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Sculpture Carvings

Sculptures made from the carving technique involve scraping away portions of material until the desired form is achieved, requiring material that is solid enough to hold form yet soft enough to be scraped away. Other methods of sculpture that use malleable forms like soap, clay, or melted glass are first soft and then harden upon completion. Carving is unique in that it requires more work from the artist because the material used, often wood but can also include varieties of animal bone or rock, is not malleable.

Perhaps the earliest examples of sculpture carvings can be seen in Paleolithic art, which used ivory, animal bone and rock. Some well-known modern artists also use sculpture carvings in their work, including English sculptor Henri Moore and the painter Paul Gauguin, who is often noted for his primitive wooden relief sculptures.


Quick Facts

  • Wood carvings were commonly made throughout all ancient civilizations
  • In Korea and China, jade carving was the most prestigious type of carving
  • Constantin Brancusi's first work was a violin carved from wood

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Jade Carved Devil's Mask
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Jade Carved Devil's Mask
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$6510 Bids
Vintage Porenga Wood Carved Human Skull
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Porenga Wood Carved Human Skull
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Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
Three Scandinavian carved and painted distaff
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Three Scandinavian carved and painted distaff
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $120- $160
$602 Bids
Two Scandinavian carved and painted distaff
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Scandinavian carved and painted distaff
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $120- $160
$602 Bids
TWO DECORATIVE HARDSTONE PIECES
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
TWO DECORATIVE HARDSTONE PIECES
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $150
$402 Bids
Two Scandinavian carved distaffs, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Scandinavian carved distaffs, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $120- $160
$601 Bid
Scandinavian carved and painted panel, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian carved and painted panel, 19th c.
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Est: $100- $150
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Antique Large Carved Wood Art Wing
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Large Carved Wood Art Wing
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Two carved cake boards
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two carved cake boards
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Two Scandinavian carved mangles
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Two Scandinavian carved mangles
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $140- $240
$701 Bid
Tiger eye large carved skull
Dec 28, 6:00 PM EST
Tiger eye large carved skull
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $40- $85
$301 Bid
Scandinavian carved and painted mangle, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian carved and painted mangle, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Carved Cattle Bones Erotic Couple with Mark
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
Carved Cattle Bones Erotic Couple with Mark
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $200
$101 Bid
Schnitzwerk, 19. Jhdt. 25 x 88 cm.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Schnitzwerk, 19. Jhdt. 25 x 88 cm.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
A VIENNA SECESSIONIST CARVED PANEL
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
A VIENNA SECESSIONIST CARVED PANEL
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$401 Bid
(2) ITALIAN CARVED GRIFFIN ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN CARVED GRIFFIN ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$801 Bid
Group of Black Forest carvings, 19th/20th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Group of Black Forest carvings, 19th/20th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$801 Bid
LOT CARVED STONE ITEMS
Nov 29, 2:00 PM EST
LOT CARVED STONE ITEMS
by Austin York LLC
Est: $30- $80
$201 Bid
2009 JOE SAYLERS CARVED WOODEN TREE
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
2009 JOE SAYLERS CARVED WOODEN TREE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Coral carving - 20th century
Dec 06, 3:00 PM CET
Coral carving - 20th century
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1000 Bids
ANTONIE CHASSAGNOLLE (ACTIVE CIRCA 1780). A FINE GEORGE III CARVED HIGH-RELIEF WORK LIMEWOOD OVAL PANEL
Dec 01, 9:30 AM GMT
ANTONIE CHASSAGNOLLE (ACTIVE CIRCA 1780). A FINE GEORGE III CARVED HIGH-RELIEF WORK LIMEWOOD OVAL PANEL
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£2,0000 Bids
Lithuanian Carved Wood Picture, Old Man's Face
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Lithuanian Carved Wood Picture, Old Man's Face
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
European Street Scene Wood Carving Plaque
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
European Street Scene Wood Carving Plaque
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Long Waves II Carved Wooden Plaque
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Long Waves II Carved Wooden Plaque
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids

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