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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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Hobo Nickel, Nice Hand Carved Piece
Apr 23, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1- $5,000
$179 Bids
North Wind Architectural Wood Carving
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Est: $0- $0
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Antique Italian Wood Carved & Gilt Angel Plaque
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Est: $0- $0
$352 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
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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".
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Pair of Walnut Dragon Carvings, 19th c., H.- 18 in., W.- 3 in., D.- 9 1/2 in. (2 Pcs.)
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Pair of Walnut Dragon Carvings, 19th c., H.- 18 in., W.- 3 in., D.- 9 1/2 in. (2 Pcs.)
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Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
Antique carnelian carved water dripper
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Est: $30- $100
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Pair of York and Lancaster Bas-Relief Carvings
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Pair of York and Lancaster Bas-Relief Carvings
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Est: $2,000- $4,000
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Supraport, Empire, around 1800/20
May 08, 5:00 PM CEST
Supraport, Empire, around 1800/20
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Est: €100- €200
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ANTIQUE CARVED BONE PLAQUE
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE CARVED BONE PLAQUE
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Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
French Satirical Carved & Molded Red Wax Shadowbox
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
French Satirical Carved & Molded Red Wax Shadowbox
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Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Collection of stone fruit with painted trencher.
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of stone fruit with painted trencher.
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
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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
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Architectural Hand Carved Stone fragment in white stone
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Est: $500- $700
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Howard Werner Nesting
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Howard Werner Nesting
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Est: $1,000- $2,000
$6000 Bids
A SWEETHEART BUGBEAR COCONUT, CIRCA 1790
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
A SWEETHEART BUGBEAR COCONUT, CIRCA 1790
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Est: £250- £350
£1200 Bids
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Geschnitzte
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Est: €100- €150
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Apr 24, 9:00 PM EDT
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Incredible Hand Crafted 4-Brothers Wood Art Work
Apr 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Incredible Hand Crafted 4-Brothers Wood Art Work
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Est: $600- $900
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