Rare Wood Block Cut by Pedro Friedeberg in Original Frame, 1970 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 9 images

Rare Wood Block Cut by Pedro Friedeberg in Original Frame, 1970


A very rare and unique piece by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg , signed and dated 1970 given as a present to the owner of Famous Mexican Galeria Misrachi in the 1970s, 5.5" x 5.5" without the frame. The frame its original painted by the artist.


  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H .5 in. x W 8.5 in. x D 8.5 in.

    H 1.27 cm x W 21.59 cm x D 21.59 cm

  • Seller location
    San Diego, CA
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • 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

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2012
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in San Diego, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Rare Print by Hundertwasser Haus in Aluminum Fo...
Austrian Prints
A beautiful and rare print in its original biomorphic silver frame, circa late 1980s, in great condition.  
Rare Print by Hundertwasser in Aluminum Foil Fr...
Austrian Prints
A beautiful and rare print in its original biomorphic red frame circa late 1980s, in great condition.
"Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses..." Songs of S...
Salvador Dalí
Spanish Prints
Original hand signed "artist edition" etching with gold dust on arches paper by Salvador Dali, circa 1971. This piece is from the "Songs of Solomon" series and is entitled "Let Him K...
"Tabasco" Pop Art Framed Lithograph
American Prints
A framed "Mc Ilhenny Co. Tabasco" Pop Art lithograph, circa 1980s. This offset print is after a pop art graphic of a bottle of Tabasco sauce, with the caption “Hot Stuff, Union St. G...
You May Also Like
Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Lithograph Signed in P...
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Prints
For your consideration a vintage lithograph by Pedro Friedeberg. Original wood frame in gold leaf. Signed in pencil. Original vintage unrestored condition. Dimensions: 30 1/4" x ...
Pedro Friedeberg Lithographs
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Prints
Pair of Pedro Freideberg Lithograhs<br /> from the series "LA JUNGLA OY"
Signed Pedro Friedeberg Double Sided "Day & Nig...
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Decorative Art
The wonderful work of Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg is exemplified in this dual sided work of art that is a numbered and signed silkscreen that has direct influences of Fornasetti ...
Framed Surrealistic Drawing by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Drawings
Artist: Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, 1936-) Title:Le Tombeau D'Hemingway Year: 1963 Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper: Size: 14 3/4 x 19 1/2 plus 3 inch frame Mark: upper lef...
Framed Surrealistic Painting by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Paintings
Artists: Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1936) Title: &quot;Nietzche's Last Picnic&quot; Year: 1969 Medium: oil, pen and ink on board Size: 15 x 20&quot; Marked: signed and dated...

Pair of Original Wood Block Prints by Kiyoshi Saito

By Kiyoshi Saitō
$1,575 Sale Price / set
25% Off
Pair of Original Wood Block Prints by Kiyoshi S...
Kiyoshi Saitō
Japanese Prints
This charming pair of wood block prints by Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1992) presents very well and is beautifully framed. Signed in pencil on the front. Marked Sindin-Harris Galleries in Ha...

Pair of Framed Ink Drawings by Pedro Friedeberg

By Pedro Friedeberg
$10,200 / set
Pair of Framed Ink Drawings by Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Drawings
A pair of interesting color ink drawing on irregularly pattern paper by Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg dated 1989. Both framed in thin bronze with double glass front and ...

Obelisco Hegeliano, Pedro Friedeberg

By Pedro Friedeberg
Obelisco Hegeliano, Pedro Friedeberg
Pedro Friedeberg
Mexican Contemporary Art
Pedro Friedeberg, born in Italy in 1936 to German-Jewish parents, emigrated to Mexico before the onset of the of WW2 and has lived here ever since. A student of architecture, he woul...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries