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Large Antique Ceramic Grotesque Fish Sculpture, C. 1900
Located in Bristol, GB
Antique Glazed Studio pottery carp figure A very detailed and well-modelled fish (believed carp) partly in the grotesque sphere but also quite lifelike. The texture and glaze a...
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Early 1900s European Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Art Deco Figural Money Valve, Bulldog Head, Brass, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stylish Art Deco brass money valve in the shape of an American, English or French Bulldog Head. This Valve dates 1920-1930. You can use him to put your Keys or Coins in, or as dec...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Antique Animal Sculptures

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Brass

2 Old Weathered Cast Iron Eagle Statues
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
2 old weathered cast iron eagle statues These lovely Eagles have beautiful detail to the feathering and the facial expressions, they are a bit on the rusty side but sound and in g...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

  • 2 Old Weathered Cast Iron Eagle Statues
  • Antique 2 Old Weathered Cast Iron Eagle Statues
  • 2 Old Weathered Cast Iron Eagle Statues
  • Antique 2 Old Weathered Cast Iron Eagle Statues
H 18 in. W 12 in. D 12 in.
French 19th Century Jewelry Casket by Alphonse Giroux et Cie Paris & J.Moigniez
By Alphonse Giroux et Cie, Jules Moigniez
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
French 19th century jewelry casket by Alphonse Giroux et Cie Paris & J.Moigniez (1835-1894) Silvered bronze richly decorated with Love Birds, branches and foliages Signed J.Moignie...
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1870s French Napoleon III Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

19thc Monumental Cast Iron Garden Rooster
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fantastic monumental cast iron rooster is very large and heavy. It was probably used in a store front as a trade sign or a garden element. The patina is amazing and in very good...
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19th Century American Adirondack Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Mid 19th Century Pug Dog Figurine Staffordshire Pottery, English
By Staffordshire
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good pottery figurine of a Pug Dog made by one of the Staffordshire potters, which we date to mid 19th Century early Victorian England. The dog figure is well modelled t...
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Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Patriotic French Patinated Bronze Eagle and Malachite Clock on Granite Base 1889
Located in New York, NY
Patriotic French patinated bronze eagle and malachite clock on granite base, 1889. Very nice clock with patinated bronze flying eagle sitting on a round malachite globe-form clock...
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19th Century French American Empire Antique Animal Sculptures

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Malachite, Granite, Bronze

Important Ormolu and Silvered Bronze Figural Wine Cooler, Possibly Russian, 1860
By Pavel Sazikov
Located in New York, NY
Important ormolu and silvered bronze figural wine cooler, possibly Russian, 1860 Gilt and silvered bronze wine cooler. Modeled with two Russian polar bears at the handles and with...
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19th Century Russian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

La Chasse Au Lion, The Lion Hunt, Monumental Bronze Sculpture after Aime Millet
Located in New York, NY
"La Chasse Au Lion", "The Lion Hunt", A Monumental French Orientalist Bronze Sculpture after Aime Millet (1818–1891), circa late 19th century. This bronze sculpture of The Lion Hu...
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Late 19th Century French Islamic Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Early 1900s Terra Cotta Plow Horses Sculpture from France
By Geo Martel
Located in Dallas, TX
Signed “Geo Martel” on the left side of the ground, and measuring nearly 40 inches long, this terra cotta sculpture depicting horses plowing a field was created in France in the earl...
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Early 20th Century French Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

19th Century French Terracotta Hand Painted Chicken and Chicks Outdoor Sculpture
Located in Dallas, TX
For a true country French look, place this colorful terracotta chicken composition in your backyard or on your patio. Handcrafted in Normandy France, circa 1860, this hand painted ce...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Antique Fighting Bull Figure, Italian, Heavy, Brass, Ornament, Statue, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique fighting bull figure. An Italian, heavy brass ornamental statue, dating to the late Victorian period, circa 1900. Superb weight with a powerful, muscular stance...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Rare and Unusual Jewel Art Nouveau Walking Stick, Denmark, 1900
By Christian Fjerdingstad
Located in Milan, IT
Exceptional Art Nouveau walking stick. A rare jeweled stick, L-shaped knob in 800/1000 silver, with precious stones: emeralds, depicting two lobsters in a marine environment. Ebony w...
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Early 20th Century Danish Antique Animal Sculptures

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Silver

French, Wood Carousel Pig "Monter Le Couchon"
Located in San Francisco, CA
C. 19th century Hand carved wood carousel (Pig) built for a child. " Montel Le Couchon "
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19th Century Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Art Nouveau Italian Scupture Terracotta, Lioness with Her Lions, A Amorgasti
By Antonio Amorgasti 1
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing sculpture in patinated bronze terracotta, "Lioness with her lions" by Antoine Amorgasti, born in 1880 in Pisa and died in Antwerp, Belgium in 1942. He studied sculpture at th...
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Early 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Antique Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Pug Dogs 19th Century 6 Germany Porcelain, Sculpture
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Valladolid, ES
A beautiful set of 19th century Conta and Boehme porcelain figures of a pug dogs family, with gilt belt collars. Each pug is exceptionally hand-carved and hand-painted to seem as rea...
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1850s French Neoclassical Antique Animal Sculptures

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Gold

Early 20th-C. Asian Bronze Food Dogs or Lions Figurines, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
These are a pair of early 20th century Chinese bronze foo dogs. They are a heavy casting and in very good condition.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

English Majolica Cat 'Ive Eaten the Canary' Figure
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Unidentified English Majolica pepper/salt shaker which features a seated cat, with a self-satisfied expression on it's face. Base in the form of a cage, impressed, 'IVE EATEN THE CAN...
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1880s Antique Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Large Japanese Wood Okimono of a Bantam 'Rooster', Hen and Baby Chicks, 19th Cen
Located in North Miami, FL
A finely signed Japanese carved large cockerel with an impressive plume of tail feathers standing over his family consisting of a hen and baby chicks as they pick at the ground searc...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Arts & Crafts Chime Tubular Bells, Brass Wall-Mounted Dinner Gong ‘Doorbell’
Located in Verviers, BE
Art & Crafts chime tubular bells, brass wall-mounted dinner gong and doorbell. Brass gong with attractive engraved Art Nouveau design. Keyhole slot for fixing to the wall. Have no...
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1910s Austrian Arts and Crafts Antique Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Very Fine Art Deco Animalier Sculpture of a Stag and Doe by L.A. Carvin
By Louis-Albert Carvin
Located in Dublin, IE
A very fine Art Deco metal and brass animalier sculpture of a stag and doe by Louis Albert Carvin, mounted on a stunning moulded Italian black and orange Margraf marble stepped base ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Antique Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Large Antique Cold Painted Vienna Bronze Horse Sculpture Inkstand Attr. Bergmann
By Franz Bergmann
Located in Lisse, NL
Stylish, rare and top quality workmanship desk piece. This antique is not only rare, stunning, original and top quality made, it also is very decorative and highly collectible. Bo...
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19th Century Austrian Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Antique Chinese Rose Quartz Carved Snuff Box
Located in Toronto, ON
This exquisite large antique Chinese circa 1880 carved rose quartz snuff box is a rare Maison Nurita find. Snuff boxes were first used by the Chinese and Mongolians during the Qing d...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Rose Quartz

Japanese Antique Monkey-Shaped Couple Stone Statue / Prosperity of Descendants
Located in Sammushi, JP
Rare items have arrived. This is sold as a set of two. Each size is shown at the top of the explanation column. This is a monkey-shaped stone statue, but it is thought to have b...
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19th Century Japanese Edo Antique Animal Sculptures

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Stone

Bronze Cast German Shepherd Bookends by Armor Bronze, circa 1930
By Armor Bronze
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT This is an original pair of Art Deco cast bronze German Shepherd bookends manufactured by Armor Bronze Company, New York USA. Both pieces have retained their original bronze...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

German Porcelain Bulldogs, Dresden, Late 19th Century
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Three German porcelain Bulldogs, probably Dresden, late 19th century. Perfect condition. Small - H: 10 cm, W: 11 cm, D: 5 cm Large - H: 11 cm, W: 10 cm, D: 5 cm.
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Late 19th Century German Antique Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Medium Size Glazed Porcelain Terrier Dog
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is an adorable medium size glazed porcelain figurine of a Terrier dog. It is hand painted white and highlighted with yellow-brownish spots. Very well made. It doesn’t have any h...
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Early 20th Century English Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

  • Medium Size Glazed Porcelain Terrier Dog
  • Medium Size Glazed Porcelain Terrier Dog
  • Medium Size Glazed Porcelain Terrier Dog
  • Medium Size Glazed Porcelain Terrier Dog
H 3.75 in. W 5.75 in. D 2 in.
Seal Art Nouveau Sculpture in Bronze 1900s
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Spectacular stamp from the beginning of the century, still unmarked at the base, with a feline on rocks and a multitude of plants and flowers showing the excellent quality of the art...
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Early 1900s European Art Nouveau Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Seal Art Nouveau Sculpture in Bronze 1900s
  • Seal Art Nouveau Sculpture in Bronze 1900s
  • Seal Art Nouveau Sculpture in Bronze 1900s
  • Seal Art Nouveau Sculpture in Bronze 1900s
H 3.94 in. W 1.58 in. D 1.58 in.
Swallow's Nest Key Rack Holder Wall Mount Vintage Folk Art German, Black Forest
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A lovely key holder board made of hand carved wood, made in the Black Forest area in Germany. Found at an estate sale in Nuremberg, Germany. It is not marked. A nice addition to your...
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1910s German Black Forest Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Knife for Hunting Deer, Austria Mid of 19th Century
Located in Milan, IT
Hunting knife with black leather sheath. The handle, in deer horn, features brass acorns. The handle of the knife, at the end there are two dog heads, with the paw of a deer in the m...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Steel

19th Century Cold Painted Bronze Monkey Servant
Located in London, GB
A fine and large cold painted monkey servant, Austrian Circa 1890.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • 19th Century Cold Painted Bronze Monkey Servant
  • 19th Century Cold Painted Bronze Monkey Servant
  • 19th Century Cold Painted Bronze Monkey Servant
  • 19th Century Cold Painted Bronze Monkey Servant
H 11.42 in. W 3.55 in. D 4.73 in.
Antique Cast Iron Boston Terrier Doorstop by Hubley, circa 1910-1940
By Hubley Manufacturing Company 2
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT This is an original cast iron Boston Terrier doorstop manufactured by the Hubley Manufacturing Company in Lancaster Pennsylvania USA. The piece has retained its original han...
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Early 20th Century Industrial Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Bronze and Copper Plated Machine Age Trojan Horse Bookends by Dodge Inc. c.1930
By Dodge Inc. 1
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT This is an original pair of Art Deco style cast gray or "pot" metal Trojan horse bookends manufactured by Dodge Trophy Inc. Los Angeles California USA. Both pieces have reta...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Copper

Antique Cast Iron Boston Terrier Doorstop by Hubley, circa 1910-1940
By Hubley Manufacturing Company 2
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original cast iron Boston Terrier doorstop manufactured by the Hubley Manufacturing Company in Lancaster Pennsylvania USA. The piece has retained its original hand ...
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Early 20th Century Industrial Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Japanese Wood Carved Edo Temple Shinto Shrine Guardian Shishi Komainu Lion Dogs
Located in Studio City, CA
Truly remarkable and wonderfully, intricately hand-carved pair of ancient Japanese Komainu Shishi (or Jishi) protective lions. This pair left us a bit breathless when we first discov...
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Early 19th Century Japanese Edo Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Mid-19th Century, French, Gilt Bronze Monkey Chef
Located in London, GB
A fantastically modelled gilt bronze monkey chef, he stands proudly on a black polished stone base.
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1840s French Empire Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Pair of Turquoise Foo Dogs
Located in Sarasota, FL
Pair of turquoise foo dogs / Lions glazed ceramic with yellow glaze, tongue out details with open mouth showing teeth.
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Pair of Turquoise Foo Dogs
  • Pair of Turquoise Foo Dogs
  • Pair of Turquoise Foo Dogs
  • Pair of Turquoise Foo Dogs
H 7 in. W 6 in. D 4.25 in.
19th Century French Victorian Bronze Stag Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
French Victorian bronze figure of stag with antlers on black rectangular shaped marble base (signed R. KORN)  
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Late 19th Century French Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Antique Signed American Folk Art Sewer Tile or Redware Pottery Lion Figurine
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique signed Folk Art lion figurine. In the form of a recumbent lion. Signed to the underside. The signature appears to read: 'J Silverthorn' Made out of a reddish...
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Late 19th Century American Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Pottery, Ceramic

Exceptional Exotic Carousel Zebra by Karl Muller
Located in Greenwich, CT
A late 19th century-early 20th century carousel zebra by eminent creater Karl Muller in carved, painted wood. Ex-coll. Muller/Thummel studio in Molbitz, Germany, thence Fabienne and ...
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1890s German Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

19th Century Carved Hardwood Painted Chinese Basal Knob Goose
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A rare Antique hand carved and painted 19th century Chinese figure of a Basal Knob goose. The figure retaining most of its original paint over gesso with flaking and cracking to the ...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Hardwood

Mr. Toad
Located in Greenwich, CT
Hand-carved wood lacquered box in the shape of a stylized toad with eyes and legs and lift-off top. Heavy and substantial. Japanese, early 20th c.
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Early 1900s Japanese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

  • Mr. Toad
  • Mr. Toad
  • Mr. Toad
  • Mr. Toad
H 11 in. W 13 in. D 15 in.
Dog Sculpture, Benin Culture, Ivory, Benin 'Nigeria', ca. 1900
Located in Basel, BS
A stand-out piece from the former Benin state, well known for its high level artistic traditions. This Dog Sculpture is made of a wooden base, with riveted pieces of ivory attached w...
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Early 20th Century Beninese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Theodor Kärner Red Hunt, White Porcelain Sculpture for Nymphenburg
By Theodor Kärner, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Delft, NL
Theodor Kärner (1884-1966), red hunt, white porcelain sculpture for Nymphenburg Theodor Kärner (1884-1966), sculptor, worked at Nymphenburg Porcelain factory in Munich during 1905...
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Early 20th Century German Antique Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Swedish 1900s Carved Wooden Horse Sculpture on Base with Distressed Dark Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A small Swedish carved wooden horse sculpture on base from the early 20th century with dark distressed patina. Created in Sweden during the early years of the 20th century, this peti...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Pair of Antique Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Grey Hounds Seated Marble Plinths
Located in New York, NY
A Beautiful Pair of 19th Century Antique Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Grey Hounds Seated on Marble Plinths. Each dog is beautifully cast and hand-chiseled with meticulous craftsmanshi...
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Early 19th Century Italian Grand Tour Antique Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Pair Chinese Mottled Light Green Jadeite Carvings, Cranes on Carved Wood Stands
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous pair of Antique Chinese mottled light green jadeite carvings of cranes on hand-carved wood stands. Each of pieced construction the body of mottled light green with an inse...
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1890s Chinese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Jade

Swedish Antique Toy Rocking Horse, All Original, Origin: Sweden, circa 1870
Located in New York, NY
Swedish antique toy rocking horse, origin: Sweden, circa 1870 - 1900. Beautiful, untouched, original condition including the paint, leather saddle, girth and stirrups. The tail and ...
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19th Century Swedish Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Early 19th Century Gilt and Patinated Bronze Rhyton with Chimera Rams Head
Located in Benington, Herts
Extremely well cast and rare gilt and patinated Grand Tour bronze rhyton with chimera rams / lions head. French circa 1825. The rhyton, of cornucopia form, being black...
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19th Century French Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

19th Century Hand-Carved Fragment of Horse Head Sculpture, Origin: Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Fragment of horse head sculpture, hand-carved from single piece of wood on later iron stand, origin: Sweden, 19th century. Carved with beautiful details of the mane and halter / br...
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19th Century Swedish Baltic Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Swedish 18th Century Dala Horse, Origin: Sweden, Circa 1750
Located in New York, NY
A Swedish 18th century dala horse, origin: Sweden, circa 1750. Hand-carved horse, from one piece of wood, including charming carved details such as the eyes and nose; original 18th c...
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18th Century Swedish Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Wood, Paint, Leather

19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pug
Located in London, GB
19th century Austrian terracotta pug Hand crafted in the late 19th century, a fine figure of a recumbent terracotta pug with glass eyes. Stamped at the base with the number 195, ...
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19th Century Austrian Victorian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

  • 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pug
  • 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pug
  • 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pug
  • 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pug
H 4.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 4 in.
English Traditional Cast Iron Dog Door Stops or Bookends - A Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A pair of cast iron door stops or bookends. Created from heavy cast iron, this set of collies is hand-painted in black, white, green, and gold. Each piece is identical and features a...
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Early 20th Century American American Classical Antique Animal Sculptures

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Iron

19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Bull Head in Wood
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A late 19th Century Swedish or Danish wooden carved sculpture representing the head of a bull or cow. This very figurative painted folk art object has probably been hanging on a wall...
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Late 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bone, Wood

  • 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Bull Head in Wood
  • 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Bull Head in Wood
  • 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Bull Head in Wood
  • 19th Century Scandinavian Folk Art Bull Head in Wood
H 17.72 in. W 23.63 in. D 17.72 in.
Pair of Large 19th Century Bronze Marley Horses on Stands
By Guillaume Coustou
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very impressive pair of French bronze marley horses after Guillaume Coustou the elder 1677-1746. Mounted on faux Sienna marble bases.
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1860s French Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Antique Bronze Tiger
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A large and impressive Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze figure of a praying Tiger set on a root carved stand.
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1890s Japanese Antique Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
  • Large Antique Bronze Tiger
H 14 in. W 32 in. D 10 in.
Late 18th Century Carved Limestone Garden Urn with Stylised Ram Heads
Located in Dublin 8, IE
Late 18th century campana shaped carved limestone garden urn with stylised ram heads. This piece features a refined Classic decoration with acanthus leaf motifs applied to the lid a...
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18th Century Irish Georgian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Stone, Limestone

19th Century Black Forest Carved Bear on a Log Inkwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Charming black forest carving of a bear playing the flute seated om a log. The log opens on one end to reveal a glass inkwell, and the bear swivels to an opening to store pen nibs. B...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Animal Sculptures

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Walnut

Porcelain Statue of German Shepard, Hollohaza, Hungary 1831
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful porcelain sculpture of German Shepard or Wolf, laying down. Produced by Hollohaza factory in Hungary in 1831, marked on the bottom. Original item in a perfect condition wit...
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1830s Hungarian Bohemian Antique Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Folk Art Horse in Oak
Located in Tilburg, NL
Folk Art horse in oak, first half of the 20th century. Beautifully made horse in oak and straw. Great proportions and size, with a very honest patina and some interesting wood gra...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Antique Animal Sculptures

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Straw, Wood, Oak

  • Folk Art Horse in Oak
  • Folk Art Horse in Oak
  • Folk Art Horse in Oak
  • Folk Art Horse in Oak
H 18.12 in. W 20.48 in. D 7.09 in.
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Antique Animal Sculptures For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of antique animal sculptures available for sale. The range of distinct antique animal sculptures — often made from metal, bronze and wood — can elevate any home. Antique animal sculptures have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Victorian, Art Deco and Folk Art antique animal sculptures are consistently popular styles. Antique animal sculptures have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Antoine-Louis Barye, Staffordshire and Pierre Jules Mêne are consistently popular.

How Much are Antique Animal Sculptures?

Prices for antique animal sculptures start at $40 and top out at $2,300,000 with the average selling for $2,457.

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.

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