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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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Christophe Comerro, Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, 2021
40 x 30 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$1,412

Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, bleu mick, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, bleu mick, 2021
31 x 23 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$5,025

Atsuko Ishii, Dress for tea, Fine Art Drawings

Atsuko Ishii

Dress for tea, 2019
30 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
48 x 37 cm
Print

$1,185 $1,316

Jazzu, L'amour du cœur, Painting

Jazzu

L'amour du cœur, 2021
46 x 27 x 10 cm
Painting

$1,077

Dr. Love, Classic Haring (a tribute to Haring), Painting

Dr. Love

Classic Haring (a tribute to Haring), 2021
30 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$106

Miss Tic, L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, Print

Miss Tic

L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, 2021
50 x 50 cm
Print

$574

Spaco, Louis Vuitton colors, Painting

Spaco

Louis Vuitton colors, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$215

Shelby, Multi love sculpture, Sculpture

Shelby

Multi love sculpture, 2021
40 x 40 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
48 x 33 cm
Print

$1,705

Rita Vandenherrewegen, Projections, Painting

Rita Vandenherrewegen

Projections, 2021
40 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$550

Zena Blackwell, Flamingo Ta Da!, Painting

Zena Blackwell

Flamingo Ta Da!, 2021
25.4 x 25.4 x 2 cm
Painting

$836

Sergiusz Powalka, Black pond under Rysy Mountain. A sunset, Painting

Sergiusz Powalka

Black pond under Rysy Mountain. A sunset, 2021
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$718

Mark Kostabi, Heart Share, Print

Mark Kostabi

Heart Share, 1993
40 x 31.8 cm
Print

$525

Valérie Dragacci, Mouillage corse, Painting

Valérie Dragacci

Mouillage corse, 2021
30 x 30 x 3 cm
Painting

$467

Stan Wysocki, Nude, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

Nude, 2018
34 x 6 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$1,436

Ninu, Crock de toi, Sculpture

Ninu

Crock de toi, 2021
25 x 30 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,991

Ian Lawrence, Eruption, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Eruption, 2021
30 x 30 x 4 cm
Painting

$690

Joëlle Laboue, Sil 9, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Sil 9, 2021
45 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$586

Bze Bzeland, Si ils nous empêchent de rêver, on les empêchera de dormir, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Si ils nous empêchent de rêver, on les empêchera de dormir, 2021
42 x 29.7 cm
Painting

$299

CD Souza, Heart, Sculpture

CD Souza

Heart, 2021
35 x 15 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,376

Julien Sartkis, Parasol de deauville Chanel, Sculpture

Julien Sartkis

Parasol de deauville Chanel, 2021
30 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$706

Sagrasse, Renaissance, Sculpture

Sagrasse

Renaissance, 2021
30 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$658

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens 10, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$706

Alain Olivieri, Orisha, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Orisha, 2021
32 x 9 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$742

André Saraiva, Big Mr. A Ball - Blue, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Big Mr. A Ball - Blue, 2021
28 x 28 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$1,663

María José Franco Maldonado, El Mago, Fine Art Drawings

María José Franco Maldonado

El Mago, 2019
27 x 17 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$500

Boureima Ouedraogo, Poulet bicyclette, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Poulet bicyclette, 2021
35 x 18 x 24 cm
Sculpture

Sold

Patrick Cornée, My French Bulldog has a cool style, Sculpture

Patrick Cornée

My French Bulldog has a cool style, 2021
28 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$2,477 $2,752

Jeffrey Van Roij, Black capsule supreme, Sculpture

Jeffrey Van Roij

Black capsule supreme, 2021
50 x 18 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,508 $1,675

Andrzej Borowski, Stairs to the sky, Painting

Andrzej Borowski

Stairs to the sky, 2016
50 x 40 x 1 cm
Painting

$2,513

Svetli Evgeniev, Stroll in the Jungle, Painting

Svetli Evgeniev

Stroll in the Jungle, 2020
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$574

Suzanne Larrieu, Mère et fils, Sculpture

Suzanne Larrieu

Mère et fils, 2021
37 x 18 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$1,005

Jean-Luc Lopez, Collioure de nuit, Painting

Jean-Luc Lopez

Collioure de nuit, 2021
38 x 46 cm
Painting

$550

Ellis Zbinden, Le port d'Anvers, Painting

Ellis Zbinden

Le port d'Anvers, 1953
24.5 x 34.5 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$748

Zed, Flexo Be Dreamer 5 - Noir, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Be Dreamer 5 - Noir, 2021
36 x 17 x 23 cm
Sculpture

Sold

Jean-Jacques Joujon, Buste BullDog, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Joujon

Buste BullDog, 2021
30 x 20 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$706

Jordi Sàbat, Bellesa interior I, Painting

Jordi Sàbat

Bellesa interior I, 2021
30 x 30 cm
Painting

$897

PyB, Dino Basquiat, Painting

PyB

Dino Basquiat, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$335

Vanessa De Angelis, Sans titre - série Montagnes, Painting

Vanessa De Angelis

Sans titre - série Montagnes, 2017
50 x 50 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$1,089

Jeff Cunningham, Night Rain, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Night Rain, 2018
30 x 43 x 1.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,386

Gaspard Mitz, At your own risk, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

At your own risk, 2021
24 x 34 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$778

Sarah Jack, Within the Copse, Painting

Sarah Jack

Within the Copse, 2020
34 x 26 x 1 cm
Painting

$690

Michael Grine, Have we met before?, Painting

Michael Grine

Have we met before?, 2021
30.5 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$100

B. Jung, La mère et l'enfant, Painting

B. Jung

La mère et l'enfant, 1952
46 x 38 x 2 cm
Painting

$649

Henri Dufaux, Scène de village africain, Painting

Henri Dufaux

Scène de village africain, 1958
41 x 32.5 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$825

Tilde, Refuge 1, Sculpture

Tilde

Refuge 1, 2021
38 x 15 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$528 $586

Jorn Van Hoorn, Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, 2021
38 x 22 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$5,384

André-Laurent Kunkler, Nature morte fruit faïence couteau, Painting

André-Laurent Kunkler

Nature morte fruit faïence couteau, 1943
23 x 27 x 1 cm
Painting

$572

Georges Chappuis, Balade dans le Vieux Annecy, Painting

Georges Chappuis

Balade dans le Vieux Annecy, 1962
39 x 47 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$528

Simone De Rosa, Brick Hope VS Banksy, Sculpture

Simone De Rosa

Brick Hope VS Banksy, 2021
37 x 37 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$479

Daniela Pasqualini, Bright Love, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Bright Love, 2021
30.5 x 30.5 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$500

B. Ciappa, Place du village animée, Painting

B. Ciappa

Place du village animée, 1947
32 x 26 x 2 cm
Painting

$495

Berthe Dubois, Paysage de montagne et chalets, Painting

Berthe Dubois

Paysage de montagne et chalets, 1946
38.5 x 44 x 2 cm
Painting

$495

Atsuko Ishii, The innocence of wonder, Print

Atsuko Ishii

The innocence of wonder, 2020
50 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$239

Albena Vatcheva, La danseuse aux colombes, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La danseuse aux colombes, 2021
42 x 30 x 0.01 cm
Print

$114 $126

Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
20 x 48 x 48 cm
Sculpture

$11,846

Nicolas Dubreuille, Ref 606, Painting

Nicolas Dubreuille

Ref 606, 2021
50 x 50 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,735

Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
35 x 28 x 2 cm
Print

$1,496

Fat, Métro Skate Bart, Painting

Fat

Métro Skate Bart, 2021
45 x 23 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
45.5 x 31 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$825

Alessandra Bisi, September, Painting

Alessandra Bisi

September, 2021
40 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$299

Alexander Daniloff, Volare!, Painting

Alexander Daniloff

Volare!, 2021
38 x 14 x 0.6 cm
Painting

$280 $311

Philippe Pasqua, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Pasqua

Sans titre, 2010
40 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,590

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