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Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style: Neoclassical
Ainun Black Bear Hand Carved Wood Sculpture with Glass Eyes
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A traditional Ainu bear carving typically depicts a black bear with stylized features, often emphasizing its strength and significance in Ainu culture. The carving showcases intrica...
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Early 1900s Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Antique Wood Carved American Jumper Carousel Horse
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Wood Carved American Jumper Carousel Horse Beautiful early 1900's wood carved classic American jumper carousel horse. The horse has been refurbished and painted matte black ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Early 20th century bronze equestrian horse sculpture.
Located in Allentown, PA
This is an early 20th century equestrian horse sculpture in bronze. This horse sculpture has a dark ebony bronze finish to the surface and stands on ...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Beautiful Hand Carved Exsotic Ironwood Turtle Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
beautiful unique solid hand-carved ironwood turtle sculpture with beautiful detail great condition and great subject, circa 1970's.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Monumental Hand-Carved Walnut American Sculpture of a Bald Eagle Landing on Tree
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This a single piece of wood, expertly hand-carved in incredible detail with naturalistic carving of feathers, talons, beak and wings. The bald eagle is just landing and appears to be...
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1970s American Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Walnut

Vintage 1983 Bronze American Bald Eagle Soaring Wings of Glory Sculpture 15"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage bronze sculpture depicting a realistically detailed American Bald Eagle / hawk / bird swooping over abstract waves, mounted on a round wood base. Signed on base C. Ra. Van 19...
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1980s Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Rare Pair of bronze statues of French Lions, 1800s
Located in Milano, IT
In the soft glow of a dimly lit room, there stands a pair of French statuettes from the enchanting 1800s, a testament to a bygone era of elegance and opulence. These remarkable works of art, fashioned from lustrous bronze, exude an air of timeless grandeur that beckons you to step closer and marvel at their exquisite craftsmanship. Each statuette is a masterpiece in its own right, a testament to the skill and dedication of the master sculptor who brought them into existence. The attention to detail is nothing short of astonishing, with every sinew of the majestic lions' bodies meticulously chiseled and lovingly rendered. The craftsmanship is so fine that one cannot help but be captivated by the lifelike expressions and powerful stances of these regal creatures. These two lions, poised in a position of imposing authority, emanate an aura of strength and royalty that transcends time and space. Their heads held high, their fierce eyes gazing into the distance, they embody the very essence of majesty and dominance. Their finely chiseled manes cascade down their muscular necks, a testament to their untamed, wild nature. But it is not just their form that captivates the beholder; it is the material itself that adds to their allure. Cast entirely in bronze, these lions bear traces of antiquity beneath their paws, a subtle reminder of the centuries that have passed since their creation. The patina of age only enhances their mystique, as if they have borne witness to a thousand stories, silently guarding the secrets of the past. In symbolism, lions are revered as symbols of strength and royalty, and these statuettes do justice to that legacy. They are more than mere sculptures...
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Early 1800s French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Pair of Neoclassic Earthenware Elephants with Obelisks
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of Italian neoclassic garnitures or objects of art depicting elephants carrying obelisks, crafted in ceramic or earthenware with a bisque finish and highlighted with bro...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Scale White Neo-Classical Style Ceramic Horse Bust Figurine / Statue
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a large scale majestic white Italian horse head bust. It is unmarked and in very good condition. It most likely dates to the later part of the 20th century.
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Chester Fields 'Attack', Full Round Sculpture Signed Art 24 Karat Details
Located in Houston, TX
Chester fields “Attack” 1996 bronze sculpture 33/75, signed and numbered Measures: W36”xD23”xH37” Museum quality and rare Chester Fields 'Attack...
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20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Granite, Gold, Bronze

Large Plaster Statue of the Capitoline Wolf
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A large-scale plaster statue of the Capitoline Wolf circa 1900 after the antique in bronze thought to date from as early as the 11th century. Originally made by the Moulage Museum, B...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Plaster

19th Century Serpentine Carving of 'The Dying Lion' After Bertel Thorvaldsen
Located in Stamford, CT
Beautifully carved Italian Grand Tour serpentine copy of Bertel Thorvaldsen's monumental sculpture 'The Lion of Lucerne' also known as 'The Dying...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Serpentine

Theodor Kärner figure Hunting rider pincess MARGARETHE V. Thurn and Taxis.
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Theodor Kärner Hohenberg/Eger 1885 - Munich 1966 Figure 'Hunting rider Princess Margarethe v. Thurn and Taxis' Nymphenburg, 20th century. Designed in ...
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Early 20th Century German Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Erotic bronze sculpture. Austria, early 20th century.
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Erotic bronze sculpture. Austria, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze hunting dog and hare sculpture
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bronze hunting dog and hare sculpture Circa 1900 Origin France Artist: Paul Edouard Delabriere Signed on its base E. Delabrierre Very good condition with natural wear on its patina b...
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Early 1900s French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Wedgwood Black Basalt Hedgehog Bulb Planter
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A black basalt bulb pot molded as a hedgehog, made by Wedgwood in the middle of the 19th century. Finely molded as a lively little hedgehog, this unique object would have been use...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Stoneware

Monumental Large Neo Classical Gilt Bronze Sculptured Oil Lamp Chandelier
Located in Lisse, NL
Large and amazing work museum quality of lighting Art. The first owner of this incredible piece of lighting art must have been one of the wealthiest people in town, because this qua...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze, Brass

Cast Iron Boston Terrier Doorstops, America circa 1900
Located in Culver City, CA
*Please note the price is per unit* Cast Iron Boston Terrier Doorstops America circa 1900 Measures 9" - 10"h.
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Early 1900s American Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Pair of Neoclassical Style Jade Rams Head Pottery Sculptures
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic pair of Ram's head sculptures or busts hand-crafted from pottery featuring a very dark jade green colored glaze finish. Each head is beautifully decorated with delicate spag...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Roaring Deer Sculpture After Josef Franz in Bronze & Marble
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful sculpture in marble base of roaring deer after Josef Franz.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Vintage Cast Brass Coiled Serpent Snake
Located in Elkhart, IN
A wonderful Art Deco style cast brass coiled serpent snake circa Early 20th century Measures: 12"W × 2.13"D × 2"H Excellent original vintage co...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Goeble Porcelain Figurine of a Buffalo/Bison
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Goeble porcelain figurine of a buffalo. It depicts a very well done hand painted brave and strong buffalo. He is plowing forward while it’s legs are lifting up soil. The Am...
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20th Century German Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Vintage Patinated Bronze Sculpture 'American Bald Eagle Upon Landing'
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage patinated bronze sculpture 'American Bald Eagle Upon Landing' USA, Circa 1960s Of large scale, realistically cast and modeled of a land...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

19th Century Patinated Terra Cotta of Bacchanalian Putti Playing with Goat
Located in Dallas, TX
A lovely depiction of the neoclassical taste, three putti can be seen playing with a goat. The terra cotta sculpture from the 1800s has a variegated patination, with hues of dark och...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

19th Century Gilt Bronze Eagle Fragment on White Marble Stand, Italy
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian gilt bronze sculpture of an eagle on a rectangular white Carrera piece of marble. The high quality of the gilt work and the early age makes the eagl...
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1810s Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Carrara Marble, Bronze

Chester Fields 'Falcon Crest', Full Round Sculpture Signed Art W/ 24kt. Details
Located in Houston, TX
Chester Fields “Falcon Crest” 1992 Bronze Sculpture 21/100, Signed and Numbered 27” H Museum Quality and Rare Chester Fields 'Falcon Crest' is a...
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20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Granite, Gold, Bronze

19th Century Polychrome Sculpture of a Roman Woman
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian original painted plaster sculpture of a young Roman woman in nice gilt dress and flower wreath. This well sculptured smiling lady cou...
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1880s Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Plaster

Bronze Group of Ariadne and the Leopard
Located in Folkestone, GB
Bronze group of “Ariadne on the Panther’ after the original masterpiece by Johann Heinrich von Danneker. representing the taming of the wilderness by beauty. Ariadne lies naked upon ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Neoclassic French Heavy Solid Bronze Lion
Located in Miami, FL
Neoclassic French large and very heavy solid bronze lion on a marble base. No markings. Very detailed and lovely made.
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Mid-20th Century French Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Brass Swan Umbrella Stand Attributed to Maison Jansen
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This rare and very elegant swan umbrella stand is all made of brass. This is a finely chiseled French work attributed to famous designer Maison Jansen...
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1970s French Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Chester Fields 'Falcon Courtship', Full Round Sculpture Signed Art
Located in Houston, TX
Chester Fields “Falcon Courtship” 1993 Bronze Sculpture 27/75, Signed and Numbered 42.75” H Museum Quality and Rare Chester Fields 'Falcon Court...
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20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Granite, Gold, Bronze

Roman Carrara Marble Lioness
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Magnificent hand carved Carrara marble sculpture of a lioness head from Rome. Mounted on a metal base. Base 13.75"W x 12.25"D.
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1650s Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Carrara Marble, Metal

Large Silvered Lion Sculpture, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
An early 20th century Silverplated Lion. This particular example very well modelled. Mounted over a Portoro Italian marble base. Perfect size to...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Metal

Boston Terrier Doorstop
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Boston Terrier doorstop in all original paint.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Black Metal Cast Iron Pheasant Bird Figurines, a Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Pair of large cast-iron metal pheasant birds in black. Each figure is identical and features a pheasant with its long tail, textured to resemble feather...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Iron

20th C Original Painted Hubley Boston Terrier Doorstop
By Hubbly
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th C original painted Hubley Boston Terrier doorstop.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Iron

English Traditional King Charles Spaniel Porcelain Dog in Black White and Gold
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A porcelain King Charles Spaniel ceramic dog in black, white, and gold. A timeless piece spotted on the mantles and bookshelves of collectors across the globe. This piece depicts a s...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Paint

Brown Ceramic Horse Head Bookend in Brown and Black
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A large ceramic hand-painted horse head. This piece would be great in a nursery or for equestrians. Created from ceramic, this piece depicts the bust of a horse hand painted in brown...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Paint

Cast Iron Horse Doorstop Signed Hunter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cast iron horse doorstop Signed Hunter. Copyright 1949. VA Metal Crafters, Waynesboro, VA.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Iron

Jacques Adnet Style Bronze Horse Sconce Wall Lamp French Neoclassical
Located in Miami, FL
Jacques Adnet style neoclassical bronze horse head sconce, wall light, lamp with form fit original shade. In perfect working condition and takes 2 l...
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1960s French Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Antique Iron Bulldog Dog Children's Piggy Money Bank Painted in Brown, 1920s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
An antique cast iron bulldog piggy bank. Created in the 1920s, this piece is painted in brown and cream. And would make a fabulous addition to a nurs...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Iron

19th Century French Bronze Animal Sculptures
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of finely chaste bronze and dore bronze of dog and cat. Very life like.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique Carved Wood Lion’s Head from a Manhattan Bar, ca. 1880s-1890s
Located in New York, NY
Dimension: Height: 14 inches Width: 13 inches Depth: 12 inches. About the object: This elaborately carved wood lion's head was an integral decorative piece of a bar counter or shelf unit in a Manhattan bar...
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1880s American Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Snell Johnson "NV Pingo" Bronze Horse Bust
Located in New York, NY
Snell Johnson (American, 1929-2001) bronze horse bust sculpture of NV Pingo mounted on an ovoid wooden base, titled, signed, numbered and marked "S-1...
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20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Neoclassical Panther Sculpture
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Neoclassical panther sculpture Material: Pewter and marble base (alpe green) Origin Germany Circa 1900 Perfect condition natural wear No visible...
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Early 1900s German Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Pewter

Aged Bronze Bucking Broncos
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid century Bucking Bronco horse figures with articulating back leg.
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

"Tuant un Sanglier" After Alfred Barye (French, 1839–1882) Bronze, c. 1900
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
After Alfred Barye (FRENCH, 1839–1882) bronze lion sculpture, "Lion - Tuant un Sanglier," a male lion standing over his prey, a wild boar; signed on base on right side, raised on a c...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

20Th c Signed Bronze Bald Eagle Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20Thc hand made bronze sculpture of a bald eagle in fine as found condition.This is so well constructed and very heavy.
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1930s American Vintage Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

French Neoclassical Bronze Of Androcles and the Lion
Located in Rochester, NY
Large French Neoclassical sculpture of Androcles and the Lion. Exceptional quality casting and patina. Mid 19th century. The runaway slave Androcles became friends with a wounded lion...
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19th Century Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Bronze

George III Blue John Panther
Located in New Orleans, LA
One of the only known sculptures rendered in Blue John to exist in the world, this extraordinary George III panther exemplifies Georgian sophistication. Georgian — and later Regency — aesthetics revived classical themes of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. With a proud stance, gaping jaw and unyielding gaze, the stately panther closely resembles the grand ancient Roman panthers often carved from marble as trapezophoros table supports. The regal cat rests atop a plinth, also made of Blue John, with Siena and Ashford marble detailing. The intrinsic and richly hued mineral inclusions of the Blue John replicate the textures and colors of the animal’s fur. The rare stone is a variety of natural calcium fluorite found exclusively in Derbyshire, England. It was first discovered in the early 18th century, but its mining did not being until circa 1760. Blue John was a wildly popular material in the decorative arts during the Georgian and Regency...
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18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Siena Marble

Bronze Sculpture of a Conquered Bucking Horse
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a rare and very well done bronze sculpture depicting a cowboy who is standing in the soil and has finally conquered a bucking horse in a rodeo. T...
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20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

French 19th Century Bronze Stallion Sculpture on Marble Base, Signed P.J. Mêne
Located in New York, NY
This stunning stylized bronze stallion sculpture was realized in France by the renowned sculptor Pierre-Jules Mêne (1810-1879) in the mid 19th Century....
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Pair of 19th Century Italian Giltwood Bat Wall Brackets
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of rare 19th century Italian carved and gilt wood bat form wall brackets. Original gilding. As found. Rare and wonderful. Neoclassical and Gothic, in ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Giltwood

Pair of Antique Italian Earthenware Lions
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Antique Italian true pair of lions crafted in terra cotta, decorated, glazed and forever in repose.
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Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Earthenware

Large Heavy Rectangular Carved Marble Relief of the Agnus Dei 'Lamb of God'
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a large heavy rectangular shaped carved marble relief of the Agnus Dei. It depicts a lamb with curly hair seated over a Bible and bearing ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Marble

Pair of Sleeping Lion Sculptures by Canova, Faux Marble Lacquered Wood from 1790
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of sculptures depicting sleeping lions. The model is an invention of Canova. Legend says that in 1767 Canova at the age of 10 made a lion with but...
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18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Wood

Bronze Sculpture of a Child Holding an Unruly Rooster
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Large and very well detailed bronze of a child bawling while struggling to hold a rooster, standing on a square base. Very well made with great verdigris patina. Suitable for outdoor...
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20th Century Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Running Horse Weathervane on Display Stand
By L. W. Cushing & Sons
Located in Atlanta, GA
A weathervane in the form of a running horse, that was likely modeled after "Dexter" circa late 19th century on a custom display stand. The full body molded horse has a gilt surface ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Animal Sculptures

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Copper

Neoclassical animal sculptures for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Neoclassical animal sculptures 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 animal sculptures created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, folk art, building and garden elements and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, bronze and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Neoclassical animal sculptures 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 animal sculptures, popular names associated with this style include Chesterfield, Alfred Barye, Antonio Frilli, and Aristide Fontana. 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 animal sculptures differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $125 and tops out at $127,500 while the average work can sell for $3,600.

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