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Do you own any Bronze? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

What is a bronze sculpture?

Bronze sculpture is one of humankind’s oldest artistic techniques. It can be traced back to over three thousand years ago. Although it is an ancestral art form, the art of bronze sculpture has not changed, and is remains the same today: the sculpture is modelled with wax, which is then covered with clay. Once the clay has been fired, the bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is cast. The terracotta mould resulting from the firing of the clay mixture is then broken to reveal the final piece. Some of them benefit from the use of patinas which allow for the appearance of superb shades of colour. The impressive result is extremely resistant and was used in ancient times to decorate gardens, unlike babbitt sculptures.

The bronzes most sought after by collectors

The artistic technique of bronze sculpture  is present throughout the history of humankind. It did, however, experience a significant revival during the 19th century. It became sculptors’ preferred technique for decorating cities. Inspiration was often drawn from symbols dear to the French Republic, or from great historical figures. Bronze sculptures can therefore be found on most of France’s historical monuments.

At the same time, there was also a revival of interest in bronze during this same period thanks to certain artists who are still held in high esteem today, such as Rodin and Camille Claudel. The succession of major artistic movements like Cubism and the Art Deco movement led to the proliferation of numerous bronze objets d’art, which became very popular for interior decoration. Bronze can thus be divided into two categories, according to its creative origins: ‘Artistic bronze’ refers to a bronze produced in series, common during the Art Deco period. ‘Original bronze’ refers to a unique sculpture. Hence, some of these models have become extremely rare.

Variations in price depending on the status of the artist and founder

Before determining the estimated range of your bronze, our experts endeavour not only to retrace the history of your sculpture, but also to determine which artist and founder produced the piece. The estimate will then be determined according to the artist’s status, the founder’s reputation, as well as the intrinsic quality of the bronze (the artist’s status is paramount in determining the price of an artwork).

How do we evaluate your bronze?

It is simple and free to make an online request for an estimate of your sculpture. All you have to do is complete our valuation form with a brief description and photos of your object(s) (don’t forget to send us a photo of the signature, the founder’s stamp and the number if possible). This information will be sent directly to one of our antique sculpture experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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A team of experts and auctioneers

If you own a bronze sculpture, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your sculpture, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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