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Pedro Friedeberg

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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"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

Rare Large Pedro Friedeberg Floor Standing Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A one of a kind 48" tall floor sculpture with gold gilt by surrealist artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg. Signed on the of the foot.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

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

Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic light walnut hand chair from Mexican designer Pedro Friedeberg. Signed and in very good original condition.    
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Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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

Pedro Friedeberg Double Sided "Day & Night" Silkscreen Art Framed 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 "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 Wood/Gold Leaf Sculpture, Fist and Moon, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an amazing early and traditional subject for the well known artist Pedro Friedeberg. Signed in bottom as shown.
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

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

Pedro Friedeberg “Jaguares” Silkscreen Art Unframed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this rare Pedro Friedeberg original silkscreen "83 de 100”. Signed by the artist. Prueba de Taller 5 de 100. Includes signature Pedro Friedeberg. This is part of a limited e...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

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

4 Acrobatas en 6 Posiciones
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Digital Print 2017 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

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

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

Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Lithograph Signed in Pencil A. P. 6/10
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage lithograph by Pedro Friedeberg. Original wood frame in gold leaf. Signed in pencil. Original vintage unrestored condition. Dimensions: 30 1/4" x 30 ...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Glass, Wood, Giltwood, Paper

Pedro Friedeberg Art Magical Bobpotzli Dios Del Arte Televisivo Painting
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration an original serigraph painting by Pedro Friedeberg. Signed in pencil in the lower right section. Left side in pencil: 1/12. Title: "BOBPOTZLI DIOS DEL ARTE TEL...
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1980s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood, Paper, Glass

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

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 Hand Foot Chair Sculpture in Bronze
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
For your Consideration: Magnificent Bronze Sculpture of Hand Foot Chair by famed Mexican artist, Pedro Friedeberg. Dimensions: 5 3/4" H x 4" D x 3" W Sculpture is signed, no COA pre...
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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

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 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 Butterfly Chair Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair. Hand painted ceramic sculpture in blue, violet, red and orange with 22-karat gold painting details. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and desi...
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Early 2000s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Ceramic

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

Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Hand Foot Sculptures
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Merced, CA
Incredible pair of ‘Hand Foot’ sculptures in gold leaf coated wood by Mexican artist, Pedro Friedeberg. Excellent table top sizes with a rich and warm patina. Minor nicks to fini...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

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

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 gilt mahogany with enameled metal. Twelve wryl...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany, 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 Zebra Bronze Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg's zebra. Bronze sculpture VIII / X. Signed on leg. Edition limited to 10 pieces. Certificate included. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Bronze

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

Pedro Friedeberg Lithograph
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
"Crepusculo Con Molusculo" Vibrant images and colors Signed by the artist 52/90.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg Mixed-Media
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example titled Satans Sweatshirt, 1969. This example was loaned by a prominent early collector to the seminal Bryon Gallery Single artist show 1969, NYC. Hand drawn images...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Drawing "Muñeco", Mexico City, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Small mixed-media drawing by the great Pedro Friedeberg, titled "Muñeco" 1960s. Signed in ink, with gallery label on the back (Galleria Iturbide. Mexico City). See photos.
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg Giraffe Metal Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
One of a kind prototype giraffe sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg after La Jungla by Pita Amor book illustrations. Signed. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his...
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2010s Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

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Metal

Pedro Friedeberg Egyptian Cat Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in NYC, NY
A very unusual table clock designed by Pedro Friedeberg featuring a wooden black Egyptian cat with the clock on its torso. The clock is also made of wood, with hands as the numbers f...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg wood sculpture "Señorita Geométrica"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Rare Pedro Friedeberg sculpture made in wood and resin. Sealed on back. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his surrealist work filled with lines and colors, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Pedro Friedeberg

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Resin, Wood

Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
An iconic craved sculptural clock by the famed Mexican surrealistic artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1937) circa 1960s. The whimsical design incorporates the signatu...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
An iconic sculptural Butterfly Chair by Mexican surrealist artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg, circa 1970s. Material: painted wood with gilt and polychromes. Label" signed Pedro...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Wood and Gilt Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a wood and gilt sculpture signed Pedro Friedeberg. No COA available. Measures: 13" H x 10 x 10.  
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1990s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Pine

Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
Two iconic wood and gold-leaf hand and foot sculptures by the celebrated Mexican-American surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. Miniature tabletop size that measures approx. 3" x 3 x 5...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

Signed Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair an Exceptional Example
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Authentic, signed hand-painted and gold leafed Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair in excellent condition.
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Early 2000s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pedro Friedeberg silver leaf hand chair. Signature below.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Silver Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair, 1983, Mexico City. Hand-painted with appropriated ornaments. Signed.
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pair of Framed Ink Drawings by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of interesting color ink drawing on irregularly pattern paper by Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg dated 1989. Both framed in thin bronze with double glass front and ...
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1980s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in North Miami, FL
A very unique sculpture entitled "Mr. Architekt" by surrealist Mexican artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937). Circa 1960s, this sculpture was made from carved and painted wo...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

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