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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.

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
$21.99
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Torre & Tagus
$44.99
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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 d??cor brings shine and texture to your room. Place this figurine on a coffee table, desk or accent table to complete your table d??cor. read more

Drew DeRose
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Torre & Tagus
$44.99
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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 d??cor brings texture and style to your room. Place this figurine on a coffee table, desk or accent table to complete your table d??cor. 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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Simon Pearce

Simon PearceGlass Owl SculptureDesigner About Simon Pearce: Simon Pearce designs and manufactures original products in hand blown ...glass. Made in the United States, Simon Pearce, from inception, has maintained a dedication to creating products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use. The glass embodies traditional and contemporary styles-all with classic simplicity, elegance and everyday functionality. read more

Dale Tiffany

Founded in 1979 Dale Tiffany started out manufacturing both art glass lamps and windows. Within two years the company's main focus... became Tiffany-styled lamps and shades emphasizing high-quality reproductions of Louis Comfort Tiffany's designs. At the same time Dale became the first factory worldwide to standardize stained-glass production and became a national resource for a product category that had been only regionally produced. Today Dale Tiffany has become the world's foremost designer and manufacturer of fine art glass lighting and home accessories. Using only the highest quality genuine hand-rolled art glass Dale offers an extensive range of designs utilizing the copper foil technique an authentic glass assembly method originally developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany over 100 years ago. With this handcrafted process no two pieces are exactly alike making each design a treasured keepsake. Featuring stained glass reverse-painted glass hand-blown glass and many other techniques and inspired by the legendary designs of L.C. Tiffany Philip J. Handel Pairpoint and others Dale Tiffany has not only captured the timelessness of America's classic designers but utilizes it's own creative skills to develop unique designs that blend perfectly with today's current home fashion trends and lifestyles. Whether producing expensive replicas or affordable budget-priced merchandise Dale insists on the highest standards of quality and workmanship for every one of its products. Each glass shade is inspected on a light box to ensure brilliance of color pattern continuity and structural integrity. Each base is similarly inspected having been manufactured in accordance with UL and CUL standards. All products are then assembled tested and packed according to guidelines that meet or exceed industry standards ensuring only the highest quality reaches the consumer's home. So if your need is a table or floor lamp a hanging fixture or a wall sconce candle votives photo frames night lights or accent lamps Dale's extensive product lines offer the finest selection of art glass lighting and home accessories on the market. read more

ACHLA Designs

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. These colorful and highly reflective, glass toadstools are our take on the popular garden dec...or of the Victorian era, when they were popular both indoors and outdoors. Made from hand blown glass. Available in... read more

ACHLA Designs

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. These colorful and highly reflective, glass toadstools are our take on the popular garden dec...or of the Victorian era, when they were popular both indoors and outdoors. Made from hand blown glass. Available in... 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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Young's Inc
$19.99
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Young's Inc. 8.25" Stoneware/Metal Owl Figure. This owl figurine works great in any garden or home decor as an accent piece. Measu...res 6.5(L) 5(W) 8.25(H). Made of metal and stoneware. Stylish decorative accent for any room decor. Great gift for family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. read more

Novica
$22.49 $24.99
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Brandishing cruel claws, a scorpion arches its poisonous barbed tail in warning. The creature is crafted from a variety of castoff... metal pieces. Armando Ramirez recycles screws, wire and metal scraps to create the unique sculpture. Ram rez does not give his sculptures a fine polished finish, therefore smudges and scratches may be present. read more

IMAX
$149.99
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Metal Coastal Birds, Set of two--Majestic wrought iron sculptures perfectly capture the spirit and beauty of the coastal crane. Ha...ndcrafted by IMAX artisans, they make a bold addition to any home or garden. The set includes two sculptures, the small measures 29 by 15 by 7" and the larger measures 30 by 19 by 7". Both are over two and a half feet tall and absolutely gorgeous! This set has been finished by hand with exemplary detail. There will be slight variations in finish, color and texture. These variations are a reflection of the authenticity of the piece and signal the originality of the artisan. Care instructions: Dust with a clean dry cloth. Brought to you by IMAX- One source, a world of choices. read more

Novica
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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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Privilege
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Decorative Accent Piece Figurine - Bronze
Privilege
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Drew DeRose
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Drew DeRose
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Home Decorators Collection

The Black Beauty Horse Sculpture is a must-have for horse enthusiasts and art lovers alike. As an elegant touch to your desk, book...case or side table, the clay-like texture and proud stance of this striking home accent will give any setting an artistic touch of style. Be sure to add it to your cart. Color: Blacks. read more

Black Beauty Horse Sculpture - 10.5"Hx9.5"W, Black
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