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Art Nouveau Furniture

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
Figural Marble Bronze Console and Mirror in Manner of Oscar Bach
Located in Troy, MI
Console and coordinating mirror in style of Oscar Bach with ornate Egyptian or Roman Revival style figures in cast metal with gilt and enamel patina finish, circa 1910s. Console feat...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Marble, Bronze

Antique American Edwardian Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Picture Frame
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian Art Nouveau sterling silver picture frame, ca 1910. Rectangular window in surround with curved corners. Front engraved with dense leafing scrollwork and flowers; tubular ca...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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

Materials

Stone

Fuchsia by Georg Jensen Klokke Sterling Flatware Set Fitted Box Rare 104 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
The "Fuchsia" or "Klokke" Art Nouveau pattern was designed by Georg Jensen himself in the year 1906. Georg Jensen thought of dining as a sacred ritual in which a family could share n...
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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

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Brass

Art Nouveau Italian Scupture Terracotta, Lioness with Her Lions, A Amorgasti
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing sculpture in patinated bronze terracotta, "Lioness with her lions" by Antoine Amorgasti, born in 1880 in Pisa and died in Antwerp, Belgium in 1942. He studied sculpture at th...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Terracotta

Sculptural Art Nouveau Mistletoe Bronze Chandelier, France, 1920s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful French Art Nouveau mistletoe chandelier light fixture from the 1920s. Handmade of bronze, hand painted, the berries are made of opaline glass. The chandelier has three li...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze

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 Furniture

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Silver

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 Furniture

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Crystal

Art Nouveau Candelabra Candlesticks, Orivit, Germany, circa 1900
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Art Nouveau candelabra candlesticks, Orivit, Germany, circa 1900. The polished pewter Jugendstil secessionist candelabra each on polygon base, supporting open stylised flowing organi...
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1890s German Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Pewter

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 Furniture

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Silver

Pair Versace Bronze Medusa Figural Wall Sconces
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair two arm bronze wall sconces by Versace. Center figural Medusa face. Fluted body with urn shaped top. Dimensions: 13.5" wide x 4.5" deep x 20" high.
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20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze

Gorham Chantilly '?' Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Centerpiece / Bowl Art Nouveau
Located in New York, NY
This sterling silver possibly Gorham Chantilly centerpiece / bowl from the late 19th / early 20th century is rectangular with a scroll pattern and a raised scroll base. It is in Art ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Italian Photo Frame Art Nouveau Silver Brass and Venetian Glass
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination red is an Art Nouveau Italian photo frame with Murano glass. Illumination red is an art-design photo frame, proudly handmade in Italy by master of crafts. silvered brass...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze

Gorham Sterling Silver and Glass Pitcher Vase in Art Nouveau Style
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century, Gorham sterling silver and cut glass pitcher or vase in Art Nouveau style with applied, dimensional peonies and stylized leaves around the body. It measures 8'' i...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Silver, Sterling Silver

19th Century French Bamboo Bench with Arms
Located in High Point, NC
Late 19th century tortoise bamboo bench with arms from France. The arms are made from thick bamboo and are decorated in a Chinese Chippendale pattern, along with the aprons on the fr...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bamboo

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 Furniture

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Annie Partridge Pair Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau Vases with Maiden Masks
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine pair Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau art pottery vases decorated with maiden masks by Annie Partridge and dating from around 1910. The stoneware vases are of tall slender bulbous ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Stoneware

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Barometer
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Late 19th century art nouveau barometer circa 1890. Unusual aneroid barometer, which means it doesn't contain liquid and measures pressure changes by using air to expand its compo...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Steel

Art Nouveau Coat Rack
By Eiffel Gustave
Located in Valladolid, ES
One of a kind coat rack, Art Nouveau coat rack, made around 1889 in the context of the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889. The piece is made up of two sections, the lower part ...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze

Antique Venetian Mirror
Located in Austin, TX
Mirror, Venetian, with clear and copper mirrored glass engraved with a beautiful floral motif and wheat.
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Mirror

Nude Theme and Roses Straight Razor, Germany, 1905
Located in Incline Village, NV
Highly desirable barber shop collectible item consisting of a German straight edge razor with a molded cream, red, and green colored celluloid handle; theme is a nude standing sidewa...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Steel

1900s Vintage Alphonse Mucha Poster
Located in Dallas, TX
A framed Art Nouveau poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing Muchas sketched designs of nudes, woman and beautiful ladies in greens and whites on velem paper. Plate 1. Fig...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Paper

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890. Rare white background.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Ceramic

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 Furniture

Materials

Enamel

1920s French Art Nouveau Bronze Hinged Apple Trinket Box Candle Stick '1'
Located in Haarlem, NL
Antique hinged bronze apple on a twig with leaves, to use as candle stick, or just as a decorative piece. I usually see them not this 'high' on the branches and the apple as a little...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze

Nude Theme Straight Razor, Germany, 1905
Located in Incline Village, NV
Great barber shop collectible item consisting of a German straight edge razor with a molded red celluloid handle; theme is a nude standing on a pillow holding flowers over her head. ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Steel

Mint Green Dessert Plates, Set of 11 Antique England with Enamel Decoration
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
From Royal Worcester England, a pretty set of mint or aqua green first course, salad or dessert plates with 24 karat gold trim and pretty raised enamel "jeweled" decorated collars. C...
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1910s English Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Gold, Enamel

Art Nouveau Chairs in Carlo Bugatti Style, Italy, First Half of the 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of dining room chairs in the style of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940). Each chair has a curved backrest and stands on an absolutely unusual base. The chairs were reupholstered with a ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Wood

Franz Xavier Bergmann, Bourgeois, 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 Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Antique American Art Nouveau Silver Overlay Liqueur Decanter
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau clear glass decanter with silver overlay. Made by Black, Starr & Frost in New York, circa 1920. Oval bowl with flat foot, cylindrical neck, and everted rim. Ball stopper ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Silver

Durand Irredescent Art Deco Orange and Gold Glass Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
Durand Iridescent orange gold glass vase. With large beautiful proportions; this vase adds color and warmth to an important space. Perfect for that special gift! circa 1925. Ename...
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1920s American Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Rare Liminaire Filagree Floor Fan Lamp
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a 1920’s Victor Luminaire electric funeral parlor fan lamp. The fan was made by the Cincinnati Victor Co. and for funeral homes and used to display the deceased. The purpose ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Metal

Vandermark Art Glass Decanter, in the Style of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vandermark Art Glass Pulled Feather Decanter, in the style of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Signed in script. Measures: Stands 16" high, 5" diameter and 3" base.
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Late 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Muller Freres Luneville Cameo Landscape vase 1900
Located in Dallas, TX
A sumptuous art nouveau French cameo lake landscape acid etched cameo vase with applied handles. Sunrise or sunset with a yellow orange background with engraved trees, bushes and mou...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Monumental Chandelier Art Nouveau in silver plated bronze, Tulips sign Schneider
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Amazing Hanging Lamps in Silverplater Style: Art Nouveau and Modernism or Jugendstil Year: 1915 Material: silver plated bronze, Glass Schneider Tulips sign Schneider Schneider Cha...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bronze, Silver Plate

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Marble

Set of Four Cobalt Blue Cut Crystal Drinking Rock Glasses Tumbler
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of four highball cobalt blue crystal glasses. Exquisite Bohemian crystal style cut Czech drinking rock glasses tumbler set of four. The vibrant hand blown rich sapphire blue je...
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Late 20th Century European Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Crystal

Enlarged Brass, Frostet Glass Josef Hoffmann Flush Mount/Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Larger version of the Henneberg Hohe Warte lamp from Josef Hoffmann 1901 enlarged by Woka Lamps. All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Brass

Rare Armchair Thonet Nr. 22, circa 1887-1910
Located in Praha, CZ
A very rare model, produced only in limited quantities. Collector's piece. Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet Company. In the production program was included, circa 1873....
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Beech, Bentwood

JD Schleissner Sohne German Silver Dwarf Candlestick
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish German jugendstil silver dwarf candlestick by JD Schleissner Sohne and dating from around 1910. The candlestick is mounted on a square base raised on four ball shaped feet ...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Silver

Loetz Glass Art Nouveau
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loetz Glass Art Nouveau Origin Austria Circa 1920 Blue leaves and flowers motif with white background perfect condition.
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Antique Tiffany American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau sterling silver bowl. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1910. Curved and tapering sides and reeded and scalloped rim overhung with passementerie-style floral danglies...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Sterling Silver

Elegant Saint Louis Crystal Gold Thistle Pattern Set of a Jug and Decanter
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a set of Saint Louis crystal gold Thistle pattern of a jug and decanter with handles. Their crystal are adorned with vertical fluting and cutting decoration leaves. Also, a b...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Crystal

Art Nouveau Italian Glass Table top with Iron frame Indoor or Outdoor
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand forged Italian Art Nouveau style glass top table with iron frame and gilt metal flowers. Circa 1930s Italian round glass top table has a curvy iron frame, decorative scroll work...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Iron

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

Materials

Wood

19th Century Mahogany Vitrine Cabinet with Faceted Glass, Austria, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic Mahogany Vitrine Cabinet from the early 20th century with the still original faceted glass panels. An absolute beautiful designed Art Nouveau Vitrine elaborately made in Au...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

French Lalique Cactus Perfume Bottle
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a round shaped frosted bottle cactus with black enameled center spikes. The round stopper of the bottle is designed in the same way. Under the base, it is signed Lalique, Fra...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Glass

1910s Marcel Kammerer Wooden Sofa for Gebruder Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - Carefully Refinished with shellac - Stamped/Labeled by Maker.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Bentwood

Art Nouveau Style Art Glass Vase, Signed
Located in Miami, FL
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 Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Dutch Fruitwood Art Nouveau Kerfschnitt Wall Cabinet, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Offered by Amsterdam Modernism: Stunning and rare Art Nouveau wall cabinet. Fruitwood with nice kerfschnitt carving. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. In good original condition ...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Fruitwood

French Art Nouveau Iron Bistro Dining Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming French Art Nouveau bistro or cafe dining table crafted from wrought iron. Features a thick iron trestle style base with scrolled legs ending with ball feet. The legs are con...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

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Iron

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting Decorative Book by A. Duncan
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Art Nouveau and Art Deco lighting decorative book by A. Duncan Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition (October 15, 1978) Language: English Hardcover: 208 pages Item weight: 2...
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1970s American Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Paper

Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau Wall Plate with Farm No 6757/357-20
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl Art Nouveau wall plate with farm no 6757/357-20. Measures 20.4 cm / 8 1/32".  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Jugendstil Ashtray by Argentor 'Marked', Around 1910s
Located in Wien, AT
Jugendstil ashtray by Argentor 'marked', around 1910s Original condition.
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Brass

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 Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Terracotta Art Nouveau Lamp
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terracotta Art Nouveau lamp Origin Austria facade 1904 attributed Goldscheider signature illegible illuminated in the upper part and in the lower bed electrified 220 w perfect c...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

Materials

Terracotta

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