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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Hosta Leaf, Small Scale Cast Bronze Botanical Sculpture with Subtle Patina
Located in Chicago, IL
This small bronze sculpture is a maquette for a large scale sculpture at the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. Made with the ancient lost wax method, a process dating back to th...
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Bronze

24" Outdoor Sculptural Sphere in Cast Fiberglass by May Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor Sphere is cast in fiberglass with stone aggregate to a look and feel like concrete or stone. This unique design is a beautiful addition to an outdoor space as a decorative sc...
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Fiberglass

Yaku, Owl Like Sculpture Created from Galvanized Construction Nails
Located in Chicago, IL
Ernesto Ibanez Yaku Mixed-media Measures: 13 H x 11 W x 9 D in 33.02 H x 27.94 W x 22.86 D cm.  
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Metal

Sculptural Room Dividers, Daté Kan Stone Design by Okurayama
Located in Geneve, CH
Sculptural room dividers, Daté Kan stone design by Okurayama Materiel: Daté Kan Stone and forged iron Sculpted in the Okurayama's Studio in Miyagi's Prefecture, Japan Each creatio...
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2010s Japanese Modern Garden Ornaments

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Stone

Large Modern White Enameled Forged Steel Kinetic Sculpture '95 M.G. La Mair'
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large modern white enameled forged steel Kinetic sculpture, visually Kinetic, non moveable sculpture, standing seven feet-eight inches high, with a 13-inch diameter base. Beautifully...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Iron

Tilted Concrete Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this Willy Guhl tilted hourglass planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. With simple form and organic curves, the design of...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Cement

Concrete Cone Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Created in the mid-20th century, this cone planter was created by Swiss designer Willy Guhl. Made of cement, this piece has a distinct style and would be fabulous and unique in many ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Concrete

Tilted Concrete Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this Willy Guhl tilted hourglass planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. With simple form and organic curves, the design of...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Cement

Tilted Concrete Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this Willy Guhl tilted hourglass planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. With simple form and organic curves, the design of...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

Tilted Concrete Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this Willy Guhl tilted hourglass planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. With simple form and organic curves, the design of...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

Puzzle Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this rare Willy Guhl puzzle piece planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. This sculptural piece is the design of Swiss arch...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Cement

Puzzle Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Found in France and created in the mid-20th century, this rare Willy Guhl puzzle piece planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. This sculptural piece is the design of Swiss arch...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Cement

Vintage Biomorphic Planter by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl
Located in Houston, TX
Created in the mid-20th century, this Willy Guhl Biomorphic planter was created by Swiss designer Willy Guhl. Made of cement, this piece has great patina, a distinct style and would ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Cement

French Modern Limestone Fountain
Located in Dallas, TX
This French modern limestone fountain with sleek, clean lines is a wonderful addition to your courtyard. Origin: France Measurements: 63 3/16" W x 39 11/16" D x 51 1/2" H.
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19th Century French Antique Modern Garden Ornaments

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Limestone

“Encastrure #7,” by Lucien Petit
Located in New York, NY
Glazed stoneware sculpture. Wood fired.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

Untitled Vertical Sculpture by Rosanne Sniderman
Located in New York, NY
Large scale stoneware sculpture in cream colored glaze. Hand-built with open bottom.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

“Maison #1,” by Lucien Petit
Located in New York, NY
Glazed stoneware. Wood fired.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

Pair of Wall Hanging Sculptures by Rosanne Sniderman
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cast porcelain wall-mounted sculptures in warm and cool colored glaze. Wood fired. Artist-signed and dated on backside.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Porcelain

Brass Garden Tools
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of brass garden tools including a shovel and a hand rake and ergonomic handles.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Brass

Cast Bronze Grazing Fawn Sculpture
Located in London, GB
Cast bronze sculpture of a grazing Fawn. A charming representation of a young deer with a textured finish. Beautiful ornamentation for outdoor or indoor display.
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20th Century English Modern Garden Ornaments

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Bronze

Blue Important Abstract Ceramic Sculpture by F Michel Garden Decorative Design
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Francine Michel Large and elegant blue ceramic sculpture by Belgian artist Realised in France in La Borne, circa 2010 Ceramic sculpture for indoors and outdoors Sculpture...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

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Ceramic

Hand Carved Avanzo Marble Sculpture by Greg Natale
Located in Sydney, NSW
Avanzo by Greg Natale, is an Italian marble curio that evokes historical architectural references and a nod to Carlo Scarpa through its intricate, stepped detailing. At home as a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Modern Garden Ornaments

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Marble

“La Face Chachée de la Lune #25,” by Lucien Petit
Located in New York, NY
Glazed stoneware sculpture. Wood fired.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

Two Italian White Carrara Marble Benches or Stools by Massimo Mangiardi
Located in New York, NY
Two Italian white Carrara marble benches or stools in a Minimalist aesthetic. Ideal for bath room and shower or garden. The benches are constructed with 6 pieces of marble on 2 inter...
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2010s Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

“La Face Cachée De La Lune 18,” by Lucien Petit
Located in New York, NY
Glazed stoneware sculpture. Wood fired.  
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

Willy Guhl Dog House
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Cement dog house by Willy Guhl Swiss designer.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

"Colonne Trouée," by Lucien Petit
Located in New York, NY
Large scale stoneware monolith sculpture with 7 circular openings lining the face.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stoneware

Contemporary Solid Marble Fleur Sculpture by Greg Natale
Located in Sydney, NSW
This sculptural addition to Greg Natale's collection of Italian marble art pieces is carved by hand to exacting standards. A celebration of form and materiality, Fleur charms and del...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

Set 4 Original & Rare Maya Lin for Knoll Studio Concrete Stone Stools All Colors
Located in Hudson, NY
This is the early, limited production and very collectable heavy concrete version of Maya Lin's 'Stones'. Rare collection of 4 stools/ tables in 3 different colors. These pieces show...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Concrete

"Pulp" Contemporary Planter by Studio Morison for General Life
Located in Weobley, Herefordshire
Pulp planter – The pages of science fiction stories, liquefied and reformed into an unlikely new folded geometry, held by the parasitic roots of the creeping fig bonsai that sits wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Paper

Caterpillar Sculpture or Garden Art of Reclaimed Metal by Jason Startup
Located in Topeka, KS
Oh, so wonderful caterpillar sculpture for indoor or outdoor garden art by Jason Startup of Topeka, Kansas. Comprised of reclaimed or scrap metal pieces and parts. Has an outstanding...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Metal

Abstract Metal Garden Sculpture "Titled", The Flying D
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Sculpted steel garden ornament named the flying D made in 1981 signed but cant read the name.
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20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cut Steel

Modern Iron Brutalist Sculpture of Divers on Marble Stand
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Modern cast iron Brutalist style sculpture of divers on rings sculpture on marble stand. Captured in mid-dive in cast iron, these handsome divers sculpture pay homage to the fluid p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Sailboat Weather Vane
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic solid brass and Lucite weather vane date to the 1940s and has been professionally polished and clear coated so no tarnishing. And the custom Lucite base was fab...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Brass, Brass

English Sandstone Bird Baths for the Garden 'Individually Priced'
Located in Austin, TX
A pair of fine English garden bird baths of sandstone, each featuring a square top with round recessed bath area in the centre, set upon a chamfered column pedestal with square plint...
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20th Century English Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stone, Sandstone

Rare Large French Early Modern Iron Sculpture / Eiffel Tower Obelisk, 1920
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, Rare French early modernist wrought iron freestanding sculpture / obelisk in a Modern Industrial style reflecting the late 19th century and early 20th century fascination w...
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Early 20th Century French Modern Garden Ornaments

Adjustable Bamboo garden chaise longue, Germany, 1930s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A garden chaise longue made of bamboo with two rubber wheels, strongly reminiscent of the garden chair by Josef Frank. The backrest can be placed in six different positions. In the ...
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1930s German Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Metal

Modern, Artisan Bird Bath in Powder-Coated Silver Metallic Paint
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is the ultimate modern and contemporary artisan bird bath with its simple cylindrical forms and powder-coated, silver metallic paint which glistens in the sun. Note: See imag...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Metal

Monumental Architectural Pottery Marilyn Kay Austin Pot
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A satin black monumental Marilyn Kay Austin wide mouth high fired clay designer pot / planter. These pots came in a wide range of related shapes and sizes often used by designers, la...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Pottery