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Western Europe, America (ca. 1880s - WWI)

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, ceramics, jewelry, glassware 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, bedframes 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 studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany 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 offered here demonstrate, Art Nouveau retains its power to fascinate and seduce.

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Early 20th Century Carved Oak Frame with Bevelled Glass Mirrors
Early 20th Century Carved Oak Frame with Bevelled ...
Unknown
Antique Early 1900s American Victorian Wall Mirrors
Oak
This carved oak frame features floral rose motifs and oval mirrors with bevelled glass. Each is in pristine condition. Matching pair available.      
French Art Nouveau "Cephataria" Server by Louis Majorelle

By Louis Majorelle
French Art Nouveau "Cephataria" Server by Louis Ma...
Louis Majorelle
Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Sideboards
A French Art Nouveau French walnut server by Louis Majorelle in the “Cephataria” motif. The server has two drawers with gilt-bronze handles in a leaf motif, double door storage below an...
French Art Nouveau Wooden Armchair by Edouard Colonna

By Edouard Colonna
French Art Nouveau Wooden Armchair by Edouard Colo...
Edouard Colonna
Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Armchairs
A French Art Nouveau armchair, by Edouard Colonna, in carved mahogany with green upholstery. Circa 1900. A similar chair is pictured in The Paris Salons, 1895-1910, Volume III: Furni...
 Art Nouveau Chandelier from Serrurier-Bovy, 1900s

By Gustave Serrurier-Bovy
Art Nouveau Chandelier from Serrurier-Bovy, 1900s...
Gustave Serrurier-Bovy
Antique Early 1900s Belgian Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Opaline Glass, Wrought Iron
Very rare chandelier from the famous Belgian Architect Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. Published in the magazine Art & Decoration from 1902. A similar one was published in the Serrurier-Bovy's...
Georges de Feure, "Grenade", settee, France, c. 1900

By Georges De Feure
Georges de Feure, "Grenade", settee, France, c. 19...
Georges De Feure
Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Settees
Wood
This settee is typical of De Feure’s style at the turn of the 20th century. The high back with swooping lines, paired with straight legs curving toward their meeting with the seat, is r...
Large Kyoto Pottery Antique Art Nouveau S Handled Blue Monochrome Vase
Large Kyoto Pottery Antique Art Nouveau S Handled ...
Kyoto Pottery
Vintage 1910s Japanese Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Pottery
Large Kyoto pottery Art Nouveau vase with lyrical S handles joining the rim to the body and finished in rich blue monochrome glaze with fine crackle, circa 1910. 14 1/2" high, 8 1/2" di...
Beautiful Art Nouveau Photograph Frame by William Hutton, London, 1906

By William Hutton & Sons
Beautiful Art Nouveau Photograph Frame by William ...
William Hutton & Sons
Antique Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Picture Frames
Silver, Enamel
A beautiful quality Art Nouveau silver and enamel photograph frame by William Hutton with registration marks and dated London, 1906. The vibrant enamel is in perfect condition and it r...
Art Nouveau Silver and Enamel Candlesticks, London, 1909

By William Hutton & Sons
Art Nouveau Silver and Enamel Candlesticks, London...
William Hutton & Sons
Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Candle Holders
Silver, Enamel
An exceptional pair of Art Nouveau silver and enamel candlesticks by William Hutton dated London 1909. The enamel decoration is on both sides of each candlestick. The silver base of t...
Tiffany Studios "Poppy" Table Lamp

By Tiffany Studios
Tiffany Studios "Poppy" Table Lamp
Tiffany Studios
Antique Early 1900s American Art Nouveau Table Lamps
A Tiffany Studios New York "Wire Mesh Poppy" leaded glass and patinated bronze table lamp. The shade features crimson red poppy blossoms in various stages of bloom and a band of green l...
Fine Pair of Art Nouveau Period Carved Giltwood An...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Side Chairs
Beech
A perfectly designed and proportioned pair of giltwood side chairs, designed almost certainly by the firm of Louis Majorelle during the first years of the 20th century, they exhibit pre...
French Art Nouveau Walnut Rectangular Two-Tier Tab...
Louis Majorelle
Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Tables
Walnut
French Art Nouveau walnut rectangular two-tier table with floral inlaid design and bronze floral design side handles (signed MAJORELLE).
Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti

By Carlo Bugatti
Rare Desk and Chair by Carlo Bugatti
Carlo Bugatti
Antique Early 1900s Italian Moorish Desks
Rare desk and a chair by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) all in walnut and ebonized wood, inlaid with pewter, copper and brass, fitted with hammered copper reliefs and silk tassels and upho...
Vienna Bronze Cobra Pocket Watch Holder by, Franz Bergman

By Franz Xaver Bergmann
Vienna Bronze Cobra Pocket Watch Holder by, Franz ...
Franz Xaver Bergmann
20th Century Austrian Sculptures
Bronze
An Austrian cold-painted bronze of a cobra snake coiled with its head fanned out and tongue extended. The tongue is long enough to intercept a pocket-watch as photographed. The bronze i...
A French Art Nouveau Umbrella Stand by, Emile Gallé

By Emile Gallé
A French Art Nouveau Umbrella Stand by, Emile Gall...
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Racks and Stands
Bronze, Wood
A rare and unusual French Art Nouveau umbrella stand by, Emile Gallé decorated with marquetry Inlaid Walnut, Tulipwood and Fruitwood depicting a budding tulip and retains its original ...
Hector Guimard Faux Mahogany and Giltwood Mirror

By Hector Guimard
Hector Guimard Faux Mahogany and Giltwood Mirror
Hector Guimard
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors
A French Art Nouveau faux mahogany and gilt wood mirror by Hector Guimard. Guimard's mirrors are exceptionally rare, and are desired because they are particularly architectural. For thi...
Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Picture Frame

By Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co.
Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Picture Frame
Alexander Clark Manufacturing Co.
Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver, Wood
Art Nouveau, sterling silver picture frame, wood backed, Birmingham, England, 1905, Alexander Clark & Co. - makers. Measures: 8" high x 5" wide x 5 1/2" deep when easel is in open posit...
An Austrian Secession Table Lamp by Gustav Gurschner

By Gustav Gurschner
An Austrian Secession Table Lamp by Gustav Gurschn...
Gustav Gurschner
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Table Lamps
Bronze, Glass
An Austrian Secession patinated bronze and glass table lamp by, Gustav Gurschner decorated with a green pulled feather against orange background with silver highlights "titania" design...
Art Nouveau gilt bronze sculpture of a nude by Victor Seifert, 1900 Germany
Art Nouveau gilt bronze sculpture of a nude by Vic...
Victor Heinrich Seifert
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
Thirsty, 
nude drinking from a bowl. By 
Henrich Victor Seifert, 1870-1953. Size:
 H. 28.3 inch x L.10.2 inch. x W. 7.1 inch. H. 72 cm. x L. 26 cm. x W. 18 cm. 
 Literature...
Pair of Silvered Pewter Art Nouveau Candelabra by ...
Achille Gamba
Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Candle Holders
Silver, Pewter
Pair of Art Nouveau silvered pewter candelabra each cast in the form of a longhaired female form who seemingly blossoms from a natural, stemlike base and is encircled by eight flower-sh...
Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armchair

By Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann
Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armch...
Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Beech, Plywood
Koloman Moser (1868-1918) and Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). Bent and polished beech and plywood, dyed to rosewood, brass inlays, renewed upholstery. Measures: Height 70 cm (27.5 in.), w...
Art Nouveau Copper Veneered Vase with Opaline Glas...
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Copper, Glass
Art Nouveau copper veneered square shaped vase with a tapered neck and molded floral design with opaline centers.
Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau Wooden Table

By Louis Majorelle
Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau Wooden Table
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Center Tables
A French Art Nouveau mahogany center table by Louis Majorelle, the rounded top above a slightly bowed frieze, over downswept tapering channeled legs joined by a conforming undertier, en...
Art Nouveau Rare Pair of Val Saint Lambert Vases Gold over Blue Cobalt Glass

By Val Saint-Lambert
Art Nouveau Rare Pair of Val Saint Lambert Vases G...
Val Saint-Lambert
Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Ormolu
Fabulous and rare matched pair of Art Nouveau Val Saint Lambert vases, gold over handblown blue cobalt glass; finely etched with gilded bronze-patina; heavily decorated with an angular ...
Gorgeous Vase " art nouveau "

Gorgeous Vase " art nouveau "
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Opaline Glass, Ormolu
vase " art nouveau " opaline glass with cracked effect set in a gilded bronze frame
Art Nouveau Carved Mantelpiece Attributed to Major...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplaces and Mantels
Mirror, Mahogany
Attributed to French Art Nouveau designer Louis Majorelle, this fireplace mantel is composed of mahogany carved with sinuous floral motifs around an arched cutout and an upper tier inse...
French Art Nouveau Statuary Marble Mantelpiece
French Art Nouveau Statuary Marble Mantelpiece
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplaces and Mantels
A refined French Art Nouveau white Statuary marble fireplace. The shaped frieze with delicately carved rose and foliage to centre and ends, the jambs with full length tapered panels. Mo...
Pair of Art Nouveau Bronze Dore Wall Sconces
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Gold Leaf
Pair of French Art Nouveau bronze dore wall sconces each with three arms extending from an organic, vine-like base.
English Art Nouveau Wall Mirror Framed in Velvet
Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors
Velvet, Mirror, Oak
English Art Nouveau wall mirror with three glass panels divided by carved oak trim and framed in floral velvet upholstery.
French Art Nouveau Walnut Serving Table by Emile Galle
French Art Nouveau Walnut Serving Table by Emile G...
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Serving Tables
Walnut
French Art Nouveau serving table signed by Emile Galle. The table is composed of walnut decorated with inlaid and incised floral designs and rests upon four convex scroll legs beneath a...
French Art Nouveau Savonnerie Wool Rug 1910's

French Art Nouveau Savonnerie Wool Rug 1910's
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Western European Rugs
Wool
Early Art Nouveau carpets display a decoration that is reminiscent of the late nineteenth century 'Second Empire' weavings of the Napoleon III period, yet with touches of innovation in ...
Art Nouveau Sculpture by Toon Dupuis for Haga Purmerend

By Toon Dupuis, Haga Purmerend
Art Nouveau Sculpture by Toon Dupuis for Haga Purm...
Toon Dupuis, Haga Purmerend
Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Sculptures
Earthenware
Lovely glazed pottery Art Nouveau figure of a naked boy, holding a rope in his hands and looking at a frog. This marvellous symbolist sculpture was designed by Toon Dupuis for Haga Purm...
French Art Nouveau Rug Signed by Leleu
French Art Nouveau Rug Signed by Leleu
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Western European Rugs
Wool
Inspired by earlier art movements, this luxurious French carpet has a posh aesthetic with lavish Art Nouveau borders and an opulent icy blue filled adorned with a trellis of tonal decor...
Pair of Louis Majorelle Armchairs

Pair of Louis Majorelle Armchairs
Early 20th Century French Armchairs
Leather, Walnut
A pair of walnut armchairs by Louis Majorelle.
Art Nouveau Wall Mirror within an Embossed Metal F...
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Wood, Metal
Art Nouveau wall mirror of possible Austrian origin set with a metal veneered frame embossed with floral designs encasing a shaped, beveled panel of mirrored glass.
Art Nouveau Marble Figure of A Nude Lady By Theodore Riviere

By Théodore Rivière
Art Nouveau Marble Figure of A Nude Lady By Theodo...
Théodore Rivière
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures
Marble
A Fine Art Nouveau Era French Marble Sculpture by Theodore Riviere (1857-1912) Signed: Theodore Riviere. Theodore Rivière studied at the École des Beaux Arts under Jouffroy and ...
French Art Nouveau Period Limestone Fireplace ca. ...
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplace Tools and Chimney Pots
About 1900 and undoubtedly influenced by either an administrative edifice or the dwelling of a magistrate from Avignon, an exceptional fireplace in the Art Nouveau style with tortured j...
Original French Art Nouveau Exhibition Poster by DeFeure

By Georges De Feure
Original French Art Nouveau Exhibition Poster by D...
Georges De Feure
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Posters
Georges DeFeure designed this poster for the fifth exhibition at the Salon de Cent in Paris. The Salon was known for its exhibitions showcasing the works of contemporary graphical arti...
French Art Nouveau Tall Bronze Bird Floor Lamp
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Floor Lamps
Bronze
French Art Nouveau floor lamp composed of bronze in the form of a heron standing upon an irregular, naturalistic base in high relief consuming hanging fruit from a tree above.
French Art Nouveau Triptych Cheval Mirror Attribut...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors...
Mirror, Walnut
Attributed to French Art Nouveau designer Louis Majorelle, this triptych cheval mirror features one large rectangular mirror flanked by two smaller variations joined to one another by m...
Pair of American Art Nouveau Andirons
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Andirons
Iron
Pair of American Art Nouveau iron andirons with foliate finials over a fluted shaft design.
Art Deco Daum Freres Vase "Clematis Et Papillons"
Art Deco Daum Freres Vase "Clematis Et Papillons"
Daum
Early 20th Century French Vases and Vessels
Opaline Glass
Opalescent glass acid-etched with butterflies. Overlaid and carved with flowering stems. Engraved daum Nancy France with the cross of Lorraine.
circa 1898 Tycoon's Winged Fairies Art Nouveau Bronze Vase-  REDUCED

By J. Garnier
circa 1898 Tycoon's Winged Fairies Art Nouveau Bro...
J. Garnier
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Bronze
19th century Enchanted French Art Nouveau Bronze Vase by noted sculptor Jean Garnier. Three panel sides with beautiful detailed bas relief winged fairies, flora and fauna. Each panel si...
French Art Nouveau "Magnolia" Desk by, Louis Majorelle

By Louis Majorelle
French Art Nouveau "Magnolia" Desk by, Louis Major...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables
An extremely fine and rare carved wood and inlaid marquetry single drawer "Magnolia" desk decorated with inlaid exotic wood marquetry of blooming magnolias with a beautifully carved flo...
French Art Nouveau Walnut High Back Bergere
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Bergere Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
French walnut Art Nouveau bergere armchair featuring a high back and arms with stylized cut outs and beige velvet upholstery.
Loetz Vase "Medici" Highly Iridescent, circa 1904

By Johann Lötz Witwe
Loetz Vase "Medici" Highly Iridescent, circa 1904
Johann Lötz Witwe
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Glasses of the manufacturer Loetz range among the most important pieces of Art Nouveau glass in the world. Because of the importance of this enterprise every big Art Nouveau museum has ...
Doulton Burslem Art Nouveau Vase with Poppies

By Doulton Burslem
Doulton Burslem Art Nouveau Vase with Poppies
Doulton Burslem
Antique 19th Century British Arts and Crafts Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
This striking Doulton Burslem porcelain vase is a wonderful example of Art Nouveau/Arts and Crafts decoration. The blue and white transfer body with a teal blue contrasting band is high...
Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau Marquetry Cabinet

By Louis Majorelle
Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau Marquetry Cabin...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Vitrines
A French Art Nouveau marquetry cabinet by Louis Majorelle with depictions of iris flowers on the front panel. (MG #1526)   
An Art Nouveau Enameled & Bronze Dish
An Art Nouveau Enameled & Bronze Dish
20th Century French Bowls and Baskets
Bronze, Copper
A beautiful French Art Nouveau enameled & bronze dish decorated with multi-colored enameling with applied bronze decorative Art Nouveau handles. The dish is unsigned.
Art Nouveau Sculpture Lamp, 1901 by Gustav Gurschner

By Gustav Gurschner
Art Nouveau Sculpture Lamp, 1901 by Gustav Gurschn...
Gustav Gurschner
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Sculptures
Bronze, Glass, Marble
Large Sculpture lamp by Gustav Gurschner, Vienna, 1901. Bronze, patinated. On marble base. Signed and dated. The glass shade is made by Pallme Konig. Measures: Height 41.34 in ( 105 cm ...
French Art Nouveau Two-Section Dining Table by Gaillard
French Art Nouveau Two-Section Dining Table by Gai...
Eugène Gaillard
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Tables
Walnut
French Art Nouveau walnut two section dining table resting upon four flared legs united by a buttress stretcher. This table was crafted by Gaillard and is featured on page 386 of the Co...
Giant French Art Nouveau Mirror

Giant French Art Nouveau Mirror
20th Century French Art Nouveau Mantel Mirrors and Fireplace Mirrors
Wonderful and enormous wooden frame with three mirrors (one oval flanked by two rectangular), carved with typical Art Nouveau motifs of arabesques and flowers. The two side mirrors are ...
Art Nouveau Lamp by Émile Gallé

By Emile Gallé
Art Nouveau Lamp by Émile Gallé
Emile Gallé
20th Century French Art Nouveau Table Lamps
Glass
A fine Art Nouveau period 'Papillons et Fleurs' glass lamp by Émile Gallé (1846-1904); depicting butterflies and flowers. Cameo signature of Galle to shade and base.
Eugène Vallin French Art Nouveau Side Chairs

By Eugène Vallin
Eugène Vallin French Art Nouveau Side Chairs
Eugène Vallin
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Side Chairs
A pair of French Art Nouveau side chairs by Eugène Vallin. Featuring a carved mahogany "Wheat" patterned motif and leather upholstery. Similar chairs are pictured in: The Paris Salons,...
French Art Nouveau Desk

By Ecole de Nancy
French Art Nouveau Desk
Ecole de Nancy
Early 20th Century French Desks and Writing Tables
A French Art Nouveau mahogany desk by l'Ecole de Nancy, featuring a hand-tooled leather top, letter rack and bronze drawer pulls with a floral motif. (MG #12005)     
Art Nouveau oil painting of a nude with irises by ...
Horter
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Paintings
Canvas, Oil Paint
An Art Nouveau painting of a nude in a field of irises. Oil on canvas. Signed by Horter.
Pair Crystal Sterling Silver Overlay Perfume Bottles Art Nouveau
Pair Crystal Sterling Silver Overlay Perfume Bottl...
Early 20th Century American Crystal Serveware
Crystal
This pair of hand blown crystal perfume bottles are beautifully decorated with sterling silver overlay in an all-over Art Nouveau swirling decoration. Thickly applied, these perfumes bo...
French Art Nouveau Walnut Armchair with Cushion
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Armchairs
Upholstery, Walnut
French Art Nouveau armchair composed of walnut carved with filigree around a cane panel back. The chair rests upon four curved legs, has a seat cushion upholstered in grey fabric, and f...
Original French Poster by Cheret

By Jules Chéret
Original French Poster by Cheret
Jules Chéret
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Posters
French artist Jules Chéret arranged color with a maestro’s touch. He produced huge, unique and fantastic posters for cabarets, theaters, novels, beverages, cosmetics and a spectrum of ...