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Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

American

Look closely at any vintage furniture designed by father-son duo Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and a cacophony of stylistic influences reveals itself.

The LaVernes’ position at the intersection of art and design was the result of their combined backgrounds: Philip (1907–87) studied painting with Ashcan School artist John Sloan at the Art Students League of New York, while his son, Kelvin (b. 1937), attended the Parsons School of Design, taking classes in art history, furniture design and metalwork. The resulting merge of stylistic elements and innovative processes make for singular designs that defy categorization, striking a balance between modern and traditional, intricate and minimal, art piece and functional item. Their work was also strikingly different from the modern furniture created by Philip’s brother Erwine and his wife, Estelle, of Laverne Originals.

The LaVernes began producing one-of-a-kind furniture and sculpture in the mid-1950s out of a studio on Wooster Street in New York City before opening a showroom on Manhattan’s East 57th Street. As their 1960s advertisements declared: “It’s not just functional and not just art, it’s an investment.”

The LaVernes married a stunning array of techniques and styles to achieve their singular, deeply layered look for one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces. Chinoiserie motifs abound on many of their acid-etched tables, but art from ancient Greece and Egypt also served as inspiration. The influence of figurative sculptors is evident in designs like coffee tables and side tables with bronze bodies serving as frames or bases; other pieces, meanwhile, have deeply detailed surfaces and strikingly simple silhouettes.

The duo developed their own unconventional methods — sometimes to an extreme — for finishing their pieces: Techniques employed by the LaVernes included acid washing and burying furniture underground in a mixture of soil and chemicals to achieve a desired patina through oxidation. While they sometimes used pewter and silver, bronze was one of their most commonly employed materials, either etched or cast and sometimes paired with glass tops. Their partnership ended when Philip died in 1987 and Kelvin shifted his practice to sculpture.

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Creator: Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Large Signed Phillip and Kelvin LaVerne Bronze Wall Plaque Two Figures Gods
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Depicting two figures, perhaps a god or Godess, this rare placque by the famed Phillip and Kelvin LaVerne is a masterpiece and sure to appreciate over time. This is a form of art, a ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "Nude #1" Wall-Hanging Sculpture 1960s (Signed)
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
"Nude #1", a rare figural wall sculpture incorporating a femaile nude motif in solid pewter by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1960's (signed with original gallery label on back st...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "La Famille" Sculpture Art Installation 1970s (Signed)
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind life size art installation, "La Famille", in solid cast bronze with father and mother and daughter holding a patinated bronze and pewter table top, incorporating an abstract design with colorful hand-painted enamels, by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, American 1970s (signed twice: “Philip+Kelvin LaVerne” on edge of table top, and “Philip Kelvin LaVerne” in colored part of table top). The solid bronze sculptures were attained via lost wax process which is extremely difficult with works of this size and complexity. As stated by Kelvin LaVerne discussing this unique work, “We only made one of these. “La Famille” is a sculpture of a typical family in which their love for each other is expressed in a quiet and subtle manner rather than a picture of them embracing.” It’s the celebration of the a family which enjoys every moment of being together. The LaVernes did several works celebrating love, humanity, and those who bring joy to others. This work was a unique art installation which resided in their gallery. A photo of of this work in the original gallery is shown in this listing. Reference: ”Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Sculpture II”, paper catalog published in the 1970’s, this sculpture art installation is shown on page 40 in a black and white photo of the LaVerne Seymour Gallery in the 1970’s with the caption that reads “Dedicated to the highest achievement of mastery, the three-dimensional beauty of bronze and pewter created in limited editions of Collector’s Pieces and Museum Items.” Provenance: From the Collection of Kelvin LaVerne Dimensions of Mother and Daughter with Table Top: W: 96 inches D: 27.5 inches H: 41.5 inches Table Top H: 18 inches Dimensions of Father Sculpture...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel, Pewter

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Rare "Laviere" Sculpture in Bronze 1960s (Signed)
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
“Laviere” aka “La Bonne”, a very rare and important large figural bronze sculpture attained via lost wax process, table with hand-painted abstract enamel decoration, by Philip and Ke...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne One-of-a-Kind "Musicians" Wall Sculpture 1960s--Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind wall-mounted 3-dimensional sculpture "Musicians" in patinated pierced bronze and pewter with multicolor enamels by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1960's (signed “Phi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel, Pewter

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Monumental "Pas De Trois" Sculpture 1970s 'Signed'
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important one-of-a-kind monumental hand-welded sculpture "Pas De Trois" in patinaed bronze by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1970's (signed on...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Arabesque Torso Sculpture in Bronze 1970s Signed
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind bronze sculpture of a woman's torso in arabesque on an black lacquer wood base by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1970's (signed “PK LaVerne” on back of leg). The hum...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne "Synergy" in Bronze, Pewter and Copper 1960s 'Signed'
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
Unique abstract collage "Synergy" in patinated bronze, pewter and copper with abstract pattern engraved on part of it by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1960's (signed “P+K LAVERNE”). The LaVernes were constantly experimenting with different mediums and different types of sculptures and artworks. They made a small number of metal collages...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Philip & Kelvin LaVerne Sculpture "The Runner" in Bronze 1970s 'Signed'
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind sculpture, The Runner, in hand-brazed and textured bronze by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American 1970's (signed "Philip + Kelvin LaVerne" on ba...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip & Kelvin LaVerne Table
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
"Eternal Guardians," Unique Table by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne. Early, brutalist side table of bronze. Sculptural base and irregular-shaped top with striated line texture, and small t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Extraordinary Midcentury Sculpted Bronze Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rarely seen cast bronze sculpted end table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne in all original very good condition. The table is related to the Creation of...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip & Kelvin Laverne "Peasants Plaque", 1960s
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
"Peasants Plaque" in patinated bronze and pewter with hand painted enamels by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American, 1960s (signed front bottom centre "Kelvin + Philip LaVerne"). Back is...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel, Pewter

Philip & Kelvin LaVerne Sculpture
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
"Three Graces," Unique Sculpture by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne. Bronze sculpture of abstract figures on pedestal base. Artist-signed on base. Published: Sculpture II, The Art of Philip ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Coffee Table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Unique Studio Sculpture, circa 1975
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Unique coffee table, studio made by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, in beautifully patinated bronze depicting a mother and two children with a 1" thick, amorphous clear glass top. The thr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

"Walking Woman" Unique Sculpture by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
Abstract depiction of a walking woman, made from patinated bronze. Supported by a bronze cylindrical base. This sculpture is signed.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Female Torso Sculpture in Bronze circa 1970 'Signed'
By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
Located in New York, NY
Original unique Impressionist female torso sculpture in patinated bronze by Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, American ca. 1970 (signed "P+K LaVerne" on bottom of leg). Both Philip and Kelvin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Philip and Kelvin LaVerne Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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Philip And Kelvin Laverne decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne decorative objects, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Larry Mohr, Beatrice Wood, and Dan Murphy. Prices for Philip and Kelvin LaVerne decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $7,500 and can go as high as $225,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $22,000.

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