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Vintage Wooden Puppet Marionette Don Quixote
Located in Barntrup, DE
An adorable vintage wooden puppet marionette - Don Quixote. The marionette is operated by 5 strings by a wooden controller. Dimensions of the figure: height: 51 cm / 20.07 in; wi...
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Vintage 1970s Spanish Other Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

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Metal

  • Vintage Wooden Puppet Marionette Don Quixote
  • Vintage Wooden Puppet Marionette Don Quixote
  • Vintage Wooden Puppet Marionette Don Quixote
  • Vintage Wooden Puppet Marionette Don Quixote
H 20.08 in. W 6.7 in. D 3.15 in.
Big Maple Oloid, Wooden Kinetic Sculpture by Pat Kim
By Pat Kim
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Oloid is inspired by the geometric shape discovered in 1929 of the same name. These kinetic sculptures roll with a whimsical gait. Handmade in Maple, hand oiled finish. Made...
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2010s American Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

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Wood

Collection of 5 Articulated Wooden Monkeys/Toys/Sculptures in Style of Bojesen
By Kay Bojesen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
So cute small collection of toys/sculptures of monkeys in wood. These pieces were made in Japan in the style of Kay Bojesen.
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

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Wood

André Bucher Single Work, Triptyque Wooden Frame, Bronze and Lava
By André Bucher
Located in Nice, FR
André Bucher. Genève, 1924-2009. Sculptor - Volcanic artist - student of Zadkine. Single work. Triptyque by André Bucher - wooden frame, bronze and lava. Two unique prints of po...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Outsider Art Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

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Lava, Bronze

Wooden Cube Modular Elements
Located in Amsterdam, NL
All different kinds of wooden square modular elements. 13 pieces. An architect’s study. Unknown designer. Inspired by Cubism. Mahogany wood.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

Materials

Mahogany

  • Wooden Cube Modular Elements
  • Wooden Cube Modular Elements
  • Wooden Cube Modular Elements
  • Wooden Cube Modular Elements
H 9.45 in. W 9.45 in. D 9.45 in.
Wooden Block Hanging Mobile
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Decorative hanging mobile moves fluidly through the air. Playful wooden shapes give it charm and whimsy. Made by an artist in Belgium
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20th Century Belgian Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

  • Wooden Block Hanging Mobile
  • Wooden Block Hanging Mobile
  • Wooden Block Hanging Mobile
  • Wooden Block Hanging Mobile
H 48 in. Dm 62 in.
German Vintage Carved Wooden Moose Marionette Puppet
Located in Barntrup, DE
An adorable wooden moose marionette puppet. Germany, circa the 1950s. This lovely wooden moose figure could be an excellent Christmas gift or it can be used as an original interior ...
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Vintage 1950s German Folk Art Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Large Wooden Ships Wheel on Stand
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large decorative display 5 feet in diameter ships wheel Kinetic sculpture. Nicely weathered wood post.
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20th Century American Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

Materials

Hardwood

  • Large Wooden Ships Wheel on Stand
  • Large Wooden Ships Wheel on Stand
  • Large Wooden Ships Wheel on Stand
  • Large Wooden Ships Wheel on Stand
H 68 in. W 58 in. D 14 in.
Curtis Jere Brass Sculpture on Unusual Wooden Base
By Curtis Jere
Located in Houston, TX
Signed Curtis Jere Windswept brass sculpture on an unusual wooden base. This kinetic sculpture rotates to other positions. Base dimensions: 11 inches wide 6.13 inches deep. Curti...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

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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