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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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Mid Century Sunburst Aluminum Pitcher and (8) Tumblers with Tray
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Mid Century Sunburst Aluminum Pitcher and (8) Tumblers with Tray
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$456 Bids
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Carrol Boyes Aluminum Double Handle Serving Tray, Spirals
May 28, 2:00 PM EDT
Carrol Boyes Aluminum Double Handle Serving Tray, Spirals
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
DAVID MARSHALL ice bucket. Seville, late 20th century. Brass and cast aluminum. Signed.
May 30, 12:00 PM CEST
DAVID MARSHALL ice bucket. Seville, late 20th century. Brass and cast aluminum. Signed.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €300- €350
€1501 Bid
(7) Mid Century Retro Items
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
(7) Mid Century Retro Items
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
3 FT FAIRYLAND ALUMINUM CHRISTMAS TREE
Jun 03, 6:00 PM EDT
3 FT FAIRYLAND ALUMINUM CHRISTMAS TREE
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
PAIR CAST ALUMINUM "TULIP" URNS ON SEPARATE DECORATED BASES.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
PAIR CAST ALUMINUM "TULIP" URNS ON SEPARATE DECORATED BASES.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$501 Bid
Large Modernist Polished Aluminum Penguin Figure
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Modernist Polished Aluminum Penguin Figure
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
§ Jonathan Clarke (1961-), Seed Box, 1986,
May 23, 10:00 AM BST
§ Jonathan Clarke (1961-), Seed Box, 1986,
by Cheffins
Est: £400- £600
£3200 Bids
Untitled
May 28, 6:00 PM CEST
Untitled
by Lehner Kunstauktionen
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
Untitled
May 28, 6:00 PM CEST
Untitled
by Lehner Kunstauktionen
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
APPROX. TWENTY SIX MODERNIST ALUMINUM WALL PANELS OF VARYING WIDTHS C 1965.
May 22, 11:00 AM EDT
APPROX. TWENTY SIX MODERNIST ALUMINUM WALL PANELS OF VARYING WIDTHS C 1965.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$500 Bids
Francois Fanch Ledan Hammered Aluminum by Wendell Holmes "Magical Moonlit Night"
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Francois Fanch Ledan Hammered Aluminum by Wendell Holmes "Magical Moonlit Night"
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
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Carrol Boyes Aluminum Dish, Nude Woman
May 28, 2:00 PM EDT
Carrol Boyes Aluminum Dish, Nude Woman
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Carrol Boyes Aluminum Spoon Rest, Woman
May 28, 2:00 PM EDT
Carrol Boyes Aluminum Spoon Rest, Woman
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Aluminum Taper Tree with Star Bell Revolving Tree Holder
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Aluminum Taper Tree with Star Bell Revolving Tree Holder
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $75- $150
$250 Bids
Cherub & Turtle Cast Aluminium Sculpture
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Cherub & Turtle Cast Aluminium Sculpture
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Emmanuel COMBAREL & Dominique MARREC Comptoir
May 30, 5:30 PM CEST
Emmanuel COMBAREL & Dominique MARREC Comptoir
by Francois EPIN Auction
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€6,0000 Bids
Emmanuel COMBAREL & Dominique MARREC Bahut
May 30, 5:30 PM CEST
Emmanuel COMBAREL & Dominique MARREC Bahut
by Francois EPIN Auction
Est: €10,000- €15,000
€10,0000 Bids
MELODY ARMSTRONG - Concealed Weapon Series, #5 - Purple and Blue
Jun 02, 1:00 PM CST
MELODY ARMSTRONG - Concealed Weapon Series, #5 - Purple and Blue
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $750- $900
$2800 Bids
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Jun 19, 1:00 PM CEST
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
by Artcurial Beurret Bailly Widmer
Est: CHF3,000- CHF5,000
CHF3,0000 Bids
TAKASHI MURAKAMI 'Pixel Flowers' (2021) Non-Stick Pancake Pan
May 28, 1:00 PM PDT
TAKASHI MURAKAMI 'Pixel Flowers' (2021) Non-Stick Pancake Pan
by Signari Gallery, LLC
Est: $100- $150
$400 Bids
3 GRAND CLASSIC STYLE FRENCH URNS
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
3 GRAND CLASSIC STYLE FRENCH URNS
by Clements
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
Stilnovo Wastebasket
May 21, 6:00 PM CEST
Stilnovo Wastebasket
by LTWID Auction
Est: €400- €600
€1800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Aluminum Metalware


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Francois EPIN Auction

Francois EPIN Auction

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Wright

Wright