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Montjoye, France, Large Art Nouveau Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1880-1900
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Montjoye, France. Large Art Nouveau vase in mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with flowers in enamel work, gilt. High quality vase. Dated 1880-1900. In very good condition. Measures...
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Antique 1880s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Montjoye, France, Large Art Nouveau Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass, 1880-1900
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Montjoye, France. Large Art Nouveau vase in mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with flowers in enamel work, gilt. High quality vase. Dated 1880-1900. In very good condition. Measures...
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Antique 1880s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau Jardinière, Austria, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Made of fine copper, circa 1915, this beautiful Art Nouveau jardinière from Austria impresses with a great embossed design adorned by classical roses. The inserted cut glass bowl com...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Bowls

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Copper

Art Nouveau Bronze 'Femme avec Chat' by Hippolyte Moreau
By Hippolyte François Moreau
Located in London, GB
A charming bronze study of a young girl looking down at her feet where her cat is standing exhibiting excellent rich brown patina and very fine hand finished detail, signed Hip Moreau.
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Bronze 'Spinning Wool' by Alexandre Clerget
By Alexandre Clerget
Located in London, GB
A delightful Art Nouveau early 20th century bronze figure of a naked woman sat upon a rock spinning wool, exhibiting excellent rich brown patina and fine hand finished detail. Raised...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Bronze Bust on Red Marble Base by J. A. Injalbert Art Nouveau France, circa 1900
By Jean-Antoine Injalbert
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Outstanding bronze bust by famous French sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933) from the beginning of the 20th century. This unique, extra large version - twice as big as the co...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Griotte Marble, Bronze

Art Nouveau Planter or Jardinière Floral, France, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic ceramic planter or jardinière from France, circa 1910. This floral designed planter or jardinière just looks fantastic in combination with the wonderful worked blossoms on ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Signed French Art Nouveau Metal Vase, 1stdibs New York
Located in Chicago, IL
French Art Nouveau metal vase. Signed Lola 1911. The top is embellished with green glass cabochons and the body is decorated with dimensional flowers and birds.
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Early 20th Century French Vases

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Metal

Royal Copenhagen, Rare Art Nouveau Dish with Fish, Early 20th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen. Rare Art Nouveau dish with fish, early 20th century. In very good condition. Measures: 16 x 6 cm. Stamped.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Porcelain

20th Century Art Nouveau Table Lamp with Sculpture in Clay, Couple in Love 1920s
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Beautiful table lamp Art Nouveau refined sculpture in clay. The lamp is a true work of art executed with great quality. A couple of young lovers kissing with great passion. The two y...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Figurative Sculptures

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Clay

Classic Sculpture in Biscuit on Base, Gustafsberg, Dated 1910, Siblings
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Classic sculpture in biscuit on base, Gustafsberg, dated 1910. Siblings. Measures 30.5 cm. x 20 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped. Gustafsberg, PS.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

Pair of Danish Silver Two-Light Candelabras, Designed by Georg Jensen
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
A pair of Danish silver two-light candelabra, designed by Georg Jensen. Mark of GEORG JENSEN, COPENHAGEN. Pomegranate pattern, each set on a circular base, rising to a stem formed ...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Candelabras

20th Century Cast Bronze Statue of a Nymph Signed by Ferdinando de Luca, Italy
By Ferdinando de Luca
Located in Miami, FL
The famed Italian sculptor Ferdinando de Luca created this incredible cast bronze likeness of a girl in the 20th century. Its stylized Art Nouveau aesthetic has a vibrancy which perf...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Meissen Three Girls Playing Hide and Seek by Theodore Eichler Model W 115
By Theodore Eichler
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen rarest group of figurines: Three Girls Playing Hide and Seek by Theodore Eichler. Size: height 25.0 cm (= 9.84 inches) width 20.0 cm (= 7.87 inches) depth 12.5 cm (= 4...
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Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Stoneware Jar with Anton Michelsen Silver Mounting 30 Amethysts
By Royal Copenhagen, Patrick Nordstrom
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen (Patrick Nordstrøm). Jar in stoneware with green Sung glaze, Anton Michelsen mounting with lid in sterling silver with leaves and grape bunches of a total of 30 amet...
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Vases

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Stoneware

Georg Jensen "Blossom" Bowl in Sterling Silver, 3 Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Blossom" bowl in sterling silver. Model number 2A. Measures: 20 x 14 cm. Height: 5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped: 2A / M10. 3 pieces in stock.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Bowls

Minton Secessionist Chamber Pot
By Minton
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Minton Secessionist chamber pot. Decorated with motifs in the Art Nouveau style. Glazed in turquoise, ochre, brown and blue. Green tube lining. Maker's marks to underside including p...
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Antique Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Decorative Bowls

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Pottery

1910s Vintage Italian Screen Printed Tin Box with Panoramic Views of Rome
Located in Milan, IT
Very nice vintage screen printed tin box produced in Italy in early 1900. All four sides of the box are decorated with multi Art Nouveau style colored panoramic views of Rome: -f...
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Vintage 1910s Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Boxes

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Tin

Antique Birmingham Sterling Silver Picture Frame, circa 1912
By Henry Matthews
Located in Brighton, GB
Antique Birmingham sterling silver picture frame made by Henry Matthews, circa 1912. Price includes shipping to anywhere in the world.
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Silver

Vase Johann Loetz Witwe Decor Phenomena Genre 1/473 circa 1901 Signed
Located in Vienna, AT
This delightful vase is Loetz in a Classic style. Harmonious in its organic shape, the decor emphasizes the floral idea of the vessel. Our vase is remarkable due to its rather rare P...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Vase Johann Loetz Witwe Decor Medici Maron PG 2/484, circa 1902
Located in Vienna, AT
The decor variant Medici or Phenomen Gre 2/484 was very successful for the Loetz Company. The combination of strongly shimmering silver oxide tongues and bright colours met the taste...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Large Loetz Vase Titania Gre6388, circa 1909 Rare Decor "Maigrün Mit Rosa"
Located in Vienna, AT
The Titania decors range amongst the most extravagant and difficult genres ever produced by Loetz. Glasses in this variant always proved to be a challenge for the executing craftsmen...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Loetz Vase by Leopold Bauer Decor Phenomen Gre 2/177, circa 1906
By Leopold Bauer
Located in Vienna, AT
The cooperation of Leopold Bauer with the glass manufacturer Johann Loetz-Witwe Klostermuhle began shortly before the year 1902 and turned out to be a great success for both in the y...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Glass

Monumental Loetz Flower Vase circa 1910 Silberblatt Decoration
Located in Vienna, AT
Organic shapes were highly appreciated by the buying audience and the designers of the Loetz manufacture invented a high number of floral objects. Jack-in-the-pulpit and floriform va...
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Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Glass

Johann Loetz-Witwe, Vase Decor Argus Phenomen Genre 2/351, circa 1902
Located in Vienna, AT
The "Argus" decor is one of the most popular variants from the Phenomen Genres family and was created in 1902. With its silver oxide eyes and finely spun silver crumb threads, this d...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Glass

Loetz Vase Unknown Decor Phenomen Genre Signed, circa 1900
Located in Vienna, AT
This small vase with an Unknown Phenomen Decor embodies the idea of Art Nouveau glass. Its shape could be based on the shape of a flower pistil or a calyx, thus taking account of the...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Glass

Art Nouveau Porcelain Pink Pig Figural Catchall Antique, German, 1910s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful pink pig figural catchall. Made of Porcelain. A beautiful decorative piece of art for any room.
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Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Large Art Nouveau Emile Galle Four Color Botanicals Vase. Circa 1905
By Emile Gallé
Located in Dallas, TX
A stunning four color wheel carved and acid etched fat vase with pink, yellow, greenish browns and white on a cream background. The coloring is strong and the workmanship excellent. ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau Metal Bulldog Motif Ladies Compact Antique German, 1910s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 20th century German motif Ladies Compact, with a nice bulldog motif. Nice addition to your collection of bulldog items. It is not marked.
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Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau More Desk Accessories

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Metal

German Royal Vienna Art Nouveau Portrait Vase Porcelain Gold Gilding
By Royal Vienna Porcelain
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
19th century Royal Vienna hand painted porcelain portrait drill vase. The body is covered with high quality gilt and raised gilt Art Nouveau style decoration. The center features an ...
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Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Vases

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Porcelain

Pair of Vintage Italian Pewter Ewer with Cherub and Rams, Italy Art Nouveau
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A pair of large amazing pewter vases, Ewer, or Amphoras made in Italy. Vases are in very good condition with a nice patina. Marked on the bottom 90% peltrato.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

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Pewter

Antique Loetz Silver Overlay Iridescent Art Glass Cabinet Vase
By La Pierre Manufacturing
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A good, small scale Art Nouveau period Loetz art glass cabinet vase with thick sterling silver overlay decoration. The glass with a Silberiris finish and the silver with engraved ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Sterling Silver

Zeus Statue Jewelry Trinket Box Metal, Antique German Souvenir, 1910s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Gorgeous vintage metal jewelry box. A beautiful decorative item in metal inside covered with fabric. Made in Germany, circa 1910s. Nice addition to any collection, dressing room, liv...
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Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Metal

Petite Statue Figure of the Nuremberg Water Fountain Goose Man Antique Souvenir
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful metal figurine of the goose man, a statue in the middle of a water fountain in Nuremberg, Germany. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Made of metal. A bea...
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Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Metal

Collection of Vintage Amber Apothecary Glasses, Bottles
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of seven brown/amber apothecary pharmacy glasses and ceramics from the 1920s-1930s.
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Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau Bottles

Emperor Wilhelm I. Metal Catchall Shows National Monument, Antique German, 1890s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful metal tray or catchall to hold quills. Made of cast Iron, has some nice patina, but this is old-age. A beautiful piece for your desk or any room. It was made for the 100th ...
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Antique 1890s German Art Nouveau More Desk Accessories

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Iron

Majolica Tobacco Box by Johann Maresch, Austria, circa 1900
By Johann Maresch
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
We are offering another rare Johann Maresch item, an exceptional Majolica tobacco box out of the famous "tobacco barrel series" from the beginning of the 20th century. This wonderful...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

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Majolica

Pair of 19th Century Majolica Floral Jardinières
Located in The Hills, TX
19th century pair of French Majolica pink flowers jardinières. Sand background.
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Majolica Tobacco Box by Johann Maresch, Austria, circa 1900
By Johann Maresch
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Here we are offering one of our rare Majolica items, an exceptional tobacco box out of the sack series by Johann Maresch from the beginning of the 20th century. The beautiful worked ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes

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Majolica

Majolica Jardinière by Wilhelm Schiller & Son, circa 1890
By Wilhelm Schiller & Son
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful shaped Majolica Jardinière produced by the famous ceramic/ majolica manufacturer Wilhelm Schiller & Son around 1890. This majolica piece shows an amazing floral, hand-paint...
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Antique Late 19th Century Czech Art Nouveau Planters, Cachepots and Jard...

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Ceramic, Majolica

Art Nouveau Inlaid Tortoise Shell and Silver Jewelry Box
By William Comyns & Sons 1
Located in Singapore, SG
A large oval sterling silver jewelry box standing on four cast legs. The oval tortoiseshell lid is inlaid with silver in the style of the Art Nouveau period. In fine condition th...
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Antique Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Sterling Silver

French Art Pottery Metenier Blue Ceramic Vase Pot
By Gilbert Metenier
Located in Great Britain, Northern Ireland
Made from stoneware and signed on the base by ‘G.Métenier’ for Gilbert Metenier. An artist potter who worked from 1907 until 1940 noted for his variety of shapes and interesting expe...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Vases

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Italian Art Nouveau Handcrafted Silver Picture Frame, Kindness
By Laura G Art with Heart
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Kindness is the name of this delicate model of Laura G Art with Heart collection of picture frames, handmade entirely by Italian masters of art. Kindness is both front and back deco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Silver

Art Nouveau Italian Silver Bronze Picture Frame Venetian Glass
By Laura G Art with Heart
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination red is an Art Nouveau Italian metal picture frame with Murano glass. Illumination red is an art-design picture frame, proudly handmade in Italy by master of crafts. silv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Silver on Bronze Desk Set by Heintz
By Heintz Art Metal Shop
Located in Fairfax, VA
A beautiful set of 12 piece desk set. In the Art Nouveau style by the by great art metal work of Heintz, the set is made of silver on bronze. The calendar piece may be used as a pi...
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Vintage 1910s American Art Nouveau Desk Sets

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Sterling Silver, Bronze

Italian Art Nouveau Gilt Silver Picture Frame with Black Marble, Illumination
By Laura G Art with Heart
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination is a rectangular golden silver picture frame with black marble designed by Laura G Art with Heart and it is decorated 360°, both front and back as every one of my pictur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Belgian Black Marble, Silver

Antique Art Nouveau Enamel & Gold Plated Table Top Picture Frame, c1900
By Ronson Art Metal Works
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Art Nouveau table top picture frame by AMW (Art Metal Works) offers gold plated exterior with scroll, floral and foliate enameled decoration with bead bordering, c1900 ...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Metal, Gold Plate, Enamel

Antique Art Nouveau American Belleek CAC Lenox Silver Overlay Porcelain Vase
By Lenox's Ceramic Art Company
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique American Belleek silver overlay porcelain vase. By CAC (which becomes Lenox in 1906). Decorated with silver overlay throughout. The body is encircled by a repeat...
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20th Century North American Art Nouveau Vases

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Silver

Vitange Art Deco Jellyfish Glass Paperweight
By Studio Art Deco
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful art Deco glass jellyfish paperweight brilliant condition.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Art Nouveau Paperweights

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Art Glass

  • Vitange Art Deco Jellyfish Glass Paperweight
  • Vitange Art Deco Jellyfish Glass Paperweight
  • Vitange Art Deco Jellyfish Glass Paperweight
  • Vitange Art Deco Jellyfish Glass Paperweight
H 4.73 in. W 3.15 in. D 2.37 in.
Bronze Art Nouveau Sculpture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A cast bronze sculpture with original markings. Stamped "Made in France" "LN PARIS JR".
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Bronze Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Bronze Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Bronze Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Bronze Art Nouveau Sculpture
H 10.5 in. W 4 in. D 1.5 in.
Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning early Art Nouveau iridescent art glass inkwell, circa 1900s. The piece features a gorgeous array of rainbow iridescence from greens to blues to yellows. The inkwell is cappe...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Inkwells

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Art Glass

Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning early Art Nouveau gourd shaped iridescent art glass inkwell, circa 1900s. The piece features a gorgeous array of rainbow iridescence from greens to golds to purples. The ink...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Inkwells

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Art Glass

Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning early Art Nouveau threaded iridescent art glass inkwell, circa 1900s. The piece features a gorgeous array of rainbow iridescence from pinks to blues to greens to browns. The...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Inkwells

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Art Glass

  • Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
  • Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
  • Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
  • Iridescent Art Nouveau Art Glass Inkwell
H 2.375 in. W 3.75 in. D 3.75 in.
Art Nouveau Sculpture
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art nouveau sculpture on a marble base. Signed Mela. Width 60 cm. Height 30 cm. depth 13 cm. Weight 12 kg.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Marble, Spelter

  • Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Art Nouveau Sculpture
  • Art Nouveau Sculpture
H 11.82 in. W 23.63 in. D 5.12 in.
Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jewelry box Art Nouveau bronze and glass with golden patina Origin France Circa 1900 perfect condition has a medallion on top.
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Bronze

  • Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
  • Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
  • Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
  • Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
H 3.55 in. W 7.49 in. D 5.91 in.
Art Nouveau Candle Holder
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Brass candle holder, decorated with leaves and a flower. Flowing, elegant form.
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Candle Holders

  • Art Nouveau Candle Holder
  • Art Nouveau Candle Holder
  • Art Nouveau Candle Holder
  • Art Nouveau Candle Holder
H 17.72 in. Dm 11.82 in.
Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany
By WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany Origin Germany circa 1915 electro plated pewter material no visible marks attributed to WMF In very good condition With natural wear.
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Vintage 1910s German Art Nouveau Inkwells

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Pewter

  • Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany
  • Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany
  • Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany
  • Inkwell Art Nouveau Germany
H 3.15 in. W 13.78 in. D 7.88 in.
French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
Located in Fairfax, VA
This beautifully made French bronze sculpture of a young woman will wow you with its craftsmanship and artistic detail. The statue is mounted atop a marble base.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
H 9.5 in. W 2.75 in. D 2.25 in.
Art Nouveau Jewelry Box
By WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik
Located in North Miami, FL
Art Nouveau silver-plated jewelry box by W.M.F. Made in Germany circa: 1905.  
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Silver Plate

  • Art Nouveau Jewelry Box
  • Art Nouveau Jewelry Box
  • Art Nouveau Jewelry Box
  • Art Nouveau Jewelry Box
H 7 in. W 4.5 in. D 3 in.
French Art Nouveau Grandfather Clock
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau bronze dore grandfather clock with marble & onyx pedestal top and base. *Not working
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Clocks

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Marble, Onyx, Ormolu

  • French Art Nouveau Grandfather Clock
  • French Art Nouveau Grandfather Clock
  • French Art Nouveau Grandfather Clock
  • French Art Nouveau Grandfather Clock
H 64.25 in. W 16.5 in. D 16.5 in.
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Art Nouveau Art Objects For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of art nouveau art objects is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct art nouveau art objects — often made from metal, glass and bronze — can elevate any home. Find 4854 antique and vintage art nouveau art objects at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 30 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Art nouveau art objects have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Art nouveau art objects bearing Art Nouveau or Art Deco hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Tiffany Studios, Daum and Emile Gallé each produced beautiful art nouveau art objects that are worth considering.

How Much are Art Nouveau Art Objects?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,801, while they’re typically $38 on the low end and $375,000 highest priced.

A Close Look at Art Nouveau Furniture

Art Nouveau was a modernizing movement in the decorative arts that developed in France and Britain in the early 1880s and quickly became a dominant aesthetic style in Western Europe and the United States. In its sinuous lines and flamboyant curves inspired by the natural world, Art Nouveau furniture, jewelry and graphic design reflected a desire for freedom from the stuffy social and artistic strictures of the Victorian era.

Art Nouveau can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. The signature motif is the "whiplash" curve — a deep, narrow, dynamic parabola that appears as an element in everything from chair arms to cabinetry and mirror frames. The visual vocabulary of Art Nouveau was particularly influenced by the soft colors and abstract images of nature seen in Japanese art prints, which arrived in large numbers in the West after open trade was forced upon Japan in the 1860s. The style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. While all Art Nouveau designs share common formal elements, different countries and regions produced their own variants.

In Scotland, the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh developed a singular, restrained look based on scale rather than ornament; a style best known from his narrow chairs with exceedingly tall backs, designed for Glasgow tea rooms. Meanwhile in France, Hector Guimard — whose iconic 1896 entry arches for the Paris Metro are still in use — and Louis Majorelle produced chairs, desks, bed frames and cabinets with sweeping lines and rich veneers. The Art Nouveau movement was known as Jugendstil ("Youth Style") in Germany, and in Austria the designers of the Vienna Secession group — notably Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann and Joseph Maria Olbrich — produced a relatively austere iteration of the Art Nouveau style, which mixed curving and geometric elements.

Art Nouveau revitalized all of the applied arts. Ceramists such as Ernest Chaplet and Edmond Lachenal created new forms covered in novel and rediscovered glazes that produced thick, foam-like finishes. Bold vases, bowls and lighting designs in acid-etched and marquetry cameo glass by Émile Gallé and the Daum Freres appeared in France, while in New York the glass workshop-cum-laboratory of Louis Comfort Tiffany — the core of what eventually became a multimedia decorative-arts manufactory called Tiffany Studios — brought out buoyant pieces in opalescent favrile glass. Jewelry design was revolutionized, as settings, for the first time, were emphasized as much as, or more than, gemstones. A favorite Art Nouveau jewelry motif was insects (think of Tiffany, in his famed Dragonflies glass lampshade).

Like a mayfly, Art Nouveau was short-lived. The sensuous, languorous style fell out of favor early in the 20th century, deemed perhaps too light and insubstantial for European tastes in the aftermath of World War I. But as the designs on 1stDibs demonstrate, Art Nouveau retains its power to fascinate and seduce.

There are ways to tastefully integrate a touch of Art Nouveau into even the most modern interior — browse an extraordinary collection of original antique Art Nouveau furniture on 1stDibs, which includes decorative objects, seating, tables, garden elements and more.

Finding the Right Decorative Objects for You

Every time you move into a house or an apartment — or endeavor to refresh the home you’ve lived in for years — life for that space begins anew. The right home accent, be it the simple placement of a decorative bowl on a shelf or a ceramic vase for fresh flowers, can transform an area from drab to spectacular. But with so many materials and items to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the process. The key to styling with decorative objects is to work toward making a happy home that best reflects your personal style. 

Ceramics are a versatile addition to any home. If you’ve amassed an assortment of functional pottery over the years, think of your mugs and salad bowls as decorative objects, ideal for displaying in a glass cabinet. Vintage ceramic serveware can pop along white open shelving in your dining area, while large stoneware pitchers paired with woven baskets or quilts in an open cupboard can introduce a rustic farmhouse-style element to your den.

Translucent decorative boxes or bowls made of an acrylic plastic called Lucite — a game changer in furniture that’s easy to clean and lasts long — are modern accents that are neutral enough to dress up a coffee table or desktop without cluttering it. If you’re showcasing pieces from the past, a vintage jewelry box for displaying your treasures can spark conversation. Where is the jewelry box from? Is there a story behind it?

Abstract sculptures or an antique vessel for your home library can draw attention to your book collection and add narrative charm to the most appropriate of corners. There’s more than one way to style your bookcases, and decorative objects add a provocative dynamic. “I love magnifying glasses,” says Alex Assouline, global vice president of luxury publisher Assouline, of adding one’s cherished objects to a home library. “They are both useful and decorative. Objects really elevate libraries and can also make them more personal.”

To help with personalizing your space and truly making it your own, find an extraordinary collection of decorative objects on 1stDibs.