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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
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

Pair of Wiener Kunstkeramische Werkstatte Ceramic Figures Spring & Fall
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair of Wiener Kunstkeramische Werkstatte ceramic figures "Spring & Fall" circa 1908. Fall marked on the base Austria 1588/27/7 impressed with Wiener Kunstkeramische Werkstatte mark ...
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Early 20th Century European 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

Vase Dagobert Peche Gmunden Ceramics Model 290 Made circa 1919
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant vase  made of cream white ceramics / glazed and partially black painted very interesting stylized pattern Bibliography: Waltraud Neuwirth, Markenlexikon fuer Kunstgewerb...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ceramic

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

Small Gouda Pottery Art Nouveau Decorative Cup or Pen/Pencil Holder, Holland
Located in Arles, FR
Dutch Art Deco ceramic cup or pen/pencil holder from Gouda, Holland with traditional period flowery and curvaceous designs, circa 1920s, matte glaze, which for us is the mixture of a...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Longchamp Bronze Mounted Ceramic Planter
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large French Art Nouveau bronze mounted glazed ceramic planter or cachepot from Longchamp, Burgundy. Vibrant hand painted colorful flowers with bright green foliage and metallic go...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Bronze

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

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

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

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Pottery

Pierre Perret Et Jerome Massier Fils, Oriental Ceramic
By Pierre Perret et Jerome Massier Fils
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pierre Perret Et Jerome Massier Fils, Art Deco enameled ceramic jardinière with oriental design, Vallauris, end 19th century.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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

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

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

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

Zsolnay Glazed Green, Brown and Turquoise Relief Ceramic Vase or Vessel Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This very early work of the Hungarian’s ceramicist: Zsolnay. It is a glorious combination of color of elegant sensual nude reliefs in this small vase vessel and decorative ceramic gl...
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1910s Hungarian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Majolica Gray Butterfly Plate Josef Steidl Znaim, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica butterfly plate Josef Steidl Znaim, circa 1890.
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1890s 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

Large Majolica Wild Rose & Pansy Platter Massier, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Charming Art Nouveau Majolica handled platter with a wild rose and a pansy attributed to Massier Circa 1890. Measure: 17 inches length.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica

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

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

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

Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau Stylized Foliage Pottery Vase by Francis Pope
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish Doulton Lambeth art nouveau art pottery gourd shaped vase with stylized foliage in the Persian taste by Francis Pope and dating from around 1904. The vase is of rounded sha...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Stoneware

Carl 'Karl' Klimt Ceramic/Pottery Glazed Stand, Column with Putti/Putto, Flower
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a rare piece and size for one of the most important Czechoslovakian artists comparing with the counterpart Austrian and German secessionist movement, Michael Powolny, Gustav ...
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1910s Czech Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ornamental Art Nouveau Majolica Cachepot, by Gerbing & Stephan, CZ, circa 1900
By Gerbing & Stephan
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Very decorative ornamental Art Nouveau Majolica Cachepot manufactured in around 1900 in Bodenbach/ Bohemia by the well known majolica company of Gerbing & Stephan. This amazing, open...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Majolica

William Moorcroft MacIntyre Art Nouveau Elegant Blue Carnation Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Art Nouveau James MacIntyre & Co. Florian Ware tall elegantly shaped vase decorated with tube lined carnations designed by William Moorcroft (English, 1872-1945) and dating from arou...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware

Pair of Glazed Ceramic Butterflies Planters by Delphin Massier, France, c. 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of Glazed Ceramic butterflies planters by Delphin Massier. France, circa 1890. Signed Delphin Massier Vallauris. Art Nouveau period.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Carriage Sculpture With Lady, Horses And Coachman, Luigi Fabris, italy
Located in Milano, IT
Ceramic Carriage Sculpture With Lady, Horses And Coachman made by Luigi Fabris. The work is not signed but it is certainly by Lugi Fabris. The great collectors of Fabris confirm th...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Set of Four Hand Decorated Majolica Plates with Apples and Green Leaves
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of four very colorful Majolica plates decorated with apples, leaves and white blossoms. These plates are all hand decorated. Originally purchased from the famous Parisian tableto...
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1970s French Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Enamel

Mid-Century Ruscha Art Vase
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Beautiful art pottery and unusual piece by Ruscha with a strong art nouveau influence in its shape and decoration. It is glazed in a dark brown with variegated purple and light grey ...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Antique Paul Jean Millet Sèvres Ceramic Box Polychrome Blue Green Glaze
Located in Munich, DE
This fine Sèvres ceramic box is marked PM Sèvres for Paul Jean Milet. It has been glazed in the most marvellous colours reminiscent of a Monet's water lillies.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Candlestick Eduard Stellmacher Amphora circa 1902
By Amphora, Eduard Stellmacher
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau ceramic candlestick from the “Fates-series” designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1902 i...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique 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

Cranston Pottery Art Nouveau Lustre Glazed Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Rare and probably unique Art Nouveau lustre glazed art pottery vase by Cranston Pottery and made around 1900. Probably an exhibition piece this lightly pottery earthenware vase stand...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Sarreguemines French Majolica Pottery Wall Pocket, circa 1885
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very fine antique French art pottery Majolica wall pocket by Sarreguemines and dating from circa 1880-1890. The lightly pottery wall pocket is modeled as a basket with a pierced ri...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Majolica

Austrian Art Female Ceramic Head Gudrun Baudisch Wiener Werkstatte circa 1928
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Female Head designed by Gudrun Baudisch executed by Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien circa 1928 expressive ceramic marked Gudrun Baudisch (1907-1982) was one of the innovati...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Art Nouveau Vase with 3 Handles with Controlled Drip Glazes in Blue and Green
Located in Verviers, BE
A classic example of Art Nouveau earthenware, And decorated with carefully controlled drip glazes in blue and green shades. Made by the Belgian factory at Thulin (1930s) with m...
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1930s Belgian Vintage 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

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

Sarreguemines Art Nouveau 2 Pieces Chamber Set, Marked, 1890s-1910s
Located in Verviers, BE
Sarreguemines Art Nouveau 2 pieces chamber set, marked, 1890s-1910s. Marked on the base: Considering age and use is still in good condition. A real treasure for the ceramics'...
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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

Tiffany & Co NY Joseph Hancock Royal Doulton Ptarmigan Painted Porcelain Plate
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare antique Royal Doulton hand painted decorative porcelain cabinet plate titled Ptarmigan and painted by Joseph Hancock and retailed by Tiffany & Co, New York and dating to the e...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Porcelain

Glazed Ceramic Jardiniére, Art Nouveau Period, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed Ceramic Jardiniére. Art Nouveau period, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Ceramic Wash Bowl and Pitcher Set, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning Art Nouveau wash bowl and pitcher set. Striking Belgium design from the 1900s. Marked with makers stamp. In good original condition with a beautiful patina.
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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

Impressive Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Flowers by Hippolyte Boulenger ca. 1900
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Nouveau ceramic vase with flowers by Hippolyte Boulenger, Choisy le Roi. France ca. 1900. Ceramic with incised & glazed decoration of flowers.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Sea Monster Amphora Brown circa 1902
By Eduard Stellmacher, Amphora
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau ceramic vase with deep sea monster designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1902 Dragons...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait Vase Amphora White Ochre Gold circa 1898
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait vase manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1898 Depictions of female faces and bodies were a centr...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic

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

Mistletoe Art Nouveau Service Designed by Lachenal Produced by Luneville in 1900
Located in Paris, FR
This 54 pieces earthenware faience dinner service "Mistletoe" (fr: Gui) set was created by Edmond Lachenal famous french artist (1855-1955) and produced by the wellknown French Manuf...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware

Six Majolica Plates with Fruit Decor, Sarreguemines, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Six Early 20th century majolica plates with fruit decor, Earthenware. Differend fruit decorations, colourful painted. Underglaze mark. Small cracks in the glazing, glazing craquelure...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Ceramic, Majolica

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