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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Bronze Boy Flutist Fountain by Sylvia Shaw Judson
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Bronze fountain of a boy flutist by Sylvia Shaw Judson Hawkins. Famous artist from the Chicago area who has created the bronze which is on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garde...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Fountains

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Bronze

French Modern Limestone Fountain
Located in Dallas, TX
This French modern limestone fountain with sleek, clean lines is a wonderful addition to your courtyard. Origin: France Measurements: 63 3/16" W x 39 11/16" D x 51 1/2" H.
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19th Century French Antique Modern Fountains

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Limestone

Sabine Marcelis Fountain From the series “No Fear of Glass”, Rotterdam, 2019
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Sabine Marcelis From the series “No Fear of Glass” Manufactured by Sabine Marcelis Produced exclusively for Side Gallery Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2019 Layered curved glass. Polish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Fountains

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Cut Glass

L. Filippi Abstract Bronze Outdoor Fountain on Granite Base
Located in New York, NY
Modern abstract bronze fountain by L. Filippi. The piece has an organic shaped bowl atop a more geometric base, all atop a granite pedestal. Signed by the artist L. Filippi on one of...
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1960s Argentine Vintage Modern Fountains

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Granite, Bronze

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