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Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style:Mid-Century Modern
Lätt Contemporary Marble Console by RDLC
Located in Mexico City, MX
The concept is based on the essence of the material itself, with a clean and brutalist style: straight lines, geometric shapes, fewer ornaments, less noise and more naturalness. The ...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Foam

Abstract Carved Stone Outsider Art by Louise Abrams, c1970
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Carved stone by abstract outsider artist Louise Abrams. This particular piece is from the artists personal collection of her own art. Sits on a black laminate plinth base. This ite...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Alabaster

Amedeo Fiorese Yellow Sprayed Ceramic Flower Vase Sculpture, Italy, 1970s
Located in Milan, IT
Artist Amedeo Fiorese yellow sprayed ceramic flower vase sculpture, Italy 1970s.   
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Paint

Abstract Marble Stone Sculpture by Amalia Schulthess
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sculpture from Amalia Schulthess is part of her Canto Series, c.1974, Los Angeles. The casting exhibits a fruit-breast style, displayed on a low platform, resembling giant spill...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

1970 Antonio da Ros Pair of Crystal Pears Sculpture Gold Dust Glass
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of crystal pears and gold dust by Antonio da Ros. Pair of glass pears and gold dust by Antonio da Ros for Cenedese Murano. Italy, 70s. Excellent condition used with slight t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Crystal, Gold

Juliette Pierced Ceramic Sculpture, Blush
Located in Oakland, CA
Juliette is part of the Femme Series, a sculptural exploration celebrating the female form. I am trying to capture the universal balance and grace of the female form. The delicacy of...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Clay

Bronze Saint-Michel Sculpture by Olivier Strebelle
By Olivier Strebelle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Interlocking bronze sculpture of St. Michel by Belgian artist Olivier Strebelle. It was created as an award for the Brussels Film Festival and presented to classic Hollywood film ...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

White Ceramic Pierced Tall Teardrop Tabletop Sculpture, In Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this piece is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then each hole...
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

White Pierced Ceramic Double Gourd Vessel/Sculpture
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and th...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Clay

Pink Vintage Decorative Mannequin Glass Head Sculpture, 1970s, Germany
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Life-size glass head in a unique lilac color. Produced in a German steelworks in the 1970s. Perfect condition. A perfect addition to the interior, photo prop, display or headphone st...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, Crystal Art-Object "Orkidea" (Orchid), Model 3568, Iittala, 1957
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva, crystal art-object "Orkidea" (Orchid), model 3568, Iittala, 1957 Artist Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926-Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish ...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Crystal

1980s Plated Brass Bridge Bolts Bookends Paperweights Quirky Vintage Mid-Century
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Brass electroplated Bridge Bolts as bookends or office decor. Each about 5 lbs. and 3.5 wide by 4 inches high. Appropriated objects similar conceptually to the works of the Carl Aubo...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Curtis Jeré Sculpture on Marble Base
Located in New York, NY
Curtis Jeré sculpture on marble base. The sculpture is stainless steel with a brass ball tip on a round marble base.
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble, Stainless Steel, Brass

Modern Abstract Pink Marble Sculpture with Chrome Pedestal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique polished pink marble abstract sculpture with a chrome base. This beautiful one of a kind sculpture would make a great art piece to add some warmth and sophistication to your h...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Green Marble & Bronze Fish Sculpture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Very unique vintage modern sculpture features a bronze fish swimming through a field of seaweed on a green marble base. This truly one of a kind sculpture would make a great centerpi...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Set of 2 OP Art Biscuit Porcelain Vases by Edelstein Bavaria, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Op Art porcelain vases set of 2 Producer: Edelstein Bavaria, Germany Age: 1970s This original vintage OP Art Vase set was produced in the 1970s in Germ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Aldo Tura Sculpture, Red, Cream, Geometric, Lacquered Goatskin, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Aldo Tura geometric sculpture, lacquered goatskin, red, cream, signed. Small to medium scale two-piece wood table sculpture covered in lacquered goatskin with geometric forms: ball a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Goatskin

Italian Murano Elephant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1960's Italian sculpture hand-crafted out of Murano glass depicting an elephant in a clear and green color combination. This sculpture is in great condition and has no scratches...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Authentic Royal Haeger Pottery "Baby and the Mother" Statue
Located in Armonk, NY
Authentic Royal Haeger Pottery "Baby and the Mother" Statue is in off-white pebbled ceramic. In good vintage condition. Some marks are visible. Please see photos for details.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Minimal Curtis Jeré "Birds in Flight" Bronze Floor Sculpture Signed and Dated
Located in Dallas, TX
Monumental freestanding bronze sculpture title "three birds in flight" by Curtis Jeré, signed and dated 1976, USA. Three birds in flight on pyramidal base. Top is removable from base...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Light Pink Vintage Decorative Mannequin Glass Head Sculpture, 1970s, Germany
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Life-size glass head in a unique light pink color. Produced in a German steelworks in the 1970s. Perfect condition. A perfect addition to the interior, photo prop, display or headpho...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Glass

Surrealist Blindfolded Nude Female Italian Ceramic Lamp
Located in Atlanta, GA
Surrealist blindfolded nude female Italian ceramic lamp, Italy, circa 1960s. She stands an impressive 51.5" height with the shade. The only other example we have ever seen like her w...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

20th Century Lucite Light Bulb Sculpture
Located in Norwalk, CT
A very interesting light bulb suspended in a Lucite cube, a very cool decorative accent to any shelf or table. Unsigned.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Lucite

Decorative Murano Ice Glass Sculpture attributed to Tagliapietra 1980s Italy
Located in Villaverla, IT
Decorative Murano ice glass sculpture, attributed to Tagliapietra, 1980s, Italy. This is an outstanding Italian artwork, attributed to the famous Venetian maestro Tagliapietra, and ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Cut Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Soapstone Sculpture of Embracing Couple
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern soapstone sculpture depicting a stylized couple in embrace. The piece is in great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use. Measures: 17" H x 16" W x 10...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Soapstone

John Livermore Welded Steel Abstract Brutalist Sculpture D. 1970
Located in Peabody, MA
A welded steel sculpture by artist John Livermore of Acton, MA, circa 1970. Torch cut corten steel with tripod legs of castoff ring bolt plugs from the nearby Harris Granite Quarry. ...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Bronze Ball by Ado Chale
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Cast iron bronze ball by Ado Chale.
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1980s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Selection of Abstract Wood Sculptures
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of abstract wood sculptures, probably American, circa 1950s-1960s. From left to right, the sculptures measure: 13.5" H x 14.5" W x 10" D, 16.5" H x 3.5" W x 3" D, 8" H x 12...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

Pair of Wall Decoration Ceramic Panels Brown Color by Pierre Digan Midcentury
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Pierre Digan Exceptional pair of ceramic wall panels by the French artist Pierre Digan. Realised circa 1975 in La Borne. Elegant brown stoneware ceramic colors in original g...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Large French Art Deco Walnut Brass Wall Sculpture Clock
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern French Deco style wall clock sculpture. Nice combination of solid brass and walnut details. Dated 1959, stamped: Made in France.  
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Single or Pair of Midcentury Glass Table Lamps with Polished Nickeled Trim
Located in New York City, NY
A pair of Midcentury reticulated glass table lamps with nickeled trim. Four heavily molded art glass panels of rectangular form create this Minimalist glass structure. Highly archi...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Glass

Midcentury Brutalist Metal Wall Sculpture
Located in Norwalk, CT
This midcentury wall sculpture has a great brutalist look. An interesting abstract appearance with an industrial feel.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

ABSTRACT Metal Sculpture
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A detailed abstract metal sculpture with a wooden base. A small table-top gem of intricate details and refined free forms. The designer and/or artist is unknown but the source of thi...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Bronze Sculpture "Furnace Flowers"
Located in Rochester, NY
Bronze sculpture Polished and patinated bronze sculpture. "Furnace Flowers" by mid century modern Italian sculptor Francesco Somaini (Italy 1926-2005), dated 1963. Mounted on hea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal, Bronze, Iron

Large Steel and Brass Abstract Sculpture by Curtis Jere, 1970s
Located in Hamburg, PA
A large steel and brass abstract sculpture with multi rod spray and ribbon design on a black marble pedestal base by Curtis Jere. Dimensions: 32" H x 16.5" D x 36" W
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble, Brass, Steel

BROVIER & TOSO Murano Glass Sculpted Bowl
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A unique decorative piece for your interior decor; a large clear sculpted Murano glass bowl with interesting natural ROSTRATO pattern design. Reflecting light and luminosity within y...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Murano Glass

Alessandro Mendini Limited Edition Cristallo Cupboard
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Cristallo cupboard Design by Alessandro Mendini Limited Edition of 99 pieces A furniture piece made of MDF and lacquered in different colors. The interior is veneered in syca...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

C. Jere Moon Starburst Wall Sculpture
Located in New York City, NY
1966 C. Jere moon starburst wall sculpture.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Copper

Decorative Piece of Art, circa 1970, Lacquered Metal
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Decorative piece of art, circa 1970 lacquered metal. Missing some painting on the base.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Modernist Vintage Abstract Porcelain Object And Sculpture
Located in North Miami, FL
This tall vintage sculpture and or object of an abstract couple; man/woman in repose is white to off-white porcelain by Rosenthal Netter who was the manufacturer. Part of the origin...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Porcelain

Pair of Chapman Obelisk Lamps, circa 1977
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of stylish Lucite and brass obelisk lamps by Chapman, 1977.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Lucite

Abstract Sculpture ‘Being Born’ by Virginio Ferrari
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Abstract sculpture ‘Being Born’ by Virginio Ferrari, 1982. Ferrari was born in Verona Italy but moved to the Usa where he is based in Chicago since the middle of the 1960’s. Ferrari ...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Carrara Marble, Stainless Steel

Abstract Figure in Grés, USA, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
An abstract martial art figure in Grés on a walnut base.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Earthenware

Handsome Decorative Carved Douglas Fir Pedestal
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning carved pedestal with striking grain and natural patina. Shown with the infamous Rietveld Steltman chair.
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Pine

Torch Cut Steel Jax Sculpture
Located in Denton, TX
Large steel sculpture very sturdy perfect for garden art or inside the home. These stacked jax appear to be dancing in a playful manner. Artist is unknown.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Cut Steel

Pierced Ceramic Orb-White
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, the pierced collection is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Clay

MURANO Art Glass Sculpted SHELL
Located in Hawthorne, CA
A large-scale Italian mauve and deep black coloured art glass in the form of a giant clam shell. The massive shell-form bowl of encased glass has an interior of mauve coloured glass ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Inlaid Wood Freeform Abstract Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern inlaid wood freeform abstract sculpture, circa 1980s. The piece is quite spectacular with inlaid circles on a ribbon shaped piece of burlwood on a black 1...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Hardwood

Large Mid Century Organic Wooden Sculpture, UK
Located in London, GB
Superb large organic wooden sculpture, Circa 1970's, UK lovely patina and colour.
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Lucite Acrylic Cubic Sculpture by Team Guzzini, Italy, 1970s Spiral Geometry
Located in Rome, IT
Cubic sculpture by Team Guzzini in Lucite acrylic - Italy, 1970. It still has its original label attached as shown in the photos.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Plexiglass, Resin, Acrylic, Lucite

Victor Roman Sculptures
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of Victor Roman sculptures in aluminum Unique pieces circa 1970 Great condition Dimensions are for the tallest one.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Aluminum

Salviati Vintage Green Orange Purple Crystal Murano Glass Sculpture Work of Art
Located in New York, NY
1970s Mid-Century Modern mouth blown Murano glass organic sculpture by Salviati, a crystal clear glass "stone" decorated in the interior with swirls of colors in lime green and red o...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Art Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Blown Glass

Bronze Brutalist Style Sculpture on Marble Base, circa 20th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful brutalist bronze sculpture on a marble base. Artist unknown. 20th century.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Sculptural Wooden Hand Chair in the Manner of Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural wooden hand chair, handmade and unique, in the manner of Pedro Friedeberg, probably Mexican, circa 1960s. Retains it's warm original patina.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

1960s Shigemichi Aomine Japanese Midcentury Teak Trays Serving Sushi Platters
By Aomine Shigemichi 1
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Shigemichi Aomine for the National Crafts Council. Pair of sculptural serving trays. The larger one is 22 inches in length. The small one is L 9 x W 6.75 x H 3/8 in.      
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Teak

White Winged Crown, 4 Part Ceramic TOTEM, Hand Built Sculpture by H. Starcevic
Located in New York, NY
A tall, hand built ceramic Modern TOTEM, created by artist Helena Starcevic, this is one in an ongoing study of the totemic form. Here, there are 4 separate parts hand-formed and att...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Set of 2 Fat Lava Ceramic Pottery Vase by Strehla Ceramic, GDR Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Ceramic pottery vase set of 2 Origin: Germany, GDR Producer: Strehla, Germany GDR Decade: 1970s This original vintage pottery objects was des...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

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