Modern Abstract Sculptures

Modern Furniture Design

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

Colin Webster Watson Modern Bronze "Swan & Lady"
Colin Webster Watson Modern Bronze "Swan & Lady"
Colin Webster Watson
Mid-20th Century New Zealand Modern Abstract Sculptures
Bronze
A large Colin Webster Watson modern bronze sculpture Titled: "Swan & Lady" New Zealand, circa 1960 Dimensions: Height 37", width 21", depth 10" In overall very good condition...
Pablo Picasso Pichet Espagnol Vessel 'a.R. 244'
Pablo Picasso Pichet Espagnol Vessel 'a.R. 244'
Madoura, Pablo Picasso
20th Century French Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
Pichet Espagnol vessel by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Work was conceived in 1954 and executed in a numbered edition of 300. Markings: stamped, marked and numbered (Edition Picasso,...
Limited Edition Chocolat TOTEM by Ettore Sottsass
Limited Edition Chocolat TOTEM by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Mirabili
1990s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
Designed by master Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, this TOTEM features a ceramics square base painted white that supports a series of ceramic geometric shapes in different colors....
Contemporary Square Sculpture with Porcelain 3D Elements Hand-Decorated
Contemporary Square Sculpture with Porcelain 3D...
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic, Porcelain
Kuna designed by Angelo Spagnolo for Botteganove is a new concept of wall decoration made by a square stoneware tiles combined with 3d porcelain elements. The porcelain elements wit...
Modernist Triptych Sculpture
Modernist Triptych Sculpture
Jean Arp
Mid-20th Century American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Wood
Three-part wood sculpture in white, red and black inspired by Jean Arp and Alexander Calder. Found in Litchfield, CT unmarked. Natural wear.
Abstract Marble Sculpture of a Pelican
Abstract Marble Sculpture of a Pelican
Late 20th Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Carrara Marble
A simple abstract sculpture depicting a pelican. The monolithic piece of Carrara marble was hand chiseled and polished to a fairly shiny gloss. The piece has recently been perched at...
TOTEM Modern Stackable Stools / table in White Oak & Concrete by Estudio Persona
TOTEM Modern Stackable Stools / table in White ...
Estudio Persona
2010s American Modern Stools
Concrete, Oak
TOTEM is an sculptural looking piece, formed by four different elements, two stackable stools, a heavy concrete base and a top tray. Both stools and tray are made of white oak. One ...
Large Larry Mohr Abstract Sculpture
Large Larry Mohr Abstract Sculpture
Larry Mohr
20th Century American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Stone, Metal
Sculpture is titled Orbits X by Larry Mohr (American, 1921-2013). Work is signed and edition: 1/8. Provenance: Estate of Larry Mohr. Larry Mohr was an accomplished sculptor whose ...
Set of Brass Cylindrical Sculpture Vessels
Set of Brass Cylindrical Sculpture Vessels
Late 20th Century Modern Vases
Brass
A set of five, versatile, modern style brass cylindrical sculpture vessels, circa late 20th century. Vessels are strategically weighted at bottom. Height measurements: 12.25 in. H 9...
Hermanos Calavera, Conquistador in Walnut by Mi...
Wooda, Miguel Silva, Ilse Silva
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
Cairn Stool in Maple by Alvaro Uribe for Wooda
Alvaro Uribe
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Stools
Hardwood, Maple, Walnut
The Cairn collection by Alvaro Uribe for Wooda challenges the perception of furniture being purely functional. We believe furniture brings a sense of spirituality and magic to our li...
Cairn Table in Maple by Alvaro Uribe for Wooda
Wooda, Alvaro Uribe
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Hardwood, Maple
The Cairn collection by Alvaro Uribe for Wooda challenges the perception of furniture being purely functional. We believe furniture brings a sense of spirituality and magic to our li...
1958 "Putrella" Bowl / Centrepiece by Enzo Mari
Enzo Mari, Danese
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Steel
In 1958, the highly experimental Italian designer Enzo Mari created a family of vessels made from a surprising material. "Putrella" is Italian for girder, and these bowls were all ma...
Modern Studio Seguso Arte Verto Signed Murano G...
Seguso Company
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Art Glass
For your consideration is a stunning, purple Murano glass art sculpture, signed by Arte Verto for Studio Seguso. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 12" W x 6" D x 12" H.
Contemporary Copper Large Serving Tray Decorati...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Serving Pieces
Copper
Simple. Elegant. Minimalist. The contemporary copper large serving tray titled lift will redefine the landscape of your table setting. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome with its power...
"Togetherness" Springstone Zimbabwean Stone Scu...
Nhamo Chamutsa
21st Century and Contemporary Zimbabwean Modern Abstract Sculptures
"Togetherness" Artist: Nhamo Chamutsa Springstone hand-carved Zimbabwean stone sculpture Measures: 59 x 32 x 12cm/23 x 12.5 x 5inches. Comes with certificate authentication and a...
Mauro Mori Movimento Basso Table Hand-Carved in...
Mauro Mori
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables
Marble
Edition of 9 Each of Mauro Mori's pieces is sculpted and carved from solid blocks of natural matter. Often, they are tooled in their places of origin. The plasticity of the material...
'Hexagram 2' Ceramic Wall Hanging in Textured B...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic
Based on the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text, this one-of-kind ceramic wall sculpture is composed of handmade stoneware blocks. Each block has a complex layered black and...
'Hexagram 8' Ceramic Wall Hanging in Blue, Pink...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic
Based on the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text, this one-of-kind ceramic wall sculpture is composed of handmade porcelain blocks. Each block is individually glazed with tex...
'Hexagram 4' Ceramic Wall Hanging in Matte and ...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Ceramic
Based on the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text, this one-of-kind ceramic wall sculpture is composed of handmade stoneware blocks. Each block is individually finished with e...
'J13' Geometric Ceramic Sculpture with White Fi...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This one-of-a-kind handmade geometric ceramic sculpture is assembled from flat sheets of a sandy stoneware and finished with a velvety whitewash finish. It is part of an ongoing seri...
Giant White Crackle Finish Modern Ceramic Pod S...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This massive stoneware ceramic pod sculpture is both geometric and organic, reminiscent of a perfect seashell. Each pod is hand-built from flat slabs of earthy beige stoneware, then ...
'J8' Geometric Ceramic Sculpture with White Finish
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This one-of-a-kind handmade geometric ceramic sculpture is assembled from flat sheets of a sandy stoneware and finished with a velvety whitewash finish. It is part of an ongoing seri...
'J10' Geometric Ceramic Sculpture with White Fi...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This one-of-a-kind handmade geometric ceramic sculpture is assembled from flat sheets of a sandy stoneware and finished with a velvety whitewash finish. It is part of an ongoing seri...
Small White Crackle Finish Modern Ceramic Pod S...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This small stoneware ceramic pod sculpture is both geometric and organic, reminiscent of a perfect seashell. Each pod is hand-built from flat slabs of earthy beige stoneware, then tr...
Large White Crackle Finish Modern Ceramic Pod S...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This large stoneware ceramic pod sculpture is both geometric and organic, reminiscent of a perfect seashell. Each pod is hand-built from flat slabs of earthy beige stoneware, then tr...
'J11' Geometric Ceramic Sculpture with White Fi...
John Sheppard
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
This one-of-a-kind handmade geometric ceramic sculpture is assembled from flat sheets of a sandy stoneware and finished with a velvety whitewash finish. It is part of an ongoing seri...

Ring Eggcup

By Laurie Beckerman
Ring Eggcup
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Tableware
Porcelain
The earliest eggcup was found among the ruins of Pompeii. The eggcup didn't reappear again until the Elizabethan era and then popularized in France by Louis XV and Louis XVI while ho...

Double Eggcup

By Laurie Beckerman
Double Eggcup
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Tableware
Porcelain
The earliest eggcup was found among the ruins of Pompeii. The eggcup didn't reappear again until the Elizabethan era and then was popularized in France by Louis XV and Louis XVI whil...

X Eggcup

By Laurie Beckerman
X Eggcup
Laurie Beckerman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Tableware
Porcelain
The earliest eggcup was found among the ruins of Pompeii. The eggcup didn't reappear again until the Elizabethan era and then popularized in France by Louis XV and Louis XVI while ho...
2 Q3 Elements Bardiglio Sculptures
Studio Formart
2010s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Marble
Diverse functionality converges with a clean, contemporary aesthetic in this high-strength geometric structure. Sculpted from rare Bardiglio Carrara marble slabs in rich gray tones, ...
WS3, Modern Industrial Wall Sculpture with Cabl...
Peter Harrison
Early 2000s American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Mahogany
This wall hung sculpture features a woven basket of stainless steel cable which leaps off the wall nearly 12?. The corners are machined from solid aluminium. This sculpture creates t...
WS3 'in stock' Modern Industrial Wall Sculpture...
Peter Harrison
Early 2000s American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Mahogany
This wall hung sculpture features a woven basket of stainless steel cable which leaps off the wall nearly 12?. The corners are machined from solid aluminum. This sculpture creates th...
Sculpture “Stund 1” Designed by Britt-Ingrid Pe...
Britt-Ingrid Persson
1990s Swedish Modern Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
Sculpture “Stund 1” designed by Britt-Ingrid Persson ‘BIP’, Sweden, 1990s. Bronze. Pictures in the BIP exhibition catalogue, Västerbottens Museum, p. 38.
Italian Romeo Rega Pyramid Polished Brass Sculp...
Romeo Rega
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Brass
This great weighted eight-piece pyramid sculpture is in the style of Romeo Rega and attributed to him. It is it Italian. There are eight polished brass trays that are all removable a...
Vintage Victor Vasarely Cube Optical Op Art Sil...
Victor Vasarely
Vintage 1970s French Modern Abstract Sculptures
Acrylic, Paint
This four sided every changing graphic optical Op Art Lucite sculpture by Victor Vasarely is vintage from the 1970s. They were produced in a large edition; not numbered. It is a silk...
Bronze Cubist Sculpture on White Carrara Marble...
Unknown
1990s Unknown Modern Abstract Sculptures
Bronze, Carrara Marble
This amazing cubist bronze sculpture is mounted on a white Carrara marble block base. It hallmarked on the bottom of the bronze although not shown as a letter of H or K a copyright V...
Pair of Contemporary Black Serving Trays Decora...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Serving Pieces
Steel
Lift and lift, too - set of two Simple. Elegant. Minimalist. The contemporary black serving trays titled Lift collection will redefine the landscape of your table setting. Inspired ...
Contemporary Abstract Black Small Serving Tray ...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Serving Pieces
Steel
Lift, too small size Simple. Elegant. Minimalist. The abstract contemporary black small serving tray titled Lift, Too will redefine the landscape of your table setting. Inspired by ...
Signed and Dated Vasa Mihich Laminated Lucite T...
Vasa Velizar Mihich
Early 2000s American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Lucite
This gorgeous signed Vasa Mihich laminated one of a kind Lucite triangle sculpture is dated 2005. It is etched at the bottom as such. Vasa has perfected and was the innovator of thi...
Contemporary Clear Glass Bowling Ball Decorativ...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Vases
Glass
Luminous and unexpected, this contemporary clear glass bowling ball, Wilma, is a modern decorative sculpture object and modern vase is playful as it is functional. Each of the three ...
Contemporary Copper Small Serving Tray Decorati...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Serving Pieces
Copper
Simple, elegant, minimalist, the contemporary copper small serving tray titled lift, to will redefine the landscape of your table setting. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome with its p...
Pair of Contemporary Copper Serving Trays Decor...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Serving Pieces
Copper
Lift and lift, too - set of two. Simple. Elegant. Minimalist. The contemporary copper serving trays titled Lift collection will redefine the landscape of your table setting. Inspire...
Modern, Abstract, Mixed Metal Sculpture by Robe...
20th Century American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Abstract mixed metal sculpture in a Brutalist inspired style by Robert Metzner. Mr. Metzner was a Cal Tech trained engineer who pioneered audio equipment used by educational and inst...
Pair of Brass Obelisks in the Manner of Gabriel...
Late 20th Century Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Brass
Incredible pair of brass obelisks in the manner of Gabriella Crespi. Excellent vintage condition, circa 1970s. Brass has been professionally polished.
Acrylic Sphere Sculpture Incased Watch Parts Re...
Vintage 1970s French Modern More Desk Accessories
Acrylic
Acrylic sphere sculpture incased watch parts resin France, 1970s. Cast acrylic sphere with incased watch elements including gears and a large face. Comes with circular clear acrylic ...
Wall Sculpture by Ulla Viotti, Sweden, 1980s
Ulla Viotti
Vintage 1980s Swedish Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic
Wall sculpture by Ulla Viotti, Sweden, 1980s. Stoneware. Measures: H 27 cm/ 10 1/2", L 27 cm/ 10 1/2".  
Stone Sphere
Unknown
20th Century Unknown Modern Abstract Sculptures
Stone
Large stone sphere. Quite substantial and heavy. Clearly an attention getter.
Erwin Binder Bronze Sculpture "Embrace"
Erwin Binder
20th Century American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
A very beautiful and conceptually stunning work by Erwin Binder, Wonderfully conceived and executed. This work is bronze and mounted to a marble base and is signed by the artist (and...
Joanna Poag Ceramic Untitled II Sculpture, Equi...
Joanna Poag
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Ceramic, Clay
Contemporary American ceramic artist Joanna Poag's Untitled II Sculpture is part of the Equilibrium Series. It's hand built and sculptured, fired to cone 5 and hung by fishing wire. ...
Robert Jacobsen, Black Painted Large "Concrete"...
Robert Jacobsen
Late 20th Century Danish Modern Abstract Sculptures
Iron
Of abstract form on a rectangular plinth. Signed: RJ A Danish sculpture who resided in France for much of his life, Jacobsen's sculptures are included in important public and privat...
Hand-Carved Glass Vase, Mokume Battuto Red Sphere
Siemon & Salazar
2010s American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Blown Glass
Mokume Battuto red sphere - These rare works of art are formed in many stages and layers. They draw inspiration from textile patterns and microscopic systems. Traditional methods of...
Modernist Sculpture by Ralph Dorazio, circa 1970
Ralph Dorazio
Vintage 1970s American American Modern Abstract Sculptures
Wood
Ralph Dorazio (1922-2004). Sculpture in mixed woods. Measures: 71" H x 10.5" W x 8" D. Ralph Dorazio (1922-2004) was an American modernist sculptor who drew inspirati...
Venini Trio Tenore Vase in Grey and Red by Moni...
Venini, Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Art Glass
Venini glass vase with red cylindrical base, slim shaped body, and spherical head. Featured in red and grey colored glass and designed by Monica Giggisberg & Philip Baldwin in 2018. ...
Venini Trio Baritono Sculpture in Aquamarine & ...
Venini, Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Art Glass
Venini glass sculpture with red oval base and grey oval body. Featured in aquamarine and red colored glass and designed by Monica Giggisberg and Philip Baldwin in 2018. Perfect for i...
Clessidra Glass Hourglass in Green and Sand by ...
Venini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Art Glass
Venini glass hourglass in green and sand. Perfect for indoor home decor or as a statement piece for any room. Limited edition of 199 pieces. Also available in other colors on 1stdibs...
Clessidra Glass Hourglass in Grey and Red by Ve...
Venini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Art Glass
Venini glass hourglass in grey and red. Perfect for indoor home decor or as a statement piece for any room. Limited edition of 199 pieces. Also available in other colors on 1stdibs. ...
Clessidra Glass Hourglass in Bamboo and Aquamar...
Venini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Art Glass
Venini glass hourglass in bamboo and aquamarine. Perfect for indoor home decor or as a statement piece for any room. Limited edition of 199 pieces. Also available in other colors on ...
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