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Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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
Batlló door handle by Antoni Gaudi - individual item
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Batlló butterfly knob fix by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Door knob in solid brass Batlló no.2 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

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 Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Pair of Belgian Faux Bois Planters
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
As part of the Art Nouveau movement, faux bois was the height of sophistication and expertly crafted throughout Europe. These unique faux bois planters is a one of a kind set. Incred...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Cast Stone

19th Century Faux Bois Strawberry Planter
Located in High Point, NC
19th century French terracotta faux-bois strawberry pot.          
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19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Terracotta

Art Nouveau Brass Andirons, France 1920's
Located in New York, NY
Whimsical pair of andirons in brass and wrought iron.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Early 1900 Six Arm, Quality Hand Carved Wood Pendant, Chandelier, Light Fixture
Located in Lisse, NL
Stylish and all handcrafted chandelier from the turn of the century. This antique and beautiful quality pendant of a hundred years old has six perfectly and evenly, hand-carved ar...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Art Nouveau Double Door with Etched Glass and Chinoiserie Painting
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Art Nouveau double door with etched glass panes and chinoiserie painting. Belgium, around 1910. Four-piece set consisting of a double door flanked by 2 side-elements. Each 2/3 gla...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Glass, Wood, Oak

Liberty Monumental Pair of Terracotta Vases, 1920'
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of large liberty terracotta vases finely decorated with birds and bamboo plants Timeless decoration for your interior or garden.
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Terracotta

Magnificent Jacques Charles Art Nouveau Fireplace Tools Set with Andirons
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent set of Jacques Charles Art Nouveau fireplace tool set with matching andirons. This is probably the finest set of fireplace tools we have ever had! They are super heavy an...
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1970s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Chrome, Iron

Art Nouveau Screen, "Les Heures du jour" by Alphonse Mucha, Signed
Located in Milano, IT
Rare and important Art Nouveau screen, consisting of four compartments holding lithographic prints depicting female allegories of the hours of the day framed by floral decorations, e...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood

Art Nouveau French Wrought Iron Coffee Table Base
Located in North Hollywood, CA
French Art Nouveau scrolling wrought iron coffee table base on scrolled legs, decorated with patinated leaves. The scrolling wrought iron base with outwardly 'C' scrolling legs with ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wrought Iron

1 of the 140 Art Deco Tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, 1920's
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 140 glazed ceramic tiles tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, circa 1920's . Beautiful original antique blue and off-white tiles with a wonderful rich pattern. The dimensi...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Batlló door handle by Antoni Gaudi - set of 2
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Door knob in solid brass Milà no.3 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

1 of the 100 Art Deco Tiles by Boch Freres, La Louvière, 1920's
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 100 glazed ceramic tiles tiles by Boch Freres, La Louvière, circa 1920's . Beautiful original cobalt blue and off-white tiles with a wonderful rich pattern. The dimensio...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Antique Art Nouveau Edwardian Cast Iron Combination Grate
Located in Manchester, GB
Tall and elegant antique Art Nouveau Edwardian cast iron combination grate, circa 1905. Supplied with a replacement fireback and bottom grate. This fireplace has been finished th...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Alessandro Mazzucote Italian Art Nouveau Wrought Iron Pedestal Table Plant Stand
Located in Forney, TX
A spectacular, highly artistic, superb quality, forged iron jardinière planter / pedestal table attributed to celebrated master ironworker and decorator Alessandro Mazzucotelli (Ital...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Set of Seven Art Nouveau Iron Chairs with Flower Seats, France, circa 1920s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Rare and elegant set of seven high-backed iron chairs with unusual, curving, flower-shaped seats fitted with newly-made button-tufted cushions, in outdoor fabric. The structure is pa...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Antique Cast Iron Edwardian Art Nouveau Combination Fireplace
Located in Manchester, GB
Large and unusual antique cast iron Edwardian Art Nouveau combination fireplace with a finely cast panel to the frieze, with what is believe to be a representation of the Horses of t...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Italian 1910 Jugendstil Ornate Cast Brass Three-Tier Butterflies Plant Stand
Located in Haarlem, NL
Exceptional Jugendstil 3-tier solid cast brass plant Stand. Finely detailed in ornate flower theme with butterfly design in the tier platforms. This Jugendstil but also very Holly...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Round Blue Glass Serving Bowl or Planter, Fenton
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful bright blue round plater or serving dish. This piece would be perfect for serving, or as a planter. Dimensions: 9.75" diameter 2.5" tall.
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Art Glass

Art Nouveau Vallauris Majolica Jardinière on Stand, Planter by Jerome Massier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Art Nouveau Vallauris Majolica jardinière on stand, planter by Jerome Massier, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Victorian Cast Iron Fender
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Decorative Victorian cast iron fender This is a Beautifully Designed Victorian Fender it is best quality and very heavy, it is decorated with leaves and scrolls The Fender is in ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Chinese Six-Panel Art Nouveau Floor Screen/ Room Divider, Shanghai, circa 1900
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Chinese six-panel Art Nouveau room divider or screen. Wood with original green lacquer. Each panel has 6 square colored glass panels and is adorned with decorative decorations at th...
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Early 1900s Chinese Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Stained Glass, Wood

Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Large Stone Garden Statue
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Beautiful refined Art Nouveau garden statue, circa 1932s main material stone mixed with gravel and cement. Beautiful and majestic statue. A beautiful ballerina dancing covered with a...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Stone, Cement

20th Century Art Nouveau Style Iron Spiral Staircase
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th century Art Nouveau style spiral staircase from Spain in good condition and easy to assemble. This stair belonged to an old Factory in Spain, that closed at the end of the 20t...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

1 of the 150 Art Deco Tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, 1920's
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 150 glazed ceramic tiles tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, circa 1920's . Beautiful original antique dark green and off-white tiles with a wonderful rich pattern. The d...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Garden Bench French 19th Century Iron Garden Settee
Located in East Hampton, NY
19th century iron garden bench, French garden settee, French antique metal garden settee, antique iron settee, Bench is 58" wide, the height to top of back is 32.25", height to t...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau Pink Velvet Wall Panel
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau stripped wall panel with pink velvet inset backing and carved floral filigree design.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Velvet, Wood

English Art Nouveau Fireplace Grate or Fire Basket
Located in Amerongen, NL
English Art Nouveau fire grate made of cast iron and wrought iron. We have a unique and specialized collection of antique and used fireplace accessories consisting of more than 1000...
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Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

Early 20th Century Double Door in Original Paint
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
High double door in the original paint from around 1900. Solid pine frame construction with 3 cassettes each. Dimensions: 304 cm high / 119.7 inch high, 75 cm or 150 cm wide...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Pine

French Antique Art Nouveau Planter / Jardiniere Brass Floral 1890 Jugendstil
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Amazing fully original French Art Nouveau Planter / Jardiniere from the 19th century. Decorated with painted flowers & hand made hammered brass plates on all four sides. The hamm...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass, Zinc

Incredible Late 19th Century Wrought Iron French Settee
Located in Hastings, GB
A quite exceptional late 19th century pair of French patio/orangery Settee. This is a beautiful wrought iron large settee, with the most intricate decorative detailing and workman...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wrought Iron

French Art Nouveau Firedogs or Andirons
Located in Amerongen, NL
Early 20th century French Art Nouveau firedogs made of wrought iron and brass. We have a unique and specialized collection of antique and used fireplace accessories consisting of mo...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron

French Art Nouveau Faux-Rope Wire Plant Stand
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Sculptural French art nouveau plant stand constructed from iron with a faux-rope twisted wire top. The stand has a lower shelf with decorative circles and spandrels on each side endi...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron, Wire

Art Nouveau Pedestal in Ceramic, in the Massier Style, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Art Nouveau pedestal in ceramic, in the Massier style, Vallauris, circa 1900. Only one is available
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Cast Iron Fire Kerb, Fireplace Hearth Surround, Art Nouveau Taste
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage cast iron and brass fire kerb, a late 20th century fireplace hearth surround in the Art Nouveau taste. Of quality craftsmanship Heavy cast iron with a matte gra...
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Late 20th Century English Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Iron

Early 1900s Art Nouveau Era Fine Quality Carved Gilt Chandelier Light Fixture
Located in Lisse, NL
Beautiful and all handcrafted chandelier from the turn of the century. This good quality and practical size, hundred years old pendant has six perfectly and evenly carved arms. Thi...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood

Door knob in solid brass Milà no.4 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Vintage Outdoor Stand French, Cast Iron, Planter, Stick, Art Nouveau, circa 1950
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage outdoor stand. A French, cast iron planter or stick stand with Art Nouveau taste, dating to the mid-20th century, circa 1950. Appealing foliate detail abounds D...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

1 of the 40 Art Nouveau Wall Tiles Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France, 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 40 amazing set handmade tiles in rich dark green, lilac/purple colors. Manufactured around 1920 by Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France These tiles would be charming displ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Style Iron Brass Garden Dining Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive French iron and brass dining table suitable for patio or garden. The round table features a pastry table style iron base crafted from four gracefully curved legs ending w...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Art Nouveau Interior Doorknobs and Doorplates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of original Art Nouveau doorplates and doorknobs. Set includes 16 pieces: two doorknobs, two doorplates, a mortise lock, a strike plate, a spindle with two set screws, and six s...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Copper

Fischel, 2 Art Nouveau Wood Pedestals, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Fischel, 2 Art Nouveau wood Pedestals, circa 1900. structures in good condition but deformations and cracks.    
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood

Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze Jardiniere, circa 1900
Located in Spencertown, NY
The rectangular planter with stylized flowers repeated on all four sides. Probably French or Belgian. Wear to gilding.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Bronze

Antique Fireplace Mantel en Faience by Louis Majorelle
Located in Haarlem, Noord-Holland
Very decoratieve and petit faience, glazed earthenware, fireplace mantel. Made in the "Ateliers de Vitry le François" in the early 20th century this "cheminée en faïence" was design...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic, Faience

Set of Four Woodard Scroll Armchairs Mesh Seats, circa 1955
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Nice set of 4 armchairs with a slight curve to the back. Mesh seats with flowers on the legs. One foot repaired. Signed Woodard, metal tag remains on one chair. Seat height is 16.5.
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1950s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Set of Eight Art Nouveau Style Aluminum Garden Dining Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic set of eight patio and garden dining armchairs featuring aluminum frames with a black painted finish. The backs of the chairs are decorated with fern fronds in a graceful de...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Aluminum

Antique Cast Iron Pineapple Planter Urn, Art Nouveau
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large solid cast iron planter. Could also be used in a fountain. Dark bronze/black finish with natural patina due to age.  
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Mid-20th Century North American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Batlló butterfly rotary by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

French Art Nouveau Brown Iron Tole Paint Wall Jardinieres or Big Scale Sconces
Located in Firenze, IT
Sourced in France, this pair of Art Nouveau period wall mounted jardinieres or sconces made of tole brown metal painted were probably grape harvest baskets that can now be used as a ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Metal

Late 19th Century Majolica Garden Seat or Side Table by Minton
Located in Kennesaw, GA
Great colors! This is a late 19th century Majolica garden seat by Minton. It is marked on the underside. It is in very good condition.
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Pottery, Paint

20th Century Modernist Style Garden Bench, Cast Iron, Spain
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th century Modernist style garden bench, molten iron, Spain. Perfect for sitting almost 4 people
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Jugendstil Josef Hoffman/ Wiener Werkstätte Flower-Table Flower Stand, Reedition
Located in Vienna, AT
Flower-table from the very early phase of the Wiener Werkstatte, circa 1903-1905. Exhibition: Moderne Vergangenheit, Wien 1981, Nr. 253 sowie Titelabb.; Exhib.- Kat, Josef Hoffmann W...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Bentwood Plant Stand or Flower Tub Mod. No. 1 by Thonet, Austria, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely bentwood plant stand or flower tub, Mod. No. 1 by Thonet Vienna. A unique shaped piece from the famous company in Austria from circa 1915. Timeless design and fine processed b...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Beech

Pair of 19th Century Majolica Floral Jardinières
Located in The Hills, TX
19th century pair of French Majolica pink flowers jardinières. Sand background.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

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