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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
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

Jacques Moniquet Decorative Brass Box for Cheret, circa 1970, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Jacques Moniquet decorative box, circa 1970, France. Compressed polished brass sliding lid. Wood interior. Stamped edition Cheret AAM, Paris. Each piece produced by Moniquet is ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Foam

Curtis Jere Sailboat Sculpture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Wonderful midcentury sculpture of a sailboat by famed sculptor Curtis Jere. Showing original and untouched patina. A wonderful addition to your collection and one of his most strikin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Steel

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

Materials

Clay

Large Abstract Blue and Red Stoneware Ceramic Sculpture by Michel Lanos
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Michel Lanos (1926-2005) Large abstract stoneware ceramic sculpture by french artist Signed under the base Blue, red and black ceramic glazes colors Painted ceramic 20th...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Curtis Jere Kinetic Steel Sculpture
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
While the name Curtis Jere is familiar to many as the maker of eccentric modern design during the 1960's and 70's, few are aware that it is pseudonym for the design team of Curtis Fr...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Abstract Floating Tree Sculpture by Curtis Jere for Artisan House
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage modernist abstract tree sculpture designed by Curtis Jere for Artisan House c. 1960's. Features a dramatic focal point to any space adding texture and dimension. This stateme...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Copper

Steel Geometric Garden Sculpture with Found Objects After David Smith
By David Smith
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A garden sculpture by noted multidisciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan. A tall piece, originally painted, now worn bare to a charming rust patina. With an openwork box at the top fil...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Vintage Large Handmade Iron Jack by Bill Curry
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage handmade cast iron Jack, Jax, designed by Bill Curry of Design Line, 1967. This bookend is made of cast iron and is in original condition. Great addition to any decor...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

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

Materials

Bronze

Mirrored Pair of C. Jere Ribbon Sculptures in Brass and Chrome
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Stunning pair of mirrored Ribbon sculptures by C Jere. One sculpture is a brass ribbon with a chrome ball and the other a chrome ribbon with a brass ball. Both sitting on a black mar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Marble, Brass, Chrome

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

Materials

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

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

Materials

Crystal

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

Folk Art Abstract Carved Wood Sculpture
Located in San Mateo, CA
Small abstract carved wood sculpture. This was made by a geologist and professor as one of his hobbies.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Impressive Bamboo Four-Panel Screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
Spectacular and rare vintage decorative bamboo four-panel screen, Vivai del Sud, circa 1970, Italy. Dimensions: 210 cm H, 4 cm D, 220 cm W open, each panel: 55 cm wide. Piece in good...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bamboo

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

Tiny Biomorphic Bronze Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A small abstract sculpture made of bronze with a light patination. This curvaceous figure features a three point star on top which sits on a bulbous base. Dimensions: 2.25" width...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Sculpture Designed by Birger Kaipianen for Arabia, Finland, 1970’s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware. Signed. Measures: H: 21 cm/ 8 1/4" D: 15 cm/ 6".
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1970s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stoneware

Door Handle Bronze Sculpture Attributed to Willy Daro
Located in Grenoble, FR
Door handle bronze sculpture attributed to Willy Daro.
Category

Late 20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Freestanding Walnut Sculpture by George Mullen
By George Mullen
Located in Denton, TX
About the artist: In the early 1960s George P. Mullen arrived in Santa Barbara, California having spent many years studying art and design, and working as in interior designer and ar...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Copper

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

Materials

Wood

Magnificent Large Abstract Art Glass Multi-Color Fish Statement Sculpture
Located in Montreal, QC
Impassive and grand art glass abstract sculptured figure in the shape of a fish. A formation of multi-colors fused Murrine glass, reflecting beautifully with the light. The Sculpture...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Free-Form Abstract Veined Marble Sculpture Signed SMO on a Lucite Base
Located in Miami, FL
Free-form Abstract Veined marble sculpture Signed SMO on a Lucite base Offered for sale is a free-form abstract veined marble sculpture atop a lucite base. It is signed SMO on the...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Marble

Murano Vase Masterpiece, Doppio Ritorto Amazing Technique, Signed
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Work of art vase in an flamboyant color palette. Beautiful play with light. About the finish: The glass before blowing is heated again to get to the right softness. Ritorto is w...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Large Pottery Super Fat Lava Multi-Color 485-45 "Onion" Vase by Scheurich, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Fat lava art vase extra large version Model: 485-45 Producer: Scheurich, Germany Decade: 1970s This original vintage vase was produced in the ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Bud Murano Vase Massiccio Sommerso Colors, Seguso Vetri d'Arte Attribution 1960s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Elegant bud vase in sommerso colors. Core is in green (could be aquamarine) with an amber casing and a massiccio clear base. Mouth is spacco naturale, where the breaking point is l...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Table or Floor Sculpture by Harold Kimmelman in Stainless
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An impressive original work by Harold Kimmelman, an award winning Sculptor, based in Philadelphia, and well known for his public works. He preferred working directly in metal develop...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stainless Steel

Italian Murano Glass Vase
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian Murano glass vase. Measures: Diameter 22 cm. Height 21 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Murano Glass

Solid Bronze Floor Lamps by Tom Corbin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Solid bronze floor lamps by Tom Corbin, American, circa 2000s. They retain their warm original patina. Signed and dated at the bases. Corbin's work was clearly influenced by Diego Gi...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Rare Large Brass Sculpture by Curtis Jere,for Furniture, Wall, fire place screen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
I have seen allot of sculptures from Curtis Jere, but never this one, it was all handmade with brass, it would look amazing on a credenza or to separate a room, or amazing fire place...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Bronze Sculpture "Furnace Flowers"
By Francesco Somaini
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

Materials

Metal, Bronze, Iron

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

Abstract Mixed-Media Sculpture
Located in San Mateo, CA
Mixed-media figurative abstract sculpture. This tall piece is made of ceramic, wood and paint. There is no signature or other markings. There is some wear and small losses to the paint.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

Spanish Brass Boot Umbrella Holder
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A fun 1970s hand-hammered solid brass boot umbrella holder. Marked made in Spain on the heel. Dimensions: 21.75” high 12” wide 7.5” deep.
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass

C. Jere Moon Starburst Wall Sculpture
Located in New York City, NY
1966 C. Jere moon starburst wall sculpture.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Copper

Michel Lanos Abstract Dark Blue Ceramic Abstract Animal Sculpture
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Michel Lanos (1926-2005) Large abstract animal stoneware ceramic sculpture by the french artist Signed under the base : L. Black or dark blue ceramic glazes colors XXth c...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

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

Materials

Glass

Pair Black and White Op Art Rosenthal Studio-Linie Vases Martin Freyer
Located in Melbourne, AU
Scarce and collectable, this pair of Op Art, Black and White vases by Martin Freyer typify 1960s, 70s and 80s modernism. The crisp lines and pristine matt finish of the porcelain giv...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

R van 't Zelfde Abstract TOTEM Sculpture Holland 1970s
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very visually pleasing and appealing totum sculpture from the hand of Dutch artist Rob van 't Zelfde, made in the 1970's. The sculpture is made out of Elm wood and is slightly tapere...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Elm

Sculptural Freeform Studio Pottery Vase
Located in Tilburg, NL
Sculptural Freeform Studio Pottery vase, mid 20th century. Freeform studio pottery vase with a very interesting shape which is elegant from every angle. Abstract and bulky, this v...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Pottery

Skoby Joe Textured Ceramic Vase Mid-Century Modern Vessel Wabi Sabi
Located in La Jolla, CA
Joseph Skoby is a Southern Californian whose work is inspired by the nature of his native state. His ceramics, created in his own lush garden, recall his intimate dance with the ocea...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Stoneware

Steel Sculpture, Helmet I, England 1970s
Located in London, GB
Abstract steel sculpture, in the form of a helmet; from the estate of the artist June Barrington-Ward (1922-2002) and attributed to her. England 1970s. Unsigned. Good original con...
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1970s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Lead Abstract Sculpture with Obsidian Base and Agate Inserts
Located in Pasadena, CA
Abstract lead sculpture with agate inserts on an obsidian base.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Agate, Lead

Abstract Sculpture by Alwy Visschedyk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful abstract wood sculpture by Alwy Visschedyk, hand-signed. American, 1994.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Fratelli Toso Murano Green Fish Italian Art Glass Aquarium Paperweight Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown purple stripes, green and silver leaf Italian art glass aquarium paperweight / sculpture. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company, with blue "Mura...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Silver Leaf

Two Jere Sputnik Sculptures
Located in New York, NY
Two chromium plate steel Sputnik ball form sculptures. One hangs, the other rests on the surface, one is missing a tube, the other is missing two tubes. Overall very Fine, original c...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Biomorphic Stone Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful, modernist stone sculpture. Gentle, fluid curves on both sides meet to create a crest on one end. Caramel coloring with white swirled veining. Dimensions: 9” width x 6...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Stone

Mid Century Abstract Steel, Brass & Wood "Man" Sculpture
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Mid Century abstract steel, brass & wood "man" sculpture.
Category

1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Steel

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

Materials

Porcelain

Bronze Abstract Sculpture by Gerda Thune Andersen, Denmark
Located in Buffalo, NY
Bronze abstract sculpture by Gerda Thune Andersen, Denmark Sophie Thune Andersen, born August 29, 1932 in Hellerup in Denmark, is a Danish-Swedish sculptor. Gerda Thune Ander...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Man Ray Surrealism "Le Tour" Sculpture Limited Edition Nº 91, circa 1981
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Le Tour sculpture created by Man Ray in 1981. Signed by the artist, numbered and titled underneath the base. From the edition of 99. Measure: 12.7 x 39 cm. (Man Ray 1890–19...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Wood

Vasa Mihich Sphere, Cast Acrylic, Blue, Magenta, Orange, Signed
Located in New York, NY
Vasa Mihich sphere, cast acrylic, blue, magenta, orange, signed. Large tabletop sculpture by vase composed of laminated cast acrylic sphere with an array of internal wedge shape colo...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Acrylic

Abstract Metal Wall Sculpture Mirror, by Donald Drumm
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Abstract metal wall sculpture mirror, by Donald Drumm.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

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

1980s Tessellated Lacquer Faux Marble Graduated Pedestals, Set of 3
Located in New York, NY
1970s 1980s Tessellated lacquered faux marble graduated half column pedestals. Sturdy without the heavy weight of solid marble. Wood backing with metal hardware on back which can att...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Marble

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