Bronze

Bronze is a metal alloy similar to brass, consisting of copper and tin, often with the addition of other metals.

In ancient Europe and Asia, bronze sculpture was regarded as the highest form of art. Indeed, in many areas of the world, large supplies of bronze artefacts have been found that often show no signs of wear. These were often buried alongside the dead, suggesting that bronze objects were an indicator of wealth and social status. Chinese ritual bronzes, for example, were made in vast quantities for noble burials in addition to being used for ritual offerings by the living.

However, it was the ancient Greeks who truly explored the possibilities of bronze casting work. The Greeks were the first to create life sized models in bronze, which beautifully caputured naturalistic detailing of the human form. Sadly, few of these ancient bronzes survive, as many were melted down on account of their precious value, or to make weapons in times of war. 

Indeed, many 'ancient' bronzes are actually Roman copies of Greek originals, which were created centuries later. It wasn't until the 17th Century that bronzework would once again be created to an exceptionally high standard. As a result, bronze sculpture and decoration became highly desired by aristocrats across the world. 

Patinated bronze sculpture, of a stunning rich brown colour, became particularly fashionable in the 18th and 19th Centuries. In addition to patination, cast bronze can also be gilded, which is known as the ormolu technique.

Bronze works can also be painted, which was a popular technique for 19th Century sculptural bronzes. With the addition of colour, the works are really brought to life to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Today, bronze continues to be highly prized as an artistic material, and is often the choice of medium for contemporary sculptural artists.

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  1. Figurative Art 47
  2. Neoclassical 25
  3. Islamic 17
  4. Floral 16
  5. Chinese Interest 16
  6. Orientalist 15
  7. Classical 14
  8. Animal / Animalier 14
  9. Empire 14
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  14. Egyptian Revival 6
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  18. Academic 5
  19. Meiji 5
  20. Napoleon III 4
  21. Birds / Ornithology 4
  22. Rococo 3
  23. Religious 3
  24. Russian Interest 3
  25. Sporting 3
  26. Renaissance 3
  27. Napoleonic 2
  28. Art Nouveau 2
  29. Louis XV 2
  30. Christian 2
  31. Baroque 2
  32. Bizarre 2
  33. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  34. Regency 1
  35. Restauration 1
  36. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  37. Indian Interest 1
  38. Music / Musical 1
  39. Moorish 1
  40. Marine / Seascape 1
  41. Abstract 1
  42. Genre 1
  43. Contemporary 1
  44. Boulle 1
  45. Biblical 1
  46. Art Deco 1
  47. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Bronze 130
  2. Patinated Bronze 53
  3. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 44
  4. Marble 27
  5. Enamel - Cloisonné 15
  6. Gilt 13
  7. Malachite 5
  8. Metal 5
  9. Wood 4
  10. Silvered bronze 4
  11. Glass 4
  12. Porcelain 3
  13. Agate 2
  14. Mahogany 2
  15. Lapis Lazuli 2
  16. Enamel 2
  17. Brass 1
  18. Mirror 1
  19. Oak 1
  20. Onyx 1
  21. Ivory 1
  22. Ebonised Wood 1
  23. Rosewood 1
  24. Silver 1
  25. Copper 1
  26. Silvered Metal 1
  27. Tole 1
  28. Marquetry 1
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  1. Brown 83
  2. Gold 57
  3. Multi-coloured 29
  4. Metallic 19
  5. Black 18
  6. Turquoise 14
  7. Green 12
  8. Red 8
  9. Blue 7
  10. White 7
  11. Silver 5
  12. Grey 4
  13. Cream 1
  14. Clear 1
  15. Orange 1
  16. Pink 1
  17. Purple 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 70
  2. Chinese 16
  3. Austrian 14
  4. Italian 5
  5. Japanese 5
  6. Continental 4
  7. Asian 3
  8. Belgian 3
  9. German 3
  10. Russian 3
  11. English 2
  12. Bohemian 1
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  1. Early 20th Century 45
  2. Late 19th Century 41
  3. 19th Century 27
  4. 20th Century 9
  5. Early 19th Century 4
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
  7. 21st Century 1
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  1. Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936) 8
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 6
  3. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 2
  4. Houdon, Jean-Antoine (French, 1741-1828) 2
  5. Mêne, Pierre-Jules (French, 1810-1879) 2
  6. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte (French, 1841-1907) 2
  7. Salmson, Jean Jules (French, 1823-1902) 2
  8. Debut, Marcel (French, 1865-1933) 2
  9. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 2
  10. Mercié, Marius Jean Antonin (French, 1845-1916) 1
  11. Moigniez, Jules (French, 1835-1894) 1
  12. Moreau, Hippolyte François (French, 1832-1927) 1
  13. Morelli e Rinaldi (Italian, fl. c. 19th Century) 1
  14. Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823) 1
  15. Popelin, Claudius (French, 1825-1892) 1
  16. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  17. Roccheggiani, Cesare (Italian, active second half 19th Century) 1
  18. Rousseau, Victor (Belgian, 1865-1954) 1
  19. Sévin, Louis-Constant (French, 1821-1888) 1
  20. Splieth, Heinrich (German, 1877-1929) 1
  21. Thorvaldsen, Bertel (Danish, 1770-1844) 1
  22. van der Straeten, Georges (Belgian, active 1856-1928) 1
  23. Vaughan, Tom (British, b. 1976) 1
  24. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 1
  25. Lambeaux, Joseph-Marie-Thomas (French, 1852-1908) 1
  26. Lechesne, Auguste Jean-Baptiste (French, 1815-1888) 1
  27. Diehl, Charles-Guillaume (German/French, 1811-1885) 1
  28. Berry, Philippe (French, b. 1956) 1
  29. Bullock, George (English, c. 1777-1818) 1
  30. Canova, Antonio (Italian, 1757-1822) 1
  31. Chotka, Anton (Austrian, 1881-1955) 1
  32. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 1
  33. Dalou, Aimé-Jules (French, 1838-1902) 1
  34. Delafontaine (French, founded late 18th Century) 1
  35. Dumaige, Etienne-Henri (French, 1830-1888) 1
  36. Le Roy et fils (French, founded 1785) 1
  37. Falguière, Jean-Alexandre-Joseph, (French, 1831-1900) 1
  38. Faure de Brousse, Vincent-Désire (French, 1843-1908) 1
  39. Ferrand, Ernest Justin (French, 1846-1932) 1
  40. Fulconis, Louis Guillaume (French, 1818-1873) 1
  41. Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  42. Giambologna (Italian, 1529-1608) 1
  43. Herbert, Pierre-Eugène-Emile (French, 1828-1893) 1
  44. Larche, François-Raoul (French, 1860-1912) 1
  45. Zach, Bruno (Austrian, 1891-1935) 1

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