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Art Nouveau Ceramics

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
Liberty Butterfly Vase in Pink White Green Majolica Ceramic
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gorgeous Italian butterfly glazed ceramic vase from the Liberty period in pastel colors. Italy, circa 1910. This highly decorative ceramic vase is in excellent condition. Merasures: ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Pottery, Ceramic

Floral Art Nouveau Porcelain Jug Villeroy & Boch WMF
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Set of three Art Nouveau jugs from Villeroy & Boch, 1890-1900. A very rare set of jugs with floral decor in different sizes. All cocoa pots are equipped with a metal lid from WMF. ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Majolica Seaweeds Oyster Plate Keller et Guerin Saint Clement
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica oyster plate attributed to Keller et Guerin Saint Clement, circa 1900. Usually in pink, rare color. Reference / Page 98 "Collecting oyster plates" of Jeffrey B. Snyder.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Majolica

Kähler, Danish Art Nouveau Ceramic Bowl
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Kähler Art Nouveau ceramic bowl. Decorated with polychrome glaze in a typical art nouveau pattern. Signed HAK for Herman A. Kähler. Approx. 1900-1910.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Majolica Blue Butterfly Plate Josef Steidl Znaim, circa 1890
By Josef Steidl Znaim
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica butterfly plate Josef Steidl Znaim, circa 1890.
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Moorcroft Pottery CL1 Clock, Queen's Choice Edition Ceramic Art
Located in Hamburg, DE
Special Moorcroft ceramic table clock, the so-called CL1 Clock in the edition "Queens Choice". The ceramic clock has a colorful design, which depicts various fruits. The clock case i...
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1990s British Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Striking Art Nouveau Ceramic and Bronze-Mounted Vase in Victor Horta Style
By Victor Horta
Located in Lisse, NL
Top condition and pure elegance Art Nouveau vase. For the collectors of museum quality and condition Art Nouveau ceramics. This stunning Art Nouveau vase is decorated with the mos...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Bronze

Six Mason's Ironstone Large Dinner Plates Art Nouveau Muscatel Pattern
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a lovely set of six large dinner plates by Mason's Ironstone, England in the Art Nouveau style "Muscatel" pattern, dating to the late 19th century, circa 1900. The plates ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ironstone

Late 19th Century Emile Galle Cat, Signed 'Nancy'
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 19th century Emile Galle ( France 1846 - 1904 ) Cat - Signed 'Nancy'. Circa 1880 - 1890.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic Barbotine Jardinière with Flowers, France, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic Barbotine jardinière with flowers. Art Nouveau period. France, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Louis Comfort Tiffany "Cabbage Leaf" Vase
Located in New York, NY
A charming vase with wonderful, naturalistic patterning and the unusual inclusion of four robust handles, the "Cabbage Leaf" glazed pottery vase by Louis Comfort Tiffany is a wonderf...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware, Porcelain

Collection of Bode Willumsen Ceramic Pieces from Own Studio, 1930s
Located in Odense, DK
Early stoneware pieces by Danish ceramic artist Bode Willumsen. Made at his own studio in the 1930s. The pieces are all hand molded by the artist himself from stoneware with a beauti...
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1930s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vienna Art Ceramics Art Nouveau Seasonal Figure 'Winter' by Johanna Meier-Michel
Located in Vienna, AT
Pedestal-less crinoline figure with floor-length, three-colored, longitudinally striped skirt, over it a coat decorated with an elaborate floral pattern and trimmed with ermine, warm...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

A. Kerkhofs, Large Art Deco Platter in Enameled Ceramic, circa 1903
By A. Kerkhofs
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A. Kerkhofs, large Art Deco platter in enameled ceramic, circa 1903 Unique, signed.
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Four Seasonal Crinoline Figurines by Michael Powolny, Viennese Ceramics, c. 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
Four pedestal-less crinoline figures with seasonal attributes: Spring: in a floor-length dress with a long scarf and poke bonnet, her head turned to the right to the pigeon sittin...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic Rabbit, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic rabbit, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau AMC, Wasmuel, Floral Decoration Glazed Vase Made in Belgium, 1920s
Located in Verviers, BE
Earthenware vase, AMC made in Belgium. AMC stands for the Faiencerie de Wasmuel, A. Mouzin & Cie, in Wasmuel Belgium, started in 1878. Art Nouveau ceramic vase in excellent cond...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase Signed Ernst Wahliss, Vienna, Art Nouveau Period, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Ceramic vase signed Ernst Wahliss, Vienna, Art Nouveau period, circa 1890.
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Round Ceramic Decorative Charger by Clément Massier
Located in New York, NY
A French Art Nouveau round ceramic decorative plate by Clément Massier, depicting a Byzantine Head in iridescent enamel glazes, circa 1900s. Signed, ''Clement Massier - Golfe Jua...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Minton Art Nouveau Floral Decorated Twin Handled Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Art Nouveau Minton floral painted twin handled art pottery vase dating from around 1900. The lightly potted vase stands on an oval domed pedestal foot with tear drop shaped body, cup...
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1890s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Pottery

Glazed Ceramic Vase by Manuel Mafra, Portugal, Late 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic vase by Manuel Mafra, Portugal, late 19th century. Manuel Mafra (Caldas de Rainha, Portugal, 1830–1905).
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Late 19th Century Portuguese Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Paul Dachsel Alexandra Porcelain Works Art Nouveau Leaf Design Handled Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish Austrian Art Nouveau handled vase with large layered leaf patterning by Paul Dachsel for Alexandra Porcelain Works Turn-Teplitz and dating from the early 20th century....
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Monumental Art Nouveau Vase with Figural Flowers in the Style of Royal Dux
Located in Verviers, BE
Monumental Art Nouveau vase with figural flowers in the style of Royal Dux. The piece is in excellent condition and a real beauty! Looks simply stunning. ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

William Moorcroft MacIntyre Art Nouveau Tube Lined Florian Ware Loving Cup
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Art Nouveau James MacIntyre & Co. Florian Ware three-handled flared loving cup decorated with tube lined floral designs by William Moorcroft and dating from around 1900. William Moor...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Pottery

Art Nouveau Rörstrand Pair of Porcelain Vases, Sweden, 19th Century
Located in Bochum, NRW
Beautiful and hard to find pair of tall Swedish Rörstrand blue white earthenware vases decorated with alternating medallions of bucolic scenes and floral arrangements on a blue leaf ...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Porcelain

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890.  
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica

Antique Alfred Meakin English Ironstone Vegetable Serving Dish "Lawton"
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century Alfred Meakin English Ironstone Vegetable serving dish "Lawton". This coveted pattern features a white ground with a red trellis scroll pattern and yellow, red, purple, ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ironstone, Paint

Delphin Massier Flower Wall Stand, Vallauris, Late 19th Century
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Flower wall Stand by Delphin Massier, Vallauris, France, late 19th century. Earthenware. This line of Delphin Massier products is illustrated in 'Massier, L'introduction de la céram...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Pair of Vases Druva Rörstrand Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
These vases are from the early 1900s and where produced by Rörstrand in Sweden. The name of the vases is Druva and translates to Grape which is exactly what the vases are decorated w...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Majolica Decorative Round Fruit Plates, Set of 7, Portugal
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Set of seven ceramic Majolica fruit plates. This beautiful set features two maroon raspberry plates, two apple plates, two strawberry plates and one lemon plate. Edges are thumbprint...
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20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Paint

Majolica Water Lily Plate Villeroy et Boch, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Antique German aqua Majolica water lily wall plate, circa 1900 signed "Villeroy & Boch."
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

19th Century Pair of Vases Art Nouveau Gustavsberg, Sweden
Located in Langserud, SE
Wonderful pair of Art Nouveau vases. Manufactured at Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory in 1887 Sweden. The both shows signs of the typical Art Nouveau expressions in flowers and birds....
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1880s Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Nellie Garbett for Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau Floral Pattern Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau stoneware vase with stylized floral designs by Nellie Garbett and dating from around 1900. This stylish and tall vase has a central band decorated in reli...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Stoneware

Pair of Enamel Ceramic Planters, Art Nouveau Period, Germany, circa 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of enamel ceramic planters, Art Nouveau period, Germany, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Rosenburg Den Haag, Art Noveau, Large Pitcher or Vase, the Netherlands
Located in Stockholm, SE
Large pitcher from Rosenburg den Haag, the Netherlands. It´s Art Noveau at it´s best and the painting is really good. It is in very good condition except from some minor wear of use.
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Vintage 1970s Cloisonne Peony Mugs by Fitz and Floyd, Set of 4
Located in Vallejo, CA
A set of vintage 1970s ceramic mugs by Fitz and Floyd. Beautiful floral design in purple, pink, and gold over a black base color in the "Cloisonne Peony" pattern. Marked by the manuf...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait Vase Amphora Gold Brown Ochre, circa 1897
By Amphora, Nikolaus Kannhäuser
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic portrait vase designed and painted by Nikolaus Kannhäuser manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1897 A rema...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Majolica Grapes Pattern Set of 8 Plates Whit SARREGUEMINES Stamp
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau Majolica glazed tableware set of 8 pieces Grapes pattern in relief. And comes whit a Wooden plate holder for 7 plates Sarreguemines Majolica is a type of earthenware,...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Majolica

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 Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890.    
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica

Glazed Ceramic Barbotine Vase with Flowers and Bird, France, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed Ceramic Barbotine vase with flowers and bird, France, circa 1890. Art Nouveau period.    
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890.  
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica

Dutch Four-Piece Ceramic Chamber Set, Societe Keramiek, Maastricht, circa 1925
Located in Verviers, BE
Four-piece ceramic chamber set, decorated with blue wisteria and comprising a waterjug and bowl with soap dish and toothbrush holder, circa 1925, Maastricht. Marked on the base: ...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Royal Doulton Large Jardiniere on Stand, circa 1925
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good large Jardiniere on Stand made by Doulton Lambeth, dating to Circa 1925. This is a large, impressive and very decorative floor standing piece. The decorati...
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Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Large-Scale Vase by Artist Julia Kabel for Kähler Keramik
Located in Hudson, NY
Large-scale vase circa 1910-1920 Decorated by Artist Julia Kabel for the Kähler Keramik Factory Located in Naestved, Denmark.
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

Set of 50 Hand Painted Ceramic Relief Tiles by Societe Morialme, 1895
Located in Rijssen, NL
A most unique and unusual piece of wall art. There are 50 individually tiles. Each pattered tile is a work of art in itself. Each tile is individually hand painted. Size each tile: i...
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1890s European Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware, Pottery

Keller & Guerin-Luneville Pair of Vases Signed KG Luneville France NE France
Located in Verviers, BE
Keller & Guerin-Luneville pair of vases signed Handwritten signature: KG Luneville France Ne Art Nouveau shape Lys hand-painted Decor iris amid Umbelliferae. Polychrome enamels ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Faience

Art Nouveau Majolica Jardinière by Julius Dressler, circa 1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Delicate Art Nouveau Majolica jardinière from the renown manufactory of Julius Dressler from circa 1905 in Bohemia. This gorgeous shaped jardinière impresses with its floral design, ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Majolica

Glazed Ceramic Jardiniére, Art Nouveau Period, Austria, Late 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic jardiniére. Art Nouveau period. Austria, late 19th century.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau French Clement Massier Vase, 19th Century
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning Art Nouveau French twin handled earthenware vase by Clement Massier decorated with brown, yellowand blue streaked glazes. The vase has an impressed CLEMENT MASSIER GOLFE J...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware

Early 1900 by Christopher Dresser SCI Laveno Secessionist Ceramic Cachepot Vase
Located in Brescia, IT
Purple ceramic cachepot Perfect condiction.
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Villeroy & Boch Mettlach Enameled Islamic Design Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish German Art Nouveau bulbous vase applied with stylized Islamic floral patterning by Villeroy & Boch Mettlach dating from around 1895. The vase stands on a narrow round foot ...
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1890s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

William Moorcroft Liberty & Co Forget Me Not and Rose Pattern Art Pottery Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish art pottery bowl made for Liberty & Co decorated with tube lined Forget Me Not’s and Rose’s forming garlands around the body of the bowl by William Moorcroft (British, 1872...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Bessie Newbury Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau Large Impressive Stoneware Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A large and impressive Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau art pottery bowl by Bessie Newbury and dating from around 1905. The stoneware bowl is of wide rounded shape standing raised on a na...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Stoneware

Glazed Ceramic Jardiniere with Birds, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic jardiniere with birds, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Polychromed Ceramic Vase by Julius Dressler, Austria, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of polychromed ceramic vase by Julius Dressler, Austria, early 20th century.  
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic Vase, Italy, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic vase, Italy, early 20th century. Signed Faenza Di Napoli.
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Pair of Painted Ceramic Fish Pitchers by Bordallo Pinheiro, Portugal, circa 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of painted ceramic fish pitchers by Bordallo Pinheiro, Portugal, circa 1900.
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Early 20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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