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Aluminum Metalware

Aluminum, the third-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, is an adaptable medium used frequently in architecture, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Not only is aluminum lightweight, but when melted, it also behaves as plastic and takes on dynamic and intriguing new forms. Dyes are sometimes added during the production process, resulting in rich hues of silver, gold, bronze, gray, and black. However, many collectors appreciate aluminum’s natural silvery-white color.

During the '20s and '30s, aluminum metalware was mass produced and became an important feature of the decorative arts. Because aluminum pots conduct heat and cool quickly, they quickly replaced copper and cast-iron wares. Aluminum wares such as utensils, dishes, and candlesticks were prized for their lightness and glistening surfaces and became the preferred choice for utilitarian and decorative items within the home.

Today, vintage aluminum wares are prized as sophisticated examples of early to mid-20th century decorative design. Contemporary aluminum metalware provides an overwhelming selection of ornamental items including figurines, sculpted centerpieces, jewelry boxes, cake stands, paperweights, napkin holders, and countless other collectible objects.


Quick Facts

  • On April 28, 2015, Phillips sold Marc Newson’s riveted aluminum and fiberglass "Lockheed Lounge," c. 1990 for $3.7 million
  • When hosting state dinners, Napoleon III reserved aluminum plates for special guests and used gold and silver dishes for soldiers of common rank
  • In 1884, an aluminum pyramidal cap was installed as the apex for the Washington Monument. After suffering multiple lightning strikes between 1885 and 1934, the aluminum apex was protected by the addition of tall lightning rods

Recommended Items at Auction

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VINTAGE ALUMINUM LEMONADE PITCHER & GLASSES
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
VINTAGE ALUMINUM LEMONADE PITCHER & GLASSES
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$219 Bids
ALUMINUM MESS KIT ITEMS
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
ALUMINUM MESS KIT ITEMS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$86 Bids
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RETRO HARLEQUIN ALUMINIUM CAMPING CUPS IN CASE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
RETRO HARLEQUIN ALUMINIUM CAMPING CUPS IN CASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
ALUMINUM BAKEWARE & MIXING BOWLS
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
ALUMINUM BAKEWARE & MIXING BOWLS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
HAMMERED ALUMINUM PIECES
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
HAMMERED ALUMINUM PIECES
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Arthur Armour (1908-1998) Pair Aluminum Waste Baskets
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Arthur Armour (1908-1998) Pair Aluminum Waste Baskets
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Medieval Aluminum Greaves LARP
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Medieval Aluminum Greaves LARP
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Modern Cast Aluminum Origami Vase
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Modern Cast Aluminum Origami Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
EMPIRE 78" ALUMINUM STRAIGHT EDGE LEVEL
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
EMPIRE 78" ALUMINUM STRAIGHT EDGE LEVEL
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Cherub & Turtle Cast Aluminium Sculpture
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Cherub & Turtle Cast Aluminium Sculpture
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Vintage Aluminum Camping Cooking Pots
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Vintage Aluminum Camping Cooking Pots
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
BUENILUM & PYREX HAMMERED ALUMINUM CASSEROLE & SIMPLEX CASSEROLE
Mar 01, 12:00 PM EST
BUENILUM & PYREX HAMMERED ALUMINUM CASSEROLE & SIMPLEX CASSEROLE
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
SERGIO CAPPELLI; PATRIZIA RANZO, COAT HOOK '9205 B' FROM THE 'PROGETTO OGGETTO' SERIES, C. 1995
Mar 19, 3:00 PM CET
SERGIO CAPPELLI; PATRIZIA RANZO, COAT HOOK '9205 B' FROM THE 'PROGETTO OGGETTO' SERIES, C. 1995
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €180- €200
€1500 Bids
CAST ALUMINUM DINNER BELL
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
CAST ALUMINUM DINNER BELL
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
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Feb 27, 7:00 PM CET
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by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €50- €75
€250 Bids
Ecker, Bogomir: Rote Ohren
Mar 16, 2:00 PM CET
Ecker, Bogomir: Rote Ohren
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €400
€2400 Bids
Lohmann, Julia: Zelte
Mar 16, 2:00 PM CET
Lohmann, Julia: Zelte
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €400- €600
€2000 Bids
EMS Emergency Response, Medical Service Chimes
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
EMS Emergency Response, Medical Service Chimes
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Fire Department Chime Diamond
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Fire Department Chime Diamond
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Fire Department Chime Skull
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Fire Department Chime Skull
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Prisoners of War Chime
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
Prisoners of War Chime
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
United States Coast Guard Chime
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
United States Coast Guard Chime
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
United States Marine Corps Chime
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
United States Marine Corps Chime
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
United States Marine Core Letters Chime
Mar 01, 9:00 AM CST
United States Marine Core Letters Chime
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Aluminum Metalware


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus

Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus

Artcurial

Artcurial

Doyle New York

Doyle New York