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Bonhams Sculpture and Works of Art department devotes its auctions to a broad range of European and British sculpture and works of art spanning in date from the 12th to the 19th century. Submit your item online for a free auction estimate.
Our sales encompass early works of art and Old Master sculpture from the Gothic, Mediaeval and Renaissance period, through to the 19th century and sometimes beyond. This wide spectrum of stylistic influences also features items of Baroque, Rococo, Empire and Neo-Classical origins, as well as works from the New Sculpture movement.
Our expertise extends to handling sculpture and objects in a variety of mediums including ivory, marble, alabaster, stone, wood, terracotta, bronze and plaster. The decorative objects such as urns and tazze worked in materials such as ormolu, enamel and pietre dure. The department also focuses on more functional objects such as candelabra and other lighting, chimneypieces, fire-grates, desk sets, boxes and tea caddies.
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Sir Alfred Gilbert, A.R.A., R.A., M.V.O (British, 1854-1934): A rare and probably unique patinated and parcel gilt bronze 'double size' figure of St George, circa 1895-6. Sold for £1,222,750 inc. premium
Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton P.R.A., R.W.S., known as Sir Frederic Leighton (British, 1830-1896): An important bronze figure of 'An Athlete Wrestling A Python'. Sold for £106,250 inc. premium
A rare 14th century German bronze Aquamanile in the form of a lion Lübeck or Nuremberg, circa 1350. Sold for £68,666.67 inc. premium
Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, 1770-1844): A rare and important signed Carrara marble bas-relief plaque of 'The Genii of Music Singing' executed Rome, circa 1833-6. Sold for £75,250 inc. premium
A late 17th / early 18th century gilt and patinated bronze group of the Laocoön after the Antique, probably French (2). Sold for £75,000 inc. premium
An important pair of early 19th century Italian micromosaic panels depicting Bacchus and a Bacchante probably Roman or Milanese, in the manner of Giacomo Raffaelli (1753 -1836) circa 1820. Sold for £71,500 inc. premium
A rare late 18th century relief-carved lime wood panel depicting a vase of flowers, signed and dated Putman 1790 possibly an allegory relating to the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Sold for £65,250 inc. premium
A rare pair of Louis XV gilt bronze mounted Chinese café au lait ground famille rose porcelain jars and covers, Qianlong period (1735-95). Sold for £50,000 inc. premium
Biagio Barzotti (Italian, fl. second half 19th century): A third quarter 19th century Vatican Workshop micromosaic panel depicting a topographical view of St Peter's Square,. Sold for £41,312.50 inc. premium
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