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Porcelain Sculpture

Although humans began to sculpt for ritualistic purposes or to create tools very early on, the history of sculpture can be separated into two key periods.

The first period stretches from Antiquity to the 19th century. The various artistic movements which cover these 20 centuries were deeply inspired by ancient Greek art and in particular by their sculptures, which adorned the temples and paid tribute to their mythological Gods by representing the human body in its most ideal form. The first to be inspired by this art were the Romans, who copied many ancient Greek sculptures and modelled them in the likeness of Gods but also of important figures in society. Medieval art, just like Roman art, took a more political turn but also a religious one as Catholicism spread across Europe.

Churches were built and sculpture became an integral part of their architecture, in particular in Romanesque and Gothic art. It was finally during the Renaissance that sculpture once again became closely linked to classical works, especially with sculptures that were much more anatomically precise.. Nude sculptures became very popular and represented a real feat sculptors who knew how to create them were held in high esteem. Heavily inspired by painting, the subjects represented became increasingly more expressive…

In the 17th century, sculptors began to push the style of Antiquity further and sculpture became dramatic and picturesque. It wasn't until the 19th century that classicism became fashionable again.

The end of the 19th century was a pivotal time in the history of sculpture. It marked the end of centuries of inspiration from Antiquity. The instigator of change was none other than Auguste Rodin who, after an inspiring journey to Italy, brought a breath of fresh air to the world of sculpture. Even if his style remains quite academic, he influenced many 20th century sculptors.

Different ideas about art were born in the 20th century with modern and contemporary sculpture. Cubists like Pablo Picasso depicted perspective from different angles; Brancusi and his simple, refined wooden sculptures led the way for abstract art in the years to follow; Dadaism, a provocative style free of any kind of artistic norms, produced the first ready-mades with Marcel Duchamp; Jean Tinguely grappled with technology to create his imperfect machines…

It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that contemporary sculpture appeared with Conceptual Art, where the idea behind the work took precedence over the aesthetic and the Fluxus movement which radically questioned the foundations of artwork. The 60s also saw the rise of minimalism and artists putting into practice Mies Van Der Rohe's conviction that 'less is more'. Other contemporary artists such as Richard Serra, Carl André and Donald Judd created very architectural works. There was Pop Art but also Land Art, monumental artworks created in the very heart of nature, and of course, Arte Povera, which rejected consumer society and turned its focus towards nature and the ephemeral.

On Artsper, you'll find a carefully chosen selection of sculptures which cover all the latest sculptural trends in contemporary art. You will find sculptures made of bronze, marble, clay,  paper, plaster, steel, neon, metal, glass,  resin, iron, terra cotta and wood. When looking for a sculpture to buy; you can either choose a large-scale work or one of a more reasonable size. You could opt for a piece which easily fits in with your interior design or you could go for a monumental piece as a bold addition to your collection. You could even choose an outdoor sculpture like the ones made by our artists Nicolas Dubreuille and Etienne Rey. In our “Famous artists" category you will find artists such as Arman , Carlos Cruz Diez, Philippe Pasqua and Damien Hirst and in our "Emerging Artists" category we have Bastien Cuenot, Emeric Chantier and Gaspard Mitz.

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Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.5, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.5, 2019
102 x 26 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Claude Como, Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, Sculpture

Claude Como

Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, 2018
22 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Mia Llauder, Bol i fils n°3, Sculpture

Mia Llauder

Bol i fils n°3, 2020
27.2 x 31 x 6.8 cm
Sculpture

$663

Juliette Clovis, Izanami, Sculpture

Juliette Clovis

Izanami, 2017
34 x 34 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$8,256

Madame, Cache-cache, Sculpture

Madame

Cache-cache, 2021
17 x 17 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$181

Wenqi Liu, Texture II, Sculpture

Wenqi Liu

Texture II, 2020
39.5 x 28 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,928

Tjok Dessauvage, Univers parallèle, Sculpture

Tjok Dessauvage

Univers parallèle, 2014
15 x 26.5 x 26.5 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
12 x 16 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,315

NooN, Skull TJ Blue, Sculpture

NooN

Skull TJ Blue, 2018
13 x 20 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$422

Ron English, Mc Supersized Black & White Porcelain, Sculpture

Ron English

Mc Supersized Black & White Porcelain, 2015
23 x 18 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$603

Our recommendations Olivier Aubry, C19001, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19001, 2001
19 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$542

Jin Eui Kim, OPject - Large Trapezoid Form, Sculpture

Jin Eui Kim

OPject - Large Trapezoid Form, 2018
37.7 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$1,552

Alex Hodge, The Fruits of Our Labor, Sculpture

Alex Hodge

The Fruits of Our Labor, 2019
36.8 x 12.7 x 11.4 cm
Sculpture

$1,700

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
23 x 23 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$7,232

Stephanie Lanter, The Likers, Sculpture

Stephanie Lanter

The Likers, 2015
25.4 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm
Sculpture

$2,000

Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
32 x 5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,591

Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyphs, Sculpture

Eduardo Kac

Lagoglyphs, 2011
15 x 15 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,917

Yuriko Damiani, Over a stormy sea the star guides us and lights the way, Sculpture

Yuriko Damiani

Over a stormy sea the star guides us and lights the way, 2019
30 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$904

Yoonjee Kwak, Petite moon Jar, Sculpture

Yoonjee Kwak

Petite moon Jar, 2021
26.7 x 21.6 x 21.6 cm
Sculpture

$1,100

Jeamin Seung, Celebration, Sculpture

Jeamin Seung

Celebration, 2019
60 x 70 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$3,000

Volkan Aslan, Fragile series, Sculpture

Volkan Aslan

Fragile series, 2016
20 x 8 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Lionel Couvrandt, Product 340/260 Bibendum, Sculpture

Lionel Couvrandt

Product 340/260 Bibendum, 2014
34 x 27 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$3,013

Yuki Nara, Bone Flower 08'18, Sculpture

Yuki Nara

Bone Flower 08'18, 2018
29 x 26 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$5,424

Rorro Berjano, Dupli Color, Sculpture

Rorro Berjano

Dupli Color, 2016
25 x 9 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$422

Yiyan Zhou, Naive Woman, Sculpture

Yiyan Zhou

Naive Woman, 2017
13 x 8 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Dongwon Shin, Wine tablw, Sculpture

Dongwon Shin

Wine tablw, 2016
45 x 51 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,772

Jen Watson, Bong Baby, Sculpture

Jen Watson

Bong Baby, 2019
12.7 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm
Sculpture

$200

Émilie Bontoux, Nuage de Poésie I, Sculpture

Émilie Bontoux

Nuage de Poésie I, 2019
4 x 30 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Élisa Fantozzi, Miss Angel, Sculpture

Élisa Fantozzi

Miss Angel, 2002
22 x 9 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Giorgiko, Dear Wonder, Sculpture

Giorgiko

Dear Wonder, 2021
30.5 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm
Sculpture

$7,500

Koo Seunghwui, People #Black & White, Sculpture

Koo Seunghwui

People #Black & White, 2019
121.9 x 182.9 x 10.2 cm
Sculpture

$50,000

John Miller, Untitled (mugs), Sculpture

John Miller

Untitled (mugs), 2017
9 x 100 x 100 cm
Sculpture

$9,040

Daniéla Schlagenhauf, Boule Tocade Dada, Sculpture

Daniéla Schlagenhauf

Boule Tocade Dada, 2014
50 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$3,616

Monika Debus, Form black line, Sculpture

Monika Debus

Form black line, 2020
39 x 40 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$4,821

Wu Xiaohai, Fidélité, Sculpture

Wu Xiaohai

Fidélité, 2008
15.5 x 16.5 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,857

Christian Paix, L'escalier du 29, Sculpture

Christian Paix

L'escalier du 29, 2018
156 x 76 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$10,245

Gilles Fromonteil, Mao Zedong, Sculpture

Gilles Fromonteil

Mao Zedong, 2018
50 x 30 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$6,509

Alain Quercia, Femme au masque d'aigle blanc, Sculpture

Alain Quercia

Femme au masque d'aigle blanc, 2017
40 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$4,339

Florence Duet, Écume de l'âme, Sculpture

Florence Duet

Écume de l'âme, 2016
20 x 43 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Spaco, Red Carrot, Sculpture

Spaco

Red Carrot, 2020
32 x 14 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$289

Capocci, Mickey Fuck Chrome, Sculpture

Capocci

Mickey Fuck Chrome, 2020
20.5 x 17 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$723

Li Lihong, Chinese star, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Chinese star, 2007
38 x 38 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Li Lihong, Apple - Blanche, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Blanche, 2007
28 x 28 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Or, 2013
18 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$964

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Argent, 2013
18 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$964

Li Lihong, Mickey China Silver Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey China Silver Argent, 2013
20 x 24 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$964

Li Lihong, Chinese star, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Chinese star, 2007
38 x 38 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Li Lihong, Chinese star, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Chinese star, 2007
38 x 38 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Fleurs, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Fleurs, 2007
45 x 39 x 39 cm
Sculpture

$9,040

Li Lihong, Apple China - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple China - Argent, 2015
80 x 80 x 80 cm
Sculpture

$24,106

Spaco, King gorilla, Sculpture

Spaco

King gorilla, 2020
21 x 15 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$325

William Sweetlove, Marmot Gold Porcelain Edition, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Marmot Gold Porcelain Edition, 2018
27 x 30 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$723

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.9, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.9, 2019
38 x 28 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.7, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.7, 2019
74 x 20 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.5, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.5, 2019
82 x 23 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.6, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.6, 2019
36 x 23 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Valerie Marty, Le piaf, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Le piaf, 2018
18 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$337

Pablo Picasso, Woman's Head, Crowned with Flowers (Ramie 237), Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Woman's Head, Crowned with Flowers (Ramie 237), 1954
22.9 x 14 x 15.2 cm
Sculpture

$60,000

Valerie Marty, Le Piaf, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Le Piaf, 2018
18 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$337

Ceramic Matters, Of Mice and Men, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Of Mice and Men, 2019
60 x 35 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$2,170

Ceramic Matters, Poodle Pets, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Poodle Pets, 2019
47 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$2,170

Madame, Petit creux, Sculpture

Madame

Petit creux, 2021
24 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$229

Madame, Filet à l'anglaise, Sculpture

Madame

Filet à l'anglaise, 2021
24 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$229

Madame, Filet à l'anglaise, Sculpture

Madame

Filet à l'anglaise, 2021
24 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$229

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