Have you ever inherited a bronze sculpture or found something at a thrift sale and wondered how to get your bronze art appraised? Just like paintings, bronze art can and should be appraised. Appraising a bronze sculpture can be challenging, but not impossible. Here are some tips for getting a valuation for your bronze piece!

  1. Have an authenticity statement. The easiest way to know the value of your piece is by having an authenticity statement from the artist. A certificate of authenticity ensures that the piece was made by the artist, and it goes a long way in determining the new value as the piece ages. If the bronze sculpture is something you have inherited, you can potentially contact the artist to receive more information on the value of the piece.
  2. Do some research. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a certificate of authenticity. If you don’t have one, the first step to deciphering a value for your bronze sculpture is doing some old-fashioned research. The first step is finding the artist. Somewhere on your bronze sculpture, the creator of the piece will have left their initials, signature, trademark or emblem. With this information, you can look up the artist and search for similar pieces by them. This initial research can go a long way in getting an idea of the value of your bronze art.
  3. Know what you’re looking at. Beyond finding the artist, learning about the types of bronze casts will help as well. There are four major types of bronze sculpture casts: original casts, recasts, replica casts, and after casts. An original cast is exactly as it sounds. It’s the original from the artist. A recast is made from the original mold usually after the artist has passed away. A replica cast is a copy of the original bronze sculpture made by someone other than the artist. And last, an after cast is made from a mold taken from an original bronze sculpture.
  4. Find an expert appraiser. Once you’ve got a basic knowledge of what you might be looking at, it’s time to take your piece to an expert. A long-time bronze sculpture art appraiser is the best option for receiving an honest and knowledgeable evaluation of your piece. An art appraiser is required to evaluate your piece for insurance and estate planning.
  5. Have realistic expectations. Last, be realistic about your expectations. There are some bronze sculptures that are frequently replicated, and they can be found all over the place such as pieces by Remington, Rodin, and Renoir. If you’re looking at one of these pieces, the chances of it being worth anything substantial are slim to none. However, with less replicated pieces, they have the potential to be original casts or recasts, and the value for these can vary.


Valuing Your Art

Getting regular appraisals for your art is part of the cost of owning fine art pieces. Obtaining and safeguarding certificates of authenticity for all of your pieces makes the appraisal process easier. If you don’t have access to these certificates, your pieces can still be appraised. However, the process is a little more difficult, but still possible. While this seems like an unnecessary step, keeping up-to-date appraisals has many benefits.

If you have original art pieces or premier quality replications, keeping their appraisals up to date will guarantee your collection has the correct insurance coverage, give a more accurate view of your net worth, and prepare you for the possibility of selling your pieces.