Antique and vintage bronze rams



2015-06-26 11:14:35

Antique and vintage bronze rams are ornamental pieces that can be highly collectible.

They tend to feature either the head or the full body of a ram or rams, cast in bronze.

Bronze rams have been produced throughout the ages, and examples have been found from as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

Antique or vintage?

Bronze rams produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of antique and vintage bronze rams

  • An Achaemenid Empire bronze model of a ram’s head, thought to have been produced between 550 and 330 BC, made $12,000 at a Millea Bros action in November 2009.

  • A mid-16th century bronze ram, made in Padua, Italy, achieved £14,400 at Sotheby’s London in December 2006. It is thought to have been made by Andrea Riccio.

  • An Egyptian bronze ram, dating from 730 to 716 BC, sold for £14,400 at Sotheby’s London in October 2003.

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