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Modern Garden Ornaments

MODERN STYLE

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principals 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 chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames 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 furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Aluminum Sea Turtle And Fish Sculpture
Located in Bradenton, FL
Charming 20th century aluminum sea turtle sculpture depicting a larger and a small sea turtle, several fish, and sea foliage on a large sea reef base. A perfect addition to any nauti...
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20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

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Aluminum

HOLD ON POT- Pot
Located in Giza Governorate, EG
What happens when we let go? When we let go of each other, of nature, of creativity? We suddenly become passive, alienate ourselves from our own abilities. Through 'Hold on' we wa...
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2010s Egyptian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Natural Fiber

Contemporary White Cream Ceramic Watering Can for Vases and Garden
Located in Milano, IT
Altea is a handmade ceramic watering can. It has to be filled with water from the head and poured from both horns. With her proud feminine bearing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Danish Copper and Brass Watering Stamped Haandarb
Located in Ross, CA
Vintage brass and copper watering can made in Denmark, stamped Haandarb. The part that holds water is 7.6" tall x 5" wide.
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1960s Danish Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Brass, Copper

Large Vintage Olmec Terracotta Wall Head, Mexico 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large (43x36x10 cm) raw terracotta wall mask of an Olmec Warrior. The Olmec's was a pre-culumbian, Mesoamerican civilisation that lived from 1200-400 bc. This particular example is a...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Terracotta

Modernist Enameled Steel Architectural Sculpture "Senalizar" Patrick O'Brien
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist Enameled Steel Architectural Sculpture titled "Senalizar" hand crafted by Patrick O'Brien , self taught painter / sculpture Texas / Indiana c.1965 .Amazing Sculpture ... ...
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

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

Mid Century Modern Set 3 Iron Garden Sculptures a Bird a Butterfly and a Snail
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Spectacular set of 3 garden sculptures in Iron by Artist Ernest Shaw. A bird a snail and a butterfly make up the trio. Tallest is 57 inches high x 16 x 4. Spikes are mostly straight...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

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Iron

Gold Minimalist Watering Can
Located in Geneve, CH
Gold Minimalist watering can Dimensions: D 37.2 x W 17 x H 23.1 cm Materials: Steel. Also available in black. The opening of the globe watering can is elegantly off-centered, mak...
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2010s Danish Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

New Design Sculptural Lamp for Outdoor
Located in Madrid, ES
Sculptural lamp General Information Dimensions (cm): 280 x 263 x 320 Dimensions (in): 110 x 103.5 x 126 Weight (kg): 200 Weight (lbs): 441 Materials and Colors Structu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Resin

Set of 7 Concrete Garden Mushrooms, 1950s France
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French concrete garden mushrooms, circa 1970s. Great for use outside. Age has given these unique items a light patina. Substantial and well ma...
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1950s French Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Lion Cement Garden Ornament
Located in Pasadena, CA
Lion Cement Garden Ornament. Has a wire in the back for hanging may also be used as a placed garden piece. wonderful color and great age. Please see our other ornaments.
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1950s American Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

Gold Minimalist Watering Can
Located in Geneve, CH
Gold Minimalist watering can Dimensions: D 37.2 x W 17 x H 23.1 cm Materials: Steel. Also available in black. The opening of the globe watering can is elegantly off-centered...
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2010s Danish Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

Hoodoo Stacks, Sculptural Concrete Planters by OPIARY (H28"-52")
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Opiary is a Brooklyn-based biophilic design and production studio. We integrate nature in each of our designs, incorporating live greenery and organic shapes into bespoke furniture, planters, and sculpture. Through the ethos of biophilia, our work reflects the shifting, yet timeless relationship between humans and nature. These modern, elongated towers are an organic, elegant, and chic way to introduce nature and sculpture into your space. They are named after the geological term for tall thin rock spires protruding from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Unlike spires, hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a "totem pole-shaped body". Hoodoos are common to the Great Plains...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

Hoodoo Stacks, Sculptural Concrete Planters by OPIARY (H50"-78")
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Opiary is a Brooklyn-based biophilic design and production studio. We integrate nature in each of our designs, incorporating live greenery and organic shapes into bespoke furniture, planters, and sculpture. Through the ethos of biophilia, our work reflects the shifting, yet timeless relationship between humans and nature. These modern, elongated towers are an organic, elegant, and chic way to introduce nature and sculpture into your space. They are named after the geological term for tall thin rock spires protruding from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Unlike spires, hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a "totem pole-shaped body". Hoodoos are common to the Great Plains...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cement

Willy Ghul planter
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Willy Guhl planter extra large size edited by Eternit Called Diabolo.
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20th Century French Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Black Minimalist Watering Can
Located in Geneve, CH
Black minimalist watering can Dimensions: D 55.3 x W 26 x H 34.1 cm Materials: Steel. Also available in gold. The opening of the GLOBE watering can is elegantly off-centered,...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

2000s Modern Zen Birdhouse Wood Bird Feeder
Located in Chula Vista, CA
2000s Modern Zen Birdhouse Wood Bird Feeder Signed and dated. 7 tall x 11.5 x 11.5 Preowned original vintage. Refer to images.
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Early 2000s Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Wood

Bdlove Outdoor Planter by Ross Lovegrove
Located in Geneve, CH
BDLove outdoor planter by Ross Lovegrove Dimensions: D 100 x W 136 x H 48 cm Materials: Rotomolded polyethylene in anthracite gray. 100% recycled a...
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2010s Spanish Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Polystyrene

"Perlage" Organic Armchair Outdoor in Bouclê Aluminum, and Nautical Rope
Located in Centro, RS
Perlage, French word: Pearl. The organic Perlage Armchair has a backrest completely woven by hand in nautical rope, favoring a surprising look in every new detail discovered. Captiv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Aluminum

"Perlage" Organic Sofa Outdoor in Bouclé Aluminum and Hand Braided Nautical Rope
Located in Centro, RS
Perlage, French word: Pearl. The organic Perlage sofa has a backrest completely woven by hand in nautical rope, favoring a surprising look in every new detail discovered. Captivatin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Aluminum

Faux Bois Concrete Stump Planter, 1970s, France
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning concrete faux-bois planter, circa 1970s. Detailed design including realistic bark and wood grain. Natural lichen and moss growth also lend in giving this planter an uncanny realistic feel without it being too gimmicky. Years of patina and weathering gives these pieces a stunningly unique look. As these are each handmade, the owner will find that each stool varies ever so slightly in Size from the last giving them a great artisanal feel. Extremely substantial and well made, these planters are constructed of solid concrete shell...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Osis Pentagon Planter by Llot Llov
Located in Geneve, CH
Osis Pentagon Planter by Llot Llov Edition 5 Dimensions: Ø 35 cm x H 40 cm Materials: core board birch With OSIS Edition 5 LLOT LLOV is deepening the understanding of the impact o...
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2010s German Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Birch

1980's Modernists Marble Sculpture
Located in Denton, TX
Beautifully carved out of one piece of beige marble it seems to have curved steps to a higher level, with some sharp angles plunging into the abyss. Unknown artist 1985.
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20th Century North American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

Studio Sterling Ndebele Full Circle Suspended Seat
Located in Johannesburg, ZA
The WHEEL swing seat is sculptural and dynamic. Its striking circular shape lends itself for use as a functional art piece. The chair has an open yet enveloping feel. The pattern ...
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2010s South African Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

Willy Guhl Concrete Pedestal Planter, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete pedestal planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Made in the 1960s in Switzerland. Factory drilled drainage holes in each planter. Different ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Contemporary Ceramic Watering Can for Vases and Garden
Located in Milano, IT
Altea is a handmade ceramic watering can. It has to be filled with water from the head and poured from both horns. With her proud feminine bearing...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Ceramic

Italy Medium Wrought Iron Cactus in Vase for Garden Decor
Located in Brescia, IT
This is a surprising element to enrich your garden or green space like terraces or bow windows. It can be extremely decorative also in every domestic ambiences. Between an abstrac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Cascading Copper Water Feature
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A reclaimed cascading copper water feature, perfect for use as a garden water fountain. Dating from the 20th century, this elegant copper garden ...
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Late 20th Century English Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Copper, Metal

1960s Willy Guhl Concrete Pedestal Cone Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Substantial concrete cone planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Thick cement pedestal base for stability. Heavy and substantial. Unusual shape. Made in t...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Italy Wrought Iron Red Cactus in Vase for Garden Decor
Located in Brescia, IT
This is a surprising element to enrich your garden or green space like terraces or bow windows. It can be extremely decorative also in every domestic ambiences. Between an abstrac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Italy Small Wrought Iron Cactus in Vase for Garden Decor
Located in Brescia, IT
This is a surprising element to enrich your garden or green space like terraces or bow windows. It can be extremely decorative also in every domestic ambiences. Between an abstrac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Italy Wrought Iron White Cactus in Vase for Garden Decor
Located in Brescia, IT
This is a surprising element to enrich your garden or green space like terraces or bow windows. It can be extremely decorative also in every domestic ambiences. Between an abstrac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Italy Urano Palma Wrought Iron White Cactus in Vase for Garden Decor
Located in Brescia, IT
This is a surprising element to enrich your garden or green space like terraces or bow windows. It can be extremely decorative also in every domestic ambiences. Between an abstrac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Contemporary Black Ceramic Watering Can for Vases and Garden
Located in Milano, IT
Altea is a handmade ceramic watering can. It has to be filled with water from the head and poured from both horns. With her proud feminine bearing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Ceramic

James de Wulf Custom Concrete Fountain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
James de Wulf's two-tier concrete fountain boasts simplistic beauty with a smooth polished concrete surface, accented with a bronze waterfall. The beauty of bronze, ductile and resis...
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2010s North American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete, Bronze

Pair of Concrete Lions with Ball
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful and very heavy pair of Lions (37 Pounds ea>)in Black with a ball under foot. The pair are wonderful flanking a fireplace, outdoor garden area or perhaps in the den. They ...
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20th Century Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

21st Century by Michele de Lucchi Garden Marble Spinning Top Lamp
Located in massa, IT
Marble lamp designed by Arch. Michele de Lucchi & Philippe Nigro Materials: Statuario Size: Diameter 60 x height 70 height outdoor model Designed by: M. De Lucchi & P. Nigro.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

21st Century by M.Crasset Statuario & Bardiglio Marble Sculpture Vase Garden
Located in massa, IT
Sculpture vase Vaso/Caso in white Statuario marble & Bardiglio Imperiale, Cambio Vaso edition Size: Cm diameter 20 x height 29 Materials: White Statuario + Bardiglio Imperiale Desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Carrara Marble

Vintage Modern Iron Brutalist Sculpture of Divers on Marble Stand
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage 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 ...
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1990s Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

21st Century by E.Babled White Statuario Carrara Marble Sculpture Vase Garden
Located in massa, IT
Sculpture vase Vaso/Vasa in white marble Statuario, Cambio Vaso edition Size: Cm 32 x 21,7 x H 30 Materials: White Statuario Designed by Emmanuel Babled Limited edition.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Carrara Marble

21st Century by Michele De Lucchi Marble Ovo Lamp in Statuario & Bardiglio
Located in massa, IT
Marble lamp disigned by Arch. Michele de Lucchi & Philippe NIgro Materials : Bardiglio Perla, Statuario Up Size: diameter 32 x 40 height outdoor model diameter 16 x 40 height I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

Abstract Metal Garden Sculpture "Titled", The Flying D
Located in Denton, TX
Sculpted steel garden ornament named the flying D made in 1981 signed but cant read the name.
Category

20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cut Steel

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

Materials

Ceramic

Italian Minimalist White Carrara Marble Benches or Stools by Massimo Mangiardi
Located in New York, NY
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...
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2010s Italian Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

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

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

Materials

Porcelain

“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

“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

Sailboat Weather Vane
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic solid brass and Lucite weather vane date to the 1930s-1940s and has been professionally polished and clear coated so no tarnishing. ...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Brass

"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

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

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-eigh...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Iron

Modernist Enameled Steel Architectural Sculpture "Red Cantar" Patrick O'Brien
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist Enameled Steel Architectural Sculpture titled "Red Cantar" hand crafted by Patrick O'Brien , self taught painter / sculpture Texas / Indiana c.1965 .Amazing Sculpture ......
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Steel

Hosta Leaf, Small Scale Cast Bronze Botanical Sculpture with Subtle Patina
Located in Chicago, IL
This small bronze sculpture is a Marquette for a large scale sculpture at the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. Made with the ancient lost wax method, a process dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, in which the hosta leaf is carved in wax then set in clay. The wax is then melted and drained out leaving a cavity into which the molten bronze is poured. Then a patina is applied by hand giving the sculpture its own uniqueness. Sylvia Beckman Hosta leaf bronze Measures: 4.50 H x 9 W x 10 D in 11.43 H x 22.86 W x 25.40 D cm Sylvia Beckman, b. 1938, Detroit, MI Education University of Michigan, School of Arch. & Design University of Wisconsin, Botany Private apprenticeship in stone sculpture, bronze, gilding and painting Exhibitions 2017 “Coming Attractions”, Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL 1997 S.O.F.A. exhibition, Ann Nathan Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 1997 Monumental Bronze Sculpture Commisson, Olbrich Park, Madison, WI 1994 Sculpture, Olbrich Botanic Gardens, Spring Display, Madison,WI 1994 Paintings & Drawings, North Seas Gallery, Charlevoix, MI 1994 Paintings & drawings, Olbrich Botanic Center, Madison, WI 1988 Monumental Stone Sculpture...
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2010s American Modern Garden Ornaments

Materials

Bronze

Modern garden ornaments for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Modern garden ornaments for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage garden ornaments created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include building and garden elements, decorative objects, seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, stone and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Modern garden ornaments made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original garden ornaments, popular names associated with this style include Lucien Petit, Willy Guhl, StudioNotte Design, and O'Brien Metal Inc.. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for garden ornaments differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $195 and tops out at $20,038 while the average work can sell for $2,495.

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