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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Catalogue hides a Canova

03 September 2018

An intriguing item with important international artistic links is on offer at Towy Fairs’ Carmarthen Antiques and Fleamarket on Sunday, September 9.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 September 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

Carrara marble sculpture

Five Grand Tour collectables coming up at regional auctions next month

31 August 2018

Specimen marble tops, micro-mosaics, plaster intaglios and marble neoclassical sculptures – objects such as these were typical purchases for the Grand Tourists who visited the sights of classical civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries. All regularly appear at auction.

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Liss lass full of life at auction

27 August 2018

Selling above estimate at Jacobs & Hunt (22% buyer’s premium) in Liss, Hampshire, was a life-size bronze by Sydney Harpley (1927-92) titled Umbrella Girl, below.

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Napoleon marches into the Biennale

27 August 2018

There is a decidedly French flavour to the loan exhibition at this year’s Biennale. Prominently displayed under the central dome of the Grand Palais will be a selection of works from the extensive Napoleonic collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon.

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Sculpture in the spotlight at Dreweatts auction

13 August 2018

The first stand-alone British and European sculpture sale to be held by Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) was a solid-enough affair to justify department head Cristian Beadman’s belief that there is an exploitable gap in the market.

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Bronze statue of French 'boy king' comes to Pennsylvania

13 August 2018

A two-day sale devoted to works of American and international interest is scheduled for September 14-15 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Pick of the Week: John Gibson terracotta sculpture emerges from house clearance

06 August 2018

Part of the intake for a general sale, a terracotta sculpture by a protégé of Antonio Canova sold for £21,000 (plus premium) at Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

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London show offers vintage photos of works from Rodin's studio

23 July 2018

Collaboration between photography and sculpture specialists is both the theme and the method behind Huxley-Parlour’s exhibition 'Auguste Rodin: The Photographs'.

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Bronzed in London: sculptures take centre stage as heat rises during capital’s big sales week

09 July 2018

Important works of European sculpture were stars of the London auction season’s highpoint last week.

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‘Dresden Mars’ returns to Saxony instead of auction at Sotheby’s

03 July 2018

The bronze figure known as the ‘Dresden Mars’ is returning home after the Dresden State Art Collections agreed to buy the artwork ahead of a planned auction tomorrow.

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Pick of the Week Saint’s head sets a gold standard

02 July 2018

A rare medieval gold head of a saint generated significant interest at a sale in Paris conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés at the Hôtel Drouot.

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Animalier sculptor Bugatti remains a heavyweight at auction

28 June 2018

Another substantial price for a bronze by the current hot favourite animalier sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), has emerged at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.

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Pioneer pilot Peggy gives a saleroom lift

25 June 2018

Less well-known than other daring young women in their flying machines, Peggy Salaman, or rather a bronze bust of her, emerged from a Mayfair basement to take off in a Suffolk saleroom.

Queen Victoria by Alfred Gilbert at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum raises £1m to secure Queen Victoria sculpture

21 June 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has acquired a marble sculpture of Queen Victoria by Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) after raising the required £1.01m to prevent it from export.

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5 Questions

11 June 2018

Tom Davies is director at the Mayfair gallery Daniel Katz, specialist in Old Master sculpture and paintings. It is a participant in 'London Art Week', hosting an exhibition titled Defining Elegance.

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Dealer Katz sells bronze sculptures to the Getty

04 June 2018

London dealer Daniel Katz has sold two bronze sculptures to the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, one by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and the other by Rodin’s assistant, model and lover Camille Claudel (1864-1943).

‘Bust of Peace’, a white marble head by Antonio Canova

Long-lost Antonio Canova bust emerges at Sotheby’s

30 May 2018

One of the few autograph works ever to have emerged at auction by the neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1821) will be offered at Sotheby’s in London this summer.

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Sculptor Baltasar Lobo exhibition celebrates female form

28 May 2018

Connaught Brown’s upcoming exhibition is its fourth to focus on the sculpture of modern Spanish artist Baltasar Lobo (1910-93).

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Chadwick takes £22,000 at Chorley’s

28 May 2018

A trademark bronze sculpture by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) was the best-seller at a Modern and Contemporary Art & Design auction held by Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) at Prinknash Abbey Park in Gloucestershire.

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