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Recent trends in contemporary art have meant that we've grown accustomed to large scale pieces, be that huge canvases, enormous sculptures, or giant installations.

However, the miniature has always been an important part of contemporary art. Be it paintings, sculpture, or photography as well as small format drawings, the reduced dimensions of the artwork puts new constraints on the artist, forcing them to develop their techniques and artistic finesse.


Jeff Wall, an American photographer known for his large scale photographic prints on huge illuminated boxes, has said that “the scale of a piece is not about the dimensions of it, but about the internal tensions within the composition".


Believe it or not, miniature pieces have many advantages. Smaller formats allow the artists to show off a different range of talents and techniques, and sometimes even create the impression of a much higher quality piece – such as engravings or prints. Creating a miniature is a sure sign of precision and skill.

They are also more practical to exhibit than the enormous artworks: we've all got a little space on a shelf ready to welcome a miniature sculpture, photo or drawing.


Another very practical aspect of miniatures is the myriad possibilities for display: you could put together a full shelf of statuettes, or even a dedicated framing wall – which is an increasingly popular method for display, and makes for the perfect decorative addition to a living room or bedroom. It's a mixed composition made up of an array of pieces – you guessed it – all on the same wall. The diminutive size of the miniatures also makes it easier to make sure your favourite pieces are displayed in pride of place.

Even artists who are known for their monumental works are slowly getting into miniatures, like Jeff Wall in his exhibition at the Cartier Foundation.


The miniature is making a big name for itself as a growing trend across the contemporary art world; from Gaspard Mitz, who creates tiny versions of the interiors of famous art galleries in his 'Box Stories', to the photography of Samsofy, who recreates scenes from daily life with miniscule Lego 'actors'.  


Last but not least, the small scale of the pieces means that even big names come with small price tags, meaning that miniatures make excellent presents. So, go on, what are you waiting for? Browse our selection of miniature works now…

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Our recommendations Artigas Planas, Rose et prose, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Rose et prose, 2022 33 x 30 x 11 cm Sculpture

$975

Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Buffle, Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Buffle, 2022 15 x 26 x 11 cm Sculpture

$1,037

Pierre Gimenez, La danseuse, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

La danseuse, 2021 35 x 20 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,659

Milko Dobrev, Sprouts, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Sprouts, 2022 27.5 x 9 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,295

Shelby, Love multiple, Sculpture

Shelby

Love multiple, 2022 40 x 40 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Miss.Tic, Port du cerveau obligatoire, Print

Miss.Tic

Port du cerveau obligatoire, 2019 50 x 50 cm Print

$1,338

Aspencrow, Nickel Mouse Pink, Sculpture

Aspencrow

Nickel Mouse Pink, 2022 38 x 27 x 19 cm Sculpture

$1,555

Our recommendations Jean-Philippe Richard, Ida, Sculpture

Jean-Philippe Richard

Ida, 2022 40 x 8 x 8 cm Sculpture

$3,111

Li Dongfeng, Fleur 16, Painting

Li Dongfeng

Fleur 16, 2022 49 x 49 x 1 cm Painting

$830

Our recommendations Carla Gimbatti, Génesis, Sculpture

Carla Gimbatti

Génesis, 2022 35.6 x 41.9 x 10.2 cm Sculpture

$3,000

Matthew Rose, L'empire des fleurs, Painting

Matthew Rose

L'empire des fleurs, 2005 30 x 40 x 1 cm Painting

$1,659

Babette Degraeve, Bronzen Knuffel VI (Stuffed animal VI), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Bronzen Knuffel VI (Stuffed animal VI), 2020 33 x 20 x 12 cm Sculpture

$1,234

Karl Lagasse, One way, Painting

Karl Lagasse

One way, 2022 40 x 50 x 2 cm Painting

$98,503

Our recommendations Anthony Horth, Marisa French Vogue Studios 1970, Photography

Anthony Horth

Marisa French Vogue Studios 1970, 1970 30 x 25 x 0.2 cm Photography

$1,200

Our recommendations Ziemowit Fincek, Dandelions II., Painting

Ziemowit Fincek

Dandelions II., 2022 50 x 40 x 2 cm Painting

$1,037

Thierry Corpet, Blue Ant, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Blue Ant, 2022 25 x 45 x 18.5 cm Sculpture

$1,037

Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb I, Sculpture

Jan Ernst

Lampe Womb I, 2022 50 x 48 x 22 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb II, Design

Jan Ernst

Lampe Womb II, 2022 50 x 45 x 22 cm Design

$1,866

Jéko, Un oiseau sur l'épaule, Fine Art Drawings

Jéko

Un oiseau sur l'épaule, 2021 50 x 50 cm Fine Art Drawings

$1,037

Sounya Whang, Nouveau né d'amour, Painting

Sounya Whang

Nouveau né d'amour, 2022 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm Painting

$1,089

Gor Avetisyan, Fragment of invisible intensity III, Painting

Gor Avetisyan

Fragment of invisible intensity III, 2022 50 x 35 cm Painting

$414 $373

Yves Brayer, Paysage de Gordes, Painting

Yves Brayer

Paysage de Gordes, 1962 25.3 x 20.3 cm Painting

$1,815

Pierre Terrasson, ACDC Londres, Photography

Pierre Terrasson

ACDC Londres, 1982 40 x 50 cm Photography

$1,141

Vito Imburgia, L'homme debout Astolfo, Sculpture

Vito Imburgia

L'homme debout Astolfo, 2012 37 x 10 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,555

Slim Aarons, Deauville Casino, Photography

Slim Aarons

Deauville Casino, 1970 30 x 40 cm Photography

$1,820

Manuel Santelices, Georgia Sitwell photographed by Cecil Beaton., Painting

Manuel Santelices

Georgia Sitwell photographed by Cecil Beaton., 2022 30.5 x 22.9 x 0.3 cm Painting

$1,200

Hans Mendler, Berger, agneau, Sculpture

Hans Mendler

Berger, agneau, 2021 30 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Gediminas Endriekus, Sight, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Sight, 2021 25.5 x 16 x 8 cm Sculpture

$3,940

Pablo Picasso, Chat saisissant un oiseau, Print

Pablo Picasso

Chat saisissant un oiseau, 1939 36 x 48 x 0.1 cm Print

$1,244

David Walker, Disengaged, Painting

David Walker

Disengaged, 2022 39 x 39 x 0.2 cm Painting

$1,476

Gaspard Mitz, Mystic River, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Mystic River, 2022 24 x 34 x 6.5 cm Sculpture

$674

Jo Di Bona, Lion, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Lion, 2022 50 x 50 x 3 cm Painting

$3,629

Joseph Piermatteo, Le guitariste, Painting

Joseph Piermatteo

Le guitariste, 2021 40 x 40 x 3 cm Painting

$1,037

Fabienne Auzolle, Grace turquoise et parme, Sculpture

Fabienne Auzolle

Grace turquoise et parme, 2022 49 x 18 x 12 cm Sculpture

$830

Our recommendations Aramis Justiz, Distortion IV, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

Distortion IV, 2022 50 x 44 x 20 cm Sculpture

$1,555

Stéphane Spach, Sans titre, Photography

Stéphane Spach

Sans titre, 2018 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography

$933

Rodrigo, Healthymood, Photography

Rodrigo

Healthymood, 2019 23.7 x 35.6 x 0.1 cm Photography

$1,658

Neil Dawson, Food Stop, Painting

Neil Dawson

Food Stop, 2022 41 x 41 x 1 cm Painting

$1,538

S2Bart, Capsule Fashion Tiffany & Co., Sculpture

S2Bart

Capsule Fashion Tiffany & Co., 2022 35 x 35 x 4 cm Sculpture

$311

Yone, Nemo (no.2), Painting

Yone

Nemo (no.2), 2015 41 x 31.8 x 3 cm Painting

$1,141

Piet Mondrian, Composition en Rouge, Jaune, Bleu, Noir, Print

Piet Mondrian

Composition en Rouge, Jaune, Bleu, Noir, 1921 47.5 x 35.5 x 0.1 cm Print

$1,244

Bernadette Morand, Blue, Painting

Bernadette Morand

Blue, 2021 40 x 30 x 1 cm Painting

$1,353

Eugène Louis Martin, Balade avenue William Favre, Painting

Eugène Louis Martin

Balade avenue William Favre, 1950 40.5 x 26.5 x 1 cm Painting

$928

Ricky Hunt, Jazz 22, Painting

Ricky Hunt

Jazz 22, 2022 50.8 x 40.6 cm Painting

$910

Our recommendations Aleksandar Topic, A bowl of desires, Painting

Aleksandar Topic

A bowl of desires, 2021 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm Painting

$1,353

Faiza Maghni, Angela, Painting

Faiza Maghni

Angela, 2022 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm Painting

$1,089

Jéko, Violette, Painting

Jéko

Violette, 2021 41 x 33 x 2 cm Painting

$1,348

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Jean-Christophe Belaud

Inti boys | Bleu foncé, 2021 40 x 22 x 22 cm Sculpture

$1,037

Pien Post, Knot I, Design

Pien Post

Knot I, 2021 50 x 23 x 7 cm Design

$975

Maria Collin, No 91, Print

Maria Collin

No 91, 1991 38 x 26 x 1 cm Print

$1,046

Pierre Alechinsky, Les tireurs de langue, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Les tireurs de langue, 1962 27.5 x 28 x 0.5 cm Print

$1,234

Ayoung JO, Metaphorical speech 05, Painting

Ayoung JO

Metaphorical speech 05, 2022 32 x 27 cm Painting

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Tekla Aleksieva, The Loch Ness Monster – cover illustration of a book from the ECO series, Painting

Tekla Aleksieva

The Loch Ness Monster – cover illustration of a book from the ECO series, 1987 25 x 38 x 0.2 cm Painting

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Joyce Fournier, Exploration, Painting

Joyce Fournier

Exploration, 2022 40.6 x 40.6 x 2 cm Painting

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Sarah Finucane

BW No. 8, 2022 40.6 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm Painting

$840

Doris Kinjun, Bagu, Sculpture

Doris Kinjun

Bagu, 2012 39 x 18 x 4.5 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Natasha Zupan, Tactile memory #126., Painting

Natasha Zupan

Tactile memory #126., 2022 45.7 x 38.1 x 7.6 cm Painting

$4,200

Reda Amalou, Ella, decorative box, Design

Reda Amalou

Ella, decorative box, 2016 6.5 x 33 x 23 cm Design

$513

Tarek, Masque, Painting

Tarek

Masque, 2020 39 x 29 x 2 cm Painting

$467

Dimas Macedo, Grande Sphinge, Sculpture

Dimas Macedo

Grande Sphinge, 1980 38 x 43 x 18 cm Sculpture

$1,452

Fausto Perez, De retour des champs, Painting

Fausto Perez

De retour des champs, 2022 50 x 50 x 3 cm Painting

$1,555

Iskra Blagoeva, Beauty Failed to Save the World, Painting

Iskra Blagoeva

Beauty Failed to Save the World, 2015 26.4 x 26.4 x 10 cm Painting

$1,141

Richard Poumelin, Arrivée au port, Painting

Richard Poumelin

Arrivée au port, 2022 50 x 50 x 2 cm Painting

$1,037

Mara Toledo, La baignade, Painting

Mara Toledo

La baignade, 2022 30 x 40 x 2 cm Painting

$456

Our recommendations Bara Sketchbook, Untitled, Painting

Bara Sketchbook

Untitled, 2022 30 x 30 x 2 cm Painting

$1,555

Robert Lebsack, What You Feed, Painting

Robert Lebsack

What You Feed, 2022 40.6 x 40.6 cm Painting

$910

Our recommendations Gerry Nnubia, Flowers 2 (Colours in Africa Series), Painting

Gerry Nnubia

Flowers 2 (Colours in Africa Series), 2022 30.5 x 30.5 cm Painting

$415

Sheila Rock, Generation X, first gig at the Roxy on the doorstep of the Roxy, Covent Garden, London 1977, Photography

Sheila Rock

Generation X, first gig at the Roxy on the doorstep of the Roxy, Covent Garden, London 1977, 1977 40.6 x 50.8 cm Photography

$1,452

Waleria Matelska, In embrace, Painting

Waleria Matelska

In embrace, 2022 31 x 21.5 cm Painting

$259

Irena Tone, Paper Pin..., Sculpture

Irena Tone

Paper Pin..., 2020 36 x 11 x 10 cm Sculpture

$2,460

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Rhino flash, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Rhino flash, 2022 32 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,348

Réjane LeChat, Dialogue à queue, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Dialogue à queue, 2022 44 x 44 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Luc Arrignon, 20 Ans, Painting

Luc Arrignon

20 Ans, 2021 50 x 50 x 4.5 cm Painting

$1,555

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