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Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Large Real Turtle Shell Box Silver Sculpture, 1970
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi large real turtle shell box combined with silver sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition with ageing wear on the sh...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver

Female Nude Sculpture in Cast Resin by Dorothy C. Thorpe
By Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Pasadena, CA
Inspired by classical antiquity, this sculpture of a female nude is skilfully rendered in cast resin. The label underneath reads "Dorothy C. Thorpe, Inc. Mexico;" etched beneath is t...
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sculptures

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Resin

Ceramic Sculpture of a Young Girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora
By Elie van Damme
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black ceramic sculpture of a young girl by Elie van Damme for Amphora, 1970. Moulded, metallic glaze. Signed E.L.
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic

Whimsical Blue Boy and Girl Two Faced Sculpture Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A whimsical handmade and hand painted glazed pottery boy and girl two faced Janus pottery sculpture. Few of a kind. Designer/Maker: Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) with stamp i3D, ci...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Ceramics

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Ceramic, Pottery

Japanese Pair of Smiling Hero Tanukis Handmade Glazed Big Belly Sculptures
Located in South Burlington, VT
Charmers from Old Japan Two pieces. An older pair (2) of smiling, fun loving handmade and hand glazed and big bellied Folk art Hero Tanukis- raccoon dog party animals from Japan, h...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Showa Models and Miniatures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Flemish Midcentury Wall Cross, Red, Black, Glazed Ceramic, Handmade, 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury European ceramic wall crucifix from a large collection of crosses handmade by Dutch artisans. High gloss glaze over red and black hand painted design. From modernism to...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Ceramic

Midcentury European Wall Cross, Red, Black Texture, Hand Painted Ceramic, 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury European ceramic wall cross in red glazed ceramic and with black textural details in and around the border of the cross. From a large collection of crosses handmade by Fle...
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Ceramic

Superb Chinese Sino Tibetan Silver Altar Vessel 19th Century 中国古董
Located in London, GB
Superb rare Chinese/Sino Tibetan Silver Altar vessel Stunning silver altar vessel the footed bowl with lidded top and hanging chain Decorated all over with intricate and masterful...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Sculptures and Carvings

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Silver

Midcentury European Wall Cross, Brown, Green, Glazed Ceramic, Handmade, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury European ceramic wall cross in matte brown and glazed green. From a large collection of crosses handmade by Flemish artisans. From modernism to brutalism, the crosses i...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Ceramic

Midcentury European Wall Cross, Green, Red, Textured Ceramic, Handmade, 1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury European ceramic wall cross in green textured ceramic with white central circle in organic volumes and filled with the color red. From a large collection of crosses handma...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Ceramic

Wall Cross, Green, Brown Painted Ceramic, Handmade in Belgium, 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
Crucifix in glazed ceramic, handmade made in Belgium in the 1970s. Glossy dark green, aqua, brown, deep brown cross with raised Christ figure at its centre. This piece is part of ...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Ceramic Mid-Century Modern Italian Hippo
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Handmade, painted and glazed in Italy, large Mid-Century Modern ceramic hippopotamus, circa 1960. This rare charming sculpture presents an accurate and detailed depiction of a fierce...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Sommerso Sculpture / Paperweight by Murano Glass
By Murano Glass Sommerso
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage Sommerso orb sculpture / large paperweight by Murano Glass, circa 1970s. The outline of the sculpture is clear blown glass with an inner core of shimmering, sparkling gold ci...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Walter Bosse Midcentury Zebra Donkey Brass Sculpture, Hertha Baller, Austria
By Hertha Baller, Walter Bosse
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist brass figurine, displaying a zebra from the left side and a donkey from the other side. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austr...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

20th Century Original Painted Bear Door Stop
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fun and folky bear doorstop is in good condition with worn paint on the front of the bear.
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Mid-20th Century American Adirondack Abstract Sculptures

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Iron

Walter Bosse Elephants Brass Key Hanger by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
By Walter Bosse, Hertha Baller
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying five elephants in different sizes. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria, in the 1950s. Also suitable ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Midcentury Brass Crucifix
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice brass crucifix, circa 1960s. Nice weight and detail.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Brass

  • Midcentury Brass Crucifix
  • Midcentury Brass Crucifix
  • Midcentury Brass Crucifix
  • Midcentury Brass Crucifix
H 10.25 in. W 5 in. D .5 in.
Chinese Art Glass Figurine by Dino Rosin for Murano Glass
By Dino Rosin, Murano 5
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous art glass Chinese figurine in green swirl, black and clear Murano glass, circa 1970s. The pieces is signed "Rosin Murano" and has incredibly vibrant color and great texture!...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Art Glass

Walter Bosse Cow Candleholder, Hertha Baller, Blackened Brass, 1960
By Walter Bosse, Hertha Baller
Located in Austria, AT
A candleholder in the form of a cow by Walter Bosse and manufactured by Hertha Baller, Austria, Vienna, in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The candleholder is ma...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Victorian Casted Iron Candlestick with Bears
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A great Victorian casted iron candlestick, Germany, circa 1860. Depicting a mother bear holding one cub in her left paw and another one on her back. Signed with foundry mark F. L. VO...
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Antique Mid-19th Century German Early Victorian Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Nice Carved and Painted Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
Located in Berghuelen, DE
An antique wooden carved carnival mask from the region of South Tyrol. these masks are used in Austria, South Germany and Italy at the carnival “Fasnacht” processions to chase away w...
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Mid-20th Century German Black Forest Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Wood

Folksy Hand Carved Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A folksy wooden carved carnival mask from the region of South Tyrol. These masks are used in Austria, South Germany and Italy at the carnival “Fasnacht” activities to chase away wint...
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Mid-20th Century German Black Forest Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Wood

  • Folksy Hand Carved Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
  • Folksy Hand Carved Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
  • Folksy Hand Carved Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
  • Folksy Hand Carved Tyrolian Carnival Fasnet Mask
H 9.06 in. W 7.09 in. D 2.76 in.
Vintage Hand Carved Wooden Lustermanchen Sculpture Chandelier W. Lantern Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Rare and hand carved, beer serving landlord chandelier with real ibex horns. If you are looking for a decorative light fixture for a bar, pub, tavern, restaurant, mancave or lodge t...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Black Forest Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wrought Iron

Large Optic Lucite Cat by Abraham Palatnik
By Abraham Palatnik
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Midcentury optic cat in clear Lucite by Abraham Palatnik, Brazil. A world famous design by this famous Artist. The clear French Lucite is curve moulded in 2 halves, with the double d...
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Art Deco Ceramic Vase
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Gourd-shaped ceramic vase produced by Dutch pottery manufacture Eskaf with their signature green and metallic black glaze, circa 1930.  
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Art Deco Ceramic Vase
  • Art Deco Ceramic Vase
  • Art Deco Ceramic Vase
  • Art Deco Ceramic Vase
H 6.89 in. W 7.09 in. D 7.09 in.
Mid-Century Modern Black Anthropomorphic Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-century modern partly glazed black sculpture in an anthropomorphic shape. The piece has a mark on one if its feet and is in good vintage quality.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Sculpture of Black Panther, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of ceramic - Good, original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

  • Mid-Century Sculpture of Black Panther, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sculpture of Black Panther, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sculpture of Black Panther, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Sculpture of Black Panther, 1960s
H 4.34 in. W 12.6 in. D 2.76 in.
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 Curtis Jere Sculpture
By Curtis Jere
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful mid-century Curtis Jere sculpture made of brass and chrome with a marble base. This vintage abstract sculpture is in great overall condition. Marble base measures 6.50 inches.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Iron Garden Sculpture
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century iron garden sculpture with crescent moons.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Iron

  • Mid-Century Iron Garden Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Iron Garden Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Iron Garden Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Iron Garden Sculpture
H 62 in. W 14 in. D 26 in.
Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid Century brutalist sculpture, probably American, circa 1960s. We are not sure who created this work, as it is unsigned, but they did wonderful work, giving the sculpture a sense o...
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal, Iron

  • Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
  • Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
  • Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
  • Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
H 40 in. W 24 in. D 15 in.
Mid Century / Cubist Large Cat Sculpture
By Studio Art Deco
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large cat sculpture sitting on a round satin brass base, the figure is done in a cubist angler style in a mat charcoal tone cast material with brush stroked details to the body. A ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Composition

Mid-Century Modern Era Large Cast Plaster Seated Black Panther Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large and substantial cast plaster sculpture is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in the United States in approximately 1960 in the period style. This large sculpture dep...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Plaster

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern or Modernist abstract marble sculpture on steel base. This great geometric marble sculpture is artist signed which is currently under research. Wood loo...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble, Steel

  • Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
H 20.25 in. W 9.63 in. D 5 in.
Black Abstract Ceramic Sculpture by Nadia Pasquer Mid Century Design
By Nadia Pasquer
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Nadia Pasquer Black asbtract ceramic sculpture by the French artist Signed under the base Original perfect condition Realised circa 2000 Measures: Height: 7cm, large: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Figurative Mid-20th Century Black Ceramic Sculpture circa 1960 Woman Art
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Figurative ceramic sculpture, circa 1960 Elegant black ceramic glaze color Original mid-20th century form Perfect condition Measures: Height 18cm, large 12cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Bull Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern brutalist bull sculpture.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Bull Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Bull Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Bull Sculpture
  • Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Bull Sculpture
H 6.50 in. W 12 in. D 3.50 in.
Mid-Century Modern Degroot Owl Sculpture
By Degroot
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Brutalist metal and brass sculpture by Degroot.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Carrara Marble Abstract Sculpture on Black Granite Base
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern sculpture was realized in the United States, circa 1970. It features an organic abstract sinuously curved form- full of verve and dynamism- with a fla...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Carrara Marble

Mid Century Cubist Sculpture, Reclining Woman
Located in Lambertville, NJ
The hand painted plaster sculpture on tan marble base of a reclining woman in cubits style. The hard dense plater with an aged green patinated painted finish.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Marble

Vintage Modernist Black Ceramic Bird Form Sculpture Mid-Century Abstract Dove
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A glazed ceramic dove form sculpture by Quebec artists Guy Simoneau and Christiane Paquin.
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Vintage 1980s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Large Glazed Ceramic Mid-Century Era Spaniel Dog Sculpture with Black Accents
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large, possibly life sized glazed ceramic dog sculpture is unsigned with respect to the artist, but was made in Italy in approximately 1969 in a very realistic style. The sculpt...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Mid-Century Modern Wire Sculpture "Chicken"
Located in Buffalo, NY
Mid-Century Modern wire sculpture "Chicken", very well executed, mixed color twisted wire.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wire

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Steel Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern Brutalist sculpture of tortured and burnt welded steel.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Walrus Black Brown Murano Glass Sculpture Italy 1960s
By Seguso
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern Italian walrus black, brown and crystal Murano glass sculpture. This incredible item was produced in Italy during the 1960s and it is attributed to Arc...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Black Star Ceramic Sculpture by Nadia Pasquer French Mid Century Design
By Nadia Pasquer
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Nadia Pasquer Black star ceramic sculpture by french artist Nadia Pasquer Signed and dated 1998 Original perfect condition Measures: Height: 10cm large: 14cm.
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Late 20th Century French Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Black Lacquer Sculptural Wood Mid-Century Modern Fine Art Sculpture Square Base
Located in Miami, FL
Large Mid-Century Modern organic shaped wood sculpture in lacquered black finish. The fine art sculpture is made out of one piece of wood. Mounted on a square base and looks stunni...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Mid-Century African Janus Shaped Black Wooden Sculpture with Brass Inlays
Located in Salzburg, AT
Early Janus sculpture - Bambara Mali Sogo Bò Theater Circa 1930/50 Ségou Bamana " Puppet / doll, totem statue of Mani ("little person" in the Mandinka language). Anthropomorphic fema...
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Vintage 1940s Malian Tribal Figurative Sculptures

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Brass

Abstract Mid-Century Modern Brass Composite Sculpture on Black Wooden Base 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern abstract patinated brass composite sculpture on black wooden swivel base, 1970s.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Composition, Brass

Mid Century Danish Iron Stag Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A Danish circa 1960's hand-forged and painted iron stag head wall sculpture. Measurements: Height: 37" Width: 23" Depth: 23".
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Vintage 1960s Danish Animal Sculptures

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Iron

  • Mid Century Danish Iron Stag Sculpture
  • Mid Century Danish Iron Stag Sculpture
  • Mid Century Danish Iron Stag Sculpture
  • Mid Century Danish Iron Stag Sculpture
H 37 in. W 23 in. D 23 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Metal Copper Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury brutalist sculpture designed and manufactured in the United States, circa 1960s. This rare handmade sculpture features a textured metal body that changes in size from a tr...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture on Black Enamel Swivel Base
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern abstract sculpture was realized in the United States, circa 1960. It offers an amorphic form with two circular perforations incised into its bod...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Sculpture Art Signed M. Blaine
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern sculpture stands 50 inches high and features a unique cube pedestal base. Sitting comfortably on top is a square casing with a unique and colorful globe....
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Metallic Sculpture, circa 1960s
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Metal, sculpture, rustic, some residue of paint Mid-Century Modern, 3-dimensional, modern, abstract, abstract sculpture, cubism, cubist, cubism inspired with some imagination you cou...
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Mid-20th Century American Abstract Sculptures

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Cut Steel

Mid-Century Curtis Jere Signed Sculpture Sailboat
By Alan H. Curtis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary brutalist mid-century ship wall sculpture signed and beautifully crafted out of brass this fabulous piece features fixed torch cut metals accents details and finishe...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Copper

Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture, by Jitka Forejtova, 1960's
By Jitka Forejtova
Located in Praha, CZ
Vintage ceramic sculpture designed by Jitka Forejtova in former Czechoslovakia in the 1960's. Marked with the printed monogram JF.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid Century Palatnik Op Art Lucite Crane Sculpture
By Abraham Palatnik
Located in Winter Park, FL
A Mid-Century Modern lucite Op Art crane sculpture designed by Abraham Palatnik. Original label on bottom: Made in Brazil. Abraham Palatnik (1928-2020) was a Brazilian artist and inv...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Brutalist Table Sculpture Metal Art Mid Century Modern
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Up for sale is this wonderful Art Deco metal table sculpture with base and signed by the artist. This piece is Brutalist in style and likely created in the Mid-Century Modern era.  
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Soapstone Sculpture of Embracing Couple
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern soapstone sculpture depicting a stylized couple in embrace. The piece is in great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use. Measures: 17" H x 16" W x 10...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Soapstone

Mid Century Modern Curtis Jere Kinetic Steel Sculpture
By Curtis Jere
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
While the name Curtis Jere is familiar to many as the maker of eccentric modern design during the 1960's and 70's, few are aware that it is pseudonym for the design team of Curtis Fr...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

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Mid Century Sculpture Black For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century sculpture black available at 1stDibs. Each mid century sculpture black for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, stone and ceramic. Find 2751 options for an antique or vintage mid century sculpture black now, or shop our selection of 33 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the mid century sculpture black you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century sculpture black, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century sculpture black has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Walter Bosse, Hertha Baller and Curtis Jere are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Sculpture Black?

Prices for a mid century sculpture black start at $55 and top out at $282,484 with the average selling for $1,396.

Finding the Right Sculptures for You

Styling your home with vintage, new and antique sculptures means adding a touch that can meaningfully transform the space. By introducing a sculptural work as a decorative finish to any interior, you’re making a statement, whether you tend toward the dramatic or prefer to keep things casual with modest, understated art.

A single, one-of-a-kind three-dimensional figurative sculpture mounted on your dining room wall is a guaranteed conversation piece, while a trio of abstract works arranged on your living room bookshelves can add spontaneity to the collection of first-edition novels or artist monographs you’re displaying as well as draw attention to them. Figurative sculptures are representational works that portray a specific person, animal or object. And while decorating with busts, which are sculpted or cast figurative works, hasn’t exactly topped the list of design trends every year, busts are back. According to designer Timothy Corrigan, “They give humanity in a way that a more abstract sculpture can’t give.” Abstract sculptures, on the other hand, are not meant to show something specific. Instead, they invoke a mood or scene without directly stating what they are portraying.

Busts made of stone or metal may not seem like a good fit for your existing decor. Fortunately, there are many ways for a seemingly incongruous piece to fit in with the rest of your room’s theme. You can embrace a dramatic piece by making it the focal point of the room, or you can choose to incorporate several elements made out of the same material to create harmony in your space. If an antique or more dramatic piece doesn’t feel like you, why not opt for works comprising plastic, fiberglass or other more modern materials?

When incorporating sculpture into the design of your home — be it the playful work of auction hero and multimedia visionary KAWS, contemporary fiber art from Connecticut dealer browngrotta arts or still-life sculpture on a budget — consider proper lighting, which can bring out the distinctive aspects of your piece that deserve attention. And make sure you know how the size and form of the sculpture will affect your space in whole. If you choose a sculpture with dramatic design elements, such as sharp angles or bright colors, for example, try to better integrate this new addition by echoing those elements in the rest of your room’s design.

Get started on decorating with sculpture now — find figurative sculptures, animal sculptures and more on 1stDibs today.

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