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Pedro Friedeberg

Mexican, b. 1936
Mexican, b. 1936

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, Surrealist 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, Friedeberg’s drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born Dadaist 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 sculptures have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings and prints 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 1stDibs, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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Creator: Pedro Friedeberg
Framed Surrealistic Painting by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
Artists: Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1936) Title: "Nietzche's Last Picnic" Year: 1969 Medium: oil, pen and ink on board Size: 15 x 20" Marked: signed and dated "MCMLXIX" mid-...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paint

Large Pedro Friedeburg Silver Leaf Hand Foot Sculpture with COA, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible hand foot sculpture by Pedro Friedeburg (signed underneath) includes a certificate of authenticity by LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, more details below about this significant hi...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Ceramic

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair in Solid Honduran Mahogany 1960s Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
This beautiful golden brown Pedro Friedeberg hand chair was commissioned in the 1960s and is crafted of solid Honduran Mahogany. In 1961 when Pedro was working with artist Mathias G...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

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, 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

Pedro Friedeberg Miniature Hand Chair Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Antonio, TX
Signed miniature hand sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg 11/120 comes with a certificate of authenticity. The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg, surrealist and eccentric artistic styl...
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Resin, Polyester

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 Snake Bar / Server / Table / Candle Holder / Sculpture, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pedro Friedeberg Snake bar, Mexico, c. 1970s. Made of carved and gilt wood, antique statuary, and glass. The stretched out hands hold the round removable glass tray and the upper han...
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1970s Mexican Post-Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Glass, Wood

Surrealism Sculptural Hand Table Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning hand and foot table design and made by Mexican Surrealism artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motifs. Made of laminated and blocked mahogany, this table fea...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

Rare Editioned Bronze Hand and Feet Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
The “Hand Chair” is the most seminal design work by Pedro Friedeberg and one of the icons of 20th century design. With its whimsical conception rooted in the realm of surrealism comb...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Bronze

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

1960s Pedro Friedeberg Miniature Hand Foot Chair Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
1960s Pedro Friedeberg hand foot miniature chair sculpture. Preowned original vintage unrestored condition. Signs of wear present. Measures: 4.38 tall x 3.5 deep x 2.5 wide. See o...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
An iconic carved 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

1960s Pedro Friedeberg Hand Moon Mahogany Wood Art Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
1960s Pedro Friedeberg hand Moon Mahogany wood art sculpture Signed piece Measures: 11.88 tall x 2 depth x 3.5 width Preowned original vintage unrestored condition. See our image...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Mahogany

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 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

Pedro Friedeberg Watercolor/ Gouache on Artists Board
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique example. Purchased directly from the artist.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

Framed Print by Mexican Artist Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Antonio, TX
Framed Print by Mexican Artist Pedro Friedeberg who is best known for his Surrealist prints and sculptures. This art piece is framed, numbered, signed, and comes with documentation.
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20th Century Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

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

1975 Pedro Friedeberg Psychedelic Surreal Art Silver Never Look Gift Horse Mouth
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
1975 Pedro Friedeberg Psychedelic Surreal Art in silver never look gift horse Mouth Antiseptico Cepacol Signed 178/200 Print on Silver Paper Measures: 24.75 x 24.75 Original preowned...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

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 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 Gilded Candelabrum and Chandelier
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Brooklyn, 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

Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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

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 Miniature Hand, Chair Wood Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
A rare 1970's miniature carved wood "hand-chair" sculpture by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg. The sculpture has a cracked glossy finish. Signed on the base. Pedro Friedeberg is a M...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

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 Hand-Foot Table
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of this iconic form. Cleaned and polished original surface. Signed on the underside of the feet.
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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 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

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 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

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

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

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Paper

Pedro Friedeberg "Musical Monkeys by Day" Limited Edition Engraving
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
"Monos Musicales de Día" (Musical Monkeys by Day). Engraving print by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg. Copperplate engraving on Hahnemühle 300 g. 100% cotton paper. Edition of 86 pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

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 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

Rare Unique Cabinet Chest with Drawers Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
A one of kind cabinet with drawers crafted by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg (1937-). It features a red and gilt cabinet or chest of drawers supported by ten red-painted legs and gi...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg small Sculpture Hand Foot, Gold Leaf, signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a sweet gold leaf hand foot sculpture, by the well known artist Pedro Fiedeberg.Signed
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage 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 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 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 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

One of a Kind Pedro Friedeberg Hands and Ties Chair Gold Leaf
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
This is an extremely rare opportunity. One off chair by artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg. This stunning chair is upholstered in Mr. Friedeberg's own personal neck ties. 17 hand-c...
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg

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Gold Leaf

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

Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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

Pedro Friedeberg Mano Mariposa Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of an iconic butterfly form.Beautifully hand painted and signed by the artist. A copy of the original receipt and correspondence.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

Framed Surrealistic Drawing by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
Artist: Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, 1936-) Title:Le Tombeau D'Hemingway Year: 1963 Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper: Size: 14 3/4 x 19 1/2 plus 3 inch frame Mark: upper lef...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg

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Paper

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 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 furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Pedro Friedeberg are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Pedro Friedeberg collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 45 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 4 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Pedro Friedeberg were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Pepe Mendoza, Feliciano Béjar and Sergio Bustamante. Prices for furniture Pedro Friedeberg can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $325 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for on average $12,000.

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