Items Similar to Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg View More
Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 9 images

Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg

About

A very unique sculpture entitled "Mr. Architekt" by surrealist Mexican artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937). Circa 1960s, this sculpture was made from carved and painted wood, found objects such as rules and combs, and antique santo head. It reflects perfectly the mysterious and sometimes mischievous aesthetic of the artist, who combines seamlessly the surrealism and modernism with Mexican iconography. The sculpture is signed and titled.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    excellent with age appropriate wear throughout. the santo head is in antique original condition as found and used for the piece.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 22 in. x W 23 in. x D 3 in.H 55.88 cm x W 58.42 cm x D 7.62 cm
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU90452453122
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 2 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Pedro Friedeberg (Artist)

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art.


Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born avant-garde painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks.


While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900. As you will see on these pages, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2010
Located in North Miami, FL
More From This Seller
Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg

Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg

By Pedro Friedeberg
$4,200 / set
Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Gold Leaf, Wood
Two iconic wood and gold-leaf hand and foot sculptures by the celebrated Mexican-American surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. Miniature tabletop size that measures approx. 3" x 3 x 5...
Hand Foot Chair Sculpture Pedro Friedeberg
Hand Foot Chair Sculpture Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Vintage 1970s Mexican Modern Figurative Sculptures
Silver Leaf, Wood
A sculptural wood miniature table by celebrated Mexican surrealism artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg, circa 1970s. In a less common and desirable silver leaf finish and features t...
Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Vintage 1970s Mexican Modern Chairs
Wood
An iconic sculptural Butterfly Chair by Mexican surrealist artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg, circa 1970s. Material: painted wood with gilt and polychromes. Label" signed Pedro...
Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Abstract Sculptures
Wood
An iconic craved sculptural clock by the famed Mexican surrealistic artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1937) circa 1960s. The whimsical design incorporates the signatu...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries