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Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon Carved 4 Drawer Partners Desk and Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon carved 4 drawer partners desk and chair. Set includes (1) partner's desk with working drawers on both sides, (1) heavily carved arm chair with flo...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Art Nouveau Art Glass Dragon Petit Cache Pot
Located in Montreal, QC
A rare and wonderful Art Nouveau hexagon glass petit cache pot; green with applied, in relief bronze-color fiery dragons. The Dynamic, undulating lines characterize the essence of th...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Glass

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau 14 Carat Gold Cufflinks of Dragon Heads
Located in Banbury, GB
A rare pair of Art Nouveau 14ct gold cufflinks. The gold work is incredible fine. They are fine models of a dragon's head. His eyes are cabochon emerald. They were made in America ci...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Cufflinks

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Gold, 14k Gold

French Art Nouveau 18 Karat & Diamond Dragon Pin-Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Art Nouveau era Dragon Pendant Necklace composed of 18k yellow gold. With an Old Mine Cut diamond in the dragon's mouth and one for its eye, for a total carat weight of 0.23 carats. ...
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Antique 1890s Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Bone Inlaid Wall Art in Blue Resin with Celtic Dragon Pattern
By Enrique Garcel
Located in New York City, NY
Wood, resin and camel bone chips make this wall panel. The Celtic dragon is made of hundred of camel bone chips, each precisely hand cut and filed. The blue resin applied like veneti...
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Antique Early 19th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Decorative Art

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Bone

French Art Nouveau 18 Karat Green Gold Serpent Dragon Stickpin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Depicting a green gold serpent dragon sinuously coiled in a circle Stylized whiplash wings and hatched scales French assay mark for 18 karat gold Numbered with French maker's mark...
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1990s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Gold, 18k Gold

Chandelier Dragons in Alabaster, Style Art Nouveau or Liberty, 1915
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Amazing Dragon Pendant light in alabaster Year: 1915 Material: alabaster To take care of your property and the lives of our customers, the new wiring has been done. (alabaster lig...
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Vintage 1910s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster

French Art Nouveau Marquis Diamond 18 Karat Gold Serpentine Dragon Stickpin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Depicting a highly rendered dragon, matte gold, with detailed serpentine body intertwining within itself Clutching a marquise cut diamond in its beak, bezel set milgrain platinum, w...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau 18K Yellow Gold Plique a Jour Enamel and Diamond Dragon Pendant
Located in Addison, TX
The pendant measures 1.5"x1.3" bail opening measures 6x4mm Unmarked, tested for solid 18K yellow gold Set with 1 old mine cut diamond in the dragons mouth, .15 carat Weighing 9.5g ...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau More Jewelry

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Art Nouveau Citrine 18 Karat Yellow Gold Serpent Dragon Fob Pendant Charm
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Fob is designed as two winged serpent dragons - scrolled and mirrored. Accented by a scalloped edge and highly rendered gold with a matte finish. Base is bezel set with an elongated ...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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Citrine, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Art Nouveau 14k Gold Large 3D Dragon w/ Diamond Textured Pin Brooch
Located in Montclair, NJ
Here we have an outstanding antique brooch that was crafted during the art nouveau era from solid 14k yellow gold. The brooch features a large and very detailed 3D dragon design with...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Meiji Period Japanese Export Dragon Carved Table / Plant Stand
Located in Forney, TX
An extraordinary example, this Art Nouveau style Japanese Export dragon table was elaborately hand carved and painted at the turn of the 19th / 20th century. Features a circular top ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Furniture

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Hardwood

French Art Nouveau Diamond Pearl Silver 18 Karat Gold Basilisk Dragon Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a beaked basilisk encircled by its serpentine tail Eye is a round cut ruby while crown is silver-topped and accented by rose cut diamonds Featuring an oval pearl measur...
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Antique 1880s Art Nouveau Brooches

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White Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

20th Century After Gabriel Viardot Dragon Mirror, Gilded Wood Art Nouveau
By Gabriel Viardot
Located in Valladolid, ES
Outstanding mirror in the shape of an anthropomorphic dragon that follows the lines of the unmistakable aesthetics of the designer Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906). It is a piece with a u...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors

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Acrylic, Wood

Art Nouveau Vase Ceramic Dragons 'Jugendstil' Markes on Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Nouveau vase with stylized Dragons around the base. Great colors with orange at the neck. The base is marked with number ( 367 ) and inationals ( J B ) It is a big size at 21 1/2" he...
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Antique 1890s European Jugendstil Pottery

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Ceramic

Masriera Art Nouveau Style 18 Karat Gold Enamel 0.25ct Diamond Dragon Necklace
By Masriera
Located in Vilnius, LT
This is a lovely Art Nouveau style necklace designed by Masriera in 1960’s-1970’s. It can also be worn as a brooch. The piece depicts a dragon and is crafted in 18K yellow gold. It...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Sterlin Silver Dragon Ring
By FERRUCCI
Located in New York, NY
The Dragon Ring, entirely made in Sterling Silver, no platings, incredibly detailed, made to order of your size each time, due to the finger size fitting importance. This is a solid ...
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2010s Art Nouveau Cocktail Rings

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Silver

Glass Dragon Lamp
By Barovier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Glass dragon lamp House of Barovier Murano, First third of the 20th century Dimensions: Total height with shade: 71cm Dimensions of the foot: Height: 40cm Diameter of the base: 1...
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Vintage 1910s Italian Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

  • Glass Dragon Lamp
  • Glass Dragon Lamp
  • Glass Dragon Lamp
  • Glass Dragon Lamp
H 27.96 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Antique Silver Griffin Dragon Necklace
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning detail on this antique 800 silver Necklace. Griffins, faces ( happy and sad) make up the detailing on this wonderful antique necklace. Hallmarked on the back with a C Clasp...
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Vintage 1920s Art Nouveau Drop Necklaces

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Silver

18k Solid Yellow Gold Dragon Ring
By FERRUCCI
Located in New York, NY
The Dragon Ring, entirely made in 18k Solid Yellow Gold, no platings, incredibly detailed, made to order of your size each time, due to the finger size fitting importance. This is a ...
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2010s Art Nouveau Cocktail Rings

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Yellow Gold

Antique Imperial Jade & Pure Gold Dragon Ring
Located in Southbury, CT
A round double-cabochon of fine emerald-green jade is gripped within the jaws of two figural dragons in this beautiful and whimsical antique Chinese ring from the late 1800s. The viv...
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Antique 1890s Art Nouveau More Rings

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Jade, Gold, 22k Gold

Daisy Makeig-Jones Green Lustre Dragon Vase
By Daisy Makeig-Jones, Wedgwood, Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Wedgwood green lustre double gourd vase in the ‘Celestial Dragon’ pattern, designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones for Wedgwood circa 1915. Like many Western artists before her, Wedgwood...
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Vintage 1910s English Art Nouveau Vases

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Ceramic, Luster, Porcelain

Vintage Cast Iron Winged Dragon Griffin Garden Bench Seat
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage turn of the century cast iron winged dragon griffin garden bench. Two front side support figural winged dragons with leaf pattern back. Old paint. Very good condition. Dimens...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Benches

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Iron

Antique French Majolica Planter Cache Pot Jardiniere Brown Green Gold Dragons
Located in Tyler, TX
Gorgeous Antique French Majolica Cache Pot, Planter, Jardiniere, Flower Pot or Vase~~Art Nouveau~~c. 1900 Authentic French Majolica planter or cache pot~~vibrant colors of brown, ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Pottery

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Pottery

Claude Lalanne, a Rare Gilt-Bronze Dragonly Frame, France, C. 1985
By Claude Lalanne
Located in New York, NY
Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) a rare gilt-bronze dragonly frame, France C. 1985, Signed on reverse Cl. Lalanne Artcurial 25/450. Measures: 4" high x 3.5" wide Great condition. ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Picture Frames

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Bronze

Vintage Silver Plate Dragon Handle and Pink Glass Catchall, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous silver plated, 1910s bowl or catchall. Made of silver plated metal frame with dragon handles and a pink glass. Think it can be used at a table for paperclips, toothpicks, ma...
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Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Nouveau More Desk Accessories

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Metal, Silver Plate

Antique Dragon Sconce, Hand Forged Iron, 3-Light, Big Only One
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand forged dragon with wings, 3 flower shades for light golden painted finish. Measures: Total height is at 26" and 24" wide, depth of 12" heavy. Needs re-wiring, late 19th century ...
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Antique 1890s European Art Nouveau Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron

Ipsen's, Denmark, Rare Dish with Dragon in Glazed Ceramics, circa 1920
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ipsen's, Denmark. Rare dish with dragon in hand painted glazed ceramics, circa 1920 Measures: 31.5 x 8.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Dragon Diamond Pendant
Located in Barcelona, ES
Art Nouveau dragon pendant in yellow gold and diamonds
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau More Jewelry

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Diamond, Gold

  • Art Nouveau Dragon Diamond Pendant
  • Art Nouveau Dragon Diamond Pendant
  • Art Nouveau Dragon Diamond Pendant
  • Art Nouveau Dragon Diamond Pendant
W 1.15 in. D 0.2 in. L 1.58 in.
Dragons - large "Draco" Art Nouveau lithograph in brown tones Anton Seder, 1896
Located in Culver City, CA
Das Thier (The Animal), Plate No. 12 Anton Seder (1850-1916) Antique lithograph 1896 Incredibly rare mythological and mystical lithograph of dragons illustrated in an Art Nouveau st...
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1890s Art Nouveau More Prints

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Lithograph

Dragons - large "Draco" Art Nouveau lithograph in green by Anton Seder, 1896
Located in Culver City, CA
Das Thier (The Animal), Plate No. 1 Anton Seder (1850-1916) Antique lithograph 1896 Incredibly rare mythological and mystical lithograph of dragons illustrated in an Art Nouveau sty...
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1890s Art Nouveau More Prints

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Lithograph

Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Dragon Cufflinks
Located in Bloxham, GB
A stunning pair of antique 14 karat yellow gold cufflinks. These fine and impressive antique gold cufflinks have been crafted in 14k gold settings. Dragon design and gold work is ...
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Antique 19th Century Art Nouveau Cufflinks

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14k Gold

1920s Asian Art Nouveau Vintage Coral Silver Adjustable Dragon Ring Gift Ideas
Located in Champions State Gate, FL
This intricate vintage dragon ring would be perfect for any collection. Crafted with 800 silver, this silver dragon ring features a coral accent, coral colored glass eyes, and an adj...
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Vintage 1920s Art Nouveau Fashion Rings

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Coral, Silver

Amphora Dragon Vase, 1900, Austria
By Eduard Stellmacher
Located in New York, NY
An Amphora Ceramic Dragon Vase, 1900, Austria. A Blue and Gold Winged Dragon Vase.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Earthenware

Early 20th Century Dragon Style Armchair
Located in Oslo, NO
Attributed to Lars Kinsarvik. The chair represents a beautiful example of what was called the "Dragon" or "Viking" style. Throughout the 19th century, artists were determined to prom...
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20th Century Norwegian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

  • Early 20th Century Dragon Style Armchair
  • Early 20th Century Dragon Style Armchair
  • Early 20th Century Dragon Style Armchair
  • Early 20th Century Dragon Style Armchair
H 43.31 in. W 31.5 in. D 23.63 in.
Dragon Vase with Black Basalt Glaze by P Ipsen, Denmark, 1870s
By P. Ipsens Enke
Located in New York, NY
P. Ipsen, Denmark Large earthenware vase with applied dragons, stag beetle, snake and crab in relief, black matte glaze, circa 1870s. Measures: Height 9" (23cm) width 14" (36 cm) ...
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Antique 1870s Danish Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware

European Ètagerè Asian Style with Carved Dragon Figure, circa 1900
Located in Redding, CA
Art Nouveau in taste this wonderful cabinet reminds me of something you would see in the Hearst Castle in a study stuffed with opulent items containing. Objects of Vertue. The shap...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Chinese Export Silver Pierced Large Presentation Bowl with Dragons by Wang Hing
By Wang Hing & Co.
Located in Singapore, SG
A large and finely worked Chinese export silver (CES) presentation bowl. The pierced and repousse worked body has four dragons cavorting in the clouds, including one breathing fire. ...
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Antique 1890s Hong Kong Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Silver

Antique Chandelier with Dragons / Chimeras, in Bronze and Brass, circa 1890
Located in L'Etang, FR
Large chandelier in bronze and brass. Three winged chimeras or dragons support the opaline lamp, late 19th century, was formerly used for candles and an oil lamp. Has been rewire...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Bronze

Art Nouveau Citrine 14 Karat Yellow Gold Sea Serpent Dragon Fob Pendant
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant is designed as two stylized fish creating a door-knocker style bale Suspending a fob comprised of two mirrored serpent dragons on a deeply engraved base Incredibly detailed ...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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Citrine, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Riker Brothers, Art Nouveau Ruby Diamond 14 Karat Gold Serpent Dragon Bracelet
By Riker Brothers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bracelet is comprised of pierced geometric links that pivot on a hinge, and features a winged serpent dragon design with highly rendered feather and scale details Dragon is lined wi...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Link Bracelets

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White Diamond, Ruby, Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

French Art Nouveau Plique-A-Jour Pearl Diamond 18 Karat Gold Dragon Pendant
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as an incredibly rendered serpentine dragon topped by a trefoil pediment Featuring four bezel set old European cut diamonds weighing in total approximately 0.55 carat; H to...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Art Nouveau Carved Green Jade Dragon Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Art Nouveau Carved Green Jadeite Dragon Ring Carved on both sides with foliar motifs, the front side depicting a flowering vine, this visually beautiful natural color Burma jade g...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Solitaire Rings

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Jade, 14k Gold

Art Nouveau Style Japanese High-Back Dragon and Phoenix Armchair in Carved Wood
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau style Japanese-export high-back armchair with highly detailed carved wood dragon and phoenix theme. The chair is in great vintage condition with some minor age-appropriat...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Furniture

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Wood

Art Nouveau Diamond 18 Karat Gold Serpent Dragon Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a serpentine dragon intertwined with whiplash and florals Matte gold with highly rendered scales and herbaceous details Clutching a bezel set old European cut diamond i...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, Gold

Art Nouveau Spinel 14 Karat Yellow Gold Dragon Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a quatrefoil comprised of four highly rendered roaring dragons Matte gold and textured winged dragons encircle a prong set round cut spinel Spinel is medium l...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Spinel, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Riker Brothers Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Dragon Bangle Bracelet
By Riker Brothers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a bangle bracelet featuring stylized dragons in crouched and breathing fire Accented throughout by five cushion shaped stations with scrolled surrounds Maker's mark for...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Bangles

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Dragon Serpent Watch Pin Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a winged dragon serpent coiling around a sword Deeply textured throughout with a red cabochon gemstone eye Completed by a pin stem with locking closure and a ...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Riker Brothers Art Nouveau Cabochon Ruby Dragon Motif Bangle Bracelet
By Riker Brothers
Located in Narberth, PA
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothe...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Bangles

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Ruby, 14k Gold

Carter & Gough Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Chimera Dragon Watch Pin
By Carter Gough & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a highly rendered roaring lion face Segueing into a spiraled surround of serpentine scales and foliate whiplash Completed by a pin stem with closure Maker's ...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Gold

Krementz Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Enamel Dragon Watch Pin Brooch
By Krementz & Co
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Featuring a roaring dragon with scrolled stylized base Detailed rendering of scales with finish glossed by clear and pink enamel Accented by a small pearl Completed by watch hoo...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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14k Gold

Antique Art Nouveau Diamond Gold Dragon Cufflinks
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of 18k yellow gold Dragon cufflinks, created during Art Nouveau era, set with approx. 0.20ctw in diamonds. Cufflink top is 15mm x 15mm, weight is 12 grams. Marked k18.
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Early 20th Century Cufflinks

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Art Nouveau 14k Gold Detailed Dragon Repousse Medallion Locket Pendant
Located in Montclair, NJ
This magnificent antique medallion locket charm/pendant is crafted in solid 14k yellow gold with a rosy color appearance due to the original finish and patina which have been preserv...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Pendant Necklaces

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Tsavorite, 14k Gold

Art Nouveau Chimera Griffin Dragon Diamond Yellow Gold Platinum Pin Brooch
Located in London, GB
This stunning brooch is from the Art Nouveau era. It features a chimera / griffin holding a diamond in his jaws. The diamond is set on platinum and the brooch is fully made in 18kt s...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Diamond Dragon Stick Pin by Lewkowitz
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
A beautiful Art Nouveau c.1900 14 Carat Yellow Gold and Diamond Dragon stick pin in Lewkowitz box. American origin. Width of the Dragon 13mm, height 11mm . Total length of the pin 5...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau Demantoid Garnet 14 Karat Rose Gold Cigar Cutter Dragon Pendant
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Tubular pendant features a highly rendered serpent dragon design Its snake-like form wraps fully around the pendant with scale and whiplash details With two fierce faces accented b...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau More Jewelry

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Garnet, Rose Gold

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Dragon Amphora Brown circa 1901
By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau ceramic vase with Dragon designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1901 Vases with sauria...
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Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Vases

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Ceramic

Tiffany & Co. Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Serpent Dragon Brooch, circa 1900
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch designed as two mirrored dragons with joyful expressions and playfully sticking out a scrolled tongue With intertwined serpentine bodies decorated with deeply engraved scale ...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Riker Brothers Art Nouveau 14 Karat Gold Slayed Dragon Brooch, circa 1900
By Riker Brothers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch designed as a fierce winged dragon, highly rendered in matte gold with defined feathers, fur, and scales With ruby eye accent, a sword thrust through its chest and its serpen...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Ruby, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Riker Bros. Art Nouveau Enamel Ruby Diamond Pearl Serpent Dragon Sword Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A polychrome enamel winged serpent, with white, blues and greens Serpent coiled around a sword with a pearl studded hilt With a tiny rose cut diamond eye and round cut ruby accent ...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Diamond, Natural Pearl, Ruby, 14k Gold

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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.