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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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Wenqi Liu, Texture II, Sculpture

Wenqi Liu

Texture II, 2020
15.6 x 11 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,986

Our recommendations Olivier Aubry, C19001, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19001, 2001
7.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$559

Claude Como, Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, Sculpture

Claude Como

Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, 2018
8.7 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.5, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.5, 2019
40.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Hei Yue, Poing I, Sculpture

Hei Yue

Poing I, 2016
16.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,840

Madame, Pot aux roses, Sculpture

Madame

Pot aux roses, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Yuki Nara, Bone Flower 09'18, Sculpture

Yuki Nara

Bone Flower 09'18, 2018
15 x 11.4 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,074

Claude Champy, Petit Panneau, Sculpture

Claude Champy

Petit Panneau, 2019
20.5 x 15 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Tjok Dessauvage, Univers parallèle, Sculpture

Tjok Dessauvage

Univers parallèle, 2014
5.9 x 10.4 x 10.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Mia Llauder, Bol i fils n°3, Sculpture

Mia Llauder

Bol i fils n°3, 2020
10.7 x 12.2 x 2.7 inch
Sculpture

$683

Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
4.7 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,730 $3,413

Whatshisname, Popek Black Porcelain Edition, Sculpture

Whatshisname

Popek Black Porcelain Edition, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,676 $1,862

Romero Britto, Cheek to Cheek, Sculpture

Romero Britto

Cheek to Cheek, 2015
26 x 17.7 x 3.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,599

Armando de la Garza, Untitled #10 From Los Infortunios De La Virtud Series, Antique Bust, Sculpture

Armando de la Garza

Untitled #10 From Los Infortunios De La Virtud Series, Antique Bust, 2016
10.5 x 5.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,250 $2,500

Rosanna Lahaye, Spirito nero, Sculpture

Rosanna Lahaye

Spirito nero, 2018
12.8 x 10.4 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$335

NooN, Skull TJ Blue, Sculpture

NooN

Skull TJ Blue, 2018
5.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$434

Alex Hodge, Room in a Room, Sculpture

Alex Hodge

Room in a Room, 2019
9 x 13 x 0.5 inch
Sculpture

$445

Anna M. White, Dark Coral, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Dark Coral, 2019
4 x 4 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$550

Stephanie Lanter, The Likers, Sculpture

Stephanie Lanter

The Likers, 2015
10 x 5 x 2.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,000

Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyphs, Sculpture

Eduardo Kac

Lagoglyphs, 2011
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,003

Barbara Daeffler, Mamouth, Sculpture

Barbara Daeffler

Mamouth, 2020
11.8 x 18.1 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Koo Seunghwui, People #Black & White, Sculpture

Koo Seunghwui

People #Black & White, 2019
48 x 72 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$50,000

Yoonjee Kwak, Petite moon Jar, Sculpture

Yoonjee Kwak

Petite moon Jar, 2021
10.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,100

Christian Paix, La remise des zicos, Sculpture

Christian Paix

La remise des zicos, 2018
46.9 x 22.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$8,191

John Miller, Untitled (mugs), Sculpture

John Miller

Untitled (mugs), 2017
3.5 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$9,308

Jeamin Seung, Fertile Land III, Sculpture

Jeamin Seung

Fertile Land III, 2019
16.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Monika Debus, Form black line, Sculpture

Monika Debus

Form black line, 2020
15.4 x 15.7 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,964

Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
12.6 x 2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,638

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,447

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
11.8 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$931

Élisa Fantozzi, Miss Angel, Sculpture

Élisa Fantozzi

Miss Angel, 2002
8.7 x 3.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Gilles Fromonteil, Mao Zedong, Sculpture

Gilles Fromonteil

Mao Zedong, 2018
19.7 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,702

Dongwon Shin, Farmiliar yet unfarmiliar, Sculpture

Dongwon Shin

Farmiliar yet unfarmiliar, 2018
21.3 x 11.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,716

Émilie Bontoux, Nuage de Poésie I, Sculpture

Émilie Bontoux

Nuage de Poésie I, 2019
1.6 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Capocci, Mickey Fuck Chrome, Sculpture

Capocci

Mickey Fuck Chrome, 2020
8.1 x 6.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$745

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

Pablo Picasso

Woman's Head, Crowned with Flowers (Ramie 237), 1954
9 x 5.5 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$60,000

Spaco, Pink Carrot, Sculpture

Spaco

Pink Carrot, 2020
10.6 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$298

Spaco, King gorilla, Sculpture

Spaco

King gorilla, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$335

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.4, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.4, 2019
29.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Olivier Aubry, C19003, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19003, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$559

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.9, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.9, 2019
15 x 11 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.7, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.7, 2019
29.1 x 7.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.8.5, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.8.5, 2019
32.3 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.6, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.6, 2019
14.2 x 9.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Lucette Brandy, Petite baigneuse, Sculpture

Lucette Brandy

Petite baigneuse, 2020
4.3 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$571

Lucette Brandy, Rêverie, Sculpture

Lucette Brandy

Rêverie, 2020
4.7 x 8.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$571

Madame, Petit creux, Sculpture

Madame

Petit creux, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Filet à l'anglaise, Sculpture

Madame

Filet à l'anglaise, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Filet à l'anglaise, Sculpture

Madame

Filet à l'anglaise, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Ça passe crème, Sculpture

Madame

Ça passe crème, 2021
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$186

Madame, Escape Game, Sculpture

Madame

Escape Game, 2021
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, À la fraîche, Sculpture

Madame

À la fraîche, 2021
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$186

Madame, Poule, Sculpture

Madame

Poule, 2021
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Pimpé comme jamais, Sculpture

Madame

Pimpé comme jamais, 2021
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$186

Madame, Pimpé comme jamais, Sculpture

Madame

Pimpé comme jamais, 2021
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$186

Madame, Petite Gourmandise, Sculpture

Madame

Petite Gourmandise, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Petite Gourmandise, Sculpture

Madame

Petite Gourmandise, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Mange ta langue, Sculpture

Madame

Mange ta langue, 2021
8.7 x 8.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$236

Madame, Cache-cache, Sculpture

Madame

Cache-cache, 2021
6.7 x 6.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$186

Yuki Nara, Bone Flower 08'18, Sculpture

Yuki Nara

Bone Flower 08'18, 2018
11.4 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,585

Wang Shu Hui, Ravioli de légumes, Sculpture

Wang Shu Hui

Ravioli de légumes, 2017
6.3 x 8.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$869

Ceramic Matters, Of Mice and Men, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Of Mice and Men, 2019
23.6 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Ceramic Matters, Poodle Pets, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Poodle Pets, 2019
18.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Valerie Marty, Le piaf, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Le piaf, 2018
7.1 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$348

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