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Together by Kirk Tatom, bronze bird sculpture, deco, bronze, patina, edition
By Kirk Tatom
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Together by Kirk Tatom, bronze bird sculpture, deco, bronze, patina, edition
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Early 2000s Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Twin Bird Sculpture
By Patrice Breteau
Located in Miami, FL
Twin Bird is a resin sculpture made by Patrice Breteau, a French contemporary artist. This piece is available in eight different colors, all resistant to UV exposure and outdoor weat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Resin

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H 35 in. W 70.5 in. D 28 in.
Egret, Bronze Bird Sculpture
By Chésade
Located in Paris, FR
'Egret', by contemporary artist Chésade. This sculpture represents an egret standing straight with beak raised. Bronze, one-off. 60 cm × 21 cm × 42 cm. It is representative of the s...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Egret, Bronze Bird Sculpture
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  • Egret, Bronze Bird Sculpture
H 23.63 in. W 8.27 in. D 16.54 in.
Vliegende uil Flying Owl Polyester Cortensteel Big Bird Sculpture
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vliegende uil Flying Owl Polyester Cortensteel Big Bird Sculpture Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the Rot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Steel

Wander Series - Wake Up - Tiger & Bird Sculpture
Located in Singapore, SG
Artist name: Zhao kai Title: Wander Series - Wake Up Size: 89 x 46 x 22cm Material: Bronze Year: 2021 Edition of 8
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Skylar", antique hardware and findings, bird, sculpture
By Jessica Joslin
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jessica Joslin Skylar, 2017 Antique hardware and findings, brass, silver, cast plastic, glove leather, glass eyes 10.5" x 9" x 7.5" Influenced by the historical phenomenon of the ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Brass

'Grouse' Contemporary Bronze Country Wildlife Bird Sculpture, patinated brown
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Grouse'' is a stunningly elegant Bronze sculpture. Richard Smith conveys so much character in such simple lines, exemplifying a truly wonderful talent. The fantastic richly detailed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

'Macaw' Solid Bronze Exotic Bird sculpture in Vibrant Electric Blue Patina
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Macaw' is a stunningly elegant Bronze sculpture - what balance! Richard Smith conveys so much character in such simple lines, exemplifying a truly wonderful talent. The fantastic ri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Czech Art Deco Carved Natural Resin Cubist Owl Bird Sculpture Joseph Martinek
Located in Surfside, FL
American sculptor Joseph Martinek was born in Chicago in 1915. He was a second generation apprentice to Auguste Rodin. He studied sculpture at the State Industrial School of Art, Pra...
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20th Century Art Deco Figurative Sculptures

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Resin, Wood

Czech Art Deco Carved Natural Resin Cubist Dove Bird Sculpture Joseph Martinek
Located in Surfside, FL
American sculptor Joseph Martinek was born in Chicago in 1915. He was a second generation apprentice to Auguste Rodin. He studied sculpture at the State Industrial School of Art, Pra...
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20th Century Art Deco Figurative Sculptures

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Resin, Wood

Czech Art Deco Carved Natural Resin Cubist Owl Bird Sculpture Joseph Martinek
Located in Surfside, FL
American sculptor Joseph Martinek was born in Chicago in 1915. He was a second generation apprentice to Auguste Rodin. He studied sculpture at the State Industrial School of Art, Pra...
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20th Century Art Deco Figurative Sculptures

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Resin, Wood

"Tall Bird Planter" 2021, Ceramic with Drainage Hole, 17"
Located in Baton Rouge, US
Mike Cerv received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017, was an artist-in-residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic, Earthenware, Underglaze

Flight V - Bird Bronze Sculpture
By Pierre Yermia
Located in Paris, FR
Flight V, by French contemporary artist Pierre Yermia. Bronze sculpture, 37 cm × 33 cm × 26 cm. Limited edition of 8 & 4 A.P. Each cast is signed and numbered. "The theme of flight...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Territorial Bird - Outdoor sculpture
By Ania Biczysko
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Territorial Bird is constructed from stylized and highly reflective ribbons of stainless steel that change colour and luminosity with the surrounding environment. Abstracted, but re...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Metal, Steel, Stainless Steel

''Unlucky Bird'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Flight VII - Bird Bronze Sculpture
By Pierre Yermia
Located in Paris, FR
Flight VII by French contemporary artist Pierre Yermia. Bronze sculpture, 60 cm × 45 cm × 45 cm. Limited edition of 8 & 4 A.P. Each cast is signed and numbered. "The theme of fligh...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Water Bird'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Water Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Spread the Word Bird'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Aella - Bronze Sculpture of Flying Bird
By Isabelle Thiltgès
Located in New York, NY
Isabelle Thiltges' Aella is a 63.5 x 26 cm bronze sculpture of a flying bird. It is a limited edition of 8. The bird is represented with the wings fully spread out, and it emanates a...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Élan - Bronze Sculpture of a Flying Bird
By Isabelle Thiltgès
Located in New York, NY
Self-taught through her patient work on clay, which she has been sculpting for more than twenty years, Isabelle Thiltgès, Belgian by birth, currently lives and works in Brussels, whe...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Sculpture of birds on wood plank: 'Shanghaied'
By Elizabeth Jordan
Located in New York, NY
Jordan’s work has a Grimm’s fairy tale quality, using found and seemingly everyday objects her work will take you into her otherworldly reality. ‘Spending a lot of time alone I pract...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Wire

Notarisvogel Notary Bird Bronze Sculpture In Stock
By Theo Mackaay
Located in Utrecht, NL
Notarisvogel Notary Bird Bronze Sculpture In Stock Theo Mackaay (1950) Mackaay works with recognizable shape:: women, men and animals, with a pointer at the primal form. Archetypal...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Reclining Figure with Bird bronze pedestal sculpture
By John Denning
Located in Glen Ellen, CA
Commissioned to create a life-sized reclining figure, John Denning made two maquettes during a stay in a medieval hamlet in France. This is the cast of one of these wax maquettes, fi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Bird" Abstract Bronze Sculpture with Wooden Base
Located in Houston, TX
W. R. Stevenson's abstract bronze sculpture titled "Bird". The unique sculpture stands on a sleek wooden base and has a plaque that includes the artist and title. Artist Biography:...
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

''Kingfishers'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of 2 Kingfishers, Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Wader'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Wader, Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Pelican'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Pelican, Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Bird Rider", Contemporary, Figurative, Ceramic, Sculpture, Colorful, Glaze
By Kensuke Yamada
Located in St. Louis, MO
Kensuke Yamada (b. 1979) was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2009 and has a BA from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia,...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Glaze

Maraboe no. 2 Marabou Bird Bronze Sculpture Contemporary Animal
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Maraboe Marabou Bird Bronze Sculpture Contemporary Animal Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the Rotterdam Ac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Envolée II - contemporary bronze sculpture of birds taking flight
By Pierre Yermia
Located in Paris, FR
Envolée II (Take-Off II) is a sculpture by French contemporary artist Pierre Yermia. H 51 x W 71 x D 53 cm. Dimensions of the base: 35.5 cm x 16,5 cm. This sculpture is signed and n...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Flight VIII by Pierre Yermia - Flamingo bird Bronze Sculpture
By Pierre Yermia
Located in Paris, FR
Flight VIII, by French contemporary artist Pierre Yermia. Bronze sculpture, 66 cm × 45 cm × 42 cm. Limited edition of 8 & 4 A.P. Each cast is signed and numbered. "The theme of fli...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Bird Carving I" Aboriginal Carved Wood Sculpture by Luke Djalagarrarra
Located in London, GB
Luke Djalagarrarra Bird Carving I Carved wood 114 x 6 x 6 cm Luke lives in Ngukurr community with his wife Debbie and his five young children. Luke grew up watching his father work ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Acrylic

Gier no. 2 Vulture Prey Bird Bronze Sculpture Wild Animal
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Gier no. 2 Vulture Prey Bird Bronze Sculpture Wild Animal Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the Rotterdam ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

'Heron' Contemporary Bronze Bird. Wildlife & Nature Sculpture, Blue & White
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Heron' is a stunningly elegant Bronze sculpture. Richard Smith conveys so much character in such simple lines, exemplifying a truly wonderful talent. The fantastic richly detailed t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Falcon'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Falcon, Hawk, Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Macaw - large, rustic, figurative, animal, bird, bronze, outdoor sculpture
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A large, bronze baby macaw struggles and screeches from an awkward position on the ground. Loud, self-confident and active, macaws are the symbol of creative intelligence, inspiratio...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

''Sitting Sparrow'', Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Sparrow, Bird
By Ans Zondag
Located in Utrecht, NL
After studying Fine Art in the Netherlands Ans Zondag (1959) spent several years abroad in order to explore different artistic areas and to establish which technique suited her best....
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Roofvogel no. 2 Bird of Prey Bronze Sculpture Animal Contemporary
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Roofvogel no. 2 Bird of Prey Bronze Sculpture Animal Contemporary Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the Rott...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Landende Kerkuil (Landing Barnowl) Bronze Sculpture Green Patina Bird
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Landende Kerkuil (Landing Barnowl) Bronze Sculpture Green Patina Bird Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Hibou, Pablo Picasso, Pitcher, Design, sculpture, earthenware, animals, birds
By Pablo Picasso
Located in Geneva, CH
Hibou, Pablo Picasso, Pitcher, Design, sculpture, earthenware, animals, birds Hibou Ed. 500 pcs 1954 White earthenware clay, oxide decoration on white enamel H. 24.8 cm Stamped and ...
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1950s Post-War Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic, Clay, Earthenware

Female Buzzard - contemporary wildlife bird of prey bronze sculpture
By Ama Menec
Located in London, GB
''I am a British based wildlife, feminist & historical sculptor mostly known these days for my bronzes. As an artist and naturalist I’m deeply concerned about the war on the wild we ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bird and Star - Martín Duque Impressionist Bronze layer Sculpture
By Martín Duque
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Impressionist Sculpture "Bird and Star" by Martín Duque. The sculpture is made of a layer of bronze on cold smelting of copper with the base of graphite or marble dust. Limited editi...
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1990s Impressionist Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

'Scratching Bird' Shona stone sculpture signed by Chenjerai Chiripanyanga
By Chenjerai Chiripanyanga
Located in Milwaukee, WI
'Scratching Bird' is an original opal serpentine stone sculpture signed by the contemporary Zimbabwean artist Chenjerai Chiripanyanga. The artist presents in this sculpture a highly ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Stone

'Bird' original springstone Shona sculpture signed by Terence Nehumba
By Terence Paradzai Nehumba
Located in Milwaukee, WI
'Bird' is an original springstone sculpture signed by the Zimbabwean artist Terence Paradzai Nehumba. Terence was trained in the Shona stone carving tradition and this is an excellen...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Stone

'Bird' original stone Shona sculpture by Samuel Tichafa Masakwa
Located in Milwaukee, WI
'Bird' is an original opal serpentine sculpture by the Zimbabwean artist Samuel Tichafa Masakwa. Trained in the Shona stone carving tradition, the artists here presents an elegantly ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Stone

"Bird with Butterfly Design" Aboriginal Wood Sculpture by Luke Djalagarrarra
Located in London, GB
Luke Djalagarrarra Bird with Butterfly Design Carved wood 84 x 7 x 5 cm Luke lives in Ngukurr community with his wife Debbie and his five young children. Luke grew up watching his f...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Acrylic

"20-20" Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of a Black Owl, Bird
By Anthony Theakston
Located in Utrecht, NL
British sculptor Anthony Theakston (1965), who draws his inspiration from the shape and movement of birds, simplifies the birds and omits more and more details until only the essence...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Heron by Pavlína Kvita - animal sculpture, bird, white, unique work
Located in Paris, FR
Acrystal and concrete sculpture, 43 cm × 28 cm × 23 cm. Unique work. The contemporary sculptures by the Czech artist Pavlína Kvita, evoking human or animal figures, give shape to the...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Concrete

"Tropical Parrot with Woman," Corneille, Carved Wood Sculpture with Bird
By Corneille
Located in Larchmont, NY
Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (Corneille) Tropical Parrot with Woman, circa 1970 Signed: Corneille Edition Number: 6 of 8 Constructed and Painted wood 39" high x 40 1/2" wide x 6" ...
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1970s Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Paint

"Bird Carving II" Carved Aboriginal Wood Sculpture by Luke Djalagarrarra
Located in London, GB
Luke Djalagarrarra Bird Carving II Carved wood 60 x 8 x 8 cm Luke lives in Ngukurr community with his wife Debbie and his five young children. Luke grew up watching his father work ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Acrylic

Roofvogel Klein Prey Bird Small Bronze Sculpture Wild Animal Contemporary
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Roofvogel Klein Prey Bird Small Bronze Sculpture Wild Animal Contemporary Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Contemporary Bronze Bird Wildlife Sculpture 'Seated Partridge' by Richard Smith
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Seated Partridge' is full of character! Richard Smith is a part-time sculptor and a part-time gamekeeper, who surrounds himself with wildlife on a daily basis. His love and knowledg...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Contemporary Wildlife Sculpture of a Water Bird 'Woodcock' by Richard Smith
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Woodcock' by Richard Smith is a beautiful contemporary bronze sculpture. Beautiful patina and incredible detail. Sure to make an amazing addition to any collection! Richard J. Smit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Contemporary Bronze Bird Wildlife Sculpture 'Perch Partridge' by Richard Smith
By Richard Smith b.1955
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
'Perching Partridge' is full of character! Richard Smith is a part-time sculptor and a part-time gamekeeper, who surrounds himself with wildlife on a daily basis. His love and knowle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Opvliegende Meerkoet Flying Coot Bronze Sculpture Bird Brown In Stock
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Opvliegende Meerkoet Flying Coot Bronze Sculpture Bird Brown In Stock Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"Samadhi", Figurative Nude and Birds Spirit Awakening Symbolism Bronze Sculpture
By Isabelle Jeandot
Located in Clermont-Ferrand, FR
"Samadhi", is an oneiric figurative nude bronze sculpture by Isabelle Jeandot. The word "Samâdhi" means "spiritual awakening" in Sanskrit, this flight of birds symbolizes the awakeni...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

"20-20" Contemporary Bronze Sculpture Portrait of an Owl, Bird
By Anthony Theakston
Located in Utrecht, NL
British sculptor Anthony Theakston (1965), who draws his inspiration from the shape and movement of birds, simplifies the birds and omits more and more details until only the essence...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Murano Glass and Bronze Sculpture with Two Birds by Zanetti
By Licio Zanetti
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century sculpture depicting two hand blown cockatoos perched on a doré bronze tree on a glass base signed Zanetti.
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Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Blown Glass

Landende Uil no. 3 Landing Owl Bronze Sculpture Bird In Stock
By Evert den Hartog
Located in Utrecht, NL
Landende Uil no. 3 Landing Owl Bronze Sculpture Bird In Stock Evert den Hartog (born in Groot-Ammers, The Netherlands in 1949) followed his education to be a sculptor at the Rotterda...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Sculpture - Art - Bronze - Gillie and Marc - Love Birds - Ladder - Wildlife
By Gillie and Marc Schattner
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Title: Love birds were on a high Authentic bronze sculpture Limited Edition Is there anything sweeter than two birds in love? These two are besotted with each other. They feel like ...
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2010s Contemporary Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

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Bird Sculptures For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of bird sculptures for sale on 1stDibs. Today, if you’re looking for Abstract editions of these works and are unable to find the perfect match for your home, our selection also includes Modern. These items have been made for many years, with versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add a bird sculptures that pops against an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include that feature elements of gold, gray, black, beige and more. There have been many well-done artworks of this subject over the years, but those made by Richard Smith b.1955, Gillie and Marc Schattner, Kevin Box, Patrice Breteau and Ans Zondag are often thought to be among the most beautiful. The range of these distinct pieces — often created in metal, bronze and ceramic — can elevate any room of your home. Not every interior allows for large iterations of these items, so small bird sculptures measuring 0.79 inches across are available.

How Much are Bird Sculptures?

Bird sculptures can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price for items in our inventory is $3,300, while the lowest priced sells for $125 and the highest can go for as much as $135,106.

Finding the Right Sculptures for You

The history of sculpture as we know it is believed to have origins in Ancient Greece, while small sculptural carvings are among the most common examples of prehistoric art. In short, sculpture as a fine art has been with us forever. A powerful three-dimensional means of creative expression, sculpture has long been most frequently associated with religion — consider the limestone Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt — while the tradition of collecting sculpture, which has also been traced back to Greece as well as to China, far precedes the emergence of museums.

Technique and materials in sculpture have changed over time. Stone sculpture, which essentially began as images carved into cave walls, is as old as human civilization itself. The majority of surviving sculpted works from ancient cultures are stone. Traditionally, this material and pottery as well as metalbronze in particular — were among the most common materials associated with this field of visual art. Artists have long sought new ways and materials in order to make sculptures and express their ideas. Material, after all, is the vehicle through which artists express themselves, or at least work out the problems knocking around in their heads. It also allows them to push the boundaries of form, subverting our expectations and upending convention. As an influential sculptor as much as he was a revolutionary painter and printmaker, Pablo Picasso worked with everything from wire to wood to bicycle seats.

If you are a lover of art and antiques or are thinking of bringing a work of sculpture into your home for the first time, there are several details to keep in mind. As with all other works of art, think about what you like. What speaks to you? Visit local galleries and museums. Take in works of public art and art fairs when you can and find out what kind of sculpture you like. When you’ve come to a decision about a specific work, try to find out all you can about the piece, and if you’re not buying from a sculptor directly, work with an art expert to confirm the work’s authenticity.

And when you bring your sculpture home, remember: No matter how big or small your new addition is, it will make a statement in your space. Large- and even medium-sized sculptures can be heavy, so hire some professional art handlers as necessary and find a good place in your home for your piece. Whether you’re installing a towering new figurative sculpture — a colorful character by KAWS or hyperreal work by Carole A. Feuerman, perhaps — or an abstract work by Won Lee, you’ll want the sculpture to be safe from being knocked over. (You’ll find that most sculptures should be displayed at eye level, while some large busts look best from below.)

On 1stDibs, find a broad range of exceptional sculptures for sale. Browse works by your favorite creator, style, period or other attribute.

Questions About Bird Sculptures
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Metal bird sculptures have been made by many different artisans and companies over the years. They remain popular, timeless pieces sought after by enthusiasts across the world. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a wide collection of antique and contemporary metal bird sculptures and figurines from some of the world’s top sellers.

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