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Mid-Century Modern Animal 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
Italian Travertine Marble Horse Sculpture, Fratelli Mannelli, Italy, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Midcentury horse sculpture made in Travertine Marble, made by Fratelli Mannelli. Wondeful piece to enrich an ambient.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Travertine, Marble

Mid-Century Sergio Bustamante Brass & Copper Whale Sculpture
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare brass and copper sculpture of a whale by Sergio Bustamante, circa 1970's Un-signed. Measures 38" long. Gorgeous warm aged patina!
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Copper

Walter Bosse Hedgehog Stackable Brass Ashtrays, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A complete set of six vintage stackable midcentury hedgehog ashtrays. A very humorous design by Walter Bosse, executed by Hertha Baller, Austria in the 1950s. Made of brass, in good ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Seguso Vetri D'Arte Poli Murano Sommerso Italian Art Glass Squirrel Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, rare, and cute vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso green Italian art glass squirrel figure / sculpture. Documented to designer Flavio Poli for the Seguso Vetri d'Arte compa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Archimede Seguso Murano Black White Italian Art Glass Elephant Figure Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, and rare, vintage Murano hand blown black and white spotted Italian art glass elephant sculpture. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, from the "Bianco Nero" series. I...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Rimini Blue Cat Made of Ceramics by Aldo Londi, 1960
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Rimini Blue cat made of ceramics by Aldo Londi,1960 This is a rare model, the cat is handmade. Has no chips or damage. It is a nice piece made by Bitossi, Italy. It is a d...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

2 Piece Lot Mid Century Enamel Dishes by Karl Drerup
Located in New York, NY
Nice lot of 2 enamel bowls by noted mid century enamel artist Karl Drerup. Both bowls are in good, original estate condition, the rooster bowl shows an inconsequential flaw to the pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Enamel

Mid-20th Century Dog Cast Iron Decorative Sculpture, Italy, 1950s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original vintage condition. All damages on pictures. Very old cast iron item. The dog was produced in 1950s in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Cast Stone

Midcentury Murano Glass American Buffalo Ascribable to Seguso, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, circa 1960s. It is made in blown glass. This is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Bronze Goat Bookends
Located in New York, NY
Mid century pair of cast bronze stylized goat bookends, felt protectors on bottoms.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Pair of Ducks Animal Sculptures by Archimede Seguso Murano in Black & White
Located in London, GB
A pair of black and white animal sculptures by Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) Italy made circa 1970 comprising of two large ducks, in solid opaque glass. Archimede Seguso was born on t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Large Mid-Century Bronze Gazelle Sculpture in Lying Position
Located in St. Louis, MO
Large vintage bronze Gazelle sculpture in lying position with nice warm patina. Unsigned. Tape residue to underside.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

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 Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

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 Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

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 Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Murano Red Quilted Uranium Fur Italian Art Glass Puppy Dog Poodle Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown red and yellow Italian art glass poodle puppy dog sculpture. It has a quilted pom-pom design on the legs, tails and puff on its head. Red co...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass, Glass, Art Glass

Terra Cotta Poodle Poodle Dog Sculpture
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-20th century charming poodle dog, Italian fabrication in terra cotta, circa 1950. Measures: Height 48 cm. Width 52 cm. Depth 22 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Whimsical Petite Owl Paperweight in Alabaster Made in Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Whimsical rare petite sculpture paperweight in alabaster very collectible made in Italy, circa 1960s, retains label as shown Made in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Alabaster

Set of Four Colorful Murano Glass Ducks, Italy, 1960s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
These ducks are made in murano glass. They are vintage, therefore they might show slight traces of use, but they can be considered as in perfect original condition. Measures: Gr...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Majestic Ibex Antler Hand Carved Solid Walnut Wood Sculpture Wall Art, 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury ibex antlers wall art hand carved solid walnut wood sculpture, 1970s No markings from the maker. Patina present. Unrestored vintage preowned condition. Please review imag...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Walnut

1960s German Minimal Art Porcelain Snow Owl Bird Sculpture Vase Wolf Karnagel
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Large 6 inch version, a wonderful minimalist bird form design.        
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Pale Pink Marble Polar Bear Sculpture, Animal Sculpture, 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern hand carved pale pink marble polar bear sculpture, animal sculpture, 1970.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Marble

Set of Four Metal Brutalist Owls
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
Set of 4 Brutalist owls In the style of Curtis Jere USA, circa 1970. Measures: Height x Width x Depth Owl 1 : 12.6 x 7.8 x 6.3 in. (32 x 20 x 16 cm) Owl 2 : 7.7 x 5.5 x 3.9 in...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Large 25" Pair of Blanc De Chine White Porcelain Horse Head Bust Statues Figures
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Large 25" pair of Blanc de Chine White porcelain horse head bust statues. Item features large impressive size, fine details, stamp to underside reads, "Porcelana de Cuernavaca Mexico...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Set of Two Ceramic Fish Sculptures, 1960s
By Keramia, Kravsko Keramik
Located in Praha, CZ
- Rare - Marked by label.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Cenedese Murano Vaseline Yellow Red Heart Italian Art Glass Bird and Bowl Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Very cute Murano hand blown Sommerso vaseline yellow with red heart Italian art glass bird and matching bowl. Documented to the Cenedese company. Created with Uranium glass, which gl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass

Hand Made Life Size Italian Ceramic Leopard Sculpture
Located in Voorburg, NL
A stunning and beautiful hand painted ceramic Leopard sculpture made in Italy. This Leopard is in very good condition and marked. This is quite a large (life size) Leopard which make...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Barovier Toso Murano Crystal Clear Gold Italian Art Glass Candlestick Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large Murano crystal clear, bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass duck sculpture / candlestick. Created by designer Ercole Barovier, for the Barovier e Toso company. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Crystal, Gold Leaf

Two Identical Cute Lucite Teddy Bears by Brazilian Artist Abraham Palatnik
Located in Doornspijk, NL
These cuddly bears sitting side by side are made of Lucite. They are a work of the Brazilian designer Abraham Palatnik. Signed "PAL" The Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik (192...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

1970s Sculptural Ibex Drinks Table, Attributed to Arthur Court
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1970s sculptural Ibex drinks table, attributed to Arthur Court, with protruding horns through the 20 inch circular glass top. The total height to the tips of the horns is 30.5" high,...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

"Le Coq" Michel Anasse Sculpture in Soldering Iron, 1965
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Humour, fantasy in Michel Anasse sculptures. His animal masterpieces are well-known all-over the world. This object represents a coq in soldering iron, circa 1965. He's French artist...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Small Patinated Bronze Koi Sculpture or Paperweight
Located in San Diego, CA
Small patinated bronze koi fish sculpture, circa 1970s. The piece has a great look and patinated finish and would make a great paperweight or decorative piece.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Italian Giant Clamshell Swan by Gabriella Binazzi
Located in Voorburg, NL
This beautiful large clamshell swan is designed and handmade by Gabriella Binazzi. She creates original and unique objects using strange materials such as ostrich eggs from stock far...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Murano Italian Art Glass Sword Fish Sculpture Statue, Italy Vintage
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A Venetian sculptural fish figurine in hand blown glass, produced on the isle of Murano, circa 1960s. A nice piece of art for any room.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Zodiac Copper Wall Art
Located in Antwerp, BE
Zodiac copper wall art. Diameter:50 cm. Depth:3 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Copper

Japanese Iron Horse Head Sculpture Bowl 420 After Walter Bosse
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Japanese iron horse head bowl - a beautifully designed iron horse sculptural bowl. Handsome enough to sit alone - or for nuts, paperclips, candy, change, 420, etc. Very similar to th...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wrought Iron

Metal Fish Sculpture
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Lifesize Mid-Century metal fish sculpture of a snapper or hogfish with a rustic patina and a modern simplicity. Can be hung from a chain or sits nicely on a flat surface. .  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

1950s Italian Alabaster Owl Sculpture
Located in New York City, NY
1950s Italian alabaster owl sculpture.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Alabaster

Colorful Murano Glass Birds in a Tree Sculpture, Enrico Cammozzo, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Colorful murano glass birds in a tree sculpture, Enrico Cammozzo, Italy, 1970s. Gorgeous monumental piece. Murano Italian art glass bird sculpture. Enrico Cammozzo (Italian, born 196...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Walter Bosse Brass Poodle Figurine, Lucky Charm, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming poodle figurine, made of brass designed by Walter Bosse, executed in the 1950s by Hertha Baller, Austria. In excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Metal Parrot Form Sculpture
Located in Palm Beach, FL
As if it where a three dimensional drawing, this whimsical Mid-Century deconstructed iron bird sculpture will grab plenty of attention.   
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Marcello Fantoni Shelf Sitters
Located in Hingham, MA
Three figures designed to 'sit' on the edge of a shelf, designed and signed by venerable Italian ceramicist, Marcello Fantoni for Raymor. A cave woman, monkey and cheetah (walked in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Pair of Ceramic Black Panthers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of glazed ceramic sitting panthers in black. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Midcentury Lucite Toucan Sculpture by Abraham Palatnik
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century lucite toucan sculpture by Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik, circa 1960s. Palatnik was a Pioneer in the Kinetic and Op Art movement. This piece is in very good vintage ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Vintage Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Pig
Located in Norwalk, CT
With remnants of "made in England" label underneath.
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Leather

Brass Tiger Sculpture, French, Circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very nice Tiger sculpture is made of brass. This is a French work, circa 1970.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Beautiful Porcelain and Brass Sculptured Bird on Brass and Lucite Stand
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Beautiful porcelain and brass sculptured bird on brass and lucite stand.
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Bronze Sculpture, Il Cavalino, by Barbara Beretich '1936-2018'
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is a signed bronze sculpture of a horse entitled, Il Cavalino, by Barbara Beretich. This is a lost wax cast and the piece is from her home gallery as seen in picture #8. During ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Italian Mid-Century Glazed Porcelain Striding Leopard Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century porcelain sculpture of a leopard, mid-stride, with open mouth. (manner of Capodimonte).  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Vintage Design Patent Mack Trucks Bull Dog Figurine, Statue, Animal Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Design Patent Mack trucks bull dog figurine, statue, animal sculpture. Silvered Bronze Bull Dog mounted on a wooden Base. Marked Mack, 87931, Design Patent. Base measures:...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Cenedese Murano Orange White Silver Flecks Italian Art Glass Fish Aquarium Block
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown double fish Italian art glass aquarium sculpture. Documented to the Cenedese Company, and attributed to designer Alfredo Barbini. The fish have wh...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Glazed Terracotta Beige Duck Centerpiece Sculpture
Located in Barcelona, ES
Beautiful duck figure sculpture in off white beige glazed terracotta. Spain, 1960s This handcrafted glazed terracotta duck figure with unglazed beak is in excellent condition. Mat...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Terracotta

Murano Green Clear Italian Art Glass Terrier Scotty Puppy Dog Paperweight Figure
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (3 available as shown). Cute vintage Murano hand blown green and clear Italian art glass puppy dog head sculpture or paperweight. Documented to the Fratelli Toso comp...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Luciano Gaspari Salviati Signed Murano Sommerso Italian Art Glass Toucan Bird
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare, vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso purple to blue Italian art glass toucan / parrot bird sculpture. Documented and signed "Salviati, designer L. Gaspari", with or...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Archimede Seguso Murano Opalescent Red Orange White Italian Art Glass Owl Bird
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown red orange and white opalescent Italian art glass baby horned owl bird. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, in the "Alabastro" design. The ow...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Opaline Glass, Glass

Barovier Toso Murano White Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Pheasant Sculptures
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (2 birds available as shown). Elegant and rare Murano hand blown white and gold flecks Italian art glass pheasant bird sculpture. Documented to designer Ercole Barovi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Duval Brasseur Two Bronze Sculptures, 1970s
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Two superbs flying eagles in bronze sitting on fractal resin cubes (slightly champagne, gold color).These two rare sculptures have been created by famous French artist Jacques Duval ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Brass

1950s Jenev Studio Pottery California Bird Bowl Mid-Century Ackerman Tackett
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Extremely rare 1950s original studio pottery piece from Jenev Studios of Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman. Essential for any important California pottery collection.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Stoneware