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Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

Art Nouveau was a modernizing movement in the decorative arts that developed in France and Britain in the early 1880s and quickly became a dominant aesthetic style in Western Europe and the United States. In its sinuous lines and flamboyant curves inspired by the natural world, Art Nouveau furniture, jewelry and graphic design reflected a desire for freedom from the stuffy social and artistic strictures of the Victorian era.

Art Nouveau can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. The signature motif is the "whiplash" curve — a deep, narrow, dynamic parabola that appears as an element in everything from chair arms to cabinetry and mirror frames. The visual vocabulary of Art Nouveau was particularly influenced by the soft colors and abstract images of nature seen in Japanese art prints, which arrived in large numbers in the West after open trade was forced upon Japan in the 1860s. The style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. While all Art Nouveau designs share common formal elements, different countries and regions produced their own variants.

In Scotland, the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh developed a singular, restrained look based on scale rather than ornament; a style best known from his narrow chairs with exceedingly tall backs, designed for Glasgow tea rooms. Meanwhile in France, Hector Guimard — whose iconic 1896 entry arches for the Paris Metro are still in use — and Louis Majorelle produced chairs, desks, bed frames and cabinets with sweeping lines and rich veneers. The Art Nouveau movement was known as Jugendstil ("Youth Style") in Germany, and in Austria the designers of the Vienna Secession group — notably Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann and Joseph Maria Olbrich — produced a relatively austere iteration of the Art Nouveau style, which mixed curving and geometric elements.

Art Nouveau revitalized all of the applied arts. Ceramists such as Ernest Chaplet and Edmond Lachenal created new forms covered in novel and rediscovered glazes that produced thick, foam-like finishes. Bold vases, bowls and lighting designs in acid-etched and marquetry cameo glass by Émile Gallé and the Daum Freres appeared in France, while in New York the glass workshop-cum-laboratory of Louis Comfort Tiffany — the core of what eventually became a multimedia decorative-arts manufactory called Tiffany Studios — brought out buoyant pieces in opalescent favrile glass. Jewelry design was revolutionized, as settings, for the first time, were emphasized as much as, or more than, gemstones. A favorite Art Nouveau jewelry motif was insects (think of Tiffany, in his famed Dragonflies glass lampshade).

Like a mayfly, Art Nouveau was short-lived. The sensuous, languorous style fell out of favor early in the 20th century, deemed perhaps too light and insubstantial for European tastes in the aftermath of World War I. But as the designs on 1stDibs demonstrate, Art Nouveau retains its power to fascinate and seduce.

There are ways to tastefully integrate a touch of Art Nouveau into even the most modern interior — browse an extraordinary collection of original antique Art Nouveau furniture on 1stDibs, which includes decorative objects, seating, tables, garden elements and more.

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Style: Art Nouveau
Monumental French Art Nouveau Iron Copper Jardiniere Planter
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Late 19th century monumental French jardinière or planter constructed from iron, copper, zinc and bronze. Early Art Nouveau piece featuring a large frame that cradles a hanging baske...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bronze, Copper, Zinc, Iron

Antique Architectural Finial Hand-Carved Pine White Swan Circa 1900
Located in Lomita, CA
A carved and white-painted pine swan-form architectural finial It is probably American, circa 1900. It is designed in the form of a standing swan. There are minor losses to the p...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Pine

Pair of Mid 20thC French Iron with Heart Backs Garden Bistro Dining Chairs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Mid Century French Iron chairs with pierced seats. Heart shaped backs side chairs with lots of character and patina. Priced and sold as a pair. Can be parcel posted....
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1940s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Art Nouveau Flower Tub/ Plant Stand by Thonet, Austria, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely, black polished 20th century flower tub made by the famous company of Thonet Vienna. A unique shaped plant stand from the Austrian company from the Art Nouveau period around 1...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Metal

20th Century Art Nouveau Style Iron Spiral Staircase
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th Century Art Nouveau style spiral staircase from Spain in good condition and easy to assemble. This stair belonged to an old Factory in Spain, that closed at the end of the 2...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

20th Century Art Nouveau Style Iron Spiral Staircase
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th Century Art Nouveau style spiral staircase from Spain in good condition and easy to assemble. This stair belonged to an old Factory in Spain, that closed at the end of the 2...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Art Nouveau Young Woman Statue by Bernard Callie
Located in Marseille, FR
Statue of a young Art Nouveau woman by Bernard Callie 1900, Belgian sculptor (complete biography in "La Sculpture En Belgique" Volume 1 Engelen-Marx Page 412 to 421 "dimension height...
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19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Concrete

Art Nouveau Cast Iron Fender or Dog Grate
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Art Nouveau cast iron fender or dog grate This is a Good Victorian Fender it is good and heavy, fenders like this were known as Dog Grates as they serve to rest the fire tools and...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Magnificent Antique Bronze Fountain
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Towering antique bronze fountain with two beautiful goddesses holding up the large water bowl. This stately and beautifully made fountain will give your garden all the elegance of ea...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bronze

Museum Quality Liberty's Victorian Art Nouveau Chrome Plated Leather Club Fender
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very important, Museum quality, Victorian circa 1870 club fender with brown leather seat pads and Chrome plated, Art Nouveau flowers What a...
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1870s English Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Chrome

1 of the 86 Authentic Glazed Art Nouveau Relief Tiles Rose, Belga, circa 1930s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles with an image of yellow rose in relief on a soft yellow background. These tiles would be charming displayed on easels, fr...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Set of 24 Art Nouveau Glazed Tiles, Belgium, 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
A unique and antique set of 24 Art Nouveau handmade tiles. Manufactured in Belgium, around 1920. A beautiful pattern and color (red brown). These tiles would be charming displayed on...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 38 Unique Antique Relief Tiles with Flower, France, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
38 stuks Art Nouveau wall tiles with an relief image of a flower. The dimensions per tile are 5.9inch (15 cm) × 5.9 inch (15 cm). Please note that the piece is for one piece. 38 p...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau 'Rural Scene' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
20th century French Art Nouveau fireback with a rural scene. The fireback is made of cast iron. The patina is natural brown. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The fireba...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

An Art Nouveau store front, probably from Belgium circa 1900.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A highly decorative Art Nouveau store front, probably from Belgium. Circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Pair of Art Nouveau Brackets in Polished Bronze w Spirals
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th Century Art Nouveau cast bronze brackets featuring a polished finish. Spiral design enhancement the beauty and strength of these antique brackets. Priced as a pair. This c...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bronze

Pair of Art Nouveau Carved Stone Statues of Two Posing Venuses
Located in Baambrugge, NL
A pair of Art Nouveau carved Stone statues of two posing Venuses with slim stylized bodies. approx height including base ± 163 cm.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Stone

2 Window Doors/Panels with Carved Birds Gilded
Located in Berlin, DE
2 beautiful window doors with carved birds gilded solid wood. You can also use them as panels.
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Late 20th Century German Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

1 of the 40 Art Nouveau Wall Tiles Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France, 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 40 amazing set handmade tiles in rich dark green, lilac/purple colors. Manufactured around 1920 by Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France These tiles would be charming displ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 36 Mixed Glazed Tiles by S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of mixed authentic antique Jugendstil handmade tiles By S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle,1930. A beautiful relief and deep rich warm green, turquoise, and...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Forged Steel and Brass Pedestal/ Flower Column, Austria circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Exceptional handcrafted Art Nouveau steel pedestal or flower column out of Austria from the period around 1915. A one of a kind solid pedestal/ column elaborately handforged out of s...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Steel, Brass

Large Set of 19th Century Copper Bronze Door Finger Plates
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A large set of 19th century copper bronze door finger plates There are 17 identical pieces in this set, the are very heavy and made in bronze which has a slightly copper colour, ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Bentwood Flower Tub / Plant Stand by Thonet, Austria, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful bentwood plant stand or flower tub made by the company of Thonet Vienna. A unique shaped piece from the well known company in Austria from around 1915. Timeless design and ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Metal

20th Century Art Nouveau Style Cast Iron Spiral Staircase from Spain
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th century Art Nouveau style spiral staircase from south Spain in good condition and easy to assemble. Formed by 15 steps of 90 cm. ( 35,4 in) Ideal for big spaces like Lofts, ho...
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20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Antique French Bronze Bow Door Knocker, circa 1900
Located in Pearland, TX
A gorgeous antique French bronze door knocker, circa 1900. This beautiful door knocker is solid and heavy with a bow and scrolling leaves in a lovely aged patina.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Barbotine Vegetables Dish, Glove Box or Centerpiece, 1900
Located in Labrit, Landes
Barbotine dish for vegetables: asparagus or artichokes as it is represented or for any other vegetables or use French art nouveau, circa 1900 Manufacture in Luneville, France Good...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau White Carrara Marble Mantelpiece
Located in London, GB
French Art Nouveau white carrara marble mantelpiece. Depth: 16? – 40.6 cm External height: 43 1/2” – 110.4 cm External width: 60? – 152.4 cm Internal height: 34 1/2? – 87.6 cm ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Marble

Art Nouveau Italian Hand Painted Iron Folding Garden Scalloped Chairs and Stools
Located in Firenze, IT
These rare Art Nouveau (early 1900) set of Italian design masterfully hand-crafted iron folding garden chairs or stools is so festive and charming thanks to its scalloped design and ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Antique Edwardian Bedroom Combination Fireplace
Located in Manchester, GB
Very pretty antique Edwardian cast iron bedroom combination fireplace. Finished in traditional black grate polish and supplied with a new clay fireback and cast iron bottom grate....
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

1 of the 24 Antique Tiles, Boch Freres, la Louvière, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 24 unique antique tiles, with a beautiful Art Deco pattern manufactured around 1930 by Boch Freres, la Louvière, Belgium. The dimensions per tile are size each tile: 6 in...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Set of 10 Art Nouveau Tiles, by Gilliot Hemiksem, Belgium, circa 1930's
Located in Rijssen, NL
10 Art Nouveau ceramic tiles by Gilliot Fabrieken Hemiksem, Belgium, circa 1930. Beautiful original antique tiles with a flower in relief. The tile shows a yellow and turquoise flowe...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Carved Wood, Mirror Architectural Ornament Sculpture, 8 pc, Early 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful set of eight carved wood ornaments, France, early 20th Century. Entirely all hand-carved wood architectural fragment sculpture with etched mirror insert. Carved wood fragme...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Glass, Mirror, Wood

Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau Cast Iron Combination Grate
Located in Manchester, GB
Original Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau cast iron combination grate. Dated 1901-1905. Finished in traditional black grate polish. For detailed sizes see the size diagram in the ima...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Edwardian Art Nouveau Cast Iron Combination Fireplace
Located in Manchester, GB
A good example of a large antique Edwardian Art Nouveau cast iron combination fireplace. Circa 1905. With finely cast deep frieze above an equally well cast canopy. The canopy has a ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Thonet Bentwood Pedestal/ Plant Stand, Austria circa 1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Unusual bentwood pedestal or plant stand made by the famous company of Thonet in Vienna around 1906. This artfully designed early 20th century pedestal provides two round levels conn...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Bentwood

Antique French Art Nouveau Majolica Jardinière
Located in New Orleans, LA
For the serious collector of Art Nouveau, a charming and unique antique French Art Nouveau majolica jardinière with lovely hand painted natural decoration, rolled scalloped edge and ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Faience, Majolica, Pottery

French Art Nouveau Firedogs or Andirons
Located in Amerongen, NL
Late 19th or Early 20th century French Art Nouveau andirons made of wrought iron. The andirons have spit hooks to grill food. The condition is good.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

19th-20th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplace Tools or Fire Tools
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th-20th century French Art Nouveau fireplace toolset made of cast iron and wrought iron. The toolset is in a good condition and is fully functional.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau Double Door with Etched Glass and Chinoiserie Painting
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Art Nouveau double door with etched glass panes and chinoiserie painting. Belgium, around 1910. Four-piece set consisting of a double door flanked by 2 side-elements. Each 2/3 gla...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Glass, Wood, Oak

Art Nouveau Hand Wrought Iron Balcony Floral Swirls Early 20th Century Antique
Located in New York, NY
Antique early 20th Century Buenos Aires hand wrought iron Art Nouveau ornate gate paint. Please note, this is missing two of the six flower details.
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Early 20th Century Argentine Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

1 of 300 Art Nouveau Relief Tiles, Morialmé, circa 1930's
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful Art Nouveau tiles, with an image of a flower in relief. The gorgeous red-brown color is glazed. Manufactured around 1930 by, Societé Morialmé, Belgium. The dimensions per ...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Iron Railing with Lily Design
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau rectangular painted iron railing with lily design.  
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Tiled Stove Antique, Meissen Multicolour
Located in Dunakeszi, HU
Antique tiled stove tiles. From 19th century. Multicolour. The tiles were msnufactured in the city of Meissen, Germany.
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Late 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Earthenware

Mid- Century Art Nouveau Style Nude Sculpture
Located in Houston, TX
Old work from the early to mid-20th century. Purchased in France, Illustrating an obvious appreciation of the grace and elegance of the female form. With a wonderful patina as well. ...
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1960s Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Stone

Mid 20th Century Stained Glass Windows Fruit & Leaves, Jewels
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous set of 4 leaded and stained glass windows. Excellent craftsmanship and design in the framework of these 4 windows. Red cherries with other Fruit and colorful flowers and lea...
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1950s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Glass, Stained Glass, Hardwood

Pair of Art Nouveau Andirons in Patinated Brass
Located in Tilburg, NL
Pair of Art Nouveau Andirons or fire dogs in patinated brass, first half of the 20th century. Whimsical pair of andirons in patinated brass from early 20th century. Very stylish ...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Set of Unique Antique Six Ceramic Tiles, Onda, Spain Valencia, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
Set of 6 pcs. Exceptional antique Spanish wall tiles, white with rich warm colors (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are 7.9 inch (20 cm) × 7.9 inch (20 cm). Pleas...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

19th Century French Iron and Mahogany Garden Bench
Located in Buchanan, NY
Wonderful French cast iron garden bench with original faux bois style base and new mahogany seat and back. Most likely came out of a Parisian park. New mahogany wood slats and hard...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Late 19th C French Wrought Iron Dining Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
We love French garden tables, especially ones with such sinuous design and presence. Dating to the late 19th C, it is hand-crafted with mortise and tenon and riveted construction. A ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

Massier large Art Nouveau Enameled Ceramic Jardinière Vallauris, End 19th
By Massier Art Pottery
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Massier Art Nouveau enameled ceramic jardinière Vallauris, end 19th century.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Majolica Jardinière by Jerome Massier
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Beautiful Art Nouveau Vallauris majolica jardinière, circa 1900. This jardinière exhibits a beautiful blue glaze throughout with stunning shades. Stylised half man, half beast...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Majolica

Jugendstil Plant Stand
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Jugendstil plant stand professionally stained and repolished.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Art Nouveau Forged Flower Stand
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Art Nouveau forged flower table in very good original condition. Hand forged metal leafs and flowers.
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1920s Slovakian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Metal

Jugendstil Plant Stand
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Jugendstil plant Stand with secession ceramic plaques. Professionally stained and repolished.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic, Wood

Antoni Gaudí, Jugendstil, Brass Door Knob N.1 Mila for BD
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Solid cast brass with polished finish. An exact reproduction in both form and material original metalwork fittings designed by Antoni Gaudí for various of his works of architectur...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

1 of the 35 Jugendstil Tiles, Belgium, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Jugendstil handmade tiles. A beautiful scenery of water lilies, arrow weed and dragonflies. In soft green, soft blue, turquoise and white. These ti...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Antique Majolica Terracotta Pottery Dolphin Serpent Pink Plant Stand Pedestal
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Majolica Terracotta Pottery Dolphin Fish Serpent pink plant stand pedestal. Item features a unique bearded serpent form, glazed terracotta construction, beautiful pink and gr...
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19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Terracotta

Door knob in solid brass Batlló no.2 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

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