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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
Fantastic Huge Pink Bird Paradise Sculpture Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A one-of-a-kind monumental Monumental Flamboyant Bird of Paradise -Knuppelhuhn- big sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) in ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Barovier Toso Murano Blue Yellow Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bird Figurine
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown cobalt blue, yellow, gold flecks and bubbles Italian art glass baby bird figurine. Documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. The bird is made wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Midcentury Italian Cast Bronze Sculpture of a Ram's Head on Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Italian cast bronze sculpture from the mid 20th century, depicting a ram's head. Created in Italy during the Midcentury period, this bronze sculpture captures our attention with i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Sculpture Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sculpture designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Kultakeskus Oy, Finland. 1960s. Aluminium and glass. Measures: H: 26.5 cm / 10 1/2" W: 33 cm / 1' 1" D: 17 cm / 6 1/2".
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Aluminum

Set of Vintage Cast Brass Sculpture of Eagle Head Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of vintage Mid-Century Modern cast metal brass patriotic bald eagle head sculpture bookends. Pair of solid polished brass eagle heads that have a wonderful Early American class ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Luigi Mellara Murano Scavo Glass Fish
Located in Chicago, IL
Luigi Mellara Murano Scavo glass fish signed on underside.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Bronze Horse Sculpture by Hattakitkosol Somchai
Located in Fulton, CA
Rearing horse bronze sculpture by Hattakitkosol Somchai. Measures 21.13" high. Signed on base. Appears to be number 50 of 1000, but partially undecipherable. Hattakitkosol Somchai: ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Table Lighter, 1970s, Italy
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi table lighter made with plexiglass and brass. M A engraved on the brass. Originla sticker still attached. 1970s, made in Italy. The lighter is in...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Silver Plate

Tall Blue Owl Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
Our last blue owl! This is a wonderful handmade, hand painted and hand glazed Mid-Century Modern ceramic effigy of a perched owl by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017). ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Large Glazed Terracotta Mid-Century Era Spaniel Dog Sculpture with Brown Accents
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large, possibly life sized glazed terracotta dog sculpture is unsigned with respect to the artist, but is presumed to have been made in Italy in approximately 1969 in a very rea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Spotted Owl Big Sculpture Hand-Painted by Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
Big bird A fine green spotted owl master work sculpture designed and hand-painted by Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017). This is a tall, creative handmade, hand painted and hand gla...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Ceramic Hen, Scandinavian Mid-Century, C 1960, Danish
Located in New York, NY
Ceramic Mid-Century hen, C 1960, Denmark. Decorative turquoise hen with a floral pattern in a rustic quality.
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

French Rope Horse Audoux Minet Circa 1960
Located in Austin, TX
French Rope Horse Audoux Minet Circa 1960. Height / 13 inches. 10.5" by 4.5".
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Rope

Brutalist Abstract Metal Figure of an Owl by Noted Mexican Artist M. Felguerez
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This expressive metal plate sculpture by the late Mexican modernist Manuel Felguérez Barra is reminiscent of some of Picasso's imagery and also of some traditional African masks. The...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Vintage Metal Animal Sculpture
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage metal animal sculpture.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Murano Glass Swans Sculptures
Located in New York City, NY
1980s modern Murano glass swans sculptures signed and label, in vintage original condition with minor wear and patina due to age and use. Smaller swan measurements are: width 5.5'...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

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

Materials

Cast Stone

Finnish Artist Oiva Toikka Striped Glass Whippoorwill or Willow Duck by Iittala
Located in St. Louis, MO
Renowned Finnish glass artist Oiva Toikka designed whippoorwill or willow duck with bands of olive green stripes running around an otherwise transparent body. In fine used condition....
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1990s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Blown Glass

Murano Red Opalescent White Italian Art Glass Centrepiece Fish Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Large vintage Murano hand blown opalescent white and red striped Italian art glass flat fish sculpture. Attributed to the Cenedese Company. The piece has a wavy red stripe on the top...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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

1 of 2 New Old Stock Liberty's London Omersa Style Leather Horse Pony Footstools
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale 1 of 2 new old stock Vintage Liberty’s London Omersa style brown leather horse or pony footstools This sale is for one with the option to buy tw...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Leather

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

Antique Modernist Etruscan Horse Fine Bronze Sculpture Art by Toto 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Horse Sculpture Antique Bronze Sculpture Etruscan Modernist Horse, Fine Antique by Toto. Cast wax bronze signed: "TOTO" etched signature in rear left leg. Beautiful verdigris patina....
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Murano Sommerso Orange Yellow Italian Art Glass Flying Bird Sculpture on Base
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso orange with yellow wings Italian art glass flying bird sculpture. Attributed to the Salviati company. The bird glides while a clear glass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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

Dark Green Controlled Bubbles Italian Art Glass Vintage Bunny Rabbit Figurine
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Cute vintage handblown dark green with controlled bubbles, Italian art glass bunny rabbit sculpture / figure. It does not have a label, but I have owned previous ones with a "Toscany...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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

Pair of Vintage French Midcentury Metal Peacocks with Verdigris Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of French metal peacocks from the mid-20th century, with verdigris patina. Created in France during the midcentury period, each of this pair of metal sculptures depicts an ele...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Murano Glass Fish Sculpture by Licio Zanetti, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Murano Alexandrite Neodymium Glass Fish Figure by Licio Zanetti Spectacular XXL Murano glass color changing lilac blue fish sculpture by Licio Zanetti. Italy, 1960-1970. This hand b...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Walter Bosse Monkey Business Card Holder
Located in Wien, AT
Walter Bosse monkey business card holder Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Copper

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

Exbor Green Glass Abstract Frog Figure
By Exbor, Josef Rozinek, Stanislav Honzik
Located in Ferndale, MI
Acid stamped Exbor Czechoslovakia green glass frog sculpture. Designed by Josef Rozinek and Stanislav Honzik, late 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Art Glass Fish Sculpture by Licio Zanetti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An abstract Murano glass sculpture of a fish by Licio Zanetti for Zanetti Vetreria Artistica. The clear glass fish is twisted as if jumping through the air and mounted on a stylized ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Fish
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Murano art glass fish made in Italy during the mid-late 20th century in bright red and blue as well as colorless glass. The piece is in great vintage condition wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Sergio Bustamante Brass Turtle
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid 1970s brass and copper turtle sculpture by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante. Turtle back has one dent.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Copper, Brass

Solid Brass Koi Fish on Base Sculpture or Vase
Located in San Diego, CA
Impressive solid brass koi fish on base sculpture or vase, circa 1950s. Very good vintage condition with a nice patina. Base measures 9" x 9" and the overall piece is 8" deep, 11.5" ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Signed Brutalist Sculpture of Fish by Segal
Located in Redding, CT
Signed Brutalist sculpture of fish by Segal. Incredible craftsmanship with attention to detail. Mounted on a piece of wood with a signed brass label. This item can parcel ship for $45.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Copper, Iron

1960s Antonio da Ros Murano Aer Glass Toucan Sculpture
Located in Miami, FL
1960s Antonio da Ros Murano Aer glass toucan sculpture Offered for sale is a very rare large toucan in Sommerso glass with multiple layers of colored glass by Antonio da Ros for ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

A Pair of English 20th Century Painted Mantle Dog Ornaments
Located in London, GB
A pair of 1950s painted mantle dog ornaments with hand painted features and a gold gilt collar. These ornaments are a 20th century take on the Victorian Staffordshire pottery hearth ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Ceramic

Blue Porcelain Ostrich Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Blue porcelain table lamp in the shape of an ostrich bird. This exceptional and stylish vintage table Lamp has a cobalt blue with gold painted porcelain ostrich which is mounted ...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Fish Bottle Dispenser Hand Carved Wood & Metal Aldo Tura for Macabo Italy 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
1950s fish shaped bottle dispenser in hand-carved wood featuring metal details by the Italian designer Aldo Tura for Macabo.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Brass Sculpture of Dog Dachshund in Brass, Ring Holder, Austria, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Dog Dachshund in brass, ring holder, Austria, 1960s Attributable to Walter Bosse.
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Late 20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Sculpture of Tiger/ Royal Dux, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of ceramic - maker: Royal Dux - Good, original condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Large Brass Duck "Decoy" Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Vintage very large brass duck "Decoy". Very heavy. Nice detailing in the feathers, measures 19" wide x 7" deep x 7.%" high. Looks great on a bookshelf or table. Good hand polished co...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Seguso Murano Opal Blue Gold Leaf Italian Art Glass Leaping Dolphin Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown opalescent green, blue, dark spots and gold flecks Italian art glass leaping dolphin or fish sculpture. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Monumental Angel Sculpture by Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
A one -of-a-kind monumental Monumental Floating Angel -Flatterspas- tall sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) in 1992. Hand...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Circus Family , Unique Master Design by Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in South Burlington, VT
Unique This is a wonderful handmade, hand-painted and hand glazed Mid-Century Modern ceramic effigy of 'Circus Riders On Horses' created and crafted by master designer Eva Fritz-L...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Rare Italian Coffee Table with Sculpture of Panther 1970'
Located in Rome, IT
Unusual and rare 1970s Italian coffee table with a black sculpture of panther on a wood base and a clear rectangular glass top.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Daschund Ceramic Blue & White Vintage Life Size Sculpture Garden
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
Life-sized, standard Daschund, ceramic sculpture suitable for the home or garden The blue and white stylised flowerhead and trailing acanthus leaf decoration is unusual and fun, evo...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Seguso Murano Sommerso Green Blue Italian Art Glass Baby Elephant Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso green with blue Italian art glass running baby elephant sculpture / figurine. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso. The figure still h...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

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

Hand Carved Witco Wood 3-Foot Tiki Cat Sculpture
Located in Chattanooga, TN
You may have seen this Witco cat elsewhere, but it’s almost always missing its eyes. Vintage 1960s, carved from solid cypress wood. If you’re into Tiki, then you probably know Witco....
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Cedar

Italian 1960s Murano Glass Aquarium by V.A.C.
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing vintage Italian Midcentury Murano glass fish aquarium in beautiful condition, manufactured on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy. Made by the V. A. C. glassworks, whi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Murano Glass

Porcelain Cat, New Look Style, Chodzież, 1990s
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain cat in the new look style. Manufactured in the 1990s by the polish manufacture Chodziez. Very good condition.   
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1990s Polish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Austrian Midcentury Walnut and Brass Antilope Sculpture by Hagenauer Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic brass Antilope animal sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1950s, Mod. no. 9818, marked on the underside Hagenau...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Large Carved Sculptural Sea Lion or Seal in Elmwood Balancing a Brass Ball
Located in St. Louis, MO
Straight out of an interior from the exuberance, glam and high style days of 1970s. This large scale vintage English sculpture of a sea lion or seal is carved out of elmwood, balanci...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Elm

Salviati Murano Sommerso Uranium Green Blue Italian Art Glass Monkey Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Rare and beautiful, vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso bright yellow green over blue Italian art glass monkey sculpture. Documented to the Salviati Company, with original label still...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

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

Bookends Horse Faux Ivory and Portoro Marble Italian Design, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Bookends horse faux ivory and portoro marble Italian design, 1950s.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Marble

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

Materials

Silver Plate

Brass Doberman Bookends with Marble Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of patinated guard dogs for your books. Marble base steadies the books, so dogs appear to be jumping, rather than pressing against the books. A compliment to any bookshelf.  
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Marble, Brass

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