This Chinese bronze sculpture of a happy Buddha has a Xuande Mark on bottom. He is bedecked in jewelry, and holds a cup. I've always enjoyed having Oriental collectibles, because of the rich history of mythology and the feeling that a Buddha will bring you good luck and happiness. We have included some tips on the care of bronze at the end of the listing, since bronze sculpture deserve to be loved and cared for.
Country of Origin: China
Size: 9" by 6" by 5"
Signed: Xuande Mark on bottom.
Condition: Very Good.
How to Clean and Care for Bronze Sculptures
Bronze is a copper alloy. It is generally more expensive than brass and more corrosion resistant. Bronze forms a patina (green color) which is protective to the metal and is often seen on artwork. The green patina is indicative of older pieces and is prized by collectors. Over time, bronze will deteriorate if exposed to moisture and chlorides or sulfides. Moisture alone will not damage bronze making bronze sculpture ideal for outdoor garden settings. Bronze is a metal. It is natural for metal to color in time. In our opinion a natural coloration gives a sculpture character and thus adds to the aesthetic value of a piece.
Keep bronze pieces as clean as possible. Accumulations of dust and dirt can eat into the metal surface. Dust regularly using a soft cloth. Do not rub too vigorously, especially on any protruding parts. If a bronze piece has been neglected for a long time and is covered with grime, thoroughly clean it with a soft brush. Remove all dust from crevices and notches and then lightly rub the entire surface with a soft cotton cloth.
For a more thorough cleaning, carefully wash with a solution of 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 1/2 quarts of water. Rinse well. Polish with copper polish followed by glass wax. If you want a high polish, dip a cloth into liquid wax and apply to the piece. When dry, buff lightly to a high gloss. A wax treatment also may be given to bronze pieces that are kept outdoors. Weathered bronze usually darkens; however, this is natural and does not harm the piece.
"Bronze disease" is one of the most serious hazards of bronze. This disease, caused when chlorides and oxygen combine in a damp environment, also attacks brass and pewter. The disease takes the form of a sudden outbreak of small patches of corrosion and is distinguished by rough, light green spots. "Bronze disease" usually can be stopped by going over the piece with a layer of natural oil. If this does not help the piece you may want to try washing the piece in repeated changes of boiling hot, distilled water. You may have to soak the object for a week or more in distilled water.
And a further hint from Consumers Reports: Clean with a soft brush. If you notice the surface is still dirty, sponge lightly with soapy water, wipe dry, and polish with a chamois cloth. Remove stubborn marks with a little paint thinner on a soft cloth, and polish with a chamois cloth.
Save yourself some elbow grease: There's no need to keep outdoor ornament made of bronze squeaky clean and shiny. Bronze is intended to have a dull patina and usually doesn't look as attractive when it's polished to a high shine.
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