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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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SIX FOSSIL AND BONE INUIT CARVINGS
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
SIX FOSSIL AND BONE INUIT CARVINGS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $500
$2259 Bids
Inuit Hand Carved Ivory Walrus Tusk with Walrus Scene on Antler Stand
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Inuit Hand Carved Ivory Walrus Tusk with Walrus Scene on Antler Stand
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1808 Bids
Pair of Carved Ivory Tusks with Sailboat Scene with Stands
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Pair of Carved Ivory Tusks with Sailboat Scene with Stands
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$908 Bids
Inuit Hand Carved Ivory Walrus Tusk with Caribou Scene
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Inuit Hand Carved Ivory Walrus Tusk with Caribou Scene
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1208 Bids
Early carved pine pinwheel design butter print
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Early carved pine pinwheel design butter print
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$2308 Bids
Ivory Tusk with Hand Carved Old Spanish Scene
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Ivory Tusk with Hand Carved Old Spanish Scene
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1107 Bids
Ivory Tusk with Hand Carved Boating Scene
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Ivory Tusk with Hand Carved Boating Scene
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$706 Bids
Hand Carved Cameo Sea Shell, Mermaid Scene
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Hand Carved Cameo Sea Shell, Mermaid Scene
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
Asian Wood Carving Bone Man
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Asian Wood Carving Bone Man
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$136 Bids
Round wheat sheath pattern wooden butter print
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Round wheat sheath pattern wooden butter print
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1105 Bids
Monumental Mexican Wood Carved Mask with Blue Eyes
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Monumental Mexican Wood Carved Mask with Blue Eyes
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
Vintage Hawaii Kanaloa Art Carved Wood By Cocojoes
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Hawaii Kanaloa Art Carved Wood By Cocojoes
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$255 Bids
19th Century Carved Bone Panel with Dragon Scene
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
19th Century Carved Bone Panel with Dragon Scene
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Oil on Canvas in Gold Carved Frame
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Oil on Canvas in Gold Carved Frame
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Hand Carved Aztec Motif Wood Plaque
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Hand Carved Aztec Motif Wood Plaque
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
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by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
2 small carved & polychrome painted "Eaglets" by Carl Snavely (Lititz, PA)
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
2 small carved & polychrome painted "Eaglets" by Carl Snavely (Lititz, PA)
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
White jade bear, China, Quing dynasty
Nov 16, 5:00 PM CET
White jade bear, China, Quing dynasty
by Tiberius Auctions
Est: €480- €600
€2401 Bid
Carved and painted Uncle Sam
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Carved and painted Uncle Sam
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Carved Sun and Moon on Wood
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Carved Sun and Moon on Wood
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $75- $200
$11 Bid
Small turned & carved wooden leaf shape stamp/print
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Small turned & carved wooden leaf shape stamp/print
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Early chip carved variegated tulip design butter print
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Early chip carved variegated tulip design butter print
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Early hand carved heart design butter print
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Early hand carved heart design butter print
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Figural carved print block
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Figural carved print block
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid

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