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Aurelio Teno, a Group of Four Silver Sea Shell and Coral Animal Sculpture, 1950s

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A group of four silver, sea shell and coral Animal sculptures 1950s. Dimensions: Frog – H 5” x W 2.5” x D 5” x base height 2” Bird – H 6” x W 5” x D 3.5” x base height 2” Dog – H 4” x W 2.33” x D 3.5” x base height 0.75” Turtle – H 2.75” x W 3.75” x D: 4.75” x base height 0.75” Aurelio Teno Teno a/k/a Aurelio Teno (Spanish, 1927 - 2013) was a Spanish sculptor and painter. He stood out for his interpretations of Don Quixote, as the one who imagines him - mounted on the horse named Clavileño - as the first cosmonaut in history. Between 1936 and 1943, he lived in Córdoba where he trained artistically. First, as an apprentice in the workshop of the sculptor Amadeo Ruiz Olmos; later in a silverware workshop; and since 1939, in the School of Arts and Crafts of Cordoba, where he studied painting and drawing. In 1950, he moved to Madrid to work as a goldsmith; and later to Paris, where he lived for ten years. There, he extended his studies of fine arts, and is strongly influenced by Giacometti and expressionism in whole. This period in Teno’s artistic life is celebrated by several exhibitions of his paintings in the Salón del Art Libre, Palais des Beaux Arts galleries and others. At the same time, he continued to dedicate a lot of time to the creation of his famous sculptures-jewels. In 1965, he returned to Madrid although he installed his studio in the Molino del Cubo (Ávila), where he researched new plastic procedures and also exhibits his controversial polemical paintings at the Ateneo de Madrid. Begining that year, he starts a series of international exhibitions in Copenhagen, Paris, New York, Rabat and San Luis (Missouri, USA). In 1976 he consolidated his international prestige as a monumental sculptor by winning the contest for Don Quixote sculpture creation, which would rise before the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., competing with Salvador Dalí and José de Creeft. Finally, he installed his workshop and a museum, dedicated to his work in the old monastery of Pedrique (near Villaharta) in the municipality of Pozoblanco. There is a park that bears the artist's name, as well. The City Council has created a foundation for the preservation of the artistic legacy of Teno. Aurelio Teno died in Cordoba, at age 84.


  • Creator
    Aurelio Teno (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5 in. (12.7 cm)Width: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)Depth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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    Wear consistent with age and use. Please examine the photos attentively, as they are an integral part of description. Send us a message to request more details or discuss price.
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    New York, NY
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    1stDibs: LU2819313126611

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