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Bauhaus Decorative Objects

BAUHAUS STYLE

The Bauhaus was a progressive German art and design school founded by the architect Walter Gropius that operated from 1919 to 1933. Authentic Bauhaus furnituresofas, dining chairs, tables and more — and the school’s followers married industrial and natural materials in simple, geometric forms. The goal of the Bauhaus was to erase the distinction between art and craft while embracing the use of new technologies and materials.

ORIGINS OF BAUHAUS FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF BAUHAUS FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emphasis on craft
  • Simplicity, order, clarity and a prioritization of functionalism
  • Incorporation of geometric shapes
  • Minimalist and refined, little to no ornamentation
  • Use of industrial materials such as tubular chrome, steel and plastic as well as leather, cane and molded plywood in furniture and other products

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AUTHENTIC BAUHAUS FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The name Bauhaus is derived from the German verb bauen, “to build.” Under the school’s innovative curriculum, students were taught the fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, as well as practical skills like carpentry and metalworking. 

The school moved from Weimar in 1925 to the city of Dessau, where it enjoyed its heyday under Gropius, then Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The period from 1932 to 1933 when it operated in Berlin under Mies was its final chapter. Despite its brief existence, the Bauhaus has had an enduring impact on art and design in the United States and elsewhere, and is regarded by many as the 20th century’s chief crucible of modernism

The faculty roster at the Bauhaus reads like a who’s who of modernist creative genius — it included such artists as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nagy along with architects and designers like Mies and Marcel Breuer, who became known for his muscular brutalist-style concrete buildings in the postwar years. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus carpentry workshop, Breuer gave form to his signature innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, side tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s Cesca chair was the first-ever tubular steel frame chair with a caned seat to be mass produced, while the inspiration for his legendary Wassily chair, a timeless design and part of the collection crafted to furnish the Dessau school, was the bike he rode around campus.

Bauhaus design style reflects the tenets by which these creators worked: simplicity, clarity and function. They disdained superfluous ornament in favor of precise construction. Seating pieces such as side chairs, armchairs or club chairs for example, were made with tubular metal or molded plywood frames, and upholstery was made from leather or cane. Above all, designs in the Bauhaus style offer aesthetic flexibility. They can be the elements of a wholly spare, minimalist space, the quiet foundation of an environment in which color and pattern come from one’s own collection of art and artifacts.

Today, from textiles to typefaces, architecture, furniture and decorative objects for the home, Bauhaus creations continue to have an outsize influence on modern design.

Find a collection of authentic Bauhaus furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Bauhaus
Vintage Professional Tape Dispenser by Nopifan, 1930s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A patented stationary tape dispenser from the Danish Company Nopifan. Its made from enameled cast iron and weighs in around 8kg. Regardless of how strong the pull or how strong a tap...
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1930s Danish Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Iron

Abstract Expressionist Sculpture, Attrb Johanness Itten (Zürich, 1888 – 1967)
By Johannes Itten
Located in Surbiton, GB
Painted wood and composite sculpture attributed to Johanness Itten, Swiss expressionist artist and theorist of the early Bauhaus under the direction of Walter Gropius. Signed Johan...
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1920s Swiss Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Composition

Decorative Blue Marianne Brandt Avantgarde Bauhaus Letter Scale, 1930s, Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
An iconic light-blue sheet metal postal letter scale from the1930s in blue, designed by Marianne Brandt, executed by Ruppel Werke, Ruppelwerk in Gotha, Germany. In original and worki...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Sheet Metal, Metal, Iron

Original Vintage 60‘S Umbrella Stand by Carl Aubock Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Carl Auböck vintage umbrella stand from brass and cast black lacquered iron Model # 4293 by Carl Auböck for Workshop Carl Auböck with beautiful patina. Stamped Auböck. Authentic piec...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Iron

Aubock Style Rattan and Brass Bauhaus Waste Bin, Umbrella Stand, France, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: waste bin paper bin umbrella stand Origin: France Age: 1960s This original vintage Bauhaus style waste bin paper bin umbrella stand was produced in the 1960s in Fra...
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Mid-20th Century French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Brass

PH Grand Piano PH170 Curated, Mineral Leather, White Oak and Burned Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5-year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship, and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. This spectacular PH Grand Piano Curated Ed...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Modernist Bauhaus Wood Letter Trays
Located in San Diego, CA
A pair of wood letter trays. A simple and functional design in the spirit of Bauhaus. Nice construction with finger joinery.
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1950s Unknown Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Ph Grand Piano PH159 Legacy, Black Woven Leather, Oxidized Brass, Walnut Wood
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5-year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship, and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1930, this ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Chrome

PH Grand Piano PH159 Legacy, Black Woven Leather, Chrome
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5-Year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship, and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. This very special PH Grand Piano Legacy Ed...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Chrome

Contemporary Monument Table Lamp Circle V2 in Stone, Steel & Glass
Located in London, GB
Monument Lamp - Circle Version 2 has a blackened steel base with a cast stone cylinder and a matte opal glass globe. The Monument Lamp V2 is handmade in Jobst’ studio in east Londo...
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2010s English Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Cast Stone, Steel

PH Upright Piano, Cognac Leather with Brass Metal Parts, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship, and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. An incredible design piece for all spaces....
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Eight Day Mantel Chiming Clock by Pfeilkreuz Junghans, c1930
Located in Devon, England
Spectacular Oak & calamander original Art Deco mantel clock manufactured by Pfeilkreuz Junghans clock company In Germany in the 1930's . The case has a arched design case with raised...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Midcentury Large Ceramic Floor Vase Bo Fajans Ewald Dahlskog, Sweden, 1940s
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Wonderful large off-white ceramic vase manufactured in Sweden at Bo Fajans and designed by Ewald Dahlskog in the 1940s. The shape and lines of the vase goes perfect with the wonder...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Siemens Halske Bauhaus Factory or Workshop Wall Clock
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel frame with gold ring inside and steel clock face with red and black digits, manufactured by Siemens Halske in the 1930s. According to the previous owner the clock was hanging...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

AEG Factory, Station Wall Clock by Peter Behrens
Located in Vienna, AT
Steel painted with glass front made in Germany in the 1930s by AEG. Now fitted with a 220Volts movement but can be changed to a modern quartz movement with a battery. Delivery tim...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

Bauhaus Industrial Crate, 1930s, 22 Items Available
Located in Praha, CZ
Storage and transport boxes made in the 1930s and used for almost a century in a textile factory. The lightweight and practical construction consists of steel wire and hard, strong p...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

PH Grand Piano PH157 Legacy, Walnut Cognac Leather Brass, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5-year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship, and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. In 1930, Poul Henningsen completely reimag...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Aubock Style Mid-Century Rattan Bauhaus Magazine Holder, France, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: magazine holder stand element Origin: France Age: 1970s This original vintage Bauhaus style magazine holder stand was produced in the 1950s in France. It is made of...
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1950s French Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Rattan

Contemporary Blue Yellow Fruit Vase Blown Glass Handcrafted Natalia Criado
Located in Milan, IT
Designed by Natalia Criado as a continuation of her Wonder Crystals project, this series of blown-glass wares was created by a Tuscan family enterprise established in the 1800s. Comp...
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2010s Italian Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Blown Glass

PH Grand Piano PH150 Excellence, cognac leather with chrome, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. Please contact us for individual shipping quot...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Chrome, Aluminum

PH Grand Piano PH150 Excellence, Black Leather and Chrome, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. The Poul Henningsen designed PH Grand Piano...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Chrome

The Fold Collection in Mustard, Red & Navy
Located in Austin, TX
The Fold Collection explores how a simple manipulation—a single fold—can bring dimension and contrast to geometric forms. Our founder, Corie Humble, worked to create forms that not o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence, Red Leather and Chrome Lid, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. This PH Grand Piano is crafted in 2018 and ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Chrome

The Fold Collection in Violet Grey, Cobalt & Sage Green
Located in Austin, TX
The Fold Collection explores how a simple manipulation—a single fold—can bring dimension and contrast to geometric forms. Our founder, Corie Humble, worked to create forms that not o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Steel

PH Upright Piano, Cognac Color Leather with Chrome, Modern, Sculptural
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. For those who want a traditional acoustic u...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Chrome

Bauhaus German Art Deco Blue Texture Glazed Squat Round Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish Art Deco Bauhaus attributed modernist vase decorated in blue textured glazes dating from the 1930/40’s. The vase of squat wide rounded shape stands on a flat metallic ...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Pottery

Hollywood Regency Gilded Metal Umbrella Stand by Li Puma, Firenze, Italy, 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: umbrella stand Origin: Italy Age: 1950s Design and Producer: Li Puma, Florence in Italy This original vintage Hollywood Regency umbrella stand was produced in th...
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1950s Italian Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Bauhaus Inspired German Stoneware Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An exceptional quality German Bauhaus inspired art pottery glazed stoneware vase probably dating between 1930 and 1950. The vase is beautifully made of large bulbous shape standing o...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Stoneware

Bauhaus Arts and Crafts Textured Aluminum Box, 1920s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely early 20th-Century decorative lidded aluminum box with wood detailing. Large rectangular shape with modernist industrial Bauhaus or Arts & Crafts design with a geometric textu...
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Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Metal, Aluminum

Aubock Style Mid-Century Rattan and Brass Bauhaus Waste Paper Bin, France, 1960s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: waste bin paper bin Origin: France Age: 1960s This original vintage Bauhaus style waste bin paper bin was produced in the 1960s in France. It is made of natural rat...
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1950s French Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Brass

Bauhaus Style Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of brass candlesticks in the style of the Bauhaus. Stamped "Made in Germany." This pair of industrial candlesticks follow the Bauhaus school of design's philosophy of "form fo...
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20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

Vase Ceramic of Art by Beppe Del Melo, Art
Located in Foggia, FG
Vase ceramic of Art by Beppe del Melo -Art. Year: 1970 Top design. Materials: signed ceramic. Condition: Excellent. Measurements: cm 30 H x cm 15.  
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1970s European Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Blue Dog of Roberto Rigon 1950s Made in Italy, Art
Located in Foggia, FG
Blue Dog of Roberto Rigon Made in Italy - Art - Year: 1950s Materials: Signed and glazed ceramic, green Conditions: Perfect Measurements: Cm 30 x cm 20
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1950s European Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Carstens Uffrecht, Art Deco Bauhaus Pair of Architectural Vases att. Hildegard D
Located in Frome, GB
This stunning duo of 1930s Bauhaus Art Deco design is by Carstens Uffrecht Pottery and attributed to the lead designer Hildegard Delius (b. 1896 - d. 1955). The forms of the vases ...
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Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Carstens Uffrecht, Art Deco Stylised Flow Glaze Dish att. Hildegard Delius
Located in Frome, GB
This striking work of 1930s Bauhaus Art Deco design is by Carstens Uffrecht Pottery and attributed to the then lead designer Hildegard Delius (b. 1896 - d. 1955). The geometric Bauha...
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Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Tubular Steel Flower Stand Bauhaus, 1930´s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
An example of the Czechoslovak functionalist period – a chrome-plated flower stand made of bent tubes and pastic. It was made in the 1930´s. The stand is in very good Vintage conditi...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Chrome

Round Blue Lapis Lazuli and Marble Stone Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli and Carrara marble stone jewelry box. Created from genuine blue Lapis Lazuli, this box is low in profile and round in form. This lovely jewelry or trinket...
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20th Century Indian Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Carrara Marble

'Bauhaus' Nickel Plated Brass Bowl Manner Christopher Dell
Located in Sharon, CT
A nickel plated brass cone and a cylinder and a disk. A strict geometric Bauhaus inspired version of a bowl. Unsigned, but in the strict style of the Bauhaus Masters.
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

SH-00 High Sculptural Lamp of Brass, Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Alabaster, Marble, Brass

SL-00 Stub Sculptural Lamp of Brass, Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Alabaster, Marble, Brass

ML-180 Marble Sculptural Lamp of Brass, Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Alabaster, Marble, Brass

K-Apex Marble Sculptural Lamp of Brass and Marble, Kinked Roof
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

S-Apex Marble Sculptural Lamp of Brass and Marble, Straight Roof
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

ML-90 Marble Sculptural Lamp of Brass, Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Alabaster, Marble, Brass

SM-00 Set Sculptural Lamp of Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Alabaster, Marble

CL-00 Cane Sculptural Lamp of Brass, Marble and Alabaster
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Alabaster, Marble, Brass

Locus-5 Tree Sculpture of Brass, Marble and Leather
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

Loleka-5 Tree Sculpture of Brass, Marble and Leather
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Brass

Colorful Semi Precious Stone Rectangular Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful colorful decorative box with a lid created from Carrara marble and inlaid with a variety of semi-precious stones. The sides are inlaid with a variety of stones in abstrac...
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20th Century Indian Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Stone

SEK-8 Tree Sculpture of Streaked Silvered Brass and Marble
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
SEK-8 draws inspiration from the artist's surroundings: cattle grazing prairies with wire fences and large walnut and cherry trees. When repairs or changes take place, wires are cut,...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

Locus-21 Tree Sculpture of Brass, Marble and Leather
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Brass

Loleka-14 Tree Sculpture of Brass, Marble and Leather
Located in Les Hauts d'Anjou, FR
Edouard Sankowski's collections are elaborated with a strong emphasis on the notion of making use of materials that would usually and otherwise be considered waste and discarded. I...
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2010s French Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Marble, Brass

Cubist Bauhaus Style Architectural Cardboard Table Sculpture by Virgil Greca
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Number 3 in a series of similar sculptures this unique creation by Virgil Greca features elements of the early modernist movement as it was demonstrated by the Bauhaus artists. It is...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Bauhaus Decorative Objects

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Paper

Vintage Black Indiana Glass Black Tiara Diamond Point Bowl Dish Ashtray
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-Century Modern Indiana Glass Black Tiara Diamond Point Bowl, Glass Ashtray from the 1960s. Vintage black depression glass ashtray Bauhaus Art Deco style. In excellent condition...
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Art Deco Eight Day Mantel Chiming Clock by Pfeilkreuz Junghans, c1930
Located in Devon, England
Absolutely spectacular oak & calamander Art Deco mantel clock manufactured by Pfeilkreuz Junghans clock company In Germany in the 1930's . The case has a angular design with raised c...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Cubist Bauhaus Style Architectural Cardboard Table Sculpture by Virgil Greca
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Number 3 in a series of similar sculptures this unique creation by Virgil Greca (American, 20th century) features elements of the early modernist movement as it was demonstrated by t...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Paper

Bauhaus Table or Desk Clock by Marianne Brandt for Ruppelwerk Gotha Germany 1932
Located in Munich, DE
A pure German Bauhaus Design object: table or desk clock by Marianne Brandt. Manufactured by Ruppelwerk, Gotha, Germany, ca. 1932. With original mechanical 8 days clock work. With ke...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Colorful Semi Precious Stone Rectangular Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful colorful decorative box with a lid created from Carrara marble and inlaid with a variety of semi-precious stones. The sides are inlaid with a variety of stones in abstrac...
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20th Century Indian Bauhaus Decorative Objects

Materials

Carrara Marble

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