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Large Pedro Friedeburg Silver Leaf Hand Foot Sculpture with COA, Signed

US$5,50021% Off


This incredible hand foot sculpture by Pedro Friedeburg (signed underneath) includes a certificate of authenticity by LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, more details below about this significant historical group. This ceramic sculpture is the larger sized variation of the design (this one is 12" tall versus the more regularly found 4" to 6" variants) and is also in the rare silver leaf option as well. Ideal for collectors and interior designers looking for a fine art sculpture that is also a statement piece to place on a shelf, mantel, credenza or pedestal. Also probably the most incredible business card holder that one could possibly have. The Certificate of Authenticity is provided by Los Contemporaneos who is an important historical group in Mexico dating back to 1928. From their website they describe: LOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS, a Civil Association dedicated to the cultural and social promotion of Mexico, is made up of professionals from various disciplines. It adopted, in memory and tribute, the same name of the magazine where renowned Mexican intellectuals spread their work: Xavier Villaurrutia, Salvador Novo, Carlos Pellicer, Jorge Cuesta and Gilberto Owen, among others, to whom as a generation the history of our culture also assigns this denomination. MEASUREMENTS: H 12" x W 7" x D 10" CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition with no issues, ready for immediate use.


  • Creator
    Pedro Friedeberg (Designer),
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Condition
    Excellent vintage condition ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330223974902

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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About the Designer

Pedro Friedeberg

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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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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