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Art Nouveau Porcelain

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
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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Crown Derby Rare Antique Imari Pattern Porcelain Bell
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very rare antique porcelain imari pattern bell by Royal Crown Derby and dating from 1904. The bell has a traditional bell shaped body with molded and finely decorated patterning in...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1928 RC-CM255
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM255. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

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 Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Leaping Salmon on Base #5456
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of leaping salmon on base #5456. Measures: 15.5cm / 6 1/10 in. high and 33cm / 13 in. long Perfect condition.
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1970s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1915 RC-CM154
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1915 RC-CM154. Measures: 19.7 cm / 7 3/4 in. and is in perfect condition. Silhouette of Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and Ireland. Ins...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grøndahl Commemorative Plate from 1897 BG-CM8
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grøndahl commemorative plate from 1897 BG-CM8. Art and Industrial exhibition in Stockholm, 1897. Designed by Effie Hegermann-Lindencrone. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
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1890s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM209
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM209. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. The author and poet Ludvig Holberg standing in a square of old Co...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1903 RC-CM46
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1903 RC-CM46. Measures 20 cm / 7 3/4 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM46 (closed border): 1903 the 40th anniversary of King Christia...
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Crystalline Glaze Vase Pink
Located in Copenhagen, DK
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau crystalline glaze vase pink. Measures: 15.5 cm.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Commemorative Plate from 1920 BG-CM54
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Commemorative plate from 1920 BG-CM54. Commemorating King Christian the 10th 50th birthday. Designed by Hans Tegner and measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in.
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Blanc De Chine Merhorse Decorative Table Figurine
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen blanc de chine merhorse decorative table figurine. One of the ears is chipped otherwise in good condition. Measure: 19 cm L, 9 cm H.
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Late 19th Century Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Figurine Goose #1902
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl figurine goose #1902. Measures: 9 cm and is in good condition. Designed by Niels Nielsen.
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1970s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Figurine Girl with Fishnet #2036
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl figurine girl with fishnet #2036. Designed by Axel Locher and measures 22.5cm.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Crystalline Glaze Vase in Yellow by Søren Berg
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau crystalline glaze vase in yellow by Søren Berg. Measures: 16cm.
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1930s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grøndahl Lidded Bowl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grøndahl lidded bowl. Measures: 4.5 cm H with lid on. 10 cm diameter. 1st quality in good condition. From 1962-1970.
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1960s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Dahl Jensen Figurine Bird #1239
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Dahl Jensen figurine bird #1239. Measures 7cm and is in good condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Vase with Purple Flower Motif
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen vase with purple flower motif. Measures: 6 cm H (2 23/64 inches). 1st quality. In good condition.
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1890s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Hippopotamus No 309
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of hippopotamus No 309. Measures 35 cm / 13 25/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Group 'Lady With Child On The Beach', by A. Koenig, Meissen Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Extremely rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain group: Elegant lady in a long summer dress, with a wide-brimmed feather hat and long gloves, standing slightly stooped next to a girl in...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Royal Vienna Style Iridescent Porcelain Vase Depicting Marie Antoinette
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An antique Royal Vienna style miniature porcelain vase depicting Marie Antoinette. This shape is quite rare. I have sold many porcelain vases and this is the first I have seen of ...
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20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Collie No 1701
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of Collie No 1701. Measures: 28 cm / 11 1/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Rosenthal, Germany, Six Iris Dinner Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rosenthal, Germany. Six Iris dinner plates in hand-painted porcelain with flowers and gold decoration. 1920s. Diameter: 25.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Coffee Cup No. 2911/9070
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau coffee cup No. 2911/9070. Cup measures 5.5 cm H. 8 cm diameter. In nice whole condition. Second quality.
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Bowl No. 846/703 with Mouse on Lid No. 846/703
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau bowl no. 846/703 with Mouse on Lid No. 846/703. Measure: 15 cm H. 63 cm circumference. The bowl is 2nd Quality with a hairline in the glaze. Mouse has be...
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Bowl with Two Otters #601
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau bowl with two otters #601. Measures 20 cm (7.87 in) and is in good condition.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau Leaf Decorated Bowl No. 1113
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau leaf decorated bowl no. 1113. Measures 19 x 16 cm (7 31/64" x 6 19/64"). 1st quality in perfect condition.
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1950s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine Boy on Goat #1228 Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine boy on goat #1228 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Designed by Christian Thomsen. Is in good condition.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Vase No. 318/45a with Moths Decoration
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau vase no. 318/45a with Moths decoration. Measures: 10.5 cm H. 1st quality, in fine condition. From 1889-1922.
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1890s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1888 RC-CM1A
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM255. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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1880s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Flower Vase Limoges Porcelain and Silver by Joe Descomps
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Flower vase On one side it has a nude - Erotic lady drinking wine, and on the other a devil. Very nice quality enamel porcelain flower vase. It has silver rings on the neck and on t...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Figurine Girl with Cat No 1745
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl figurine girl with cat No 1745. Designed by Ingeborg Plockross Irminger. Measures: 15 cm and is in good condition.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

14 Plates, Royal Copenhagen Blue Fan, Flat Plates
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
14 plates. Royal Copenhagen Blue fan, flat plates. Designed by Arnold Krog in 1909. Decoration Number 1212/11521. Measures: Diameter 19.5 cm. In perfect condition, 1st. factory quality.
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1970s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Hentschel Child Looking at Picture-Book Model U 149
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen stunning Hentschel figurine: Baby boy looking at a picture-book Model U 149 Measures: Height 4.33 inches (= 11.0 cm) Depth 4.52 inches (= 11.5 cm) Width 4.72 inches (=...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine Kingfisher #3234
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine kingfisher #3234. Measures 10cm and is in good condition.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Vase #53/57 with Flower Motif
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen vase #53/57 with flower motif. Measures: 22 cm H (8 21/32 in). 1st quality in nice and whole condition.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1915 RC-CM157
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1915 RC-CM157. Measures 25 cm / 9 27/32 in. and is in perfect condition. The arms of California. Inscription: STATE OF CALIFORNIA - SAN F...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Anton Michelsen Sterling Silver Necessaire with Seven Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Anton Michelsen sterling silver necessaire with seven pieces. Measures: 9.5 cm scissors, needle, flask, thimble, needle holder and two other pieces I am not sure of...
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Late 19th Century Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Sterling Silver

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8 The Wedding of Princess Ingeborg of Denmark to Prince Carl of Sweden. Crowned face to face monogram CI and the year 1897. Des...
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1890s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM176
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM176. Measures 22.3 cm / 8 25/32 in. and is in perfect condition. Ellsinore castle with man-of-war in the foreground. Inscriptio...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine og Faun in a Fight with a Rooster No 3083, Signed KK
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine og faun in a fight with a rooster no. 3083. Signed KK for Knud Kyhn. Measures: 30 cm / 11 13/16 in. x 32 cm / 12 19/32 in. 1st quality and in a very nice co...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Figurine of Fisherman Family No 2025
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl figurine of Fisherman family no 2025. Measure 32cm /12.60" Item no.: 434293.
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1950s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Dalmatian Dog Figurine No. 3501
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Dalmatian dog figurine No. 3501. 1st quality in perfect condition. Measures: 12.5 cm H. 17 cm L.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Meissen the Wave Art Nouveau Bowl Figurine Henschtel Konrad Q 169, circa 1900
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen rarest Art Nouveau item: The wave Size: Height 3.34 inches Depth 6.10 inches Width 8.26 inches Manufactory: Meissen Hallmarked: Blue Meissen sword mark (glazed bott...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine Milk Maid #899
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Figurine Milk Maid #899. Measures 29cm x 15cm and is in good condition. Designed by Christian Thomsen.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Signed German Vienna Style Porcelain Hand Painted Cabinet Plate
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very fine antique Vienna style porcelain cabinet plate. Entitled "Blumensprueche", which translates in English as "Flower Sayings" Depicted in the central cartouche is an ima...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine Lovebirds #402
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine lovebirds #402. Measures: 14cm and is in good condition. Designed by Theodor Madsen in 1902. First quality.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Two Doves #402
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of two doves #402. Second quality. In perfect condition. Measures: 13.5 cm tall (5 5/16 in.).
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Late 19th Century Gustave Asch Blue Ceramic Vases
Located in Paris, FR
Large porcelain vases crafted by Gustave Asch in the late 19th century. Each vase is highlighted with cascading chestnut leaves and chestnuts in their bugs painted in gold on dark bl...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grøndahl Large Christmas Plate 1908 BG-L1908
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grøndahl large Christmas plate 1908 BG-L1908. Bethlehem. Measures: 33 cm / 12 63/64 in.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Tray with Wood Panel Covert with Glass and Landscape Decoration
Located in Verviers, BE
Antique tray with Art Nouveau wood panel with landscape decoration. In very nice used condition, circa 1900. Beautiful Art Nouveau wooden tableau framed by wood. Wooden Handles. ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Fruitwood

Set of 10 Porcelain Cakeplates Art Nouveau by Haviland Limoges
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful set of 10 porcelain cake plates from the French brand Haviland Limoges. The plates have curved edges and are richly decorated with various images of flowers, butterflies an...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau Cup #6627
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau cup #6627. Measures 5.3 cm and is in good condition.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Bowl #2903/2559
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Bowl #2903/2559. 18.5 cm (7 9/32 in)
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

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