Art Deco

Art Deco Collection

France (ca. 1920 - 1939)

Art Deco design is a modern re-interpretation of classicism: pieces in this style are symmetrical, rectilinear and clean-lined. Art Deco furniture carving and ornament is relatively subdued; the look is pared-down and streamlined; wood is detailed with refined geometric shapes — spheres, trapezoids, chevrons. Works in the Art Deco style mainly achieve visual delight via their rich and exotic materials. These were luxury goods, produced for a new class of wealthy manufacturers who wanted a new look, all their own.

     The term Art Deco is derived from the name of the 1925 Paris exhibition that brought the style to worldwide attention: “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.” The star of that show was decorator Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who used finishes such as lacquer and eggshell, and exotic wood veneers like amboyna and palissander. His peers included glass designer René Lalique; the elegant interior designer Jules Leleu; Maurice Dufrène (neoclassical fluted chair and table legs are a keynote of his work); Paul Follot (signature details include gilt- and silver-leafing); the team of Süe et Mare (both were painters, and created sensuous pieces with curving, Rococo-esque elements); and André Groult (who loved voluptuous bombé forms).

     “Art Deco” is often used expansively, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also named “Streamline Moderne” or “Machine Age” design. In America, the sleek, pared-down, speed-suggestive designs of Donald Deskey, Paul Frankl, Gilbert Rohde, Norman Bel Geddes and others was highly influenced by the French, but was more an expression of muscular American forward-thinking. Even so, in the larger sense Art Deco design is all of a piece. As you can see from the works offered below, Art Deco was the style of an assertive modernity: bold, elegant, chic, and impossible to ignore.

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Baccarat Crystal Lamps by Jacques Adnet
Jacques Adnet
Vintage 1930s French Table Lamps
Pair of spherical Baccarat crystal lamps, pivoting on a nickel-plated bronze base. (The crystal globe is not attached to the base in such a way as to make the lamp adjustable).
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Pair of Art Deco Armchairs by Michel Dufet
Galerie Patrick Gutknecht
Pair of Art Deco Armchairs by Michel Dufet
Michel Dufet
Vintage 1930s French Armchairs
Pair of canted armchairs with feet and armrests veneered with palm wood. (Model made for the Exposition Coloniale in Paris in 1931)
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French Art Deco Wrought Iron Grilles
Xavier Nicod Antiquites
French Art Deco Wrought Iron Grilles
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Doors and Gates
Very heavy and well-made pair of hinged wrought iron grilles or gates, painted red, with orange colored primer paint visible beneath in small areas. Elegant symmetrical scrolling arabes...
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Henri Rischmann Art Deco Silvered Bronze Paper Wei...
Henri Rischmann
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Desk Accessories
Bronze, Marble
Silvered bronze cobra mounted on a white marble base. Signed: Rischmann/ France.
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Art Deco Period "Normandie" Armchairs with Nickel ...
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Club Chairs
Walnut, Metal
A pair of sensational Art Deco period walnut and metal armchairs from France c.1930. Their unique appearance is emphasized by the wooden sections of the chairs being in an upper and low...
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Sycamore Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu
Maison Gerard
Sycamore Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Armchairs
Sycamore
Art Deco armchair in sycamore by Jules Leleu. For illustrations of similar armchairs, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 62, 418.
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Early French Art Deco Vanity
Harveys on Beverly
Early French Art Deco Vanity
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vanities
Marble, Mirror, Wood
This stunning French Art Deco vanity from the 1920s features a full length adjustable mirror flanked by three lockable drawers on either side each topped with highly figured marble. ...
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Rare Amaranth Occasional Table by Maurice Dufrène
Maison Gerard
Rare Amaranth Occasional Table by Maurice Dufrène...
Maurice Dufrène
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco End Tables
Amaranth and ebony occasional table with mother-of-pearl and ebony inlay on fruitwood, by Maurice Dufrène This model was displayed in the Exposition internationale des arts décoratif...
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Art Deco Compact by Cartier
MS Rau Antiques
Art Deco Compact by Cartier
Cartier
Vintage 1930s French Boxes
Cartier captures the essence of Art Deco sophistication with this elegant gold box. Crafted entirely of 18K yellow gold, this exceptional objet d'art bears a sleek geometric pattern acc...
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Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann Art Deco 'Drouant' Side Cha...
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Side Chairs
Ivory, Macassar, Silk, Ebony
Macassar ebony and silk upholstered side chair ending in bone sabots on front legs. Ruhlmann designed this elegant and comfortable model for the Restaurant Drouant, Paris, in 1924. ...
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Pair of Paul Dupré-Lafon Table Lamps
Paul Dupré-Lafon
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Leather
Two table lamps by Paul Dupré-Lafon for Hermès signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to underside [Hermès Paris Dèposè] The bases of each lamp are formed of stacked box leather...
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Oak Coffee Table with Inlay by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
Vintage 1940s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Oak, Pewter
Oak coffee table with brass and pewter inlay by Jules Leleu. For an illustration of a similar model, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 6...
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Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Desk Lamp
Kelly Gallery
Boris Jean Lacroix French Art Deco Desk Lamp
Boris Jean Lacroix
20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps
Glass, Brass
Walnut desk lamp with nickelled brass movable hemispherical shade and ashtray and with bakelite switch. Literature: “Le Luminaire” by Guillaume Janneau, Editions d’Art Charles Morea...
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French Art Deco 'North African Inspired' Six-Piece...
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookcases
Highly unusual and decorative six-piece North African hand-carved French Art Deco office set complete with desk, bookcase, two chairs, mirror and daybed. Intricate hand carving and grea...
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Poster by Jean D'Ylen Printed 1924
The Antique Warehouse
Poster by Jean D'Ylen Printed 1924
Jean d'Ylen
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Posters
Linen
“Give your best friend a glass of bitter Secrestat” is the translation of this original French poster from Paris. Printed 1924, backed on linen and ready for framing. This is a rare pie...
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Jacques Emile Ruhlmann Beautiful French Art Deco R...
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs
Wool
Here is a beautiful, unique rug - an Art Deco composition that was woven in France during the second decade of the twentieth century. An especially large piece, this French rug is chara...
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Edgar Brandt Art Deco Pair of Wrought Iron Cobra B...
Edgar Brandt
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Bookends
Wrought Iron
Fine wrought iron cobra bookends on a stepped rectangular base with a rich dark brown patina by Edgar Brandt (1875-1968). Signed: "E. BRANDT" *Variety of other bookends available.
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Unusual French Art Deco Gueridon by Louis Sognot
Louis Sognot
20th Century French Art Deco Gueridon
Rosewood, Metal
Unusually designed French Art Deco double plateau gueridon by Louis Sognot (1892-1970). Both plateaus book match veneered with rosewood and edges ebonized. Three jut-out ebonized suppor...
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Fauteuil "Guinde" Fine Early Art Deco Armchair by ...
20th Century French Art Deco Armchairs
Mahogany, Fabric
Fauteuil "Guinde" Fine early Art Deco mahogany armchair by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann Upholstered in a Ruhlmann designed damask, Envol, as shown in the original period interior. This ...
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French Deco Rug by Paule Leleu
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French Deco Rug by Paule Leleu
Paule Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Western European Rugs
Wool
French Deco Rug by Paule Leleu
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French Art Deco Table in the Manner of Edgar Brand...
Edgar Brandt
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Side Tables
Marble, Steel
Superior quality solid steel and marble, electrified gueridon or side table from France in the manner of Edgar Brandt, circa 1920. The base lights up and casts a beautiful soft glow. No...
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Rare Art Deco Tea Cabinet by Michel de Klerk, 1916
Kunstconsult
Rare Art Deco Tea Cabinet by Michel de Klerk, 1916...
Michel De Klerk, t Woonhuys
Early 20th Century Dutch Art Deco Cabinets
Mahogany
World famous architect Michel de Klerk designed this tea cabinet of excellent quality in 1916. It is part of a dining room set. De Klerk was commissioned to do so by the Amsterdam furni...
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'Napier Campbell Bluebird, 1927’ by Roy Nockolds...
Roy Nockolds
Early 20th Century British Art Deco Paintings
One of Roy Nockolds’ first works, created when he was just 16 years of age and bearing an early signature, depicting the Napier Lion-engined record-breaking land speed car, driven by Si...
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Jean Dunand Art Deco Ovoid Lacquered Vase
Jean Dunand
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Brass, Lacquer
Brass with geometric coquille dâ??oeuf on black lacquer ground Signed in red lacquer JEAN DUNAND In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquerwork fr...
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French Art Deco Rug Circa 1930
Galerie Plaisance
French Art Deco Rug Circa 1930
DIM
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco More Carpets
French Art Deco Rug Circa 1930. The carpet has been cleaned.
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Rare French Art Deco Nest of Tables
Paul Dupré-Lafon
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables
The center table of this rare French Art Deco nest of tables with four saber legs on "X"- stretcher carries four pie-shaped pull-out elements, similar designed, forming the second circu...
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A pair of original 'Normandie' ice buckets.
Luc Lanel
Vintage 1930s French Barware
Silver Plate
A superb pair of Art Deco silver plated Champagne buckets, the heavily fluted body with similar fluted handles, designed by Luc Lanel for Puiforcat c. 1930, and made by Christofle.
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Important Cartier Art Deco Yellow Gold, Onyx and E...
Cartier
Art Deco Desk Accessories
Yellow Gold, Onyx
An important Cartier Art Deco Mignonette timepiece, decorated with striped white enamel and yellow gold and yellow gold beaded decoration to the bottom, the base in onyx, the circular w...
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Pair of Machine Age Art Deco Bookends by Walter Vo...
Walter Von Nessen
20th Century American Art Deco Bookends
These Art Deco bookends by Walter Von Nessen feature two concentric rings of brass and copper with three sphere accents on each. These bookends really exemplify the Machine Ages influen...
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Dutch Art Deco Period Insurance Poster by Raemaeke...
Louis Raemaekers
Early 20th Century Dutch Art Deco Posters
Stone
A Dutch Art Deco Period Poster by Louis Raemaekers, 1920s. This is a clever advertisement for the "A to Z" insurance policies offered by Blom and van der AA. Raemaekers (1869-1956) ...
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Jean Besnard Ceramic "Fishes" Art Deco Table Lamp
Jean Besnard
Vintage 1930s French Table Lamps
Earthenware
Jean Besnard (1889-1958). A stoneware lamp incised with stylized fishes, glazed in white and brown. Incised Jean Besnard France under the base. Height with lampshade: 52 cm / 20.4...
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Art Deco Jade Pendant Earrings
Art Deco Dangle Earrings
Platinum, Diamond, Jade, Onyx
Art Deco jade, diamond, onyx and black enamel dangling Chinese lantern style earrings set in platinum. French, ca. 1920 Length: 2 1/2 in.
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Lucien Lelong / French Art Deco Handpainted Porcel...
Lucien Lelong
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
LUCIEN LELONG (1889 – 1958) Paris, France "Metaphysical" vase c. 1935 Hand painted and glazed porcelain with aqua, black and silver tones. Marks: LL monogram, AB H: 13 3/4" ...
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Ohlsson & Rice Rare Streamline American Art Deco T...
Ohlsson & Rice
Vintage 1940s American Models and Miniatures
Steel
OHLSSON & RICE (founded 1941) Los Angeles, CA Tether Race Red car Model No. 88 Gas powered tether car racer 1950 Steel and various metals with the car and trailer details painted...
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Important Cabinet by Christian Krass
L'Art De Vivre
Important Cabinet by Christian Krass
Christian Krass
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets
Bronze
CHRISTIAN KRASS (1868 - 1957) A magnificent cabinet in extraordinary amboyna burl and amaranth wood, with beautiful bronze mounts, by the Lyonnais master Christian Krass. Bronze doo...
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Rare DIM (Joubert et Petit) Modernist Lamp Circa 1...
DIM
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Rare DIM (René JOUBERT (1978-1931) et Philippe PETIT (1900-1945)) Modernist Lamp Circa 1930. Signed DIM in the metal.
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Osvaldo Borsani Italian Console
Downtown
Osvaldo Borsani Italian Console
Osvaldo Borsani
Vintage 1930s Italian Console Tables
Sycamore, Walnut
Italian Sycamore and Dark Walnut Console attributed to Osvaldo Borsani. Console has been restored
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French Art Deco Silvered Bronze Sculpture of a Nud...
Pierre Le Faguays
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Sculptures
Marble
Art Deco bronze sculpture of a nude dancer by Pierre Le Faguays. Signature: Le Faguays on the marble ball. Style: Art Deco. Date: 
circa 1925-1930. Material: Silvered bronze. 
Ma...
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An Art Deco Night Stand
Eileen Lane Antiques
An Art Deco Night Stand
Vintage 1930s Swedish Art Deco Night Stands
A single cabinet, for use as an end table or night stand, designed for a room of various woods, featuring a blonde birch case, with a burled birch and walnut door, resting on an ebonize...
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French Art Deco Jade Enamel Onyx Diamond Platinum ...
Vintage 1920s Brooches
Platinum, Diamond, Jade, Onyx
French Art deco brooch set with rose cut and old mine cut diamonds. The center of the brooch is set with carved jade, with diamonds and enamel tapering down to the two round onyx ends....
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Gustavsberg Argenta Art Deco Pair of Pitchers, Swe...
Gustavsberg
Vintage 1930s Swedish Art Deco Pitchers
Silver, Jade, Porcelain, Sterling Silver
Exceptional Art Deco pair of Gustavsberg Argenta Ewers; fine quality silver overlay decoration on mottled jade green ceramic. Larger sized items are rare and difficult to find. Signed a...
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Original ‘Mercedes-Benz’ Poster by Hans Liska
Hans Liska
Vintage 1950s German Art Deco Posters
Paper
Original factory poster from 1954, advertising the marque’s pride at the victorious ‘1-2’ outcome of the 1954 Italian Grand Prix, with drivers Fangio and Herrmann. Framed in a plain...
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Jean Dunand Art Deco Fruitwood and Lacquered Cigar...
Jean Dunand
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Boxes
Fruitwood, Lacquer
Fruitwood with lacquer and metal, design by Jean Lambert-Rucki In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquerwork from the Japanese master lacquer artis...
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Art Deco Entrance Doors and Side Panels
Urban Archaeology
Art Deco Entrance Doors and Side Panels
Early 20th Century French Doors and Gates
Wrought Iron, Steel, Glass
These exquisite French art deco doors and side panels were designed by Louis Katona. The hand wrought iron doors feature bursts of curling plumes with four elegant birds in flight. I...
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1930s Art Deco Modernist Table Lamp by Jean Boris ...
Jean Boris Lacroix
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Chrome
Modernist lamp in chrome metal, the articulated head on the shaft is ending with with a frosted glass cylinder. Bakelite switch on the wooden base. By Jean Boris Lacroix. European stan...
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Armand Albert Rateau Art Deco Giltwood and Silk Daybed
Kelly Gallery
Armand Albert Rateau Art Deco Giltwood and Silk Da...
Armand Albert Rateau
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Day Beds
Giltwood, Silk
Exquisite daybed by Armand Albert Rateau(1882-1938) with carved giltwood frame ending in tapering bun feet Stamped twice: A A RATEAU/ 6183 Provenance: Jeanne Lanvin, Paris Lite...
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Art Deco Coral and Onyx Earrings
Art Deco Dangle Earrings
Platinum, Coral, Onyx
A pair of Art Deco earrings comprised of a coral button top and an onyx and diamond segment terminating in a carved coral amphora pendant, platinum.
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Dutch Art Deco Stained Glass Vase
Kunstconsult
Dutch Art Deco Stained Glass Vase
Jaap Gidding
Early 20th Century Dutch Art Deco Glass
Great stained glass vase by Dutch artist Jaap Gidding, designed for the Leerdam Glassworks around 1926. For this object he employed abstract patterns of sinuous lines of irregular thick...
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Mauboussin Art Deco Aquamarine Rock Crystal Diamon...
Mauboussin
Vintage 1930s Art Deco Brooches
Platinum, Aquamarine, Diamond, Rock Crystal
A French Art Deco platinum brooch with aquamarine, diamonds and rock crystal by Mauboussin. The brooch has a rectangular cut aquamarine with an approximate total weight of 27.86 carats,...
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Pair of Ebonized Armchairs by Paul Follot
Paul Follot
Vintage 1920s French Armchairs
Fruitwood
Pair of ebonized fruitwood armchairs by Paul Follot For an illustration of a chair by Follot with very similar legs, see Quénioux, Gaston. Les arts décoratifs modernes - France. Pa...
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1930s Streamline Moderne Side Table by Belmont
Belmet Products
Vintage 1930s American Streamlined Moderne Side Tables
Formica
Wonderful side table in the manner of Walter Von Nessen made for Belmont Products Inc. Excellent condition and retains it's original Label.
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German Art Deco Period Air Travel Poster by Heise,...
K. Heise
Vintage 1930s German Art Deco Posters
Stone
German Art Deco period air travel poster by J. Heise, c. 1930. This piece promotes an "aerobus" that travels from Frankfurt to Koln Germany in one hours time. As currently custom mat...
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Jean Besnard Art Deco Ceramic Table Lamp
Jean Besnard
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Ceramic
This spherical lamp base has a double lace effect with ivory enamel against a white background. Has been rewired to U.S. standards. Signed: "Jean Besnard 1930" incised and enameled ...
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Fine and Rare Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu
Maison Gerard
Fine and Rare Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu
20th Century French Art Deco Chairs
Walnut, Upholstery, Bronze
A fine and rare Art Deco armchair by Jules Leleu in walnut with gilt-bronze sabots Arm height: 26.25” This model is illustrated in several period images from the Leleu archives ...
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Gaston Bigard Art Deco Dinanderie Circa 1930
Gaston Bigard
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Good dinanderie vase signed by the french metalworker Gaston Bigard.
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Antique Art Deco Persian Carpet
Nazmiyal
Antique Art Deco Persian Carpet
Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts Persian Rugs
Wool
Antique Kashan, Persia, early twentieth century - Looking very much like an early Art Deco carpet from China, this elegant Persian Kashan has an allover design of ivory rosettes set ag...
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French Art Deco Set of Three Scent Bottles
Jack Mouchenik
20th Century French Art Deco Tableware
Glass, Silver, Enamel
Bottles with enamelled checkerboard pattern in blue, black and green around the top and with silver tops. Hallmarks: 950 silver/ JM insect Box: Height: 5 ¼" - Length: 5 ½"
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Jean Dunand Art Deco Silver and Lacquered Cigarett...
Jean Dunand
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Lacquer
Silver
Silver with coquille d'oeuf on red lacquer ground Stamped with Jean Dunand silver poincon In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquerwork from the Ja...
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Original Vintage Art Deco French Pilots Recruitmen...
Roger de Valerio
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Posters
Paper
Original vintage French pilots recruitment poster issued by the Ministry of War. Art Deco image of three plane silhouettes in the colours of the French flag with a stylised image of a p...
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Art Deco Table Clock by Simonet Frères
Maison Gerard
Art Deco Table Clock by Simonet Frères
Simonet Freres
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Clocks
Bronze
Patinated bronze Art Deco clock by Simonet Frères This model of clock was exhibited in the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. ...
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