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 49
  2. Orientalist 25
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  4. Islamic 16
  5. Chinese Interest 14
  6. Animal / Animalier 14
  7. Classical 14
  8. Floral 13
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  18. Birds / Ornithology 3
  19. Meiji 3
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  21. Sporting 3
  22. Napoleon III 3
  23. Japanese Interest 3
  24. Renaissance 3
  25. Napoleonic 2
  26. Rococo 2
  27. Christian 2
  28. Bizarre 2
  29. Baroque 2
  30. Art Nouveau 2
  31. Restauration 1
  32. Regency 1
  33. Russian Interest 1
  34. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  35. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  36. Indian Interest 1
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  38. Moorish 1
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  40. Louis XV 1
  41. Abstract 1
  42. Genre 1
  43. Contemporary 1
  44. Boulle 1
  45. Art Deco 1
  46. American Interest 1
  47. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Bronze 122
  2. Patinated Bronze 50
  3. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 40
  4. Marble 27
  5. Enamel - Cloisonné 13
  6. Gilt 11
  7. Malachite 5
  8. Metal 5
  9. Wood 4
  10. Glass 4
  11. Porcelain 3
  12. Silvered bronze 3
  13. Lapis Lazuli 2
  14. Mahogany 2
  15. Enamel 2
  16. Ivory 1
  17. Brass 1
  18. Marquetry 1
  19. Oak 1
  20. Onyx 1
  21. Ebonised Wood 1
  22. Copper 1
  23. Rosewood 1
  24. Silvered Metal 1
  25. Alabaster 1
Colour
  1. Brown 73
  2. Gold 51
  3. Multi-coloured 36
  4. Metallic 18
  5. Black 17
  6. Turquoise 13
  7. Green 10
  8. White 7
  9. Red 6
  10. Blue 4
  11. Grey 4
  12. Silver 4
  13. Cream 2
  14. Clear 1
  15. Pink 1
  16. Purple 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 61
  2. Austrian 24
  3. Chinese 14
  4. Italian 5
  5. Continental 4
  6. Japanese 3
  7. Belgian 2
  8. English 2
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  1. Early 20th Century 52
  2. Late 19th Century 35
  3. 19th Century 19
  4. 20th Century 8
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  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
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Artist / Maker
  1. Bergman, Franz Xaver (Austrian, 1861-1936) 14
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 5
  3. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 2
  4. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte (French, 1841-1907) 2
  5. Mêne, Pierre-Jules (French, 1810-1879) 2
  6. Salmson, Jean Jules (French, 1823-1902) 2
  7. Debut, Marcel (French, 1865-1933) 2
  8. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 2
  9. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 1
  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. Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823) 1
  14. Morelli e Rinaldi (Italian, fl. c. 19th Century) 1
  15. Lechesne, Auguste Jean-Baptiste (French, 1815-1888) 1
  16. Roccheggiani, Cesare (Italian, active second half 19th Century) 1
  17. Rousseau, Victor (Belgian, 1865-1954) 1
  18. Splieth, Heinrich (German, 1877-1929) 1
  19. Thorvaldsen, Bertel (Danish, 1770-1844) 1
  20. van der Straeten, Georges (Belgian, active 1856-1928) 1
  21. Vaughan, Tom (British, b. 1976) 1
  22. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  23. Houdon, Jean-Antoine (French, 1741-1828) 1
  24. Le Roy et fils (French, founded 1785) 1
  25. Diehl, Charles-Guillaume (German/French, 1811-1885) 1
  26. Berry, Philippe (French, b. 1956) 1
  27. Bullock, George (English, c. 1777-1818) 1
  28. Canova, Antonio (Italian, 1757-1822) 1
  29. Chotka, Anton (Austrian, 1881-1955) 1
  30. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 1
  31. Delafontaine (French, founded late 18th Century) 1
  32. Dumaige, Etienne-Henri (French, 1830-1888) 1
  33. Larche, François-Raoul (French, 1860-1912) 1
  34. Falguière, Jean-Alexandre-Joseph, (French, 1831-1900) 1
  35. Faure de Brousse, Vincent-Désire (French, 1843-1908) 1
  36. Ferrand, Ernest Justin (French, 1846-1932) 1
  37. Fulconis, Louis Guillaume (French, 1818-1873) 1
  38. Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  39. Giambologna (Italian, 1529-1608) 1
  40. Herbert, Pierre-Eugène-Emile (French, 1828-1893) 1
  41. Zach, Bruno (Austrian, 1891-1935) 1

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