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Wire Animal Sculpture
Located in Richmond, VA
Vintage metal animal sculpture with spiral head. In the style of artist, Alexander Calder.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

  • Wire Animal Sculpture
  • Wire Animal Sculpture
  • Wire Animal Sculpture
  • Wire Animal Sculpture
H 6 in. W 8.5 in. D 4 in.
Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
By Curtis Jere
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage metal animal sculpture.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Metal

  • Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
  • Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
  • Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
  • Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
H 2.63 in. W 1.75 in. D 7.25 in.
Metal and Brass Animal Sculpture
Located in grand Lancy, CH
Metal and brass animal sculpture.
Category

Vintage 1970s European Animal Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Brass

  • Metal and Brass Animal Sculpture
  • Metal and Brass Animal Sculpture
  • Metal and Brass Animal Sculpture
  • Metal and Brass Animal Sculpture
H 13 in. W 5.52 in. D 14.97 in.
Bronze Crane Life-Size Animal Sculpture Handcrafted Mid-Century Modern, 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Large Mid-Century Modern bronze crane, Animal Sculpture with stylized legs & feet. Made in the USA in the late 1970s. A beautiful animal sculpture for indoor and outdoor.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

English 1930s Painted Lead Animal Sculpture Depicting a Squirrel Eating a Nut
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English painted lead animal sculpture of a squirrel from the first half of the 20th century. This sculpture features a sweet squirrel with a nicely weathered appearance due to its...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lead

Mid-Century Modern Pale Pink Marble Polar Bear Sculpture, Animal Sculpture, 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern hand carved pale pink marble polar bear sculpture, animal sculpture, 1970.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Marble

Vintage Bronze Mythical Griffin Style Animal Sculpture with Verde Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage bronze mythical animal sculpture from the mid-20th century with verde patina. Created with the traditional technique of the lost-wax (à la cire perdue) that allows a great ...
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Mid-20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Unique Hand Carved Animal Sculpture Bison Made of Solid Wood
Located in Berlin, DE
Unique hand carved animal sculpture Bison made of solid wood. Lying bison, extremely finely carved sculpture. Solid wood, Mahogany at the turn of the century (V-156).
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Early 20th Century German Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Monumental Mid-Century Modern Handcrafted Brass Bronze Giraffe, Animal Sculpture
By Sergio Bustamante
Located in Miami, FL
In the style of Sergio Bustamante, large 53 inches tall giraffe. Standing, in brass and bronze hammered handcrafted animal sculpture. This is a beautiful piece of Mid-Century Moder...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Tiger Cat Animal Sculpture in the Art Deco Style
Located in New York, NY
A relatively large ceramic tiger cat animal sculpture piece in the Art Deco style, circa mid to late-20th century. Beautiful detail in face, mouth, body/muscle structure and tail. Pi...
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Mid-20th Century North American Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Italian Hand Painted & Ceramic Life-sized Boxer Dog Statue, Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Carraro Collection glazed Italian ceramic life-size hand-painted dog statue, animal sculpture. Signed underneath hand-painted and made in Italy.  
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Late 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Fine Art Mid-Century Modern Black Wire Lion Table Sculpture, Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Black Mid-Century Modern wire metal lion sculpture, Fine Art, animal sculpture. The lion is mounted on a metal base. Felt cover underneath.   
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Wire

Mid-Century Modern Life-Size Bronze Duck, Animal Sculpture, Table Decoration
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern polished decorative heavy bronze duck, animal sculpture or table decor.    
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Leather Horse Equine Animal Sculpture in the Folk Art Style
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful all leather horse equine animal sculpture, circa late-20th century. This hand-crafted piece is clad in a light brown leather with glass eyes. For size perspective, please...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Animal Sculptures

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern Stylized Hand-carved Fruit Wooden Duck Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern whimsical hand-carved Duck made out of soft Fruit Wood. Stunning organic animal sculptures for Collectors.  
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Vintage Bronze Mythical Boar Animal Sculpture on Rectangular Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A vintage bronze mythical boar sculpture from the mid-20th century with great patina. Created with the traditional technique of the lost-wax (à la cire perdue) that allows a great pr...
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Mid-20th Century Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Tall Danish Teak Animal Sculpture by Knud Albert, Denmark, Signed
Located in Kansas City, MO
Whimsical large animal sculpture (dog? kangaroo? giraffe? or trippy made up animal? whatever it is, it's cool!) signed by artist Knud Albert, Denmark, 1960s. Solid meticulously carve...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Teak

Pair of Ducks Animal Sculptures by Archimede Seguso Murano in Black & White
By Archimede Seguso
Located in London, GB
A pair of black and white animal sculptures by Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) Italy made circa 1970 comprising of two large ducks, in solid opaque glass. Archimede Seguso was born on t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vintage Design Patent Mack Trucks Bull Dog Figurine, Statue, Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Design Patent Mack trucks bull dog figurine, statue, animal sculpture. Silvered Bronze Bull Dog mounted on a wooden Base. Marked Mack, 87931, Design Patent. Base measures:...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Animal Sculpture, Wall Art, the Long Horn by Bend Goods, Gold
By Bend Goods
Located in Ontario, CA
The longhorn is the largest in the animal sculpture collection and will add a wild feel to any space. This wire design is made to mount on your walls or sit atop a shelf. Copper and...
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2010s Unknown Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Animal Sculpture, Wall Art, the Long Horn by Bend Goods, Orange
By Bend Goods
Located in Ontario, CA
The longhorn is the largest in the animal sculpture collection and will add a wild feel to any space. This wire design is made to mount on your walls or sit atop a shelf. Copper and...
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2010s Unknown Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Animal Sculpture, Wall Art, The Long Horn by Bend Goods, Black
By Bend Goods
Located in Ontario, CA
The Longhorn is the largest in the animal sculpture collection and will add a wild feel to any space. This wire design is made to mount on your walls or sit atop a shelf. *Copper an...
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2010s Unknown Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Marked White Royal Dux Porcelain Snow Owl, Animal Sculpture Mid-Century Modern
By Royal Dux Bohemia
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Royal Dux Bohemia white royal dux porcelain snow owl, animal Sculpture Mid-Century Modern. Marked at Base, numbered #813 33-10 & Makers Trademark.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Pair 19th Century Brown Black Leather Horses Animal Sculptures Toys and Dolls
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of 19th century brown black leather horses animal sculptures toys and dolls.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Animal Sculptures

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Leather

Animal Sculpture, Wall Art, The Long Horn by Bend Goods, Copper
By Bend Goods
Located in Ontario, CA
The Longhorn is the largest in the animal sculpture collection and will add a wild feel to any space. This wire design is made to mount on your walls or sit atop a shelf. *Copper a...
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2010s Unknown Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Animal Sculpture, Wall Art, the Long Horn by Bend Goods, White
By Bend Goods
Located in Ontario, CA
The longhorn is the largest in the animal sculpture collection and will add a wild feel to any space. This wire design is made to mount on your walls or sit atop a shelf. Copper and...
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2010s Unknown Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Group of Four Animal Sculptures in Black and White by Archimede Seguso
By Archimede Seguso
Located in London, GB
A group of four animal sculptures by Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) Italy made circa 1970 comprising ofa dog, bird, rabbit and seal in solid opaque glass, foil label to one example 'Ar...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Malachite and Gold Gilt Bronze Turtle Animal Sculpture Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful, small gold gilt bronze 'Box' turtle sculpture on green malachite base, circa late-20th century. A fun, detailed, gold gilt bronze Box turtle animal sculpture adhered to ...
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Late 20th Century European Animal Sculptures

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Malachite, Bronze

Pair of Contemporary Cast Bronze Mythological Guardian Animal Sculptures
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of contemporary cast bronze mythological guardian animal sculptures in verdigris patina. Attracting our attention with their striking appearance, this pair of bronze sculpture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

19th Century Animal Sculpture, a Painted Stone Model of a Pig with Black Paint
Located in London, GB
A late 19th century English animal sculpture, a stone model of a smiling pig lying down, with large ears, with remaining black paint residue.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Animal Sculptures

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Stone

Mid-Century Modern Travertine Animals Sculptures in Brutalist Style, Italy 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Moderntravertine animals sculptures in Brutalist style, Italy 1970s. This lovely set of four travertine animal sculptures in brutalist style impresses with its minimal...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Travertine

Lion and Lioness Animal Sculpture
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
Lion and lioness hand painted cast stone sculpture.
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Vintage 1970s Animal Sculptures

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Cast Stone

  • Lion and Lioness Animal Sculpture
  • Lion and Lioness Animal Sculpture
  • Lion and Lioness Animal Sculpture
  • Lion and Lioness Animal Sculpture
H 4.5 in. W 12.5 in. D 8.5 in.
Set of 9 Biology Animal Sculptures, 1940s
Located in Berlin, DE
The measurements given apply to the smallest figure. The tallest one measures 35cm in length and 17cm in width.
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Vintage 1940s Animal Sculptures

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Clay

  • Set of 9 Biology Animal Sculptures, 1940s
  • Set of 9 Biology Animal Sculptures, 1940s
  • Set of 9 Biology Animal Sculptures, 1940s
  • Set of 9 Biology Animal Sculptures, 1940s
H 1.97 in. W 4.34 in. D 9.85 in.
Walter Bosse Animal Sculptures, Austria, 1950
By Walter Bosse, Hertha Baller
Located in Munich, DE
Set of beautiful sculptures made of brass designed by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria in the 1950s. These brilliant figurines by Walter Bosse represent seminal works...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

  • Walter Bosse Animal Sculptures, Austria, 1950
  • Walter Bosse Animal Sculptures, Austria, 1950
  • Walter Bosse Animal Sculptures, Austria, 1950
  • Walter Bosse Animal Sculptures, Austria, 1950
H 5.91 in. W 2.37 in. D 5.12 in.
Mid Century Modern Brass Ram Animal Sculpture
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small brass sculpture of a ram. This mid-century beauty will be perfect if styled on a bookshelf. It features a ram with its horns curled backward. He is seated with his legs curle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Large Vintage Brass Jumping Reindeer Animal Sculpture
By Dolbi Cashier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A rare vintage brass animal statue from 1980s. Newly polished. Jumping reindeer appears to be in flight attached to the marble base.
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Vintage 1980s Korean Hollywood Regency Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Brass

Val St Lambert Crystal Animal Sculpture, Belgium
By Val Saint Lambert
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very beautiful sculpture of a falcon in crystal designed by Val St Lamber. Mouth blown in a mold and hand-finished, very bright light intensity. Labeled with the old stamp of Val...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Crystal

  • Val St Lambert Crystal Animal Sculpture, Belgium
  • Val St Lambert Crystal Animal Sculpture, Belgium
  • Val St Lambert Crystal Animal Sculpture, Belgium
  • Val St Lambert Crystal Animal Sculpture, Belgium
H 7.09 in. W 3.55 in. D 1.97 in.
Art Deco Horse Head Animal Sculpture Plaster
By Émile Antoine Bourdelle
Located in Munich, DE
This expressive sculpture of a horse head is executed in the manner of Émile Antoine Bourdelle and made out of plaster.
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Plaster

  • Art Deco Horse Head Animal Sculpture Plaster
  • Art Deco Horse Head Animal Sculpture Plaster
  • Art Deco Horse Head Animal Sculpture Plaster
  • Art Deco Horse Head Animal Sculpture Plaster
H 26.38 in. W 33.08 in. D 16.93 in.
Tim Orr Exceptional Animal Sculpture, circa 1970
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Exceptional sculpture which represents three animals by the French artist Tim Orr. Beautiful black ceramic glaze. circa 1970.  
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Vintage 1970s Animal Sculptures

  • Tim Orr Exceptional Animal Sculpture, circa 1970
  • Tim Orr Exceptional Animal Sculpture, circa 1970
  • Tim Orr Exceptional Animal Sculpture, circa 1970
  • Tim Orr Exceptional Animal Sculpture, circa 1970
H 7.09 in. W 8.27 in. D 5.91 in.
Signed Bustamante Brass Fireplace Screen / Wall Animal Sculpture
By Sergio Bustamante
Located in Stamford, CT
Mexican artist, Sergio Bustamante wall sculpture or fireplace screen with a Garden of Eden menagerie of flora and fauna. Lions, giraffes, birds, butterflies, turtle, armadillo, rabbi...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Copper

20th Century Terracota Animal Sculpture, Hand Carved
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th century terracotta hand carved monkey figure.     
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20th Century Spanish Other Animal Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

Antique Terracotta Dog English Bulldog Animal Sculpture, England
Located in Munich, DE
The finely modeled sculpture in the shape of a English bulldog is made out of terracotta and has glass eyes. It was made in England between circa 1860-1870.   
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Animal Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

French Art Deco Green Clay Lion Animal Sculpture
Located in IT
Art Deco green Terracotta lion animalier sculpture This regal bearing lion is standing on his four legs staring at something in a very elegant position. on the base of this sculptu...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Clay

  • French Art Deco Green Clay Lion Animal Sculpture
  • French Art Deco Green Clay Lion Animal Sculpture
  • French Art Deco Green Clay Lion Animal Sculpture
  • French Art Deco Green Clay Lion Animal Sculpture
H 14.97 in. W 22.84 in. D 7.09 in.
French Art Deco Style Patinated Metal Animal Sculpture
Located in Antwerp, BE
French Art Deco style patinated metal deer sculpture on onyx base. Possibly Art Deco period. Measures: Width 48 cm. height 25 cm.      
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Onyx, Marble, Metal, Brass

Bronze Sculpture by Jean-François Gambino, Bear, Animal Sculpture
By Giuseppe Gambino
Located in Paris, FR
Bronze sculpture by Jean-François Gambino Title: Bear Year: 2013 Media: Bronze Dimensions: 43 x 30 x 22 cm About the artist: Jean-François Gambino was born in Paris in 1966...
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2010s French Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Gianluigi Mele Ceramic Boar Animal Sculpture, Italy, Sardinia, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Boar sculpture by the Sardinian designer Gianluigi Mele in ceramic, Italy, circa 1970. Signed on the bottom.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Rare Pair of Vintage Dolby Brass Parrots Animal Sculpture
By Dolbi Cashier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful pair of large brass parrots by Dolbi. 1980s. Rare and very collectible. Newly polished. Smaller parrot: 18" height x 6" diameter.
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Vintage 1980s Korean Rococo Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Large Hollywood Regency Ceramic Lion Animal Sculpture, Midcentury, Italy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Italian ceramic lion sculpture from Italy. This ceramic piece is a fantastic example of the Hollywood Regency style. Hand painted and glazed in various hues of brown, orange, black a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Animal Sculptures

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Paint, Ceramic

Aurelio Teno, a Group of Four Silver Sea Shell and Coral Animal Sculpture, 1950s
By Aurelio Teno
Located in New York, NY
A group of four silver, sea shell and coral Animal sculptures 1950s. Dimensions: Frog – H 5” x W 2.5” x D 5” x base height 2” Bird – H 6” x W 5” x D 3.5” x base height 2” Dog...
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Vintage 1950s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Coral, Sterling Silver

Bronze Jules Moigniez Figurative Animal Sculpture of Two Pheasants
By Jules Moigniez
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This wonderfully playful French animaliers study of two pheasants eating wheat has a nice golden patina and finely finished hand chased surface detail, raised on a naturalistic base ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Napoleon III Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid Century Italian F.Mori Ceramic Animal Sculpture, 1950s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Incredible ceramic by F.Mori ceramic, 1950s made in Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Antique Empire Dolphins Carving Scallops Animal Sculpture Mahogany France
Located in Munich, DE
Two pairs of rare Empire carved dolphins are carved out of solid mahogany. They Stand on bases designed as scallops. They were made in Paris circa 1810.
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Antique 1810s French Empire Animal Sculptures

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Mahogany

Emmanuel Fremiet Bronze Animal Sculpture of Cat Nursing Kittens
By Emmanuel Fremiet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Emmanuel Fremiet (Paris, 1824-1910) was an important 19th century. Sculptor known especially for animals and famous personages as Joan of Arc equestrian gilt bronze sculpture everyon...
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Napoleon III Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Italian Animals Sculpture in Walnut Timber, 1960s
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Spectacular sculpture of two monkeys in Italian walnut timber, circa 1960s. Good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Walnut

Travertine Animal Sculpture, Card, Letter Holder by Fratelli Mannelli, 1970s
By Fratelli Mannelli
Located in Schagen, NL
Wonderful piece, designed and produced in the 1970s, Italy. Remains in good condition. Collectable piece.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Brutalist Animal Sculptures

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Travertine, Marble

Set of 5 Elephants Animal Sculpture Travertine Decoration by Fratelli Mannelli
By Fratelli Mannelli
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Fratelli Mannelli Set of 5 decorative elephants in travertine sculpture. Classic of the mid-20th century decoration, circa 1960 Original good condition Dimensions smal...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Travertine

Ceramic Animal Sculpture Turtle by Accolay circa 1960 Orange Glaze Color
By Accolay Pottery
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Accolay Ceramic sculpture representative of a turtle. Orange ceramic glaze color. Signed under the base ACCOLAY Dimensions: 9 x 16 x 10cm.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Japanese Old Wood Carving Cat 1860s-1920s / Antique Figurine Animal Sculpture
Located in Sammushi, JP
Old Japanese wood carving cat. It seems to be from the Meiji era to the Taisho era. The material is cedar. This cat is called "the silk moth god". At that time, in areas where ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Animal Sculptures

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Cedar

Lladró African Savannah Wild Animals Sculpture in White by Ernest Massuet
By Lladro, Ernest Massuet
Located in Cranbury, NJ
Sculpture in matte white porcelain animals from African savannah, adult female elephant that guides her group through a long path with an iroko wooden base. As an African proverb say...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wood, Porcelain

Large Vintage Brass Resting Panther Animal Sculpture Mid-Century Modern 1970
Located in Miami, FL
This is a beautiful panther sculpture made out of brass and it is made to hang over a shelf. Wonderfully crafted with great curves and lines.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

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Animals Sculptures For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of animals sculptures for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, ceramic and bronze, all animals sculptures available were constructed with great care. Find 12408 antique and vintage animals sculptures at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 692 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Animals sculptures have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Modern animals sculptures are consistently popular styles. There have been many well-made animals sculptures over the years, but those made by Walter Bosse, Hertha Baller and Curtis Jere are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Animals Sculptures?

Prices for animals sculptures can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, animals sculptures begin at $1 and can go as high as $2,300,000, while the average can fetch as much as $1,576.

Finding the Right Animal Sculptures for You

Invite the untamed wonders of the animal kingdom into your home — and do so safely — with the antique, new and vintage animal sculptures available on 1stDibs.

Artists working in every medium from furniture design to jewelry to painting have found inspiration in wild animals over the years. For sculptors, three-dimensional animal renderings — both realistic and symbolic — crisscross history and continents. In as early as 210 B.C., intricately detailed terracotta horses guarded early Chinese tombs, while North America’s native Inuit tribes living in the ice-covered Arctic during the 1800’s wore small animal figurines carved from walrus ivory. Indeed, animal sculpture has a long history, and beginning in the 19th century, the art form started becoming not only fashionable but artistically validated — a trend that continues today. At home, animal sculptures — polished bronze rhinos crafted in the Art Deco style or ceramic dogs of the mid-century modern era — can introduce both playfulness and drama to your decor.

In the case of the frosted glass sculptures crafted by artisans at legendary French glassmaker Lalique, founded by jeweler and glass artist René Lalique, some animal sculptures are purely decorative. With their meticulously groomed horse manes and detailed contours of their parakeet feathers, these creatures want to be proudly displayed. Adding animal sculptures to your bookcases can draw attention to your covetable collection of vintage monographs, while side tables and wall shelving also make great habitats for these ornamental animal figurines.

Some sculptures, however, can find suitable nests in just about any corner of your space. Whimsical brass flamingos or the violent, realist bronze lions created by Parisian sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye are provocative and versatile pieces that can rest on windowsills or your desk. Otherwise, the brass cat shoehorns and bronze porcupine ashtrays designed by Viennese artist Walter Bosse are no longer roaming aimlessly throughout your living room, as they’ve found a purpose to serve.

Embark on your safari today and find a fascinating collection of vintage, modern and antique animal sculptures on 1stDibs.

Questions About Animals Sculptures
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    The difference between carving and sculpture is that carving is a carved object, whereas sculpture is the art of shaping figures or designs — because sculpture can involve adding material (i.e., working with plaster, creating a mold to be cast in bronze), it is considered “additive” versus the “subtractive” act of carving.

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