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Modern Desk Accessories

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 The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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
Contemporary Glazed Ceramic Explorer Vase No.2 by Jaime Hyon
Located in Barcelona, ES
The Showtime Vases are just as current as when we launched them over 10 years ago. They are little decorative sculptures that fully reproduce Hayon’s universe. Made of two glazed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Ceramic

Salta Round Black Onyx Stone Pair of Bookends
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
Salta province is called the beautiful, and this adjective introduces us to its profound beauty. Its fertile valleys, windy desert, colorful mountains and blue sky are the images tha...
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2010s Argentine Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Stone, Onyx, Metal

Contemporary Vase Purple Crystal Hand Engraved by Ghirò Studio
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2021 Collection of vase by Ghirò Studio (Milan, Italy). This object is an artistic and one-of-a-kind vase. In fact, the craftsmanship and the nature of the material make it impossibl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass

Solid Brass Oil Burner by Henry Wilson
Located in Geneve, CH
Solid brass oil burner by Henry Wilson. An object of substance and beauty, a unique, refined alternative to traditional burners. Designed for Aesop by Studio Henry Wilson and craf...
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2010s Australian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

TRONADOR Rectangular Brown Onyx Stone Box
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
The shape of the inactive Tronador volcano reminded us of the pyramid shaped idea of our boxes that make up this collection. With a rectangular or square base, the box is a reflectio...
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2010s Argentine Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Stone, Onyx

Italian Photo Frame in Silver Handmade, Equilibrium Gold
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Equilibrium gold is a photo frame in silver 925 gold-plated by Laura G Art with Heart and It is a very simple and modern piece and can be suitable to hold one or two photos, front an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Gold Plate

Ginori Luke Edward Hall's "Il Viaggio Di Nettuno" Squared Pink Plate, 2022
Located in Cagliari, IT
The "Il Viaggi di Nettuno" pattern is inspired by Luke Edward Hall’s love of Greco-Roman mythology, and particularly Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, and his wife Salacia, the coll...
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2010s Italian Modern Desk Accessories

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Porcelain

Green Lucite and Nickel Magazine Holder by Charles Hollis Jone
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Green lucite and polish nickel magazine holder by American renowned designer Charles Hollis Jones. Part of CHJ new line of colored lucite designs. Available in other colors. Measur...
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2010s American Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Nickel

Io Marble Platter by On.Entropy in White, Modern Desk Accessory
Located in Athens, GR
This platter is designed as a homogeneous volume, wishing to engage the senses around the plasticity of marble. It is carved off a single piece of marble without joints or seams. Io...
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2010s Greek Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Glass Pear in Clear
Located in Richmond, VA
Casted glass pear in clear by Devon Made Glass Fruit inspired by blown glass fruit makers and collectors from the 1960's. The light playful approach to everyday fruit is contrasted w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Crystal

M33 Vessel by Aysun Ay
Located in Geneve, CH
M33 Vessel by Aysun Ay Dimensions: D15 X H27 Materials: Stoneware Ceramic Sculptural pieces can vary slighty as each is a unique piece of art. Improvisational design made by h...
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2010s Turkish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Ceramic

Danese Milano Sumatra Black Paper Tray in Technopolymer by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Black Sumatra is a stackable letter tray made of technopolymer with rubber feet. When two or more of the trays are stacked all of the space above and below each piece can be maximize...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Rubber

Danese Milano Maiorca White Pencil & Paperclip Aluminum Holder by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
White Maiorca is a pencil and paperclip holder with fire resistant melamine shell and anodized aluminium interior fumé. Bruno Munari was one of the most important Italian architec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Aluminum

In Stock in Los Angeles, Missing You Candle a Secret Orient Scent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Missing you candle: A secret orient scent In stock in Los Angeles Spicy scented candle for home with a natural oak wood lid crowned by an angel in Matte white porcelain. The cont...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Porcelain

Berd Vay'e Limited Edition "Horosphere" Lucite Sculpture 'Small'
Located in New Orleans, LA
Berd Vay'e limited edition "Horosphere" Lucite sculpture Aspherical globe embracing both fluidity and precision; an exacting orb which allows the eye a 360° vantage point to the tho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Lucite

Hermes Desktop Magnifier Paperweight in Silver, 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Hermes Paris magnifying glass desk accessory with domed lens ensconced in a silver frame with a belt design. We've left the oxidation and patina untouched and simply added a ...
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1960s French Vintage Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Sterling Silver

Danese Milano In Attesa Wastepaper Basket in Black by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
In attesa is a wastepaper basket. It is an injection moulded polypropylene cylinder but the base is not perpendicular to the sides instead it is at a diagonal giving the object a con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Plastic

Black Marble Tall Cube
Located in Mexico City, MX
Monterrey black marble carved cube. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 addition...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Kartell I Shine in Smoke by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Eugeni Quitllet designs a precious collection of decorative vases made of transparent PMMA. The line is composed of a vase and a table centre, distinctive for their elegant geometry ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Resin

Danese Milano In Attesa Wastepaper Basket in White by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
In attesa is a wastepaper basket. It is an injection moulded polypropylene cylinder but the base is not perpendicular to the sides instead it is at a diagonal giving the object a con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Plastic

Constellation Marble Bowl, Large Low in Nero Marquina Marble, In Stock
Located in London, GB
The hexagonal bowls are designed so that they can be laid together forming a honeycomb formation, either in same colour or in different colour combinations. Please note that no tw...
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2010s British Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

M33C Candle Holder by Aysun Ay
Located in Geneve, CH
M33C candle holder by Aysun Ay Dimensions: D5 X H19 Materials:Stoneware Ceramic, white glaze This vase is made with stoneware clay using hand building techniques. Natural textur...
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2010s Turkish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Silver Plated Equestrian Letter Opener, Italy, 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Silver plated equestrian letter opener, Italy, 1980s. This is a must-have on any gentleman collector's wish list.
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Silver Plate

Danese Milano Perpetual Wall English Calendar in Wood by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Calendario bilancia is a wall calendar that underlines the passing of time thanks to the human intervention needed to methodically change the date each and every day. It consists of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Wood

21st Century Peso Concrete Book and Door Holder 2kg Light Grey Color Cement
Located in Rome, Lazio
Colored book and door holders made in concrete. A touch of color for your bookcase 100% made in Italy. 2kg: measures: L 9, P 9, H 18 cm.
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2010s Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Concrete

"Proust" Leather Mouse Pad Designed by Claude Bouchard for Oscar Maschera
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Proust" is a leather mouse pad, designed by Claude Bouchard and manufactured by Oscar Maschera. Genuine Italian leather vegetable tanned. Colors combination to be chosen from the a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Leather

Menhir White Marble Carved Bookend
Located in Mexico City, MX
Bookend in carved Veneciano white marble. Handmade in Mexico. The delivery time is 6 to 8 weeks for items without marble and 13 to 14 weeks for marble pieces. For shipping outside M...
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2010s Mexican Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Albert Paley 1994 "Medallion" Paperweight in Blackened Steel with Bronzed Patina
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Albert Paley large handcrafted steel medallion paperweight. Small edition for Arts Patrons. Formed and fabricated blackened steel with chemical patina to resemble aged surface. Stamp...
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1990s American Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Iron

Black and White Marble Pyramid Obelisk Style Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A black, charcoal and white marble pyramid 'Obelisk style', circa 1970s, 20th century. Dimensions: 2.63" square base x 7.88" height. Other items shown in images also available, sea...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Contemporary by Ghirò Studio 'Eye' Sculpture Amber Glass, Brass and 24 Kt Gold
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2021 Colletion of decorative objects by Ghirò Studio (Italy,Milan). The 'Eye' is not only a luxury refined piece of furniture but it is also a hand carved sculpture designed to embel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Gold, Brass

Velvet Dark Gold Rabbit Door Stopper / Bookends
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Velvet dark gold rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Italy: Made in Italy furniture means design, quality, style and sophistication. The typical elegance of Italian design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Velvet

Red Burgundy Lacquer Serving Tray by Designer Rae Kasian, Square
Located in New York, NY
A dark red burgundy square lacquer serving tray by designer Rae Kasian, in the modern style, circa late-20th century. Dimensions: 2" H x 12" square. Second, coordinating larger t...
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Wood

Porcelain St Lucia Collector Travel Ashtray Vide Poche
Located in North Hollywood, CA
White porcelain "St Lucia" ashtray. Vintage travel collector white porcelain catchall from St Lucia. Use it as an ashtray, vide poche or decorative travel collector item. Made in Fra...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Porcelain

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Medium Box in Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Kartell I Shine in Pink by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Eugeni Quitllet designs a precious collection of decorative vases made of transparent PMMA. The line is composed of a vase and a table centre, distinctive for their elegant geometry ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Resin

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Small Box in Copper-Plated Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Copper

Hermès Porcelain "Passifolia" Small Salad Bowl, France, 2021
Located in Cagliari, IT
Beautiful small salad bowl made with the "Passifolia" pattern. "The rain drums on the convex palm leaves. The wind hums over the fringe of petals. These sounds sharpen the chlorophy...
Category

2010s French Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Porcelain

Contemporary Handcrafted Bookend "Keres" in Oxidized Brass by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted bookend model "Keres" in oxidized brass with a curved contour. This bookend is part of the "Proetus Series", a collection of six bookends in brass. Variatio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Marble Circles by Kristina Dam Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Marble circles by Kristina Dam Studio. Materials: Black marble Dimensions: 21 x 30 x H 21cm. Two unbroken circles make this stunning changeable black marble sculpture. A very po...
Category

2010s Danish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

To-Go Business Card Holder in Stainless Steel Mirror Finish by Georg Jensen
Located in New York, NY
Sleek and elegant yet highly functional and easy to use, this card holder is the perfect accessory for the modern lifestyle on the go.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Stainless Steel

In Stock in Los Angeles, Pink Killer Shark Mini Portable Charger
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Killer shark mini power bank battery charger In stock in Los Angeles "Mr Holder was a shark who loved swimming but could not do it. He was mocked by all the other sharks who call...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Plastic

Agate Onyx Paperweight
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Hand polished agate onyx stone paperweight in black, brown, and red intricate layered patterns Measures: length 5 inches, width 2.75 inches, height 1.25 inches 1 in stock in Palm Spr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Stone

Contemporary Set of Two Handmade Aquamarine Crystal Photo Frames by Ghirò Studio
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2021 Collection of picture frames by Ghirò Studio. Set of two photo frames, one horizontal and one vertical, of excellent workmanship and artistic quality. The rounded edges give har...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass

Fin Coasters from Souda, In Stock, Set of Four, Gold, Modern, Minimal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Slim, architectural, and refined, the Fin coasters are a decidedly modern approach to a traditional tabletop accessory. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, the coasters are produced throu...
Category

2010s Chinese Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Danese Milano Formosa French Letters for Perpetual Wall Calendar by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Danese Milano Formosa letters in French for Perpetual wall calendar by Enzo Mari Enzo Mari is one of the masters of Italian Design. He was born in Novara in 1932 and now lives in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Aluminum

Elsa Peretti, Tiffany & Co. Heart Shaped Boxes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of heart shaped keepsake boxes, one in sterling silver, one in black leather. Both are stamped Elsa Peretti/Tiffany&Co. Sterling measures 3.25" wide x 3 " long x 1.25 tall Bla...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Sterling Silver

Contemporary Trivet/Coaster in Steel, Circle/Circle, Modern, Minimal, Geometric
Located in Stockholm, SE
Trivets in steel with small rubber pads for protection.
Category

2010s Swedish Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Steel

1980s by Hermes Paris Silver Golf Ball Magnifying Lens
Located in Brescia, IT
Silver plated and glass magnifying Excellent condition.
Category

1980s French Vintage Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Silver Plate

Contemporary Hand-engraved Aquamarine Sculpture by Ghirò Studio
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
2021 Collection of decorative objects by Ghirò Studio. The "Cactus" Sculpture is not only an elegant and modern piece of furniture but it is also a unique and unrepeatable sculptu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass

Cuyo Large Alpaca Silver & Black Onyx Stone Pair of Bookends
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
Cuyo bookends are solid heavy beatiful pieces of geometrical onyx stone, moustly in square base and round top. Very sharm for a personal library. Our pieces are made by hand. One ...
Category

2010s Argentine Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Stone, Onyx, Metal

Danese Milano Formosa Perpetual Wall English Calendar in Black by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Formosa is a wall calendar with an aluminium back plate that supports the removable sheets of pvc that make up the date. The font used in the black and red version is Helvetica and t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Aluminum

In Stock in Los Angeles, Light Blue Rabbit Bookends / Door Stopper
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Scroll down and click "view all from Seller" to see more than 400 other unique products. (2.2) In Stock in Los Angeles Light Blue Rabbit as a door stopper / bookends. Made in Ital...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Plastic

Brass and Leather Card Holder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS small goods collection was made for those that wanted to experience the (wh)ORE HAüS brand without committing to our larger pieces. Our brass and leather car...
Category

2010s American Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Brass

Contemporary 'Papillon' Artistic Crystal Bowl Aquamarine by Ghirò Studio
Located in Pieve Emanuele, Milano
Collection 2021 of artistic bowls by Ghirò Studio (Milan). Innovative design, fine craftsmanship and a strong artistic sense make this creation not only a bowl but a real artistic s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Glass

Danese Milano Koro Wastepaper Basket in Red by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Koro is a waste paper basket intended for the workplace and in public spaces. The cylindrical form is made of injection-moulded polypropylene. Enzo Mari is one of the masters of I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Plastic

Menhir Black Marble Carved Bookend
Located in Mexico City, MX
Bookend in carved Monterrey black marble. Handmade in Mexico. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 additional business d...
Category

2010s Mexican Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Black Marble Cuenco Bowl
Located in Mexico City, MX
Monterrey black marble carved cuenco bowl. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 ad...
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2010s Mexican Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Marble

Victor Zaikine Bronze Sculpture Titled Lovers Embrace Vintage
By Zak Zaikine 1
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing sensual bronze vintage sculpture by Victor Zaikine is wonderful from every angle. The lovers embrace surrounding the bowl of life. It rings with sensuality and erotic mo...
Category

1970s American Vintage Modern Desk Accessories

Materials

Bronze, Other

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