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.


Marble sculpture by Joseph Towne

Pick of the week: Renowned wax modeller tests his marble skills

21 August 2023

Joseph Towne (1806-79) is best known for pioneering the creation of anatomical wax models, many of which are now displayed at a medical museum at Guy’s Hospital in London.

Figure of Mercury

Summer scorchers: Trio of big prices blows away August cobwebs

14 August 2023

A usually quiet August was dramatically awakened by a series of sleepers that emerged at three UK regional auction houses.

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Alain Delon: actor and art and antiques collector

14 August 2023

Famous Frenchman has amassed an impressive wide-ranging array of acquisitions over six decades

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Belgian dealership takes pride in sales to Dutch and American institutions

07 August 2023

Antwerp dealership Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge has made two sales to international institutions.

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Braziliant Brecheret: a Modernist pioneer at auction

07 August 2023

Italian-born sculptor was a founding figure in the first wave of Modernism via São Paolo

Giacometti chandelier

UK buyers sought for Giacometti bronze chandelier and 18th-century botanical drawings

18 July 2023

A Giacometti chandelier and drawings which helped develop Kew Gardens have been blocked from export in the hope a UK institution will raise funding.

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Pearce peppers up a Penzance auction

17 July 2023

In the oeuvre of ‘primitive’ painter Bryan Pearce (1929-2006), still-lifes are significantly rarer than his marine and harbour scenes.

Michael Sweerts picture

Old Master auction series posts best total since 2017

10 July 2023

The latest Old Master auctions in London posted the highest total for a series in this category in the capital since 2017.

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Grand Dauphin relief sculpture emerges at last

03 July 2023

A relief sculpture by Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720) which has been identified as depicting Louis, Grand Dauphin, is on the market for £1.5m.

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Bugatti antelopes feature at first Treasure House Fair

19 June 2023

Deux Antilopes Koudou or Caress, c.1911, by Rembrandt Bugatti, is on offer at the inaugural The Treasure House Fair from French exhibitor Univers du Bronze.

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Faun fleshes out the Philpot story

05 June 2023

A couple of works by leading names in the Modern British art market helped Dreweatts (26/25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) post a total of over £1m (including premium) at its early spring Modern and Contemporary Art auction.

Striding Mars by Giambologna

Gallery holds Giambologna extravaganza

22 May 2023

Stuart Lochhead Sculpture will offer a group of five Mannerist bronzes by Florentine sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608) and his pupils as part of the summer edition of London Art Week.

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Post-war & Contemporary art: Rich pickings down south London

22 May 2023

High-value Post-war and Contemporary art is increasingly on offer beyond Mayfair and the centre of the capital

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Flora proved to be a triumph approved by the French emperor

08 May 2023

Disputed sculpture was given the thumbs-up by the French emperor and then greatly admired

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Coral from the coast of Sicily

01 May 2023

Since the 12th century the Sicilian town of Trapani has been closely connected to the art of coral carving. Thanks to the invention of a particular tool, ideally suited to the material, in the 16th century, the industry thrived.

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Guanyin on hand thanks to a noted collector

01 May 2023

This rare 2ft 7in (78cm) high white marble stele depicting the Buddhist goddess Guanyin predates was carved in the Northern Qi dynasty, (550-577AD), around the time of the Sutton Hoo hoard.

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Styles sculpture tribute to mark Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh silver wedding anniversary

01 May 2023

Alex Styles (1922-2017) was in 1966 given a glowing accolade in The Times: “Many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England.”

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Sword makers and armourers courted a new clientele after abolition of Samurai

01 May 2023

Among the most striking Japanese works of art in Chiswick Auctions’ sale is this life-size model of an eagle with wings outstretched on a gnarled branch.

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Boxwood netsuke deer among lots at Lyon & Turnbull

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian art at Lyon & Turnbull in London on May 16 includes this late Edo or Meiji period boxwood netsuke of a recumbent deer signed Masakiyo.

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Queen Mother caught in sculpture form for the final time

01 May 2023

Dreweatts of Newbury will offer a selection of royal-related works in its Interiors sale on May 16.

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