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We are independent and can therefore offer an unbiased estimate of the value of an art work. Our approach to valuation combines our considerable expertise with the involvement of at least two teams which work independently one from another and provide an independent view to our clients which is free of any conflict of interest.

There are a number of factors to consider when assessing the market and aesthetic value of a bronze sculpture. The sculpture should be examined in bright or natural light, and the following points should be taken into account.

Firstly, it is important to establish whether the bronze is a superior example of its type. One way to do this is to judge the sculpture based on the quality of the casting. If the sculpture is meant to be complex, then the details should be crisp and clearly modeled.

Secondly, the condition and authenticity of the patina plays a significant role in the value. A bronze that has been handled often over the years will be lighter in areas of high relief where the patina has been worn away in contrast to darker patinated areas of low relief. The handling often adds a wonderful dimension to the sculpture but of course if excessive can reduce value.

Thirdly, a signature, foundry stamp, date, number, or any other type of special marking often increases the value of a bronze sculpture. These markings help identify and often assist in the authentification of a bronze sculpture. It is important to remember that the relationship of the sculptor to the foundry is much the same as the relationship of the photographer to the printer. The quality of the cast is directly related to the foundry, which can produce vastly different qualities of the same sculpture.

Finally, the time period that the cast was produced plays an important role in the sculpture’s value. A ‘lifetime cast,’ a bronze cast during the artist’s lifetime, is often worth more than a similar sculpture that has been cast after the death of the artist.

While the attributes used to value sculptures may vary from one type of art work to another, we also place the utmost importance on the following common criteria:

  • Authentication of authorship (includes authenticity);
  • Condition;
  • Rarity;
  • Historical importance;
  • Provenance;
  • Past exhibitions;
  • Size;
  • Medium;
  • Subject matter;
  • Fashion;
  • Quality;
  • Exit strategy.

The consideration of the exit strategy includes the assessment of the time, place and method of sale—private treaty vs. public auction.