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Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg (Italy and Mexico, born 1936)
Pedro Friedeberg (Italy and Mexico, born 1936)

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art.

Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born avant-garde painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks.

While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900. As you will see on these pages, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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Pedro Friedeberg, Hand Foot Stool, MEX
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known for his surrealist work filled with lines colors and ancient and religious symbols. His best known piece is the “Hand-Chair” a...
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1990s American Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

Pedro Friedeberg Double Sided "Day & Night" Silkscreen Art Signed Vintage
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
The wonderful work of Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg is exemplified in this dual sided work of art that is a numbered and signed silkscreen that has direct influences of Fornasetti ...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Plexiglass, Paper

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture Closed Hands
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example signed at the bottoma.   
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
A Wonderful and Miniature Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1936) Of Silver Leaf over Carved Wood. Signed On The Bottom.
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Late 20th Century Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg's Large Scale Rug Series by Odabashian "Leccion De Elegancia"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Lección de elegancia y Sofisticación is a series of 5 signed custom rugs produced for master Mexican urrealist, Pedro Friedeberg. In 2015, Odabashian began an unprecedented collabora...
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2010s Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

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Wool

"Codice Miguelito I" by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Codice Miguelito I Serigraphy Measures: 75 x 75 cms Series of 40. Signed and stamped Comes with “Certificate of Authenticity” from the artist.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Richly Detailed Op Art Lithograph by Pedro Friedeberg Bold Modern Mexico 1970s
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Modern Abstract Op Art Lithograph by Pedro Friedeberg A P 6/10 Midcentury MEXICO 1970s Bright colors and Bold patterns offering up illusions and fantasy. Original Wood Fram...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Glass, Wood, Giltwood, Paper

Mexican Modernist Surrealist Ziggurat Hebrew Alphabet Judaica Silkscreen Print
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
"Olfato y Alefato" (Smell and Alphabet) Mid Century Modern Art This is a signed, and numbered piece by Pedro Friedeberg. The piece is a gorgeous "pop art " style piece that has also ...
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1970s Pop Art Pedro Friedeberg

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Lithograph, Screen

Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Signed and dated 1967 An early example incorporating hand painting and poetry.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Large Angelic Serpentine Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
A monumental work by Pedro Friedeberg. Sculpted serpentine form with carved hands at tail and carved hands holding two glass tables. Gilded rings and wings utilizing a 19th century r...
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1970s Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

Early Hand and Foot Coffee Table or Stool by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare hand and foot table or stool designed and made by Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motif. Made of laminated and blocked mahogany, this tab...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Walnut

Teatro Microbiotico
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph print by Pedro Friedeberg from 1987. A optical abstract image of a surrealist interior. Artist: Pedro Friedeberg, Mexican (1936 - ) Title: Teatro Microbiotico Year: 19...
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1980s Op Art Pedro Friedeberg

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Screen

Pedro Friedeberg "Aumentaciones y Disminuciones" Print
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg Aumentaciones y Disminuciones Measures: 30 x 30 cms XII/XXX Signed “Certificate of Authenticity” by the Artist.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pair of Hand and Foot Coffee Tables or Stools by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare pair of hand and foot tables or stools designed and made by Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motifs. Made of laminated and blocked mahogan...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Walnut

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chairs
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pair of Pedro Friedeberg hand chairs, circa early 1960s. These all original hand-sculpted examples are each signed and were purchased from the original owners who acquired them direc...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

"Codice Miguelito I" by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Codice Miguelito I Serigraphy Measures: 75 x 75 cms Series of 40. Signed and stamped Comes with “Certificate of Authenticity” from the artist.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg "Bienestar Social" original print
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg. 2018 34x42.5 cms. Edition of 42 Signed and stamped.
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg, Exceptional Surrealist Carved Clock, Gilt Wood, Mexico 1970s
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937) An exceptional, dreamlike Astroclock sculpture by Mexican Surrealist master Pedro Friedeberg, in carved and gold-leafed mahogany enriched by striking pain...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

"Codice Miguelito I" by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Codice Miguelito I Serigraphy Measures: 75 x 75 cms Series of 40. Signed and stamped Comes with “Certificate of Authenticity” from the artist.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg "Aumentaciones y Disminuciones" Print
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg Aumentaciones y Disminuciones Measures: 30 x 30 cms XII/XXX Signed “Certificate of Authenticity” by the Artist.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg "Camisas"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
"Camisas" Pedro Friedeberg Giclee 2018 75 x 75 cms Edition of 42 Signed.
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pair of Hand Chairs in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

4 Acrobatas en 6 Posiciones
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Digital print 2017 Size: 50 x 50 cms Signed 3rd Edition Series of XLV Certificate by the artist.
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2010s Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

First Edition Pedro Friedeberg Book by IDA Rodríguez Prampolini, 1973
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Diego, CA
Pedro Friedeberg first edition vintage book by IDA Rodriguez Prampolini. Published by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1973. x.
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg / Rey y Reina Desnuda / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg

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Resin

Pedro Friedeberg / Juego Felino / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg

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Other

Pedro Friedeberg / Alfabetrino / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Encuentro de Dos Mundos
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph print by Pedro Friedeberg from 1987. A optical abstract image of a surrealist interior. Artist: Pedro Friedeberg, Mexican (1936 - ) Title: Encuentro de dos Mundos Year:...
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1980s Op Art Pedro Friedeberg

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Screen

Avioneta Angelical
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg original sculpture "Avioneta Angelical". Signed by the artist. Includes certificate of authenticity.
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg “Las Banderas” Silkscreen Art Unframed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Pedro Friedeberg original silkscreen "Las Banderas”. Signed by the artist. Prueba de Taller 5 de 10.. Includes signature Pedro Friedeberg.
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

No Pasa Nada
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg painting "No Pasa nada". Signed by the artist. 40.15 x 30.3 in. / 102 x 77 cm. image size.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood, Ink, Acrylic

Pedro Friedeberg Surrealistic Sculptural Ceramic Mantel Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
A surrealistic sculptural clock made in ceramic by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg. The clock's ceramic body has a marble finish. The clock's mechanism is a regular quartz movement f...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Ceramic

Pedro Friedeberg Ceramic Crocodile with 22-Karat Liquid Gold Bath
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
A beautiful ceramic crocodile with 22-karat liquid gold bath by Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. The crocodile's top has yellow gold and the legs show white gold. Signed o...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold

Pedro Friedeburg Small Mixed-Media Painting, 'Muneco'
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Chicago, IL
Pedro Friedeberg small mixed-media print titled, 'Muneco' with original gallery tags from Mexico City.
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Late 20th Century Mexican Art Nouveau Pedro Friedeberg

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Masonite

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture "Templo Irresponsable"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Chicago, IL
Monumental Pedro Friedeberg surrealist sculpture; Friedeberg's playful and flamboyant inspired mind, showing a display of geometrically sliced pigs, columns and flags, stacked totemi...
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1980s Mexican Renaissance Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Metal

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Houston, TX
Pedro Friedeberg, "Untitled" mixed media sculpture, Mexico, circa 1970s. Gilt, gold painted wood and doll head. Signed on the reverse.
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Leaf Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
The best example of a Pedro Friedeberg hand chair that we have seen. The original silver leaf has a wonderful patina with the red lacquered base coat showing through. Signed to under...
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1960s Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Silver Leaf

SILLA DE GOBERNATE CUADRO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Wood sculpture with gold color trim. Hand signed and numbered on the underside by the artist. PA (artist proof) edition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in exc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

SILLA DE REGLA TRIANGULO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Wood sculpture with gold color trim. Hand signed and numbered on the underside by the artist. PA (artist proof) edition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in exc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

SILLA POLICROMADA (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Bronze sculpture. Engraved artist signature and edition on the underside. From the edition of 8. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Please do not hesitate to ask us any furt...
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2010s Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg

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Bronze

Pedro Friedeberg Mahogany Wood Hand Chair Surrealist Mid-century Modern
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration, a hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg in mahogany wood. Signed on the bottom with black ink. Welcome to the art world of surrealism. Livin...
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

Gold Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Dog Table Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Open armed Friedeberg dog sculpture An early example of whimsical surrealism. Signed on base.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Long Island City, NY
A unique sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg from 1990. A miniature figurine of colorful butterfly detail and gold leaf applique. Artist: Pedro Friedeberg, Mexican (1936 - ) Title: Butte...
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1990s Folk Art Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Gilt Vintage Hand Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Westport, CT
Pedro Friedeberg handcrafted silver leaf hand clock, vintage early 1960s, with original label from dated service inside, 1969.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Enamel, Silver

Pedro Friedeberg Crocodile Bronze Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Crocodile wearing black heels. Bronze sculpture. Numbered IX / X. Signed by Pedro Friedeberg, Limited 10-pieces edition. Certificate included. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Bronze

Pedro Friedeberg Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful gold-leafed variation of this form. Signed under the foot.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Coffee Table, circa 1970, Mexico
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Girona, Spain
Pedro Friedeberg gilt "Hand & Foot" coffee table. Rare 8 hand & 8 foot coffee table model. Gilt and sculpted wooden design with glass table top, circa 1970, Mexico. Good vintage ...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Glass, Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Signed and dated 1971 The sculpture utilizes Pedro Friedebergs' most iconic imagery.   
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Minotaur Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of Pedro Friedeberg's Magic-Surrealist Oeuvre. An Image of the sculpture has been submitted to, and accepted by Mr. Friedeberg for their upcoming Catalog of Works.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Gilded Candelabrum and Chandelier
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Hudson, NY
Rare early work consists of hand-carved and gilded five stem candelabrum in the form of surrealistically joined hands and feet. Can be hung via the moon stem or used on the table. Si...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Giltwood

Large Pedro Friedeberg Relief Sculpture/Wall Art, 1970s
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early and spectacular example. "Comprendtendo Mu" (I Understand) Acrylic, pen and Ink and carved wood. Signed, titled and dated 1970.  
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Acrylic

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg hand chair. Carved mahogany wood, circa 1960.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

Pedro Friedeberg “El vuelo de Mozart” Silkscreen Art Unframed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Pedro Friedeberg original silkscreen "El vuelo de Mozart”. Signed by the artist. Edition of 30. Includes signature Pedro Friedeberg. The price does not include the frame for a cheape...
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1990s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Cotton

Pedro Friedeberg “Amamos” Silkscreen Art
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Pedro Friedeberg original silkscreen on paper “Amamos”. Signed by the artist. Edition of 100. Includes signature Pedro Friedeberg. The price does not include the frame for a better a...
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Early 2000s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg Zebra, Ink on Paper from the Jungle Series
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Important painting by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg depicting a zebra, from The Jungle series. Exposed in the 1984 exhibition at Galería de Arte Misrachi, Mexico City. Originally c...
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

2007 Pedro Friedberg Art Mexican Modernist Silk Screened Wood Tequila Box
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Diego, CA
Awesome wood tequila box featuring Pedro Friedberg art on every surface. Made to hold Jose Cuervo Tequila Reserva De La Familia, 2007. Very limited edition. Box can hold a bottle or ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg Painting Obelisco Obelisco Hegeliano
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Cuauhtemoc, MX
Pedro Friedeberg and Frida Kahlo were the only two Mexican artists Andre Breton recognized as part of the Surrealist movement, making Friedeberg the last of the Mexican Surrealists. ...
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Early 2000s Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg Ceramic Butterfly Chair Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Beautiful unique ceramic butterfly chair sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg. Signed. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his surrealist work filled with lines an...
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Ceramic

Hand Chair in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

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