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Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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
Art Nouveau Style Liquor Serving Set Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Nouveau Style Liquor Serving Set Marble Tray with Crystal Bottle and Beakers with Gold Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This sublime li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Marble, Gold, Brass

21st Century Liquor Serving Set Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Nouveau Style Liquor Serving Set Marble Tray with Crystal Bottle and Beakers with Gold Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This sublime li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Marble, Gold, Brass

Art Nouveau Italian Silver Bronze Picture Frame Venetian Glass
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination red is an Art Nouveau Italian metal picture frame with Murano glass. Illumination red is an art-design picture frame, proudly handmade in Italy by master of crafts. silv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Antique Tiffany American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Jewelry Box
By Tiffany & Co., John Chatellier
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau sterling silver jewelry box. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged with gently curved top. Acid-etched ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Thomas Webb Art Nouveau Pair Bronze Iridescent Handled Glass Vases
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A superb and stylish pair British Art Nouveau iridescent bronze glass vases by Thomas Webb and dating from around 1890-1910. The hand-blown glass vases stand raised on a rounded pede...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

19th Century Art Nouveau Copper with Oak Desktop Stationery Box
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful antique letter box. The box comes from England and dates from about 1900. The box has an oak interior with compartments. The outside tank is lined with embossed copper. The...
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1890s British Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Copper

Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain Terrier Dog & Frog Figurine by T. Karner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Nymphenburg porcelain figurine. Modeled by Theodor Karner. In the form of a reclining dog peering inquisitively at the frog between its front paws. With a dec...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Sycamore Standing Clock, ca. 1910
Located in Budapest, HU
Standing clock in Art Nouveau style, manufactured arround 1910. Wooden parts of sycamore maple tree.
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sycamore

Daum Nancy Wild Orchids
By Daum
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Daum Nancy wild orchids Glazing technique and acid work Circa 1915 Origin France Artist Daum Art nuveau Excellent condition.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Enamel

Porcelain Group 'The Sin', Faun with Nymphs, Rosenthal Selb Germany, 1917
Located in Vienna, AT
Admirable Art Nouveau Figurine by Rosenthal. Laughing faun with crossed goat legs flanked by two nymphs sitting on a rock plinth. While the female figure on the left buries her face...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Vase by Knud Valdemar Engelhardt 1916
Located in New York, US
Our extraordinary porcelain vase with cover by Knud Valdemar Engelhardt (Danish, 1882-1931) for Royal Copenhagen dates from circa 1916, and features a unique celedon colored crystall...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Style Wine Serving Set Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Nouveau Style Wine Serving Set Leather Shadow Onyx Tray with Crystal Bottle and Chalices Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This sublime ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal, Onyx, Brass

Antique Gorham Art Nouveau Green Silver Overlay Perfume
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau perfume with silver overlay. Globular bottle with short straight neck and everted rim in silver collar. Ball stopper. Overlay in biomorphic form with ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver

1920´s Danish Art Nouveau Ashtray / Bowl by P. Ibsens Enke
Located in Knebel, DK
1920´s Danish Art Nouveau ashtray / bowl by Peder Bentsen-Pedersen for Ibsens Enke. The ashtray/bowl that feature a well designed sea gull embracing the inner of the ashtray/bowl ...
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Pair of French Art Nouveau Candelabras Marble Zamac Candleholder, Early 20th C.
Located in Labrit, Landes
Pair of Marble and zamac candelabras French art Nouveau candle holder Natural decoration with dragonflies, butterflies and flowers circa 1900 Good antique condition Shipping: ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble

Large Lalique "Fairy" Three Winged Sprites Vase in Polished & Frosted Crystal
Located in Rancho Mirage, CA
Offering this tremendous, signed and numbered Lalique "Fairy" vase featuring three winged fairy or sprite figures on a bulbous and conical shaped vessel. This vase is made from polis...
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Late 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Art Nouveau Vase by A. Fery Foundry by Louchet
Located in Fairfax, VA
Vase with maiden relief surrounded by flowers holding a butterfly at tip of her finger.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Paperweight with Mussels Amalric Walter & Henri Mercier, Nancy
Located in Vienna, AT
Two mussels on a yellow stone base covered with algae. Signed 'AWALTER NANCY' and 'hm'. Manufactory: Amalric Walter & Henri Bergé, Nancy, Lorraine, France Dating of manufacture: ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Danish Glass and Pewter Decanter, 1960s
Located in Bochum, NRW
Triangular green glass bottle with pinched sides, embossed pewter overlay and stopper. Very good used condition. After a design of Georg Nilsson. Measure: Height 26 cm.
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1960s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau Vase No 6435/1
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau vase No 6435/1. Measures 15 cm / 5 29/32 in.  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

French Art Nouveau Bronze Figure "Bohémienne" by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
Captivating late 19th Century French bronze figurine modelled as a beautiful young woman with wonderful slightly revealing costume, enhanced by the rich brown patination and excellen...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Dominick & Haff and Mauser 1903 Pair of Sterling Silver Candlesticks Art Nouveau
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Dominick & Haff / Mauser sterling silver candlesticks from 1903 in exquisite Art Nouveau style with raised natural motifs, measuring 10 1/4'' in height by 4 1/2'' in diameter...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Silvered Bronze Sculpture of a Briard Dog Signed Sanson, France, 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Silvered bronze sculpture of a Briard Dog signed Sanson - France 1900 The Briard packs so much loyalty, love, and spirit into its ample frame that it's often described as a "heart w...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Style Art Glass Vase, Signed
Located in Arles, FR
A stunning Art Nouveau style vase carefully handcrafted using centuries old techniques. This beautiful decorative object is carefully designed and is made of fine quality art glass. ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

William Hutton & Sons, Ltd. Silver Floral Photo Frame
Located in New York, NY
This English Art Nouveau silver picture frame, with floral decoration, by William Hutton & Sons, Ltd., features an enchanted entanglement of tulip blooms, stems and roots in relief. ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver

Art Nouveau D'Argental Cameo Glass Vase with Venice Landscape
Located in Bochum, NRW
A very fine D'Argental cameo art glass vase, France, late 19th century. San Giorgio Island scene with gondola and Palazzo San Giorgio in the background. Milky glass with shades of or...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Antique Bronze Sculpture "Trinkender Frauenakt" by Victor Heinrich Seifert
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Victor Heinrich Seifert (German, 1870-1953) "Trinkender Frauenakt" Germany, circa 1890-1900, signed "V. Seifert AKT Ges Gladenbeck Berlin" Victor Heinrich Seifert was born in Vie...
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19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Early 20th Century German Jugendstil Hammered Brass Tray
Located in Chicago, IL
An extraordinary early 20th century German Jugendstil, (translating to ‘Youth Style’, the name given to the Art Nouveau movement in Germany) hammered brass tray with a beautiful styl...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Brass

Karl Rudolf Ditmar Pair of Art Nouveau Iridescent Art Pottery Vases
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning pair Austrian heliosine iridescent glazed art pottery vases by Karl Rudolf Ditmar (1818-1895). The pair of squat double gourd shaped vases are decorated in rich green heli...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pottery

Early 20th Century Tiffany Favrile Glass Five-Piece Serving Set
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This Tiffany iridescent gold Favrile glass five-piece set includes a fruit bowl and four individual serving bowls. The matched set has cylindrical bodies with flared rims having scal...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Antique American Art Nouveau Red Silver Overlay Vase
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century American Art Nouveau glass vase with engraved silver overlay. Tapering bowl and raised and round foot. Overlay pattern comprising leafing stem flowers. Two oval c...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver

Solifleur, Cup in Barbotine, Art Nouveau
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Solifleur, cup in Barbotine, Art Nouveau, early 20th century. Measures: H 45 cm, D 36 cm.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Antique French Art Nouveau Mirror w/ Maiden, ca.1900
Located in Petaluma, CA
A fine example of a figural art nouveau mirror in bronze. A young woman holding a beveled mirror with a flat area below covered in flowers. We especially loved that flat area for it'...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Monumental Emile Galle French Cameo Sailboat Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
Emile Galle (French 1846-1904) A lovely two color cameo vase with a yellow background featuring a lake scene with boats, trees and birds. The detail and fineness of the acid etchi...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Franz Bergmann, Easter Present, Miniature Vienna Bronze Sculpture, circa 1900
Located in New York, NY
Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse (these marks used t...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Meissen Goat with Basket having fallen over, Erich Hoesel V 119 Made circa 1920
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen lovely figurine: Goat with Basket having fallen over Measures / dimensions: Height 5.39 inches (= 13.7 cm) Width 5.39 inches (= 13.7 cm) Depth 3.93 inches (= 10.0 cm) ...
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Peter Tereszczuk Viennese Figural Bronze Sculpture, circa 1910
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A charming antique Viennese bronze sculpture of a young Dutch boy pulling in a fishing net by Peter Tereszczuk dating from circa 1910. The figure is mounted on a an integral rectangu...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Vase Designed by Hugo Elmqvist, Sweden, circa 1900
Located in Stockholm, SE
Vase designed by Hugo Elmqvist, Sweden, circa 1900. Bronze. Measure: H 39 cm/ 15 1/4".  
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Pair of Belgian Faux Bois Planters
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
As part of the Art Nouveau movement, faux bois was the height of sophistication and expertly crafted throughout Europe. These unique faux bois planters is a one of a kind set. Incred...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Cast Stone

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Wirehaired Terrier No 3165
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of wirehaired terrier no 3165. Measures: 12 cm / 4 23/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Art Glass Vase with Applied Grapes, after Daum Nancy
By Daum
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stunning late 20th century example with fine cameo, enamel and applied work, signed with spurious Daum Nancy cameo signature. The base of the vase has a 5" diameter.
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Late 20th Century European Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Meissen Boy and Dosser with Winegrapes by Theodore Eichler Model W 129
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen rarest figurine: Boy with Dosser filled with Winegrapes by Theodore Eichler, circa 1910. Size: Height 28.0 cm (= 11.02 inches) Diameter 9.2 cm (= 3.62 inches) Manufac...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Exquisite Art Nouveau Period Marble Nude Statue Signed Dorian
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A rare Nouveau classical figure of a young female nude with poppies. Beautifully hand carved in white marble, circa 1895, European the base is 6.5 inches in diameter with a total hei...
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1890s European Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Bronze Vase by Jean-Paul Aubé
Located in Paris, FR
Late 19th century small bronze vase with brown and red patina decorated with a naked woman. She is set on a floating drapery which goes around the collar of the vase. Signed on the p...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Girl by Bird Feeder No 757
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of girl by Bird Feeder no 757. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in.
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Late 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Antique Green & Silver Mercury Glass Inkwell by W. Lund of London
Located in San Diego, CA
A large antique green and silver mercury glass Inkwell by W. Lund of London, circa 1890s. The well is bell shaped with a brass hinged lid. There is a metal medallion under glass ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau Lithographed Tin Box Advertising Candy Vintage German, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Large antique German cough drop candy advertising tin. Beautiful decoration piece, nice addition to your kitchen or just to display in every room.  
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Tin

Art Nouveau Period Antique Sterling Silver Photograph Frame from 1902
By Sydney & Co. 1
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1902 by Sydney & Co. This elegant, Edwardian, Antique, Sterling Silver Photograph Frame is Art Nouveau in style. It has a plain, curvaceous scroll design supp...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Art Nouveau Sculpture by Amphora, CZ, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Charming Art Nouveau sculpture by Amphora Czechoslovakia from circa 1915 showing a young girl riding her little buckboard pulled by a Billy goat. A lot of beautiful details can be fo...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Large Royal Dux Cup, Art Nouveau Period
Located in Paris, FR
Large Royal Dux cup crafted in porcelain biscuit. The biscuit is partially enameled, and highlighted with polychrome accents. The cup features two nymphs climbing a shell on waves. O...
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Late 19th Century Czech Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver & Brilliant-Cut Glass Vase
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century American Art Nouveau brilliant-cut glass vase with sterling silver collar. Cylindrical with vertical ornament comprising two notched flutes between plain ones alt...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Art Nouveau Quality Carved Wood Chandelier / Pendant Light Chandelier, 1910s
Located in Lisse, NL
Stylish and all handcrafted chandelier from the turn of the century. This good quality pendant of a 100 years old has six perfectly and evenly hand-carved arms. This stylish exampl...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Wood

Large Art Nouveau Art Glass Vase, Rainbow Colors
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Art Nouveau art glass vase. Rainbow colors with shades of purple and golden green. Measures: H. 49 cm. In good condition.
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1930s Czech Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

Tiffany Studios Pulled Feather Favrile And Bronze Candlestick
Located in Dallas, TX
Tiffany Studios Pulled feather favrile glass and bronze candlestick lamp, circa 1910 A lovely Art Nouveau candelabra with a early decorated L.C.T Tiffany glass shade. This ensemble w...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Ceramic Jugend Vase by Eiler Londal for Danico, Denmark, 1920s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This vase is in the Skønvirke style, which derives from the French Art Nouveau and German Jugend. The floral decorations on this vase were achieved by using slip trailed glaze throug...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pottery

Column with Heron and Planter, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Great looking column with a heron bird and planter on top. The column or stand has lots of leaves and a heron bird around. The vase or jardinière has beautiful flowers. This ce...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Desk Clip
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa early 20th century Art Nouveau style desk clip made of Iron. It depicts a woman's face and a clover made from her hair. Please note of wear consistent with age including patina...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Iron

Art Nouveau Enamelled Antique Sterling Silver Photograph Frame from 1905
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1905 by Charles S. Green & Co., this wonderful Antique, Edwardian, sterling silver photograph frame, is in the Art Nouveau style, featuring a shaped surro...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

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