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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Hobo Nickel, Nice Hand Carved Piece
Apr 23, 5:00 PM EDT
Hobo Nickel, Nice Hand Carved Piece
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$179 Bids
British, 19th Century, A pair of carved overdoors
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
British, 19th Century, A pair of carved overdoors
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£2306 Bids
British, 18th Century and later, A group of eight carved giltwood bird architectural elements
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
British, 18th Century and later, A group of eight carved giltwood bird architectural elements
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £200- £400
£1705 Bids
Michael Massie, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (24.1 x 29.2 cm.)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Michael Massie, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (24.1 x 29.2 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,3003 Bids
NO RESERVE: British, Circa 1960, A group of four carved drops
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
NO RESERVE: British, Circa 1960, A group of four carved drops
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£502 Bids
Jason Hunt, 14 1/2 x 5 in. (36.8 x 12.7 cm.)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Jason Hunt, 14 1/2 x 5 in. (36.8 x 12.7 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $400- $600
$2802 Bids
NO RESERVE: British, 19th Century, A carved cherub and dolphin fragment
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
NO RESERVE: British, 19th Century, A carved cherub and dolphin fragment
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£502 Bids
Stan Greene, 10 x 6 3/8 x 4 in. (25.4 x 16.2 x 10.2 cm.)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Stan Greene, 10 x 6 3/8 x 4 in. (25.4 x 16.2 x 10.2 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $400- $600
$3202 Bids
HARDSTONE CARVING, A FLOWER
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
HARDSTONE CARVING, A FLOWER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Albert Zahn (1864-1953), Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
Apr 25, 10:00 AM CDT
Albert Zahn (1864-1953), Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
by Guyette & Deeter
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Chapiteau en pierre calcaire sculptée à décor végé…
Apr 16, 6:30 PM CEST
Chapiteau en pierre calcaire sculptée à décor végé…
by Vanderkindere
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0001 Bid
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TWO HAND-CARVED WOODEN FEATHERS Contemporary Heights 7" and 9".
Apr 25, 9:30 AM EDT
TWO HAND-CARVED WOODEN FEATHERS Contemporary Heights 7" and 9".
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Karl Moest 19C Carved Wood Plaque w/ Sotheby's Tag
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Karl Moest 19C Carved Wood Plaque w/ Sotheby's Tag
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
British, 17th Century, A carved bannister pediment
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
British, 17th Century, A carved bannister pediment
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £200- £400
£1001 Bid
Antique carnelian carved water dripper
Apr 22, 12:00 PM PDT
Antique carnelian carved water dripper
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $100
$101 Bid
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Large Ruby Ball
Apr 19, 11:00 AM PDT
Large Ruby Ball
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $120
$201 Bid
A carved model paddle, decorated with Killer Whale design, 36 in. (91.4 cm.) l.
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
A carved model paddle, decorated with Killer Whale design, 36 in. (91.4 cm.) l.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $70- $90
$401 Bid
Pair of York and Lancaster Bas-Relief Carvings
May 10, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of York and Lancaster Bas-Relief Carvings
by New England Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1001 Bid
Artist unknown, 10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 4 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 10.2 cm.)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Artist unknown, 10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 4 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 10.2 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
Simon Charlie, 10 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 2 in. (26.0 x 14.6 x 5.1 cm)
Apr 17, 9:00 AM PDT
Simon Charlie, 10 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 2 in. (26.0 x 14.6 x 5.1 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1401 Bid
Two carved rock crystal skulls
Apr 17, 10:00 AM PDT
Two carved rock crystal skulls
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Antique Wood Carved Cherub Head Wall Plaque
Apr 14, 10:00 AM CDT
Antique Wood Carved Cherub Head Wall Plaque
by Rivich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
NO RESERVE: Italian, 19th Century, A carved giltwood architectural element
Apr 18, 10:00 AM BST
NO RESERVE: Italian, 19th Century, A carved giltwood architectural element
by Sloane Street Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£1501 Bid

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