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Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Walter Bosse Brass Key Hanger Donkey, Dog, Cat and Cock, Hertha Baller, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming and rare key holder, displaying a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock. Together they are the "town musicians of Bremen", from a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers. A very humoro...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Seguso Vetri D'Arte Poli Murano Sommerso Italian Art Glass Squirrel Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, rare, and cute vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso green Italian art glass squirrel figure / sculpture. Documented to designer Flavio Poli for the Seguso Vetri d'Arte compa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, seaweeds, shells, oyster, crab Nautical style. Measure: 11.3" diameter.    
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

2 Piece Lot Mid Century Enamel Dishes by Karl Drerup
Located in New York, NY
Nice lot of 2 enamel bowls by noted mid century enamel artist Karl Drerup. Both bowls are in good, original estate condition, the rooster bowl shows an inconsequential flaw to the pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Enamel

Bronze Sculpture, Il Cavalino, by Barbara Beretich '1936-2018'
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is a signed bronze sculpture of a horse entitled, Il Cavalino, by Barbara Beretich. This is a lost wax cast and the piece is from her home gallery as seen in picture #8. During ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Archimede Seguso Murano Black White Italian Art Glass Elephant Figure Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, and rare, vintage Murano hand blown black and white spotted Italian art glass elephant sculpture. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, from the "Bianco Nero" series. I...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Brass Tiger Sculpture, French, Circa 1970
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very nice Tiger sculpture is made of brass. This is a French work, circa 1970.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Midcentury Murano Glass American Buffalo Ascribable to Seguso, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, circa 1960s. It is made in blown glass. This is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as in excellent original condition a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Austrian Art Deco Brass Horse Sculpture by Werkstätte Hagenauer, Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Amazing iconic polished brass Horse sculpture designed by Karl Hagenauer and manufactured by Werkstätte Hagenauer Vienna in the 1950s, marked on the underside of one leg Hagenauer Wi...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Terracotta Fish Sculpture by Raymond De Meester, Belgium, 1940s
Located in Brussels, BE
Terracotta fish sculpture by Raymond de Meester - Belgium, 1940s.
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1940s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Pair of Ducks Animal Sculptures by Archimede Seguso Murano in Black & White
Located in London, GB
A pair of black and white animal sculptures by Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) Italy made circa 1970 comprising of two large ducks, in solid opaque glass. Archimede Seguso was born on t...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Beautiful Porcelain and Brass Sculptured Bird on Brass and Lucite Stand
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Beautiful porcelain and brass sculptured bird on brass and lucite stand.
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Set of Four Colorful Murano Glass Ducks, Italy, 1960s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
These ducks are made in murano glass. They are vintage, therefore they might show slight traces of use, but they can be considered as in perfect original condition. Measures: Gr...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Sculpture of a Stylized Cat Designed by Livio Seguso, ca. 1970s
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A sculpture of a stylized cat in smoke grey glass. Hand made in the gral glass manufactory, Germany. Designed by Livio Seguso ca. 1970. Body with factory lable and base with incised ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Large Mid-Century Bronze Gazelle Sculpture in Lying Position
Located in St. Louis, MO
Large vintage bronze Gazelle sculpture in lying position with nice warm patina. Unsigned. Tape residue to underside.
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Palatnik Op Art Lucite Bird
Located in Winter Park, FL
A Mid-Century Modern Lucite Op Art birds designed by Abraham Palatnik. Original labels on bottom: Made in Brazil. Abraham Palatnik (1928-2020) was a Brazilian artist and inventor who...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Alfredo Barbini Murano Black Gray Gold Italian Art Glass Poodle Dog Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare Murano hand blown Pulegoso bubbles, black and gold Italian art glass poodle puppy dog sculpture. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini, circa 1950-1960 and publis...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Stephanie Kalan Studio Pottery Two Small Penguin Figures
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare and unusual vintage studio pottery small penguin figures Stephanie Kalan (1909-1978) probably dating from around 1950. The hand crafted figures are of a mother with her young ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Italian Murano Elephant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1960's Italian sculpture hand-crafted out of Murano glass depicting an elephant in a clear and green color combination. This sculpture is in great condition and has no scratches...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Pair of Ceramic Black Panthers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of glazed ceramic sitting panthers in black. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Murano Red Quilted Uranium Fur Italian Art Glass Puppy Dog Poodle Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown red and yellow Italian art glass poodle puppy dog sculpture. It has a quilted pom-pom design on the legs, tails and puff on its head. Red co...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass, Glass, Art Glass

Minimal Curtis Jeré "Birds in Flight" Bronze Floor Sculpture Signed and Dated
Located in Dallas, TX
Monumental freestanding bronze sculpture title "three birds in flight" by Curtis Jeré, signed and dated 1976, USA. Three birds in flight on pyramidal base. Top is removable from base...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Terra Cotta Poodle Poodle Dog Sculpture
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-20th century charming poodle dog, Italian fabrication in terra cotta, circa 1950. Measures: Height 48 cm. Width 52 cm. Depth 22 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

1960s German Minimal Art Porcelain Snow Owl Bird Sculpture Vase Wolf Karnagel
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Large 6 inch version, a wonderful minimalist bird form design.        
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Pale Pink Marble Polar Bear Sculpture, Animal Sculpture, 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern hand carved pale pink marble polar bear sculpture, animal sculpture, 1970.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Marble

Arthur Court, Duck and Duckling Tureen, 1978
Located in Atlanta, GA
Shiny pewter duck and duckling tureen by Arthur Court, 1978.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pewter

Large Cast Aluminum Hippo Sculpture by David Parkin, 1970s
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Large cast aluminum hippo sculpture by David Parkin, 1970s. Sandcast aluminum in editions of 450, Parkin's table-size animal sculptures of the “Nature of the Beast” collection was so...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Aluminum

Luca Bojola Pair of Ducks Cast Brass Murano Licio Zanetti Glass, 1980s, Small
By Fratelli Ugolini, Licio Zanetti, Luca Bojola
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Beautiful rare and elegant pair of brass and glass ducks from Luca Bojola. Coming with original florentine paper boxes. These are from the 1980s when Luca Bojola started his de...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Barovier Toso Murano Crystal Clear Gold Italian Art Glass Candlestick Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large Murano crystal clear, bubbles and gold flecks Italian art glass duck sculpture / candlestick. Created by designer Ercole Barovier, for the Barovier e Toso company. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Crystal, Gold Leaf

Cenedese Murano Vaseline Yellow Red Heart Italian Art Glass Bird and Bowl Set
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Very cute Murano hand blown Sommerso vaseline yellow with red heart Italian art glass bird and matching bowl. Documented to the Cenedese company. Created with Uranium glass, which gl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Uranium Glass

Glazed Stoneware Lying Bear Figurine, Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen #20271
Located in Chorzów, PL
Lying bear glazed stoneware Roayal Copenhagen statue by Knud Kyhn. Ceramic statue produced by Royal Copenhagen of Denmark in perfect condition. Produced 1950s. Knud Kyhn 1880-1969 ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Stoneware

Two Identical Cute Lucite Teddy Bears by Brazilian Artist Abraham Palatnik
Located in Doornspijk, NL
These cuddly bears sitting side by side are made of Lucite. They are a work of the Brazilian designer Abraham Palatnik. Signed "PAL" The Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik (192...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Set of Four Metal Brutalist Owls
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
Set of 4 Brutalist owls In the style of Curtis Jere USA, circa 1970. Measures: Height x Width x Depth Owl 1 : 12.6 x 7.8 x 6.3 in. (32 x 20 x 16 cm) Owl 2 : 7.7 x 5.5 x 3.9 in...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Large Stag Sculpture by Roberto Estevez for Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive stag sculpture, head in iridescent gunmetal faux granite nitrocellulose lacquer over a fiberglass casting with solid brass base and authentic horns, by Roberto E...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Signed Federico Mexico Leather Parrot Perched On Brass Swing Mid-Century Modern
Located in Miami, FL
Signed 'FEDERICO in Mexico' Leather Parrot on a Brass Swing hand-crafted. Beautiful Animal Sculpture. Swing measurements: 19 inches Height x 14 inches Wide. Parrot 17 inches Height. ...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Murano Italian Art Glass Sword Fish Sculpture Statue, Italy Vintage
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A Venetian sculptural fish figurine in hand blown glass, produced on the isle of Murano, circa 1960s. A nice piece of art for any room.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Japanese Iron Horse Head Sculpture Bowl 420 After Walter Bosse
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Japanese iron horse head bowl - a beautifully designed iron horse sculptural bowl. Handsome enough to sit alone - or for nuts, paperclips, candy, change, 420, etc. Very similar to th...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wrought Iron

Metal Fish Sculpture
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Lifesize Mid-Century metal fish sculpture of a snapper or hogfish with a rustic patina and a modern simplicity. Can be hung from a chain or sits nicely on a flat surface. .  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

1950s Italian Alabaster Owl Sculpture
Located in New York City, NY
1950s Italian alabaster owl sculpture.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Alabaster

Amusing Carved Hardstone Quartz Cockatoo
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Amusing carved stone cockatoo with a quirky expression and brass feet mounted on an impressive smoky quartz specimen.
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Rock Crystal

Italian Ceramic Boston Terrier and Panda
Located in Hingham, MA
Delightful large-scale ceramic figures of a nearly life-size black and white glazed Boston Terrier and a Panda bear. Marked with numbers and Made in Italy. Attributed to Eugenio Patt...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Marian Weisberg Bronze Finish Lemur Sculpture
By Marian Weisberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stylized bronze over composite sculpture of a lemur by sculptor Marian Weisberg. Very good original patina. Signed on the base.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Bustamante Papier-Mâché Hanging Chimpanzee Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A signed Sergio Bustamante Hanging Chimpanzee sculpture hand-crafted out of paper-mache, this life-sized piece is signed 39 out of 100. This sculpture features great details a beauti...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Walter Bosse Brass Poodle Figurine, Lucky Charm, Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A charming poodle figurine, made of brass designed by Walter Bosse, executed in the 1950s by Hertha Baller, Austria. In excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Metal Parrot Form Sculpture
Located in Palm Beach, FL
As if it where a three dimensional drawing, this whimsical Mid-Century deconstructed iron bird sculpture will grab plenty of attention.   
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Marcello Fantoni Shelf Sitters
Located in Hingham, MA
Three figures designed to 'sit' on the edge of a shelf, designed and signed by venerable Italian ceramicist, Marcello Fantoni for Raymor. A cave woman, monkey and cheetah (walked in...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Italian Sculpture Bird Bitossi Design 1960 Black and Blu Ceramic
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian sculpture bird Bitossi Design 1960 black and blu ceramic.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Sculpture, Decorative Owl, Brass, Mid-Century, Brass, Vintage, circa 1950
Located in New York, NY
Sculpture of a decorative brass owl, mid-century, circa 1950. Beautifully handmade brass sculpture.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Stellar Pair of Italian Glazed Ceramic Whippet Sculptures, circa 1970
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fabulous pair of large scale ceramic Whippet sculptures, Italy, circa 1970. Beautiful hand painted form with a subtle glaze accenting the sculpture detail. Slender and dramatic wit...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Pair of Terra Cotta Tigers
Located in Palm Beach, FL
True pair of mid century Italian tigers decorated and glazed with a generous scale and bold presence.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Seguso Murano Teal White Opal Albastro Italian Art Glass Baby Elephant Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown opalescent teal blue-green and white opalescent Italian art glass baby elephant sculpture / figurine. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, in ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Opaline Glass

Barbini Murano Green Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Camel Sculpture Figurine
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and very unusual, vintage Murano hand blown clear and gold flecks Italian art glass camel sculpture / figurine. Attributed to designer Alfredo Barbini. The piece is profuse...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Set of Three Murano Horses Head Sculptures by Sergio Costantini, 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of three Murano horses head sculptures by Sergio Costantini & Vetro Artistico Murano 1980s.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Seguso Murano Label Vintage Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Fish Sculpture Figure
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown clear and gold flecks Italian art glass fish sculpture / figurine. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso. The piece is profusely covered in gold...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Bitossi Sculpture Ceramic Italian Design 1960 Boar Blue and Black
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Bitossi sculpture ceramic Italian design 1960 boar blue and black.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid Century Folk Bird Sculpture by Oswaldo Guayasamín
Located in Toronto, ON
This charming warm golden brass metal sculpture with turquoise stone eyes is by celebrated painter and sculptor Ecuadorian Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999). Signed Guayasamin on the ...
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1960s Ecuadorean Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Finnish Artist Oiva Toikka Striped Glass Whippoorwill or Willow Duck by Iittala
Located in St. Louis, MO
Renowned Finnish glass artist Oiva Toikka designed whippoorwill or willow duck with bands of olive green stripes running around an otherwise transparent body. In fine used condition....
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1990s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Blown Glass

Rare Tommaso Barbi " COBRA " Sleek Black Glazed Ceramic Lamp, 1970
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Tommaso Barbi sleek black glazed ceramic majestic table lamp. New wide black lamp shade with gold interior. Fully functioning lamp. Minor sign of wear. No structural d...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic