Frederic Weinberg Sculptures

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2015-06-26 10:58:45

Frederic Weinberg was a prolific artist. His abstract, stylized, and modernistic work spanned three decades and several media. He is best known for his sculptural pieces, which can fetch thousands at auction.

Background

Philadelphia based artist and industrial designer Frederic Weinberg produced and sold a wide variety of functional and decorative items under a company bearing his name. Though he is probably best known for his figural wire and fibreglass wall sculptures, he also produced retail fixtures, clocks, lamps and furniture for homes, institutions and businesses.

Collecting information

Frederic Weinberg is the PAFA-trained Philadelphia artist whose 1950s oeuvre — mostly sculpture, clocks, lamps and decorative displays for dozens of restaurants and retail businesses, based on his semi-abstract paintings — has recently become the obsession of in-the-know modern art collectors. Chief among them: interior designer Ron Rowe and Barneys salesman Glenn Nadeau, who, with much help from 20th-century specialists at Mode Moderne, Renaissance Man, Vintage Modern and Rago Arts and Auction Center, transformed their circa-1955 rancher into a playful, stylized, livable, authentically mid-century space in which to showcase an extensive collection of Weinberg’s rarest works. Still, the pair — who are now seeking help from Philadelphians in researching the first-ever book about the artist — were careful not to create a Weinberg shrine.

Deigns

  • Swing Time, 1950s, fiberglass wall light
  • Reclining nude, c. 1950s
  • Sagittarius sculptural wall light, part of a zodiac series
  • Fighting Romans
  • Dancing couple, 1950's, fiberglass wall light
  • Three horses wall relief sculpture, 1950s
  • Clock tower shelf, 1950s
  • Atomic pedestal clock
  • Atomic sculptural wall clock, 1950s
  • Fencers
  • Gladiator
  • Tennis anyone?
  • Musicians
  • Lute planter
  • Guitar wall light, 1950s
  • Gilded bronze animals and dancing figures

Price guide

An illuminated wall sculpture with single socket, featuring a white-enamelled terra-cotta figure of a dancer, mounted on a biomorphic black mesh frame,brought $1,300 in October 2004.

Six wall-hanging bar sculptures in black enamel over steel wire sold for $1,100 in April 2005 at Rago.

Wall hanging sculpture with three stylized horses brought $700 in October 2012.

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