011).

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Arnup destined to sculpt

26 September 2022

Apparently Sally Arnup (1930-2015) knew she was going to be a sculptor from the age of five – taking a shed in the family garden as a studio.

The Clock Tower in Southsea

Warrior figure stolen from former antiques shop

05 September 2022

The art and antiques trade has been asked to help track down a stolen wooden sculpture from a renowned former antiques shop in Hampshire.

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Old World works of art come fresh to Massachusetts saleroom

22 August 2022

English and Continental ‘country house’ offerings are rare in the US but not gone forever

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Napoleonic memorabilia: Bust of Boney sold at Sotheby's among latest highlights

15 August 2022

Rediscovered sculpted portrait heads a special report covering recent lots linked to the man who became emperor, dedicated to both his triumphs and defeats

Marble figure of Flora

Classical marble sculpture stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

12 August 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an allegorical marble figure of Flora that tripled its estimate at Bonhams Skinner.

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Buyer tempted by Angelo de Rossi terracotta

25 July 2022

This early 18th century detailed terracotta by the Italian sculptor Angelo de Rossi (1671-1715), which was also pictured and discussed in ATG No 2547, came up for auction at Corbeil-Essonnes near Paris on June 18.

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How Stan Dodds breathed life into carving

25 July 2022

Three lots at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) traced the history of Stan Dodds (1928-2012) – the first and foremost of the Critters.

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Not so romantic: sailor’s valentines as souvenirs

25 July 2022

Sailor’s sweethearts or valentines were once thought to have been made by sailors as love tokens during their long trips away from home.

Adam and Eve sculpture

Pick of the week: A rediscovered carving emerges at Sotheby's sale

11 July 2022

Despite appearing in a 1930s photograph held in the MAK Museum, Vienna, this wood carving of Adam and Eve seems to have hitherto eluded scholars of the German woodcarver Leonhard Kern (1588-1662).

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Classical Flora statue from Cologne’s botanical garden emerges in Massachusetts auction

11 July 2022

Featured in the European Décor and Design auction at Bonhams Skinner in Massachusetts from July 24-August 3, this classical allegorical marble figure of Flora by the German sculptor Anton Werres (1830-1900) is estimated at $10,000-15,000.

The Triumph of Galatea picture

A robbery but also robust results as TEFAF kicks off

04 July 2022

Thieves hit TEFAF Maastricht last week, entering the venue and smashing a jewellery case on the stand of London’s Symbolic & Chase.

Henrietta Lacks sculpture

Public sculptures recorded for first time in new art project

02 July 2022

Art education charity Art UK has been working on digitally recording all public artworks in the UK.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

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Capital letters: ‘It’s all happening here and it’s fun to be part of it’

27 June 2022

Don’t forget to visit London’s shops and galleries when in town for the multi-dealer events

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning family archive entices worldwide interest

20 June 2022

The contents of a small London museum devoted to Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) sold for just under £100,000 at auction in Essex.

Three Graces

Three Graces among highlights of Buxton Antiques Fair

13 June 2022

This near-life size 19th century cold painted bronze of the Three Graces sold at the Buxton Antiques Fair last month.

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Previews: Furniture and works of art

13 June 2022

Highlights from a busy summer for auction houses and dealers.

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Portrait bust provenance with Peel appeal

06 June 2022

This late 18th century portrait bust of a gentleman by a sculptor from the circle of Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) is traditionally thought to depict the prominent British Whig statesman Charles James Fox (1749-1806).

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning museum archive comes to auction in Essex

30 May 2022

Museum contents devoted to the celebrated Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) will be offered this month.

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