Art Nouveau Furniture

Art Nouveau Antiques

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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Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau "Fiddleback Fer...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Bowls and Baskets
LOUIS MAJORELLE (1859-1926) France MOUGIN FRÈRES Nancy, France Fiddleback Fern trefoil bowl c. 1900 A rare stoneware example of Majorelle and the L’Ecole de Nancy with a ...
Art Nouveau Silver and Enamel Candlesticks, London...
William Hutton & Sons
Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Candle Holders
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 ...
Hector Guimard for Maison Coilliot / Art Nouveau g...
Hector Guimard
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures
Lava
HECTOR GUIMARD (1867-1942) France MAISON COILLIOT Lille, France Tile c. 1898 Fired and glazed lava with abstract whiplash motifs in various tones of aqua blue on the obverse and...
French Art Nouveau Inlaid Walnut Ladies Desk
Antique 19th Century French Desks and Writing Tables
Bronze
French Art Nouveau walnut ladies desk with an inlaid upper structure with shelves, a doored cabinet, and two drawers finished with bronze handles.
Koloman Moser Art Nouveau Green Glass Pitcher by L...
Johann Lötz Witwe
Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Pitchers
Very beautiful Art Nouveau crackle glass pitcher, dated around 1900, designed by Kolo Moser, executed by in Bohemia, by Johann Loetz Witwe. Excellent condition, probably unused. heig...
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 Gall...
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Umbrella 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 ...
Art Nouveau Dressing Table Set by Limoges
Art Nouveau Dressing Table Set by Limoges
Adrian Alan
Art Nouveau Dressing Table Set by Limoges
Limoges, France
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Boxes
Enamel, Ormolu
A Fine Limoges Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Art Nouveau Dressing Table Set. Comprising two table caskets, a cheval mirror, a hand-mirror and a framed portrait medallion. One casket and t...
Leather Bench by Josef Hoffmann
Leather Bench by Josef Hoffmann
Art 1900
Leather Bench by Josef Hoffmann
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Benches
Beech, Brass, Leather, Plywood, Wood
A bentwood bench designed by Josef Hoffmann ( 1870-1956 ), Vienna Secession. Seat and back upholstered depth: 19.69 in ( 50 cm ), width: 47.05 in ( 119,5 cm ), height: 39.96 in ( 10...
Rozenburg Pottery Holland, W.P. Hartgring Art Nouv...
W. P. Hartgring
Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Clocks
W. P. HARTGRING ROZENBURG POTTERY The Hague, The Netherlands Blackbird mantle clock 1904 Handpainted earthenware with exotic foliage and a bird, porcelain face, gilt bronze s...
Hector Guimard Mahogany and Giltwood Mirror
Hector Guimard Mahogany and Giltwood Mirror
Macklowe Gallery
Hector Guimard 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. Circa 1900. (MG #15519)
Italian Art Nouveau Period Liquor Poster by Giovan...
Giovanni Mataloni
Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Posters
Stone
A large Italian "Stile Liberty" (the Italian equivalent of Art Nouveau) poster by Giovanni Mataltoni, 1900. This piece advertises the products of Gio Buton, the first Italian company to...
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. @8" high x @5" wide; holds an oval photo @3 1/4" x @5". Beautiful "bl...
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 Vic...
Victor Seifert
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Sculptures
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...
Gallé French Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Vase
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
A French Art Nouveau wheel-carved cameo glass vase by Emile Gallé, featuring a pink foliate design on a white ground. Circa 1900. Signed, “Gallé”. (MG #11161)
Art Nouveau Cameo Vase by Emile Galle
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Glass
Very rare French Art Nouveau, Galle Cameo glass vase, several layers with tones of greens and whites decorated with flowers and large leaves. Cameo signature "Galle". Emile Gallé i...
Pair of Silvered Art Nouveau Candelabra By WMF
Pair of Silvered Art Nouveau Candelabra By WMF
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Pair of Silvered Art Nouveau Candelabra By WMF
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...
Art Nouveau WMF / Jugendstil Copper & Brass Plant...
Early 20th Century German Jugendstil Planters and Jardinieres
Copper
WMF [Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik] Germany JUGENDSTIL Planter / vase c. 1900 Copper with stylized shell motif with three organic buttress brass legs Marks: WMF mar...
A monumental sized glass-in-lead Art Nouveau ceili...
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants
A glass-in-lead Art Nouveau ceiling light. ± 1900. Beautiful hand made glass panels. Slag glass in marbled ockre. The bowl-shaped lights ideal for a bar look.
Art Nouveau Floral Light Fixture (4-Light)
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Ca. 1910 A stunning antique light fixture with Art Nouveau floral patterned arms. Finished in the original, luminescent antique brass and decorated with flora castings. A quality fixtur...
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. Height : 70 cm (27.5 in.) Width ...
Dutch Art Nouveau Batik Mirror Frame, 1899
Theo Molkenboer
Antique 19th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors
This rare mirror frame by well-known Dutch artist Theo Molkenboer (1871 - 1920) was decorated with batik on parchment. The simple organic decoration is characteristic for the "Nieuwe Ku...
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
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...
Large Art Nouveau Silver Overlay Perfume Bottle, c...
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Glass
Sterling Silver
A very nice art nouveau sterling silver overlay perfume bottle. The condition is fantastic. The roses are unusual and rare,this is a nice large size perfume.
Art Nouveau Rare Pair of Val St. Lambert Vases Gol...
Val Saint-Lambert
Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Ormolu
Fabulous and rare matched pair of Art Nouveau Val St. Lambert vases, gold over handblown blue cobalt glass; finely etched with gilded bronze-patina; heavily decorated with an angular or...
Gorgeous Vase " art nouveau "
Gorgeous Vase " art nouveau "
Leda-Decors
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 Majorelle
Art Nouveau Carved Mantelpiece Attributed to Majorelle
Newel LLC
Art Nouveau Carved Mantelpiece Attributed to Major...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplaces and Mantels
Mahogany, Mirror
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...
Helene Sibeud Pair of French Art Nouveau Illuminat...
Hélène Sibeud
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures
A pair of French Art Nouveau illuminated gilt and patinated bronze femmes-fleur by Helene Sibeud, circa 1900. Signed, "Sibeud". (MG #15954)
French Art Nouveau Statuary Marble Mantelpiece
French Art Nouveau Statuary Marble Mantelpiece
Thornhill Galleries
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.
Private Sale - Set of Four French Art Nouveau Carv...
20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs
Velvet, Wood
A French vintage set of four early 20th century chairs, including two armchairs and two side chairs, designed in the Art Nouveau mode, each upholstered in green velvet, against beautifu...
Extraordinary Antique Art Nouveau Stoneware Firepl...
Emile Muller
20th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplaces and Mantels
Stoneware
This beautiful and rare antique fireplace is signed by Emile Muller from the Grande Tuilerie in Ivry, close to Paris. The fireplace was realized in stoneware circa 1900.
English Art Nouveau Wall Mirror Framed in Velvet
Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Oak, Velvet
English Art Nouveau wall mirror with three glass panels divided by carved oak trim and framed in floral velvet upholstery.
Emile Gallé Art Nouveau Box with Marquetry Decorat...
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Boxes
A French Art Nouveau lidded box with marquetry decoration in a landscape motif by Emile Gallé. The detailed marquetry work makes this piece appear more painted than carved. Galle’s land...
Art Nouveau Sculpture "Joueuse de Boules" (Juggler...
Jean-Léon Gérôme
Early 20th Century French Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
A French Art Nouveau bronze sculpture "Joueuse de Boules" (The Juggler) by, Jean-Léon Gérôme of a gilt bronze nude woman juggling balls further decorated with three masks surrounded her...
Art Nouveau - Secessionist Desk & Chair by Josef H...
Josef Hoffmann
20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Desks
Glass, Upholstery
A rare and possibly singular Alpine motif Vienna Secessionist 'high' desk or dressing table, with matching chair. The structural framing for both pieces is brass plated square tubing w...
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...
Black Starr and Frost Art Nouveau Sterling Mounted...
Black, Starr & Frost
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Boxes
BLACK STARR & FROST New York, NY American Art Nouveau Sterling and Mahogany Jewelry Box circa 1900 Mahogany jewelry box with thick sterling silver decorative graphic mountings ...
Art Nouveau Telescopic Candlestick by, Tiffany Stu...
Tiffany Studios
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Candle Holders
Bronze, Glass
A rare Tiffany Studios patinated bronze and glass "Telescopic Candlestick" by, Tiffany Studios decorated with a gold iridized Tiffany Favrile candleholder with matching gold iridized Ti...
Jacques Gruber French Art Nouveau Armchair
Jacques Gruber French Art Nouveau Armchair
Macklowe Gallery
Jacques Gruber French Art Nouveau Armchair
Jacques Gruber
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Armchairs
A French Art Nouveau carved mahogany armchair by Jacques Gruber. Exhibited at the Exposition de l'Ecole de Nancy in 1903. Pictured in: The Paris Salons v. 3 by Alastair Duncan, 1996, p....
Pair of Art Nouveau Stained Glass Doors
Pair of Art Nouveau Stained Glass Doors
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Pair of Art Nouveau Stained Glass Doors
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Doors and Gates
Glass, Lead
Pair of French Art Nouveau stripped wood framed doors with multicolored leaded glass composed in a sensuous floral design characteristic of the period.
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 symbolistic sculpture was designed by Toon Dupuis for Haga Pu...
Pair of Louis Majorelle Armchairs
Pair of Louis Majorelle Armchairs
Antiquities
Pair of Louis Majorelle Armchairs
Early 20th Century French Armchairs
Leather, Walnut
A pair of walnut armchairs by Louis Majorelle.
Rare pair of French Art Nouveau Period Vases by Je...
Jean Leclerc
Early 20th Century French Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Rare pair of French art nouveau period vases by Jean Leclerc with insect forms in relief. Ref: "Ceramiques Art Nouveau," p. 304.
French Art Nouveau End Table by Louis Majorelle
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau End Tables
Walnut
Inlaid walnut end table by noted French Art Nouveau designer Louis Majorelle. The table features a clover leaf shaped top and shelf framed by three twisting, vine-inspired legs. For ...
Art Nouveau Figure Bronze Sculpture Vase Centrepie...
20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
France, 20th century. A superb quality bronze figure group centrepiece featuring two Venus holding a vase on a wonderful removable round green of the Alps marble base. This is a wonde...
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 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. 1900
French Art Nouveau Period Limestone Fireplace ca. 1900
Origines
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...
Vase by Galileo Chini
Vase by Galileo Chini
Jason Jacques Gallery
Vase by Galileo Chini
Galileo Chini
Early 20th Century Italian Vases and Vessels
Earthenware
A lovely example of the Liberty Style in Italy, this tri-handled vase is finely hand-painted in shades of blue and pale green, set against a crisp white ground. Beautiful blue poppy ane...
An Art Nouveau Box with Marquetry Decoration by Em...
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Boxes
Bronze, Wood
A French Art Nouveau lidded box with various exotic wood and marquetry decoration in a foliate motif by Emile Gallé. The box is decorated with intricate marquetry work and further deco...
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
French Art Nouveau Tall Bronze Bird Floor Lamp
Newel LLC
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.
Sèvres / Genevieve Rault Rare French Art Nouveau g...
Sèvres Porcelain
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
MLLE GENEVIÈVE RAULT (décor 1907) France MANUFACTURE NATIONALE DE SÈVRES France Andromeda branches grand vase 1907 Glazed porcelain with pâte-sur-pâte applications. The mu...
French Art Nouveau Triptych Cheval Mirror Attribut...
Louis Majorelle
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors...
Walnut, Mirror
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
Pair of American Art Nouveau Andirons
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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 ...
Daum
Early 20th Century French Vases and Vessels
Opaline Glass
Opalescent glass acid-etched w/butterflies. Overlaid and carved with flowering stems. Engraved Daum Nancy France w/ the Cross of Lorraine.
Enchanted Art Nouveau Bronze Vessel with Winged Fa...
J. Garnier
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Bronze
19th century Art Nouveau bronze vase by J. Garnier. Three panel sides with beautiful detailed high relief Winged Fairies, Flora and Fauna. Each Panel Signed by J. Garnier (1853-1910) J....