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Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Vintage Matt Glazed Ceramic Horse by Bruno Gambone
Located in London, GB
Large matt glazed ceramic horse by the celebrated ceramicist Bruno Gambone. This particular subject matter is an unusual one for this artist. Italy circa 1970s. Bruno Gambone is an ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Circus Family , Unique Master Design by Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
Unique This is a wonderful handmade, hand-painted and hand glazed Mid-Century Modern ceramic effigy of 'Circus Riders On Horses' created and crafted by master designer Eva Fritz-L...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Mid Century / Cubist Large Cat Sculpture
By Studio Art Deco
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A large cat sculpture sitting on a round satin brass base, the figure is done in a cubist angler style in a mat charcoal tone cast material with brush stroked details to the body. A ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Composition

Big Rabbit Hand Painted Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
Tall old handmade and hand painted rabbit sculpture handcrafted and hand painted in beautiful colors by the master artist Eva Fritz-Lindner. A few of a kind master work. Designer/...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Fantastic Huge Pink Bird Paradise Sculpture Master Designer Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
A one-of-a-kind monumental Monumental Flamboyant Bird of Paradise -Knuppelhuhn- big sculpture created, handmade, and hand-painted by master designer Eva Fritz-Lindner (1933-2017) in ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Italian Ceramic Horse Figurine by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Italian ceramic horse figurine by Aldo Londi for Bitossi 1960s Sculptural figurine of a saddled horse in Rimini Blu glaze made in Italy. Many beautiful details. Measures: Height 26...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Italian Large Ceramic Horse Figurine by Aldo Londi for Bitossi 1960s
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Italian large ceramic horse figurine by Aldo Londi for Bitossi 1960s Sculptural figurine of a saddled horse in Rimini Blu glaze made in Italy. This is the largest of the horses in t...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Brass Fish Sculpture, by Laszlo Pal Horvath, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
With the artists stamp, this very large scale brass fish is a rare work by Laszlo Pal Horvath, 1970s.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Large Brass Fish Sculpture, by Laszlo Pal Horvath, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Large brass fish sculpture, by Laszlo Pal Horvath, 1970s. Handmade, stamped, on marvel base.
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1970s Hungarian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Solid Teak Carved Hippopotamus Sculpture c.1960
Located in London, GB
A particularly nice example of a solid teak carved Hippopotamus sculpture C.1960. In excellent vintage condition commensurate of age.
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Mid-20th Century African Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Teak

Art Glass Octopus Sculpture by Hans Godo Frabel
By Hans Godo Frabel
Located in San Diego, CA
Art glass octopus sculpture by Hans Godo Frabel, circa 1970s. The sculpture is made of clear blown glass and measures 6"D x 3"H. The piece is in very good vintage condition with no c...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass

Hedgehog by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller, 1950s
Located in San Diego, CA
Cool solid patinated brass hedgehog sculpture can be used as an ashtray or ring catcher for jewelry, its in original condition.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Antique Wood Giraffe Sculpture, circa 1930
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique wood giraffe sculpture. By unknown artist, circa 1930. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: Wood...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Wood

1 of 3 Maison Lancel Nickel Eagle Sconce Ruffled Opaline Glass Shade France 1950
Located in Miami, FL
1 of 3 Maison Lancel Nickel & Chrome sconces, wall lights with original white ruffled Opaline glass shade. These animal sculpture lighting was made in the style of E. Guillemard 195...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Chrome, Nickel

French Ceramic Boxer Dog Sculpture, 1950s
Located in Austin, TX
A friendly midcentury boxer made of Barbotine ceramic.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Cast Brass Cat Sculpture by Dewitt
By Andrew Dewitt
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very nice mid century cat sculpture cast in brass sitting on an oval satin black wood base, to the lower edge of the piece is the cast signature of the artist Dewitt.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Vintage Large Italian Ceramic Crouching Tiger Statue Miid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely large vintage Italian crouching tiger statue. Hand-painted thick red clay ceramic with made in Italy stamped on the underside. This piece measures a whopping 15"T x 39"L x 12"W.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Medium Santa Maria Gypsum Sculpture, Italy, 1952
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Italian sculpture, original good vintage condition. All damages on pictures. The Maria was produced in 1952 in Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Perros Figurine Decor, Ceramic Pets Dogs Hand-Painted Modern Sculptures Decor
Located in Porto, PT
Perros Figurine Decor, Ceramic Pets Dogs Hand-Painted Modern Sculptures Decor Perros figurine decor is a luxury set of two decorative figurines inspired by vintage ceramic dogs. An a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

French Bulldog Figurine Decor, Hand-Painted Ceramic Dogs Figurative Sculptures
Located in Porto, PT
French bulldog is an artistic and exclusive decor piece. These luxury figurine objects are made and painted by hand to provide each piece a distinct and unique character, designed w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Majolica Fish Sealife Platter Vallauris, circa 1950
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica sealife platter Vallauris, circa 1950. High relief of fish, seaweeds and shells. Nautical style. Measure: 9.3" diameter.     
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Faience, Majolica

Vintage Large Brown and Amber Murano Glass Shark on a Wave Shaped Base, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Murano, Italy, 1960s. It is ascribable to Seguso and it is made in murano glass. This piece is vintage, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered as i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Small Walter Bosse Bear Figurine Around 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Small Walter Bosse bear figurine around 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Modernist Curtis Jere Brass Eagle Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Modernist brass eagle or bird in flight sculpture, by C. Jere, American, circa 1970s. Signed and dated at base, see detail photo. It measures an impressive 29" height.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Metal, Brass

‎Life-Size Italian Cheetah Majolica Statue Figurine Vintage, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Italian cheetah Majolica statue figurine. Nice addition to your room or entry hall. Made of majolica ceramic, hand painted.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

‎Life-Size Italian Whippet Greyhound Majolica Dog Statue Figurine Vintage, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s Italian Greyhound Majolica dog statue figurine. Nice addition to your room or entry hall. Made of Majolica ceramic, hand painted.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Midcentury Lucite Toucan Sculpture by Abraham Palatnik
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-century lucite toucan sculpture by Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik, circa 1960s. Palatnik was a Pioneer in the Kinetic and Op Art movement. This piece is in very good vintage ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Lucite

Vintage Ceramic Statue by Jihokera Bechyně, Czechoslovakia, 1970's
Located in Praha, CZ
Large glazed statue of a hunter with a dog. Made in former Czechoslovakia by Jihokera Bechyne in the 1970's.
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Rattan Elephant, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern rattan elephant, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Rattan

Vintage Omersa Leather Turtle Use as Paperweight or Decorative, Retains Label
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage Dimitri Omersa embossed brown leather Turtle with label. Can be used as a paperweight or as decoration. Fun size. In fine condition, retains label.
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Leather

Patinate Etruscan Horse and Chariot Sculpture in the Style of Frederick Weinberg
Located in San Diego, CA
Simple and elegant Etruscan patinated metal horse and chariot sculpture in the style of Frederick Weinberg, circa the 1970s. Minimalist and modern, this piece has nice etched detaili...
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20th Century Greek Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Extra Large Rare Cream Color Ceramic Horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, 1960s
Located in San Diego, CA
Monumental rare cream ceramic horse sculpture by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Modern Plaque Abstract Horse Sculpture Hanging Wall Art Wood & Metal, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Modernist abstract horse sculpture hanging wall art in wood and metal 1960s Danish modern Appears to be stamped on reverse but unclear. Measures: 21 L x 8 W x .5 inches D Origina...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Green and Red Murano Glass Shark, circa 1970
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An heavy Murano glass shark made in Italy in the 1970s in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Terracotta Fish Sculpture by Raymond De Meester, Belgium, 1940s
Located in Brussels, BE
Terracotta fish sculpture by Raymond de Meester - Belgium, 1940s.
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1940s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Solid Patinated English Bronze Crab Cancer Lidded Ashtray 420
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large and heavy solid Bronze Ashtray in the shape of a Crab. This piece is a compliment as a decorative piece and also has a hinged top to be used as an ashtray for your perfect sm...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse Cat Dinner Bell in Brass by Hertha Baller, 1950
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Walter Bosse cat dinner bell in brass by Hertha Baller, Austria, 1950s.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Fish by Antonio Da Ros, Cenedese, Murano, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern murano glass fish by Antonio Da Ros for Cenedese, Murano, Italy, 1960s Measures: Base : 20 x 15,5 x 6cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Vintage Life-Size Brass "Entwined Cranes" Sculpture by Boris Lovet-Lorski
Located in Burbank, CA
Beautiful vintage life-size cranes sculpture designed by Boris Lovet-Lorski in Lithuania, circa 1950s. These elegant cranes intertwine at their necks and their legs curve into a pede...
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1950s Lithuanian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Brass

Kosta Boda Art Glass Whale by Vicke Lindstrand 1950-73
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Kosta Boda of Sweden created a series of abstract clear art glass animals. This particular piece is a whale and was created and designed by Vicke Lindstrand who worked for Kosta Boda...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Crystal

Beautiful Blue Love Dove Handmade Hand Painted Master Artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner
Located in Shelburne, VT
Birds were one of her most favorite compositions. This elegant handmade and hand painted dove bird sculpture about 1950, handcrafted and hand painted in beautiful vibrant blue col...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Pottery

Cenedese Murano Sommerso Color Changing Italian Art Glass Pony Horse Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso champagne color Italian art glass race horse sculpture, with saddle. Documented to the Cenedese company. The pony has a very cute persona...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso, Glass

Alfredo Barbini Murano Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Birds Nest Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful large vintage Murano hand blown blue and gold flecks Italian art glass birds on tree branch sculpture, looking over nest with eggs. Documented to designer Alfredo Barbini. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

French Mid-century Glazed Terracotta Fish Sculpture, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Mid-century glazed terracotta stongly attributed to Santiago Rodriguez Bonome (School of Paris), France, 1950s. Zeus Faber fish. Width : 33cm - 13 in, Height: 33cm - 13 in, De...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Upupa, Murano Glass Sculpture on Bronze Feet, Toni Zuccheri, Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
Large glass sculpture in red, clear and black colored glass. Glass applied in successive layers of petals on a gilded bronze structure with gold leaf. Upupa represents a Hoepoe, ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Blown Glass

Italian Vintage Silver Plated Family of Three Penguins
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish Italian silver plated sculptural family of three penguins dating from the 1970's. The penguins are of three varying sizes comprises of a father, mother and young and e...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal, Silver Plate

Aldo Londi Italian Bitossi Rimini Blu Stylized Pottery Elephant Figure
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish vintage Italian Bitossi Rimini Blu stylized pottery figure of an elephant designed by Aldo Londi and dating to the 1950's. This stylish hollow made standing figure is model...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Cortendorf Bavarian Pair Mid-Century Novelty Pottery Cat Musician Figures
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A delightful pair mid-century German novelty pottery cat musician figures made by Cortendorf in Bavaria. The cats stand on rounded bases with one playing a squeeze box and the other ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Giraffe Rocker Toy Chair
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century giraffe rocking toy chair manufactured by Kaboodle Kit, circa 1960s. This unique decorative piece is built with a sturdy oak frame and includes the original wood dowel ha...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Leather, Oak, Wood

Too Cute Animal Hedgehog Textured Pottery Art Modern, 1970s
Located in National City, CA
Too cute animal hedgehog textured pottery art modern 1970s Measures: 2.25 W x 3 D x 1.5 tall inches Unrestored preowned piece original vintage condition. See images please.     
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Pottery

1970s Large Toucan Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante in Copper and Brass
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Large, life-size brass and copper Sergio Bustamante toucan on a hanging perch. Bustamante's work was most recently featured by Architectural Digest in its September 2019, where rock ...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass, Copper

Small Sheep by Hans-Peter Krafft for Meier
Located in Maastricht, NL
Small edition of the sheep chair by Hans-Peter Krafft for Meier. Pine wood with leather ears and wool. Large version in black and white also available.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Leather, Wool, Pine

Italian Mid-Century Murano Glass Bird Sculpture "Bird of Paradise", 1960s
Located in Barntrup, DE
Gorgeous Italian hand-blown murano glass paradise bird sculpture in green, yellow, amber, and light green colors. Beautifully sculpted and profusely filled with silver melts and sele...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Terra Cotta Tiger
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century tiger sculpture or object of art crafted in terra cotta, decorated with brown and white stripes and glazed.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Terracotta

Pair of Porcelain Parrots
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of mid century life size Italian porcelain parrots or birds with quizzical expressions, decorated with vivid tropical colors, and perched on tree trunks. Measures: From left ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Metal Figures of Pheasants, France
Located in Chorzów, PL
Metal figures of a pair of pheasants, a female and a male. Dimensions: Height 17 cm, 16.5 cm / width 30.5 cm, 35 cm / depth 7cm, 7cm.
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Metal

Brass Eagle Figurine
Located in Chorzów, PL
Brass figurine of an eagle. Dimensions: height 17 cm / width 22 cm / depth 13 cm.
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1950s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Brass

Archimede Seguso Murano Clear Black Base Italian Art Glass Elephant Sculpture
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage murano hand blown crystal clear on black base Italian art glass elephant sculpture. Documented to designer Archimede Seguso, with original "Archimede Seguso, Murano...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso