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Art Sculptures Buying Guide

Looking for a way to add beauty to your spaces -- and perhaps a few conversation pieces for your dinner guests? Then take a closer look at the options for art sculptures.

Types of Art Sculptures

Types of Art Sculptures

Pablo Picasso famously said, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Lofty words indeed, but art in the home is an integral part of creating a beautiful, welcoming living space. That includes art sculptures—three-dimensional pieces that can supply color, texture, and focal points to our spaces. Art sculptures may be the smallest of pieces, able to fit on a shelf, or they may be floor-size and room-filling. Whatever the size, there are several types to choose from, including bronze, ceramic, glass, metal, and wire. Here's a breakdown of key differences.

Bronze

Art sculptures crafted from bronze are molded and shaped into different angles and forms. These may be small enough to sit on a shelf or large enough to rest on the floor.

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Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. These decorative finials will add class to any room. Showpieces finished in antiqued bronze meta...l with transparent copper-brown glass. You can display these table accents together or spread them throughout your home to... read more

Moe's Home
$132.16 $209.00
at Cymax

QHC2175: Construction: -Polyresin construction. Color/Finish: -Bronze color. Dimensions: -39.3 H x 7.5 W x 5.1 D, 7.9 lbs. Collect...ion: -Bronze figure statue collection. Warranty: -1 Year warranty. read more

Home Decorators Collection

Shop for Decor at The Home Depot. Bring an urban industrial aesthetic to your kitchen with our Faucet Soap Holder. A vintage pipe ...work-style spigot rises above the scalloped metal soap dish. Order yours today. Color: Reds / Pinks. read more

Ceramic

Unlike metal or bronze pieces, ceramic art sculptures are more delicate and more likely to break, so they should be displayed in a secure location. These vary widely in texture, form, and color, reflecting the range of ceramic materials available.

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Drew DeRose
$19.99
at Target

Find Decorative Accent Pieces at Target.com! Light up your life with the darling Ceramic Elephant Figurine Lamp! This fun piece of... home decor is a perfect addition to a child's playroom or as a funky accent piece in your living room, office or den.... read more

Torre & Tagus

Find Decorative Accent Pieces at Target.com! Decorate your accent table with the Torre & Tagus Decorative Ceramic Figurine. This r...hinoceros figurine would look fab on a shelf in your living room, office or bedroom. You'll love how this unique home dcor brings shine and texture to your room. Place this figurine on a coffee table, desk or accent table to complete your table dcor. Color: Silver. read more

Threshold
$6.98 $9.99
at Target.com

Find Decorative Accent Pieces at Target.com! Corral stray items on a coffee table or side table with the stylish Threshold Decorat...ive Ceramic Tray in navy. A perfect way to organize your space, this circular tray measures 12-inches in diameter and boasts a beautiful cut-out design on the edges. Made from ceramic, the tray is finished with a bright, glossy blue glaze. Color: Bright Gold. read more

FantasticDecor

Beautiful birds bring joy and happiness into the world and this statue is a symbol of both. The ceramic construction forms a versa...tile and lasting item, and the colors bring interest to the pieces. Place a fun accent on your desk top, mental, shelf or in your garden with this set of two Bird Statue. Measures 6"x3"x6.5"H each. read more

Glass

Glass art sculptures require heat to form the material into various shapes. Glass art sculptures may be clear or colored; as with ceramic pieces, these should be displayed where they are not likely to break.

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Novica
$34.19 $37.99
at Novica

Shaped by hand of blown glass, the Virgin Mary bows her head in quiet prayer. Artisans from the Cooperative of Cantel create this ...crystalline figurine as an expression of faith. Because each piece is handmade, shape and size can vary slightly and tiny bubbles may appear within the glass. This exemplifies the hand-blown technique, making every piece a unique example of blown glass craftsmanship. read more

Lenox
$49.95 $84.00
at Lenox

A captivating showpiece the Art Glass Striped Dolphin is masterfully hand crafted of art glass. The beautiful shades of blue grey ...and black make this unique figurine a perfect accent to any side table or shelf. Crafted by hand so no two figurines are... read more

Lenox
$49.95 $100.00
at Lenox

The Mercury Art Glass Pumpkin Figurine features colored glass encased in clear glass giving it a dazzling effect. A beautiful desi...gn accent for any d?cor. read more

Lenox
$29.95 $50.00
at Lenox

Masterfully handcrafted in black white and yellow art glass this 4" Penguin Art Glass Figurine is so real looking you may expect i...t to waddle. This is a wonderful work of art and a great gift for bird fanciers. read more

Metal

Metal art sculptures, typically formed from sheets, may be made into a variety of shapes using heat or tools. Like bronze art sculptures, metal pieces have durability and variety in size and form.

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Torre & Tagus

Find Decorative Accent Pieces at Target.com! Class up any room with the Torre & Tagus Decorative Metal Figurine. This world globe ...would look stunning in your living room or office. With its black and silver coloring, your table dcor will look modern and distinguished. Place this globe on a desk or accent table and you'll spend hours imagining what countries you want to visit. Color: Black. read more

Torre & Tagus

Find Decorative Accent Pieces at Target.com! Class up any room with the Torre & Tagus Decorative Metal Figurine. This world globe ...would look stunning in your living room or office. With its black and silver coloring, your table dcor will look classic and distinguished. Place this globe on a desk or accent table and you'll spend hours imagining what countries you want to visit. Color: Silver. read more

Sterling Industries
$115.79
at Amazon

Bud Table Sculptures. Reminiscent Of 1950'S Popular Sculpture Each Is Formed From Individual Metal Pieces And Hand Painted In A Go...ld Finish With Bronze Antique. read more

Novica
$44.99 $49.99
at Novica

Transforming discarded screws, washers and metal scraps into art, Miguel Mejia crafts a realistic yet rustic bicycle. He effective...ly conveys his concern for ecology with this charming sculpture. read more

Wire

Wire art sculptures use metal wire in a variety of sizes to craft shapes and forms. These have the same sort of durability as bronze and metal pieces.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As with art that hangs on the wall, art sculptures are pieces you will likely have for years, if not decades. Some may be heirloom pieces passed down from one generation to the next. That's why, in addition to the type of piece, it's important to closely evaluate other purchase considerations that will impact your enjoyment of the art and its life span related to your needs. Those include size, cost, style, and care. This short guide, with tips and information, should help.

Size

From diminutive pieces that fit on the smallest of accent shelves to large-scale, oversize sculptures that rest on the floor and offer a focal point for a room—or the home—art sculptures can be found in a variety of sizes.

Cost

As with size, cost spans a wide range for art sculptures. But because of the longevity of the pieces, even the most affordable item is an investment that may pay off with increased value over time.

Style

Although many people might associate art sculptures with more contemporary decorating schemes, there is a range of styles available to accent everything from traditional to cottage homes.

Care

The material in large part determines the care requirements. More delicate pieces need to be placed in a protected spot and might not weather anything more than cleaning with a dry dust cloth. Others may offer a welcomed patina that comes with age and wear.

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Lenox
$44.95 $75.00
at Lenox

This elegant Yellow Rose Garden Flower Figurine is masterfully crafted of bisque porcelain and meticulously painted by hand. Makes... a wonderful conversation piece on a desk or side table. read more

Yellow Rose Garden Flower Figurine
Lenox
$69.95 $140.00
at Lenox

Designed to resemble hand carved birch wood the Winter Magic Reindeer Figurine will bring a charming country touch to your holiday... table and decorations. Cast in artist's resin and meticulously painted by hand this delightful reindeer is full of... read more

Winter Magic Reindeer Figurine
Lenox
$49.95 $84.00
at Lenox

A captivating showpiece the Art Glass Striped Dolphin is masterfully hand crafted of art glass. The beautiful shades of blue grey ...and black make this unique figurine a perfect accent to any side table or shelf. Crafted by hand so no two figurines are... read more

Art Glass Striped Dolphin Figurine
Lenox
$49.95 $100.00
at Lenox

The Mercury Art Glass Pumpkin Figurine features colored glass encased in clear glass giving it a dazzling effect. A beautiful desi...gn accent for any d?cor. read more

Mercury Art Glass Pumpkin Figurine
Lenox
$29.95 $50.00
at Lenox

Masterfully handcrafted in black white and yellow art glass this 4" Penguin Art Glass Figurine is so real looking you may expect i...t to waddle. This is a wonderful work of art and a great gift for bird fanciers. read more

Penguin Art Glass Figurine
Lenox
$149.95 $250.00
at Lenox

PEANUTS Thanksgiving 6-piece Figurine Set shows CHARLIE BROWN LINUS and SNOOPY" wearing pilgrim hats and bringing a dish to the ta...ble. All six pieces are crafted of hand-painted ivory china trimmed with gold. read more

PEANUTS Thanksgiving Figurine Set
Lenox
$79.95 $134.00
at Lenox

The Ruby Red Peacock Art Glass Figurine has a deep ruby red neck and head with bright dazzling plumage in tones of turquoise yello...w emerald and blue. The Ruby Red Peacock Art Glass Figurine will be the center of attention in the living room or den. read more

Ruby Red Peacock Art Glass Figurine
Lenox
$59.95 $120.00
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The Mercury Art Glass Gourd Figurine features colored glass encased in clear glass giving it a dazzling effect. A beautiful design... accent for any d?cor. read more

Mercury Art Glass Gourd Figurine
Lenox
$49.95 $84.00
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This White and Black Rooster Figurine is crafted entirely by hand spectacular in black white and red art glass. No two are exactly... alike. This contemporary White and Black Rooster Figurine is a wonderful design accent. read more

White & Black Rooster Art Glass Figurine
Lenox
$34.95 $59.00
at Lenox

Glowing with light from an LED display the dramatic Lighted Lighthouse makes and impressive addition to any side table or mantle. ...This elegant figurine is powered with three AAA batteries not included. Makes a wonderful gift. read more

Lighthouse LED Figurine

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