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Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

Mexican, b. 1937
Mexican, b. 1937

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.

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Large Pedro Friedeburg Silver Leaf Hand Foot Sculpture with COA, Signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible hand foot sculpture by Pedro Friedeburg (signed underneath) includes a certificate of authenticity by LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, more details below about this significant hi...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture Closed Hands
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example signed at the bottoma.   
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
A Wonderful and Miniature Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1936) Of Silver Leaf over Carved Wood. Signed On The Bottom.
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Late 20th Century Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Large Angelic Serpentine Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
A monumental work by Pedro Friedeberg. Sculpted serpentine form with carved hands at tail and carved hands holding two glass tables. Gilded rings and wings utilizing a 19th century r...
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1970s Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg, Exceptional Surrealist Carved Clock, Gilt Wood, Mexico 1970s
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937) An exceptional, dreamlike Astroclock sculpture by Mexican Surrealist master Pedro Friedeberg, in carved and gold-leafed mahogany enriched by striking pain...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg / Rey y Reina Desnuda / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Resin

Pedro Friedeberg / Juego Felino / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Other

Pedro Friedeberg / Alfabetrino / Surreal / Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in COYOACAN, DF
Pedro Friedeberg (January 11, 1936) is an Italian-born artist and designer from Mexico, known for his surreal work full of lines, colors, and ancient religious symbols. His best-know...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Other Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Ceramic Crocodile with 22-Karat Liquid Gold Bath
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
A beautiful ceramic crocodile with 22-karat liquid gold bath by Mexican surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. The crocodile's top has yellow gold and the legs show white gold. Signed o...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Gold

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture "Templo Irresponsable"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Chicago, IL
Monumental Pedro Friedeberg surrealist sculpture; Friedeberg's playful and flamboyant inspired mind, showing a display of geometrically sliced pigs, columns and flags, stacked totemi...
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1980s Mexican Renaissance Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Metal

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Leaf Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
The best example of a Pedro Friedeberg hand chair that we have seen. The original silver leaf has a wonderful patina with the red lacquered base coat showing through. Signed to under...
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1960s Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Silver Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Dog Table Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Open armed Friedeberg dog sculpture An early example of whimsical surrealism. Signed on base.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Gilt Vintage Hand Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Westport, CT
Pedro Friedeberg handcrafted silver leaf hand clock, vintage early 1960s, with original label from dated service inside, 1969.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Enamel, Silver

Pedro Friedeberg Crocodile Bronze Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Crocodile wearing black heels. Bronze sculpture. Numbered IX / X. Signed by Pedro Friedeberg, Limited 10-pieces edition. Certificate included. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Pedro Friedeberg Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful gold-leafed variation of this form. Signed under the foot.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Signed and dated 1971 The sculpture utilizes Pedro Friedebergs' most iconic imagery.   
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Minotaur Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of Pedro Friedeberg's Magic-Surrealist Oeuvre. An Image of the sculpture has been submitted to, and accepted by Mr. Friedeberg for their upcoming Catalog of Works.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg Gilded Candelabrum and Chandelier
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Hudson, NY
Rare early work consists of hand-carved and gilded five stem candelabrum in the form of surrealistically joined hands and feet. Can be hung via the moon stem or used on the table. Si...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Giltwood

2007 Pedro Friedberg Art Mexican Modernist Silk Screened Wood Tequila Box
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Diego, CA
Awesome wood tequila box featuring Pedro Friedberg art on every surface. Made to hold Jose Cuervo Tequila Reserva De La Familia, 2007. Very limited edition. Box can hold a bottle or ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

Pedro Friedeberg Ceramic Butterfly Chair Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Beautiful unique ceramic butterfly chair sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg. Signed. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his surrealist work filled with lines an...
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Pedro Friedeberg Giraffe Metal Sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
One of a kind prototype giraffe sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg after La Jungla by Pita Amor book illustrations. Signed. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his...
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2010s Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Metal

Pedro Friedeberg Egyptian Cat Clock
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in NYC, NY
A very unusual table clock designed by Pedro Friedeberg featuring a wooden black Egyptian cat with the clock on its torso. The clock is also made of wood, with hands as the numbers f...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg wood sculpture "Señorita Geométrica"
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Mexico City, MX
Rare Pedro Friedeberg sculpture made in wood and resin. Sealed on back. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known by his surrealist work filled with lines and colors, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Resin, Wood

Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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...
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Two Hand Foot Sculptures by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Unique Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
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 wo...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Wood

Pedro Friedeberg small Sculpture Hand Foot, Gold Leaf, signed
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a sweet gold leaf hand foot sculpture, by the well known artist Pedro Fiedeberg.Signed
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1960s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects

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Gold

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Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair. Hand painted ceramic sculpture in blue, violet, red and orange with 22-karat gold painting details. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and desi...
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  • Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair Sculpture
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H 15.56 in. W 11.03 in. D 9.45 in.
Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair Sculpture
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Located in Mexico City, MX
Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair. Hand painted ceramic sculpture in pink, violet, yellow, blue and orange with 22-karat gold painting details. Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist...
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  • Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
  • Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
  • Pedro Friedeberg Sculpture
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Pedro Friedeberg Astroclock-Ological Time
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H 22.00 in. W 16.00 in. D 6.00 in.
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Great sample of surrealist sculpture by the well-known Mexican artist, Pedro Fiedeberg. Dedicated "To Marcela from Pedro" in black paint. Gold leaf carving.
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Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Pedro Friedeberg decorative objects, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 19 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many original decorative objects by Pedro Friedeberg were created in Mexico during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Feliciano Béjar, Leonardo Nierman Decorative Objects and Los Castillo Decorative Objects.. Prices for Pedro Friedeberg Decorative Objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Prices for these items start at $325 and top out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9,450 on average.