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Porsgrund Commemorative Plate from 1925
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Porsgrund commemorative plate from 1925. Stavanger 1125-1925. 800th Jubilee of the city of Stavanger.
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20th Century Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1905. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. The condition is good.  
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Aluminia Commemorative Plate No 481/352
By Aluminia
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Aluminia Commemorative plate No 481/352. Coronation of King Haakon VII of Norway and Queen Maud. Dated June 22, 1906. Measures 25 cm / 9 27/32 in.
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20th Century Decorative Art

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Porcelain

Porsgrund Commemorative Plate Norways Jubilee Exhibition, 1914
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Porsgrund Commemorative plate Norways Jubilee Exhibition, 1914. Measures 24cm and is in perfect condition.
Category

20th Century Norwegian Tableware

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Porcelain

Porsgrund Commemorative Plate Holger Drachmann 1846-1906
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Porsgrund commemorative plate Holger Drachmann 1846-1906. Measures 24cm and is in perfect condition.
Category

20th Century Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM9
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1897 RC-CM9. Measures 16.5 cm / 6 1/2 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1896 BG-CM5A
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl commemorative plate from 1896 BG-CM5A. Measures 20 cm / 8 7/8 in. Industrial exhibition in Malmø, Sweden.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1888 RC-CM1A
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM255. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Antique 1880s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Royal Copenhagen Anniversary / Commemorative Plate in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Antique Royal Copenhagen anniversary / commemorative plate in porcelain. Gentofte Town Hall. Dated 1903. Measures: 21 x 15 cm. Stamped. In excellent condition.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1897 BG-CM6
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl commemorative plate from 1897 BG-CM6. Art and Industrial Exhibition in Stockholm 1897. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. Designed by Frederik August Hallin.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1897 BG-CM9
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1897 BG-CM9. Measures 24 cm / 9 29/64 in. Pierced border. King Christian IX's 25th year as king
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grøndahl Commemorative Plate from 1897 BG-CM8
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grøndahl commemorative plate from 1897 BG-CM8. Art and Industrial exhibition in Stockholm, 1897. Designed by Effie Hegermann-Lindencrone. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM29
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM29. Iceland and measures 28 cm / 11 1/32 in. Is in perfect condition.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain

Materials

Brass

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM128
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM128. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
Category

Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM171
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1917 RC-CM171. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
Category

Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porsgrund Commemorative Plate from 1907, Christiansborg 15, November 1907
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Porsgrund Commemorative plate from 1907. Christiansborg 15. November 1907. Measures 22 cm / 8 21/32". Rex - Lex - Jus.
Category

20th Century Decorative Art

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1909 BG-CM34
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative plate from 1909 BG-CM34. Tivoli. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Aluminia Commemorative Plate Dutch Oranger Plate from 1913
By Aluminia
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Aluminia Commemorative Plate Dutch Oranger Plate from 1913. Measures 37 x 27,5cm. Has a hairline, that can be seen on the picture. Done on the occation of the 100th year jubile...
Category

20th Century Decorative Art

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM63
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM63. Measures: 22 cm / 8 21/32 in.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM14
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1897 RC-CM14. Measures 18.5 cm and is in good condition.
Category

Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1937 RC-CM281
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1937 RC-CM281. Measures: 24.7 cm / 9 23/32 in.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM131
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM131. Measures: 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in.
Category

Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1929 RC-CM256
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1929 RC-CM256. Measures 20 cm7 7/8 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1928 RC-CM250
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM250. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Coenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM78
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Coenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM78. Measures 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1932 RC-CM271
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1932 RC-CM271. Measures: 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1911 RC-CM123
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1911 RC-CM123. Frederiksborg castle. Measures: 25 cm / 9 27/32 in.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Porsgrund Commemorative Plate for the City's Defence in 1659
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Porsgrund Commemorative plate for the city's defence in 1659. Measures 23cm and is in perfekt condition.
Category

20th Century Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM35
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM35. Measures: 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-RC94
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1908 RC-RC94. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1928 RC-CM252
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM252. Measures 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1914 BG-CM41
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative plate from 1914 BG-CM41. The Baltic Exhibition in 1914. Measures: 13 cm / 5 1/8 in.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1939 RC-CM286
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1939 RC-CM286. Measures 18.4 cm / 7 1/4 in. and is in good condition.   
Category

Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1915 BG-CM42
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative plate from 1915 BG-CM42. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in. Designed by Hans Tegner.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1911 RC-CM114
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1911 RC-CM114. Measures 19.7 cm / 7 3/4 in. and is in perfect condition.  
Category

Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1928 RC-CM253
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM253. Measures: 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM79
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM79. Measures 22 cm and is in good condition.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM205
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1922 RC-CM205. Measures 15.2 cm / 6 in. Is in good condition.
Category

Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1925 RC-CM235
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1925 RC-CM235. Measures: 20.3 cm / 7 63/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1908 BG-CM31
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative plate from 1908 BG-CM31. Commemorating Niels R. Finsen. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in. Designed by C. Mortensen.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM82
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM82. Measures 28 cm / 11 1/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1929 RC-CM263
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1929 RC-CM263. Measures 24 cm / 9 29/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1909 RC-CM93
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1909 RC-CM93. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1923 RC-CM210
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1923 RC-CM210. Measures: 21.5 cm / 8 15/32 in. and is in perfect condition.  
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM54
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM54. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. and is in perfect condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1920 RC-CM192
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1920 RC-CM192. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in perfect condition.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM72
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM72. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.  
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM39
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM39. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. and is in good condition.  
Category

Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM91
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM91. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM97
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM97. Measures: 17.2 cm / 6 49/64 in. and is in perfect condition.  
Category

Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM69
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM69. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. Chip on edge.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1916 BG-CM47
By Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1916 BG-CM47. Charity plate for The Red Cross. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1927 RC-CM261
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1927 RC-CM261. Measures 18 cm 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM13
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1897 RC-CM13. Measures: 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM55
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM55. Measures: 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Coenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1933 RC-CM274
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Coenhagen commemorative plate from 1933 RC-CM274. Measures 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1932 RC-CM270
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1932 RC-CM270. Measures 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1900 RC-CM37
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1900 RC-CM37. Measures: 18.4 cm / 7 1/4 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1911 RC-CM121
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1911 RC-CM121. The Neptune fountain outside Frederiksborg Castle. Measures: 25 cm / 9 27/32 in.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM26
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM26. Measures: 32 cm / 12 19/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

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Commemorative Plate For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the commemorative plate you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, porcelain and metal, every commemorative plate was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect commemorative plate — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A commemorative plate is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. A well-made commemorative plate has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Royal Copenhagen, Bing & Grøndahl and Meakin & Co. are consistently popular.

How Much is a Commemorative Plate?

The average selling price for a commemorative plate at 1stDibs is $200, while they’re typically $21 on the low end and $6,132 for the 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 Porcelain for You

Today you’re likely to bring out your antique and vintage porcelain in order to dress up your dining table for a special meal.

Porcelain, a durable and nonporous kind of pottery made from clay and stone, was first made in China and spread across the world owing to the trade routes to the Far East established by Dutch and Portuguese merchants. Given its origin, English speakers called porcelain “fine china,” an expression you still might hear today. "Fine" indeed — for over a thousand years, it has been a highly sought-after material.

Meissen Porcelain, one of the first factories to create real porcelain outside Asia, popularized figurine centerpieces during the 18th century in Germany, while works by Capodimonte, a porcelain factory in Italy, are synonymous with flowers and notoriously hard to come by. Modern porcelain houses such as Maison Fragile of Limoges, France — long a hub of private porcelain manufacturing — keep the city’s long tradition alive while collaborating with venturesome contemporary artists such as illustrator Jean-Michel Tixier.

Porcelain is not totally clumsy-guest-proof, but it is surprisingly durable and easy to clean. Its low permeability and hardness have rendered porcelain wares a staple in kitchens and dining rooms as well as a common material for bathroom sinks and dental veneers. While it is tempting to store your porcelain behind closed glass cabinet doors and reserve it only for display, your porcelain dinner plates and serving platters can safely weather the “dangers” of the dining room and be used during meals.

On 1stDibs, browse an expansive collection of antique and vintage porcelain made in a variety of styles, including Regency, Scandinavian modern and other examples produced during the mid-century era, plus Rococo, which found its inspiration in nature and saw potters crafting animal figurines and integrating organic motifs such as floral patterns in their work.