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Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Prototype Salvador Dali 'Salivasofa' from 1974 with Certificate of Authenticity
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Amazing and super rare Salvador Dali lips 'Salivasofa' prototype dating from 1974. Five or six such prototypes were slowly developed in stages during the period 1972-4 by Dali in col...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Foam

Luciano Gaspari Hand Blown "Elementi Luganari" Sculptures 1958 'Signed'
Located in New York, NY
Pair of hand blown "Elementi Lagunari" sculptures in gray glass with a white and black threads inside by Luciano Gaspari for Salviati, Murano Italy 1958 (hand signed on bottoms with ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Vintage Brass "Windswept" Sculpture by Curtis Jere
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage brass “Windswept” sculpture designed by Curtis Jere and manufactured in the United States. At the top, we have an elegant representation of abstract art where its ci...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble, Brass

Pierced Black Vessel/Sculpture-Yvette
Located in Oakland, CA
Yvette is part of the Femme Series, a sculptural exploration celebrating the female form. This hand pierced sculpture are made from wheel thrown white stoneware and fired with a blac...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Modernist Marble Sculpture by Hilde Van Sumere
Located in Oslo, NO
Organically shaped circular composition in marble. Made by Hilde Van Sumere, Belgium, circa 1970s first half. The sculpture is in excellent vintage condition. The sculpture is unsigned.
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1970s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Orb-Black
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this piece is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a black satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then eac...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Clay

Clement Meadmore 'Rainbow Box' Objet d'Art, 1970's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Limited production modernist toy sculpture geometric and primary colors moved around create secondary colors display on a credenza or add to a collection.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Plastic

Abstract Marble Sculpture Signed M.M.
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Marble sculpture signed M.M. Sculpture is white with grayish veins. Sculpture measures: 10.5" wide, 6.5" deep and 15" high.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Steel Geometric Garden Sculpture with Found Objects After David Smith
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A garden sculpture by noted multidisciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan. A tall piece, originally painted, now worn bare to a charming rust patina. With an openwork box at the top fil...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Sculptural Ceramic Vessel, Organic Brutalist
Located in San Diego, CA
Great mid-century Organic Studio Pottery Weed pot vessel. This piece has a great design with an opening in the center, weed Pot is unmarked, unsigned but believed to be early 1970s p...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Man Ray Surrealism "Le Tour" Sculpture Limited Edition Nº 91, circa 1981
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Le Tour sculpture created by Man Ray in 1981. Signed by the artist, numbered and titled underneath the base. From the edition of 99. Measure: 12.7 x 39 cm. (Man Ray 1890–19...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass, Wood

1960s Belgian Ceramic Abstract Sculpture with Bronze Textured Style Finish
Located in London, GB
A 1960s Belgian ceramic abstract sculpture with bronze textured style finish mounted on natural wooden base, signed on the base "J H '64".    
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Wood

Modernist Abstract Stacked Wood and Painted Sculpture "Bug" by Robert Brock
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist abstract stacked wood and painted sculpture "Bug" by Robert Brock. Wonder color,,texture and proportion...Intricately designed, , signed BROCK 67 Brock was born in Tacom...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood, Wood

Timothy Ogdon 'American, 1935-1994' Mid Century Boxed Assemblage After Joseph Co
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare and extraordinary boxed assemblage which is reminiscent of the work of the great American visual artist and film maker Joseph Cornell. Signed lower right on front, signed, dat...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

1960s Belgian Ceramic Abstract Sculpture with Bronze Textured Style Finish
Located in London, GB
A 1960s Belgian ceramic abstract sculpture with bronze textured style finish mounted on natural wooden base, signed on the base "J H '64"   
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Wood

1960s Belgian Ceramic Abstract Sculpture with Bronze Textured Style Finish
Located in London, GB
A 1960s Belgian ceramic abstract sculpture with bronze textured style finish mounted on natural wooden base, signed on the base "J H '64".  
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Wood

Pair of Goldleafed Cast Metal Bookends by Curtis Jere Signed, 1969
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A pair of very tarnished gold leaf cast metal bookends depicting the Mars and Venus gender symbols by Curtis Jere signed and dated 1969. Curtis Jeré is the collaboration of two me...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Goldleafed Cast Metal Bookends by Curtis Jere, 1970
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A matched pair of gold leaf cast metal bookends depicting the Mars and Venus gender symbols by Curtis Jere signed and dated 1970. Curtis Jeré is the collaboration of two metal scu...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Set of 10 Teardrop Mercury Glass Wall Sculptures
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage mercury glass wall sculpture collection. Polished and in a variety of sizes, the grouping of wall sculptures is composed of 10 orbital teardrop forms of varying sizes, resemb...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Mercury Glass

Large Welded Steel Abstract Garden Sculpture
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Created by well known multidisciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan. Originally painted (traces are visible), now worn bare to an Industrial type rust patina. A tall wide sculpture made...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Bronze Sculpture by Jose Luis Sanchez
Located in Paris, FR
Bronze sculpture by Jose Luis Sanchez (Spanish sculptor, 1926-2018).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

1960s George Nelson Ruler from the SAFETY NUMBERS Graphic Design + Clock Series
Located in Washington, DC
USA, c.1960s. George Nelson & Associates Lucite Ruler from the SAFETY NUMBERS Graphic Design + Clock Series for Howard Miller. This rare example does have a small impact crack inside...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Lucite

Illuminated Sculpture Murano Glass Brass Mobile Chandelier, Cobalt
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Many friends and customer felt in love with this chandelier at first sight. They just understand it with no need to explain the technical information behind it. This chandelier will ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Alpha Cube Sculpture by Sheldon Rose
Located in Houston, TX
Great Mid-Century Modern Sheldon Rose alpha cube sculpture, circa 1968. This Brutalist cube sculpture is made of polychrome metal and makes for interesting table art. This interestin...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Glazed Ceramic Studio Gambone Style Sculpture Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely Mid-Century Modern Italian Gambone style glazed tall crowned woman studio ceramic sculpture has great details on it. The color palette is muted with gray or brown backgro...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Black and White Abstract Sphere Sculpture Attributed to Yuri Zatarain
Located in Houston, TX
Interesting Mid-Century Modern hand decorated black and white abstract sphere sculpture attributed to Yuri Zatarain. This stunning vintage ceramic sphere sculpture is large in size a...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Marble Sculpture
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern or Modernist abstract marble sculpture on steel base. This great geometric marble sculpture is artist signed which is currently under research. Wood loo...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble, Steel

Feliciano Bejar Brass Magiscope Sculpture
Located in Hingham, MA
Feliciano Bejar (Mexico, 1920-2007) small brass Magiscope sculpture. Flared weighted conical base holds a circular brass frame and glass disc with optical ground concave dimples. ...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Tile Enammeled Terracout 1960, B.Domenici
Located in Tuscany, IT
The big tile of enameled terrecout, The sun, 1960, Italy.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Bookshelf-Credenza Trama 03
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
A limited edition made from wood and brass, inspired by the temporary structures used in construction. Designed asymmetrically, the latticework intersects with and is crisscrossed ...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Brass

Carved Gray Stone Abstract Garden Sculpture after Isamu Noguchi
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A strongly carved and elemental stone sculpture suitable for the Garden by noted multidisciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan and influenced by the work of the noted American artist Is...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Stone

Large Steel Abstract Geometric Garden Sculpture
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large mid century style steel abstract by multidisciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan. Signed along the lower curve at the base. A tall steel piece, originally painted, now worn bar...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Abstract Aluminium Sculpture
Located in London, GB
A large brushed aluminium free form sculpture, France, Circa 1980.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Aluminum

Richard Manz Sculptural Ceramic Vase with Earthen Colors Scandinavia Mid-Century
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Sculptural ceramic vase made by the German-Swedish-Danish ceramist Richard Manz (1933-1999). The husband of the Danish ceramist Bodil Manz. The rustic almost cylindrical vase is dec...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Pierced Ceramic Tabletop Sculpture-White
Located in Oakland, CA
Cosette is part of the Femme Series, a sculptural exploration celebrating the female form. This hand pierced sculpture are made from wheel thrown white stoneware and fired with a whi...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Abstract Marble Sculpture, "Sun Temple" After Barbara Hepworth
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and very well done abstract stone sculpture by Norma Flanagan and very much in the manner and style of the renowned British Sculptor Barbara Hepworth. A smooth carved piece w...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Carved White Marble Abstract Sculpture in the Style of Isamu Noguchi
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A finely finished Abstract Stone Sculpture by multi-disciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan, much in the manner of the renowned American Artist, Isamu Noguchi. An open square carved sm...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up&Up Travertine Vase Italy, c1970
Located in Chicago, IL
Pier Alessandro Giusti and Egidio Di Rosa for Up&UP Italy sculptural travertine vase circa 1980. This vase is highly scored or incised from bottom to top in a circular motif making i...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Travertine

Large Scale Steel Geometric Garden Sculpture
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and very well crafted welded steel sculpture with a whimsical and very Pop Style aspect. Made by multi-disciplinary artist Norma B. Flanagan. The sculpture in steel originall...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Carved Pink And Gray Marble Abstract Sculpture after Barbara Hepworth
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and strongly carved abstract stone sculpture by multi-disciplinary Connecticut artist Norma B. Flanagan, in the style of the great British Sculptor Barbara Hepworth. A tall p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Marble

Hand Signed M.Caval Framed Sculpture, 1998
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sculpture by M.Caval, handsigned and dated, 1998. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: Wood Metal ...
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1990s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Headboard with Cast Bronze Sculpture by Frigerio, Italy, 1968
Located in London, GB
Headboard with cast bronze sculpture, model "Reggie" by Frigerio, Italy, 1968. The headboard comprises a large sand-cast sculpture of repeating patterns. The sculpture is fixed to...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Charles Senseman Cranbrook Constructivism Wood Sculpture
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, constructivism, wood table sculpture by Charles Senseman. Seneseman studied at the world-renowned Cranbrook Institute.  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

James Nani Rollerskates Found Object Sculpture Mid-Century Modern, 1967
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an eclectic found object sculpture with vintage roller skates on a pedestal signed Nani 1967 (12x15). James Nani (1926-2016) was a Detroit artist for over 5...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Murano Vase
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Italian Murano glass vase with dark red exterior and yellow interior, hand blown with black stripes throughout, infused with gold flecks and decorated with shell like figures...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Norma B. Flanagan '20th C. CT' Steel Geometric Sculpture in the Manner of David
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large steel geometric sculpture suitable for both interior and exterior use and influenced by the steel sculptures of the renowned American Sculptor David Smith. Signed along the b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Flavio Poli Murano Glass Sculpture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This piece of Murano art glass was created by Flavio Poli between 1964-1966, and is a rare masterpiece, with its form, coloration and sommerso technique. Note: This piece weighs 4...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Set of 2 Fat Lava Pottery Vases Heinz Siery Carstens Tönnieshof, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Ceramic pottery vases set of 2 Origin: Germany Designer: Heinz Siery Producer: Carstens Tönnieshof, Germany Decade: 1970s This origin...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Bronze Sculpture
Located in Houston, TX
Mid-Century Modern abstract bronze sculpture. This unusual 20th century modernist bronze table sculpture has an interesting polychrome finish to it.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Elongated Teardrop-Black
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this piece is wheel thrown and hand pierced stoneware with a black satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then eac...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Clay, Stoneware

Midcentury Abstract Bronze Sculpture Signed Yone Di Alerigi
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Mid-Century Modern abstract bronze sculpture on a granite base by Yone Di Alerigi. This bronze sculpture has a plaque with the title, ballerina and is artist-signed Yone Di ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Granite, Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Granite Sculpture
Located in Houston, TX
Well executed Mid-Century Modern granite abstract sculpture after Rene Brancusi. This fabulous stone sculpture has been carved on all sides and can be viewed and appreciated at every...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Granite

Mid-Century Bronze Welded Brutalist Mummy Cat Sculpture, Style of Jane Ackroyd
Located in St. Louis, MO
Unique cast and welded bronze brutalist sculpture of a cat in the style of a mummy. Having cast bronze gause wrapping around body with welded detail to front paw, in the style of Bri...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze and Black Stained Wood Abstract Italian Sculpture Signed Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This fabulous abstract signed Italian sculpture is Mid-Century Modern. It says on the label made in Italy and the signature is Esafedritolle. The bronze has 2 surfaces both professio...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Italian Terracotta Anthropomorphic Sculpture Manner of Marcello Fantoni, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Italian Terracotta Statue Anthropomorphic Sculpture manner of Marcello Fantoni Italian midcentury Modern Sculpture made in Italy 1960s. Stamped underneath; IT...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Terracotta

Nautilus Floor Lamp in nickel plated brass by Christopher Kreiling Studio
Located in Pasadena, CA
The Nautilus Floor Lamp is the second addition to the Nautilus Study Series. The sculptural lamp stands 44" high made of hand-forged brass then nickel plated and mirror polished. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

NAUTILUS STUDY TABLE LAMP in cast bronze w/ touch dimmer by Christopher Kreiling
Located in Pasadena, CA
The NAUTILUS lamp is inspired by midcentury Italian design. It is cast bronze and weighs up to 28 pounds. The outer shell has a blackened patina and the face is high polished to a mi...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

The 24K Gold Plated Cart by Christopher Kreiling
Located in Pasadena, CA
The 'Gold Cart' is a fully articulated working shopping cart. It is made of steel and bronze then 24K gold plated. This is an addition of 100+ artist proof. 'Gold Cart' is really fu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Gold Plate, Bronze