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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 mauve...
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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 th...
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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 a pa...
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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.
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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. heigh...
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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...
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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 ...
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Jugendstil Showcase, around 1910, Vienna Secession...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Vitrines
Brass
JUGENDSTIL SHOWCASE Designed: Vienna or Budapest, around 1910. Executed: cabinetmaker at present unknown, Vienna or Budapest. Solid pear and veneer, ebonized and polished, cut and fac...
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An Art Nouveau Dressing Table Set by Limoges
Adrian Alan
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An 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 the...
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Leather Bench by Josef Hoffmann
Art 1900
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Leather Bench by Josef Hoffmann
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Benches
Wood, Beech, Plywood, Brass, Leather
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 ( 101,5...
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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 surrou...
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Hector Guimard Mahogany and Giltwood Mirror
Macklowe Gallery
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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)
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School of Prof. Josef Hoffmann, Cabinet, Vienna 1900
Bel Etage Kunsthandel Wolfgang Bauer - Vienna
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School of Prof. Josef Hoffmann, Cabinet, Vienna 19...
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Cabinets
Cherry
SCHOOL OF PROF. JOSEF HOFFMANN CABINET designed by: School of Prof. Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, 1900 cherry and cherry veneer, interior in oak, silver plated brass fittings, restored H ...
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Tall Pair of Iron Art Nouveau Mirrors, France, 1910s
Xavier Nicod Antiquites
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Tall Pair of Iron Art Nouveau Mirrors, France, 191...
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors...
Stunning pair of large Art Nouveau mirrors with wrought-iron frames with a silver-coloured patina. Very elegant.
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Italian Art Nouveau Period Liquor Poster by Giovan...
Giovanni Mataloni
Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Posters
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...
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Josef Hoffmann, Table Lamp, Vienna Secession
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Table Lamps
Brass
JOSEF HOFFMANN Brtnice 1870 – 1956 Vienna WIENER WERKSTÄTTE TABLE LAMP Designed by: Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, around 1920. Executed by: Wiener Werkstätte, model no. M 3039 - M la 2, mar...
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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...
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An Austrian Secession Table Lamp by Gustav Gurschn...
Gustave 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...
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Art Nouveau gilt bronze sculpture of a nude by Vic...
Victor 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:
 A pi...
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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)
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Rare Paul Croix-Marie Art Nouveau Pedestal
Paul Croix-Marie
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Pedestals
Mahogany, Marble
Rare Paul Croix-Marie Art Nouveau pedestal in mahogany with a marble top. This piece is documented in " Paris Salons " by Alastair Duncan. IMPORTANT NOTICE : - All our pieces are sold ...
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Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Picture Frame
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Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver, Wood
Art Nouveau, sterling silver picture frame, wood backed, Birmingham, England, 1900. @5" high x @5 1/2" wide (at widest point); round opening holds a photo @3 1/4" diameter. Excellent co...
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Spanish Art Nouveau Period Pharmaceutical Poster, ...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Posters
A Spanish art nouveau period poster for Dr. Jimeno's "Sal de Agraz," an effervescent pharmeceutical for digestive issues. This anonymous poster has lovely color, accented with gilt lett...
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Art Nouveau Table Lamp by Nancea
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Table Lamps
Glass, Bronze
This beautiful art glass table lamp features an amazing hand painted design. The elegantly enameled painted nature landscape features is done with acid cut glass and acid texture work...
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Silver Sugar Bowl Box Art Nouveau - German by Koch...
Koch & Bergfeld
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Sterling Silver
Art Nouveau Silver lidded sugar box of tapering type, stands on four feet. Smooth surface is abundantly decorated with chasing work consisting of abstract geometric patterns as well as ...
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Art Nouveau Cameo Vase by Emile Galle
Emile Gallé
Early 20th Century French 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 is sy...
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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...
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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 mark (runn...
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A Pair of Slag Glass-in-Lead Art Nouveau Ceiling L...
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants
A pair of glass-in-lead Art Nouveau ceiling lights. ± 1900. Beautiful hand made glass panels. Slag glass in marbled ockre. The bowl-shaped lights ideal for a bar look.
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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...
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Hector Guimard French Art Nouveau Bronze Wall Cloc...
Hector Guimard
Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Clocks
Bronze
A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze wall clock by Hector Guimard, featuring ornate abstract floral designs. Circa 1900. Pictured in: Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by M...
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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 : ...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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Large Art Nouveau Silver Overlay Perfume Bottle, c...
Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Glass
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.
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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...
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Gorgeous Vase " art nouveau "
Leda-Decors
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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
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Art Nouveau Carved Mantelpiece Attributed to Majorelle
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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...
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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)
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A Swedish Mahogany Art Nouveau Chair
Glen Dooley Antiques
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A Swedish Mahogany Art Nouveau Chair
Antique 19th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Armchairs
Mahogany
The molded edge curved backrest with bellflower shape splat with low relief foliate scrolls, the scrolled armrests above the upholstered seat on square tapering legs.
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French Art Nouveau Statuary Marble Mantelpiece
Thornhill Galleries
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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...
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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.
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A Set of Four Art Nouveau Carved Wood Dining Chair...
20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs
Wood, Textile
An Art Nouveau set of four green velvet and carved wood chairs. Two arm chairs and two side chairs. Reduced from: $6,800
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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.
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Frank Smith Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Epergne/Ce...
Frank W. Smith
Antique 19th Century American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver
This elegant and versatile sterling silver centerpiece is made up of an oval footed center stand, a large center basket and 4 matching hanging baskets. Retailed and marked "The Bailey,...
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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.
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Original Art Nouveau Poster by Mucha
Alphonse Mucha
Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Posters
This elegant Art Nouveau lithograph by Mucha is an advertisement for Flirt cookies baked by the Lefevre-Utile Company. A dapper gentleman courts a very feminine young lady among a garde...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 in a...
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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...
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Jacques Gruber French Art Nouveau Armchair
Macklowe Gallery
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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....
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Tiffany Studios Favrile Glass Paperweight Vase
Tiffany Studios
Early 20th Century American Vases and Vessels
A Tiffany Studios Favrile Glass Paperweight Vase, signed.
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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.
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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...
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French Art Nouveau Rug Signed by Leleu
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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...
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Pair of Louis Majorelle Arm Chairs
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Pair of Louis Majorelle Arm Chairs
Early 20th Century French Armchairs
Walnut, Leather
A pair of walnut arm chairs by Louis Majorelle.
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