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Sculptures, marbles and bronzes

Sculpture, marble and bronze auctions combine art with materials like wood, terracotta, plaster, stone, ivory, marble, metal and bronze.
These online sales feature numerous classical sculptures, from bronze statuettes from the italian renaissance to Jean-Antoine Houdon's portraits in white marble and Augustin Pajou's terracotta busts.no-one could stay stony-faced before this profusion of wood carvings, plaster heads, stone busts, antique lost wax castings, statues of the madonna and child and animals by Antoine-Louis Barye, Rembrandt Bugatti and François Pompon.
Modern and contemporary sculptors also provide delights for initiates in these online sculpture, marble and bronze auctions, which feature Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel, Aristide Maillol, Alexander Calder, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, Arman, César, and the star of the auction room, Alberto Giacometti.
Did you know? A hundred years after the death of Auguste Rodin, a patinated bronze proof of the brilliant sculptor's eternal spring fetched €2 million at Drouot.

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Man Ray, "Les Amoureux" circa 1973, signed Man Ray ®, foundry mark Ara Kunst Guss, numbered 109/499, polished bronze, surrealistic depiction of a mouth, which appears in many of Man Ray's works, it is speculated, whether it is the mouth of his former partner, the well-known photojournalist Lee Miller, on a long rectangular marble plinth, good condition, h sculpture 6 cm, l sculpture 20.5 cm, l total 24 cm. circa 1973, signed Man Ray ®, foundry mark Ara Kunst Guss, numbered 109/499, polished bronze, surrealistic depiction of a mouth, which appears in many of Man Ray's works, it is speculated, whether it is the mouth of his former partner, the well-known photojournalist Lee Miller, on a long rectangular marble plinth, good condition, h sculpture 6 cm, l sculpture 20.5 cm, l total 24 cm. Artist info: actually Emmanuel Rudnitzky, American photographer, director, painter and object artist of Dadaism and Surrealism (1890 Philadelphia to 1976 Paris), in 1897 the family moved to Williamsburg (Brooklyn), after graduating from high school he had the opportunity to study architecture with a scholarship, as he had already made up his mind to become an artist, he rejected this, in 1908 he briefly studied at the National Academy of Design, from 1912 he studied at the Modern School of New York, here he came into contact with the DADA movement and changed his name to Man Ray, contact with the European avant-garde through Alfred Stieglitz, 1913 moves from his parents' house to the artists' colony of Ridgefield, New Jersey, here he meets and marries the Belgian poet Adon Lacroix, around 1914-15 purchases his first camera, first exhibition of his works at the Daniel Gallery in New York in autumn 1915, here he meets Marcel Duchamp and creates his first three-dimensional objects, develops his "Rayographies", 1920 founds the "Société Anonyme inc." with Marcel Duchamp and Katherine Dreier, 1921 moved to Paris, where he met André Breton and Louis Aragon, from 1922 intensively occupied himself with portrait photography, his first portrait subjects included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henry Matisse, 1934 acquaintance with Meret Oppenheim through Alberto Giacometti, 1940 escape from France to New York and subsequent relocation to Hollywood, 1951 return to Paris, 1961 participation in the Venice Biennale and award of the gold medal, source: Wikipedia and Internet.

Estim. 480 - 720 EUR

Georges Lavroff, Panther circa 1920, signed G. Lavroff, bronze inscription, cast bronze, partially chiselled and with dark green patina, young and fully grown panther, hissing at the panther cub, mounted on a long rectangular stepped onyx plinth, slight signs of age, base with small corner pitting, bronze h 11 cm, total length 64 cm. circa 1920, signed G. Lavroff, bronze inscription, cast bronze, partially chiselled and with dark green patina, young and fully grown panther, hissing at the panther cub, mounted on a long rectangular stepped onyx plinth, slight signs of age, base with small corner pitting, bronze h 11 cm, total length 64 cm. Artist info: Russian sculptor (1895 Yeniseisk/Siberia to 1991 Moscow), studied medicine at the University of Tomsk and attended the painting courses of the local artists' society, 1917-1920 military service during the October Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War, from 1922 resident in Moscow, member of the Russian Artists' Association there 1923-1926, took part in exhibitions and tenders for monument projects, studied at the Moscow Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, travelled to France from 1927-1935 and became known there for his animal sculptures and dancers in the Art Deco style, worked closely with the art publisher Marcel Guillemard and showed his work from 1928 at the Paris Salons of the Société des Artistes Indépendants and the Société du Salon d'Automne, returned to Russia in 1935 and worked there from 1940-1980 as an accredited sculptor for the Soviet government, in 1982 his work was honoured with a solo exhibition in Moscow. Source: wikipedia.de.

Estim. 600 - 900 EUR

MANUEL MARTÍN NIETO (Morón de la Frontera, 1978). "Pietà". Cedar wood carving, polychrome. Measurements: 160 x 140 x 80 cm. The virtuosity of Manuel Martín Nieto is evident in this subjugating scene of the Pietà. The exanimated body and the thin face of Christ expresses in each portion of skin its history of suffering and forgiveness. The Virgin, in turn, seems to come to life before our astonished eyes because of the unsurpassed workmanship and the neo-baroque pathos it conveys. Sculptor with a workshop in the Sevillian town of Morón de la Frontera with more than 20 years of experience in religious and profane sculpture. Since his childhood he excelled in drawing and with only 13 years he was apprenticed to the great carver Manuel Guzman Bejarano. Later he received the teachings of Manuel Hernández León and José Antonio Navarra Arteaga, the latter being the one who most influenced my works.Manuel Martín Nieto is one of the most responsible for the intense naturalistic outbreak that characterizes the evolution and brilliant transformation of the Andalusian neo-baroque sculpture in the first two decades of the XXI century. Established in Morón de la Frontera, his activity is projected throughout Andalusia and much of Spain, with notes of quality that distinguish and endorse him in the large group of great Sevillian sculptors of our time. His material training in the workshops of Manuel Guzmán Bejarano, Manuel Hernández León and José Antonio Navarro Arteaga, gave him a solid mastery of the craft, an essential condition for the development of a personal style and mastery to which he has reached after two decades of uninterrupted work. With them he was initiated in the neo-baroque aesthetics, to which he has always shown a deep appreciation; however, several factors distinguish him from his masters and related contemporary sculptors. In a strict sense of the neo-baroque concept of sculpture, we must highlight Manuel Martín Nieto's interest in references outside the Sevillian context, such as the great Castilian sculptor Luis Salvador Carmona, a decision that distinguishes him from all his contemporaries and only has the antecedent of Antonio Eslava Rubio, one of whose models was Francisco Salzillo. This breadth of vision within the parameters set by the neo-baroque movement is uncommon and is a characteristic note that defines it.

Estim. 15,000 - 20,000 EUR

Paul Wunderlich, small sitting dog 2nd half 20th century, signed Wunderlich, numbered 69/90, foundry mark Ara Kunst Guss, bronze green patinated and dark speckled, plinth dark patinated, stylised sitting dog, on a flat rectangular plinth, in good condition for its age, h 14 cm overall. Artist information: German painter, draughtsman, graphic artist, sculptor (1927 Eberswalde to 2010 Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols/Provence/France), from 1943 labour service and air force helper at the Niederfinow ship lift, from 1947 studied at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg, from 1951 lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, 1961-1963 worked in the Paris workshop of the printer Desjobert, then professor for free graphics and painting 2nd half 20th century, signed Wunderlich, numbered 69/90, foundry mark Ara Kunst Guss, bronze green patinated and dark speckled, plinth dark patinated, stylised sitting dog, on a flat rectangular plinth, in good condition for its age, h 14 cm overall. Artist information: German painter, draughtsman, graphic artist, sculptor (1927 Eberswalde to 2010 Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols/Provence/France), from 1943 labour service and air force helper at the Niederfinow ship lift, from 1947 studied at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg, from 1951 lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, 1961-1963 worked in the Paris workshop of the printer Desjobert, then professor for free graphics and painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, travelled to London and New York, Switzerland, exhibited in many countries around the world, won numerous prizes, opened the Paul Wunderlich House in 2007, worked predominantly in the neo-surrealist style with a focus on eroticism and mythology. Source: Wikipedia and website paul-wunderlich-haus.de.

Estim. 120 - 180 EUR

Spanish school of the XVII century. "Saint Joseph and Child". Polychrome wood carving. Polychrome of the nineteenth century. It shows wear. With faults in the polychrome and wood. Restored. Measurements: 63 x 30 x 20 cm. Until the Counter-Reformation, the most common thing was that the figure of Saint Joseph remained in the background, since he was not given any theological importance. However, after Trent, his protagonist role as Jesus' protector during his childhood, as a guide during his youth, was recovered, and as such he is represented here. In contrast to the tenderness, defenselessness and candor of the infant figure, St. Joseph is presented as a monumental character, typically baroque, an impression that is reinforced by the pyramidal composition. Through this form of representation, the author visually enhances the decisive role as protector of the putative father of Jesus. Spanish Baroque sculpture is one of the most authentic and personal examples of our art, because its conception and form of expression arose from the people and the deepest feelings that nestled in it. With the economy of the State broken, the nobility in decline and the high clergy burdened with heavy taxes, it was the monasteries, the parishes and the confraternities of clerics and laymen who promoted its development, the works sometimes being financed by popular subscription. Sculpture was thus compelled to embody the prevailing ideals in these environments, which were none other than religious ones, at a time when the counter-reformist doctrine demanded from art a realistic language so that the faithful would understand and identify with what was represented, and an expression endowed with an intense emotional content to increase the fervor and devotion of the people. The religious subject is, therefore, the preferred theme of Spanish sculpture of this period, which in the first decades of the century began with a priority interest in capturing the natural, to progressively intensify throughout the century the expression of expressive values, which is achieved through the movement and variety of gestures, the use of light resources and the representation of moods and feelings.

Estim. 800 - 900 EUR