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Pair of Antique Bronze Figures of Cherubs and Animals
Located in London, GB
Full of humour and narrative detail, this joyous set of two figural sculptures are charmingly cast in bronze to depict young boys playing with animals. One of the figures shows a boy...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Antique Animal Bear Bronze Group on Green Marble by Giuseppe Gambogi 1862-1938
Located in Dublin, Ireland
A very impressive large silvered French bronze animal group supported on its original green marble stepped base which is unattached, first quarter of the 20th century. Depicts two ...
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Antique 19th Century French Edwardian Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Large Antique Bronze Tiger
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A large and impressive Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze figure of a praying Tiger set on a root carved stand.
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Antique 1890s Japanese Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
H 14 in. W 32 in. D 10 in.
Antique Indonesian Bronze Bird
Located in Washington Crossing, PA
Antique Indonesian bird sculpture, bronze, on wood base. Measures: 42" high x 14" wide.
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Antique 19th Century Indonesian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Antique Indonesian Bronze Bird
  • Antique Indonesian Bronze Bird
  • Antique Indonesian Bronze Bird
  • Antique Indonesian Bronze Bird
H 42 in. W 14 in. D 14 in.
Fine Antique Equestrian Horse Bronze
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very vibrant antique cast bronze horse in an active attitude with upraised tail and having a nice forward movement. Well cast with good weight and having a time softened feel. Moun...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Classical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Fine Antique Equestrian Horse Bronze
  • Fine Antique Equestrian Horse Bronze
  • Fine Antique Equestrian Horse Bronze
  • Fine Antique Equestrian Horse Bronze
H 8 in. W 10.25 in. D 4 in.
Antique Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
Located in North Hollywood, CA
An antique unusual cast bronze of a Mythical lion beast. Bursting with character, the lion standing foursquare with his long tail curled back on itself. Cast bronze. Tribal Afric...
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Early 20th Century African Tribal Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Antique Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
  • Antique Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
  • Antique Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
  • Antique Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
H 3.5 in. W 6 in. D 2.5 in.
Pair of Monumental Antique Bronze Lions
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Originally from a Massachusetts North Shore estate, each antique lion is beautifully crafted, bold in detail and amazing true to life. Created in the Beaux Arts Style by highly skill...
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Early 20th Century American Beaux Arts Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Pair of Monumental Antique Bronze Lions
  • Pair of Monumental Antique Bronze Lions
  • Pair of Monumental Antique Bronze Lions
  • Pair of Monumental Antique Bronze Lions
H 29 in. W 22 in. D 41 in.
Life Size Antique Bronze Carousel Horse Sculpture
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent antique carousel horse sculpture, all original. All dimensions are below. This is a large and heavy sculpture. The weight is approximately 210 pounds. Now, more than ever...
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Early 20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Sculpture Mastiff by Charles Valton Dog Bronze statue animalier Antiques
By Charles Valton
Located in West Hollywood, CA
""""""""""""""Short Time Sale """"""""""""""" Signed and stamped . Valton was known for his big cats but probably his most famous work is the chained mastiff dog. This particular mo...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique French 19th Century Bronze Pheasant
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French 19th century bronze pheasant. Ferdinand Pautrot, animalier, (1832-1874).
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Antique French 19th Century Bronze Pheasant
  • Antique French 19th Century Bronze Pheasant
  • Antique French 19th Century Bronze Pheasant
  • Antique French 19th Century Bronze Pheasant
H 35.25 in. W 17 in. D 12.50 in.
Antique Cast Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
Located in North Hollywood, CA
An antique unusual cast bronze of a Mythical lion beast. Bursting with character, the lion standing foursquare with his long tail curled back on itself. Under his left front paw w...
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Early 20th Century African Tribal Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Bronze Dog Figure by Pierre-Jules Mene
By Pierre Jules Mêne
Located in London, GB
Pierre-Jules Mene (1810-1879) was one of the foremost animalier sculptors of the 19th Century, and achieved high distinction in the art of making small bronze figures of domestic ani...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

  • Antique Bronze Dog Figure by Pierre-Jules Mene
  • Antique Bronze Dog Figure by Pierre-Jules Mene
  • Antique Bronze Dog Figure by Pierre-Jules Mene
  • Antique Bronze Dog Figure by Pierre-Jules Mene
H 8.27 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.94 in.
Antique Cast Bronze of a Mythical Lion Beast
Located in North Hollywood, CA
An antique unusual cast bronze of a Mythical lion beast. Bursting with character, the lion standing foursquare with his long tail curled back on itself. Under his left front paw w...
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Early 20th Century African Tribal Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Bronze Sculpture, Walking Hound, Gundog, Signed "Rusche"
Located in Berlin, DE
Pretty and decorative antique bronze sculpture. Antique bronze sculpture. Walking Hound, gundog. Signed "Rusche" Very detailed quality.
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Antique 19th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Early 19th Century Antique Bronze Crane Ornament
Located in South Salem, NY
Charming English Garden style cast bronze crane figure mounted on an aged wooden pedestal. This lovely garden ornament was made circa 1800. In great shape, with its original patina w...
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Antique Early 19th Century Unknown Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Pair of Antique Chinese Patinated Bronze Fu Lions
Located in Cypress, CA
Decorative matching pair of Chinese patinated bronze seated fu lions. Mid-20th century.  
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Japanese Bronze Eagle from the Meiji Period
Located in London, GB
This fine and naturalistic bronze model is cast into the form of an eagle, who grips into his stump-like perch with long claws as his wings are outstretched.
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Early 20th Century Japanese Japonisme Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Japanese Bronze Eagle from the Meiji Period
H 21.66 in. W 26.78 in. D 13.78 in.
“Walking Bear” French Antique Bronze Sculpture by Isidore Bonheur
By Isidore Jules Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
"Ours Marchant" Cast After A Model By Isidore Bonheur (French, 1827-1901) Patinated bronze; signed I. Bonheur, cold-stamped FRANCE, faint PEYROL cold-stamp Item # C104022 With ...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Antique Gilt Bronze Dog Sculpture by Robert Bousquet
By Robert Bousquet
Located in London, GB
Large antique gilt bronze sculpture of an Alsatian dog by Robert Bousquet and dating from circa 1910 period. It’s a very life like bronze and has the famous sculpture signature en...
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Vintage 1910s French Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Magnificent Antique English Gilded Bronze Hare Inkwell, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
A truly fabulous Victorian novelty inkwell made from solid cast bronze in the form of a hunting Hare holding a rifle, smothered in the original gold with a fabulous antique patina. ...
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Antique 1880s English Late Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Antique Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze Basset Hound Dog Figurine
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique cast and cold-painted bronze sculpture is unsigned but presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1900. This well executed cast bronze study depicts a basset hound i...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Edwardian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

“Wounded Lioness” French Antique Bronze Sculpture by Charles Valton
By Charles Valton, Siot-Decauville
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A superb lifetime cast of Charles Valton's “Lionne Blessée“ executed by the foundry Siot-Decauville during the first quarter of the 20th century, this extraordinary example is one of...
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Early 20th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Fine and Small Antique Bronze of a Packhorse by T. Gechner
Located in London, GB
A fine mid-19th century brown patinated cast bronze animalier figure of a work horse in harness. Very fine detail and a beautiful quality bronze. Signed in the bronze T. Gechter for ...
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Antique 1850s French Napoleon III Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique French Figural Bronze Recumbent Lion Sculptures, circa 1890
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique set of French figural sculptures depict recumbent lion and lioness with lioness seated on stepped wood base, circa 1890. Measures: Male: 4.25" H x 7" W x 3.25" D, femal...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Classical Greek Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Bronze

Antique Artistic Bronze Cast of a Retriever, Germany, circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Item e6171 an antique artisan high quality bronze statue of a retriever, casted and patinated in Germany, circa 1900. Measures: Width 4.72" (12cm) height 9.25" (23.5cm) depth 6...
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Early 20th Century German Rustic Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“Belier Couché” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Rosa Bonheur & Peyrol
By Peyrol Foundry, Rosa Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
"Bélier Couché" After Model by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) Signed "Rosa B" cold-stamped "450 Peyrol" model circa 1846 a fine lifetime cast Item # 007HDU13P Rightly consider...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“A Shorn Lamb” French Antique Bronze Sculpture by Pierre-Albert Laplanche
By Albert-Pierre Laplanche
Located in Shippensburg, PA
BRONZE MODEL OF "A SHORN EWE" BY PIERRE-ALBERT LAPLANCHE (FRENCH, 1826-1873) Signed in script to base "Laplanche", stamped verso "EV 615" Item # 009TFP26F A superb model of a f...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique, Pair, Marly Horses, French, Bronze, Equestrian, Statue, after Coustou
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique pair of Marly horses. A French, bronze equestrian statue after Guillaume Coustou (1677-1746), dating to the late 19th century, circa 1900. Beguiling representat...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Antique Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Stag Figure c.1890
Located in London, GB
A good sized late Victorian Vienna bronze in the form of the most handsome Stag. Beautifully executed and retaining the original paint. c.1890 measuring 9" wide (max) the body leng...
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Antique 1890s Austrian Late Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique, Curlew, Oriental, Bronze, Mahogany, Decorative, Small Bird, circa 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique study of a curlew. An Oriental, bronze and mahogany decorative small bird, dating to the late 19th century, circa 1900. The bird sculpted in a sunbathing pose w...
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Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

French Antique Bronze Sculpture of Basset Hounds by E. Fremiet & Barbedienne
By Emmanuel Fremiet, F. Barbedienne Foundry
Located in Shippensburg, PA
This is a simply gorgeous group sculpted in bronze, the title of which varies somewhat depending on the text you examine - depending on the reference text, it can be noted as pair of...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

“German Shepherd” Antique French Bronze Sculpture Dog by P. Tourgueneff & Susse
By Susse Freres
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An exquisite lost-wax model of a resting German shepherd cast by the Susse brothers foundry, the cast is technically very precise, likely a relatively early casting in light of the f...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“Taureau Beuglant" Antique Bronze Sculpture of Cow by Rosa Bonheur
By Rosa Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Bronze Model Of "Taureau Beuglant" By Rosa Bonheur (FRENCH, 1822-1899) With golden-brown patination, signed in base "Rosa B."; sand-cast, circa 1840s Item # 007LDG13I A finely ...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique French Bronze Sculpture “Young Trapped Elephant” by Emmanuel Fremiet
By Emmanuel Fremiet
Located in Shippensburg, PA
The monumental life-size original of this work was sculpted in 1878 and is presently on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. This version is a reduction reworked by Fremiet for the...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Romantic Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Decorative, Antique Bronze Sculpture of an Eagle, on a Marble Base
Located in Berlin, DE
Decorative antique bronze sculpture of an eagle, on a marble base.
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20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Large, Antique and Very Fine Bronze Sculpture, Striding, Roaring Lion
Located in Berlin, DE
Large, antique and very fine bronze sculpture. Striding, roaring lion. The sculpture is very heavy.
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Antique 19th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze of Chickens Perched on a Rake Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique cast and cold-painted bronze sculpture is unsigned but presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1920. This well executed cast bronze study depicts several hens per...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

Antique Cast Bronze Elephant Figural Statue Sculpture on Marble Base
Located in San Diego, CA
Great cast bronze elephant sculpture mounted on a marble base. Elephant has wonderful details and appears the tusks were replaced over time. Base has one tiny edge chip. Elephant has...
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Early 20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Jennings Brothers Doberman Pinscher Dog Figural Bronze Figure Sculpture
By Jennings Bros.
Located in San Diego, CA
Antique hollow cast bronze Doberman Pinscher figurine or sculpture made by Jennings brothers, circa 1920s-1930s. Signed on the bottom with the makers mark "JB" and the number 784. Gr...
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Early 20th Century American Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique French Bronze Pocket Watch Stand / Match Strike, Equestrian / Horses
Located in London, GB
A fabulous antique French pocket watch stand, from the Bordeaux "Le Bouscat" racecourse, the original blue enamel sign indicating this. Below this label is the little hook ready t...
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Antique Early 1900s French Late Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Antique F. Berman Austrian or Vienna Cold-Painted Bronze Owl Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large and substantial cast and cold-painted bronze sculpture of an owl standing on a book was made in Austria in circa 1880 in the period Victorian style. This sculpture is very...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian High Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

Antique Decorative Cast Bronze Camel Sculpture, 1920
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This is an antique metal cast brass overlaid with copper decoration sculpture of a camel, circa 1920. Brass handcrafted sculpture in Mamluke revival style, Islamic inlay metal artwo...
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Vintage 1920s Egyptian Islamic Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Large Antique Finely Cast Japanese Meiji Period Bronze Elephant Sculpture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderfully large-sized, antique Japanese Meiji period bronze elephant. Cast with fine details and finished with a rich patina. Unmarked for the maker. Simply a great piec...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Bronze Sculpture Two Monkeys Thomas François Cartier, France, 1900
By Thomas Francois-Cartier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique bronze sculpture of two monkeys, mother and child by the French artist Thomas Cartier, 1879-1943, with a beautiful dark brown patina. Literature: “Bronzes, sculptors and fo...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Well Made Antique Bronze Model of a Lioness by Leon Bureau
By Leon Bureau
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Well made antique bronze cast of a fierce lion by Leon Bureau (1866-1906) Depicting a lioness killing a bird, beautiful dark greenish patina. Signed on base L. Bureau.
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Japanese Antique Bronze Model of an Elephant and Two Tigers
Located in London, GB
Meiji period, depicting an elephant being attacked by two tigers, with Japanese mark on the base. Rendered in impressive naturalistic detail, this charming model dates to the Japa...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“Vache Romain” French Antique Bronze Sculpture of Bull by Isidore Bonheur
By Peyrol Foundry, Isidore Jules Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Rare bronze sculpture of "VACHE ROMAIN" (1872) by Isidore Bonheur (FRENCH, 1827-1901) Signed in naturalistic base "ISIDORE BONHEUR", cold-stamped twice "PEYROL" Item # 007LET13P ...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“Brebis Couchée” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Rosa Bonheur, circa 1870s
By Rosa Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Rare bronze sculpture of "Reclining Ewe" cast after model by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) Sand-casting with reddish-brown oxide patina signed "Rosa B" foundry mark for Comptoir ...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Rare “Boeuf Couché” French Antique Bronze Sculpture by Rosa Bonheur & Peyrol
By Peyrol Foundry, Rosa Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
“BOEUF COUCHE” patinated bronze sculpture by Rosa Bonheur Signed in naturalist base "Rosa B.”; sand-cast; stamped verso PEYROL Item # 911SWQ29Z-1 The original model for Boeuf Co...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

French Antique Bronze Sculpture of Arabian Stallion “Ibrahim” after Pierre Jules
By Pierre Jules Mêne
Located in Shippensburg, PA
This very handsome sculpture of Ibrahim - Cheval Arabe Ramené d'Egypte is a very fine casting after the model by Pierre Jules Mene depicting the Arabian stallion winner of the French...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Stag Bronze, French, Deer, Elk, Prosper LeCourtier, Victorian circa 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique stag bronze. A French, study of a deer or male elk and signed by the artist Prosper Lecourtier (1851-1924), dating to the late Victorian period, circa 1900. Fas...
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Early 20th Century French Late Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze of a Rooster and Chickens Perched on a Leaf
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique cast and cold-painted bronze sculpture is unsigned but presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1920. This well executed cast bronze study depicts several hens per...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

Antique Art Deco Jennings Brothers Bronze Bulldog Dog Cigar Figural Ashtray
By Jennings Bros.
Located in San Diego, CA
Very unique Art Deco bronze figural bulldog cigar ashtray made by Jennings Brothers, circa 1920s. Great shape and design. Made of spelter with a bronze finish. Signed on the bottom b...
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Early 20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze of an Exotic Bird or Pheasant Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique cast and cold-painted bronze sculpture is unsigned but presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1920. This well executed cast bronze study depicts a very colorful ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Bronze

Antique Bronze Owl Mounted on Green Onyx Base, Austrian, circa 1910
Located in Petaluma, CA
Here we have, in bronze, the wise old owl sitting on top of books representing his wisdom. Mounted on a luscious green onyx base. The casting and rich dark brown factory patina are t...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Other Animal Sculptures

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Onyx, Bronze

Antique Vienna Cold Painted Bronze Boxer Dog circa 1900, Car Mascot
Located in London, GB
An absolutely charming cast bronze boxer dog, cold painted in Austria, circa 1900. I think what was done at a later date was it was mounted during the 1930s onto a chrome plinth m...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Chrome

Antique Japanese Bronze Eagle from the Meiji Period, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
With extended wings, this cast bronze eagle statue has a regal and powerful stance, symbolic of freedom and power. The eagle is further supported by a stable base to be displayed in ...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Bull Figure, Austrian, Bronze, Study, Statue, 19th Century, circa 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique bull figure. An Austrian, bronze study or statue, dating to the late 19th century, circa 1900. Striking anatomical study of a powerful animal Displaying a desi...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

French Antique Bronze Sculpture “Le Bouc no. 1” Goat by Pierre Jules Mene
By Pierre Jules Mêne
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very fine lifetime casting of a male goat by Pierre Jules Mene, the work is crisply signed in the naturalistic base and exhibits the exceptional surface tooling we expect from his ...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

“Grazing Ram” French Antique Bronze Sculpture by Rosa Bonheur, Cast by Peyrol
By Peyrol Foundry, Rosa Bonheur
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Though she only produced a limited variety of sculpture models in her lifetime, Rosa Bonheur’s sheep are some of the most cherished. Sensitive and exacting, the manner in which she c...
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Antique 19th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

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Bronze Animals Antique For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the bronze animals antique you’re looking for. A bronze animals antique — often made from metal, bronze and stone — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect bronze animals antique —, we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A bronze animals antique is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Deco, Victorian and Art Nouveau styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made bronze animals antique over the years, but those crafted by Isidore Jules Bonheur, Peyrol Foundry and Rosa Bonheur are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Bronze Animals Antique?

A bronze animals antique can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,740, while the lowest priced sells for $360 and the highest can go for as much as $25,000.

Finding the Right Sculptures for You

Styling your home with sculpture means adding a touch that can meaningfully transform the space. By introducing a sculptural work as a decorative finish to any interior, you’re making a statement, whether you tend toward the dramatic or prefer to keep things casual with modest, understated art.

A single, one-of-a-kind three-dimensional figurative sculpture mounted on your dining-room wall is a guaranteed conversation piece, while a trio of abstract works arranged on your living-room bookshelves can add spontaneity to the collection of first-edition novels or artist monographs you’re displaying as well as draw attention to them. Figurative sculptures are representational works that portray a specific person, animal or object. While decorating with busts, which are sculpted or cast figurative works, hasn’t exactly topped the list of design trends every year, busts are back. According to designer Timothy Corrigan, “They give humanity in a way that a more abstract sculpture can’t give.” Abstract sculptures, on the other hand, are not meant to show something specific. Instead, they invoke a mood or scene without directly stating what they are portraying.

Busts made of stone or metal may not seem like a good fit for your existing decor. Fortunately, there are many ways for a seemingly incongruous piece to fit in with the rest of your room’s theme. You can embrace a dramatic piece by making it the focal point of the room, or you can choose to incorporate several elements made out of the same material to create harmony in your space. If an antique or more dramatic piece doesn’t feel like you, why not opt for works comprising plastic, fiberglass or other more modern materials?

When incorporating sculpture into the design of your home — be it the playful work of auction hero and multimedia visionary KAWS, contemporary fiber art from Connecticut dealer browngrotta arts or still-life sculpture on a budget — consider proper lighting, which can bring out the distinctive aspects of your piece that deserve attention. And make sure you know how the size and form of the sculpture will affect your space in whole. If you choose a sculpture with dramatic design elements, such as sharp angles or bright colors, for example, try to better integrate this new addition by echoing those elements in the rest of your room’s design.

Get started on decorating with sculpture now — find figurative sculptures, animal sculptures and more on 1stDibs today.