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Art Nouveau Boxes

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
19th Century Art Nouveau Copper with Oak Desktop Stationery Box
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful antique letter box. The box comes from England and dates from about 1900. The box has an oak interior with compartments. The outside tank is lined with embossed copper. The...
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1890s British Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Copper

Art Nouveau Lithographed Tin Box Advertising Candy Vintage German, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Large antique German cough drop candy advertising tin. Beautiful decoration piece, nice addition to your kitchen or just to display in every room.  
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Tin

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 Boxes

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Bronze

Rare Novelty Edwardian 'Handbag' Design Biscuit Box, circa 1905, Art Nouveau
Located in London, London
Made circa 1905, this very attractive, novelty, antique silver plate biscuit box, is modelled as a handbag, and features rope handles and engraved decoration throughout. The biscuit ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver Plate

Art Nouveau German Porcelain Galluba & Hofmann Small Multicolor Box
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Iconi...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Porcelain

Fine Josef Hoffman Wiener Werkstätte Art Nouveau box Austria 1912
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine and distinguished box, designed by the “Hero” of the Wiener Werkstatte, Josef Hoffmann. Made of nickel plated brass, leaves and stars in the pattern. This box is not marked, but...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass, Nickel

Art Nouveau Style Liquor Serving Set Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Nouveau Style Liquor Serving Set Marble Tray with Crystal Bottle and Beakers with Gold Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This sublime li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Nouveau Boxes

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Crystal, Marble, Gold, Brass

Small Art Nouveau Jewellery Box Signed H. Doublet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
In enameled copper on a turquoise blue background, representing a woman wearing a wreath of flowers and holding a rose in her hands. Very nice design and very fresh colors. Art Nouv...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Boxes

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Copper

Jewelry Box Art Nouveau
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jewelry box Art Nouveau bronze and glass with golden patina Origin France Circa 1900 perfect condition has a medallion on top.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Bronze

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 Boxes

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Ceramic

Round Yellow Alabaster Stone Trinket Box with Floral Motif, Italy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful round yellow alabaster trinket box. This small box has hinged a lid which is decorated with a gold metal rim at the lip. A floral design decorates the top. Great for dres...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Alabaster

Iriscident Glass Box with Lid and Enamel Paintings, Bohemia, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Enchanting Iriscident glass box with lid adorned by hand painted enamel paintings. Attributed to the renown glass company of Kralik, this absolute lovely piece of glass art from circ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Boxes

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Enamel

WMF "Metallwarenfabrik Straub & Schweizer" Art Novueau cigarette box & matchbox
Located in Braintree, GB
An art Nouveau silver plated cigarette case and match box with initials. Made by WMF "Metallwarenfabrik Straub & Schweizer", Germany, circa 1910 Dimensions: Cigarette case si...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver Plate

Emile Galle French Cameo Glass Floral Covered Box
Located in Fairfax, VA
This box features a detailed acid cut design of flowers and leaves in red over clear frost.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Art Glass

Carved Citrine Pill Box
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exquisite French pill box combines the mastery of the French goldsmithing tradition with the radiance of citrine. The box was crafted by the celebrated French jeweler Gustave-Ro...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Boxes

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Mother-of-Pearl, Glass, Art Glass

Art Nouveau Style Wine Serving Set Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Nouveau Style Wine Serving Set Leather Shadow Onyx Tray with Crystal Bottle and Chalices Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. This sublime ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Nouveau Boxes

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Crystal, Onyx, Brass

Antique French Art Nouveau Jewelry Box 1906 Carved Wood Floral Jugendstil Velvet
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Gorgeous & romantic ! This antique French Art Nouveau Jewelry box signed 1906. Lovely floral art nouveau details on all sides and top. Interior in gorgeous pink/red padded velvet...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Wood, Velvet

Antique Tiffany American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Jewelry Box
By John Chatellier, Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau sterling silver jewelry box. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged with gently curved top. Acid-etched ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Antique Austrian Art Nouveau Silver Keepsake Casket Box
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Austrian 800 silver keepsake box. Rectangular with curved sides and open scrolled corner supports. Cover hinged with scalloped tab and flower finial. Chased ornam...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver

Gorham Athenic Cigar Box with Cecil Aldin Enameled Plaque and Silver Decoration
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This fabulous circa 1902 cedar lined cigar box was made by Gorham as part of the company's Athenic range, introduced at the turn of the 20th century. The 3 pound 10 ounce rectangular...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel

Tiffany Studios NY 801 Pine Needle Stamp Box
Located in Toronto, ON
An exquisite Tiffany Studios gold dore pine needle pattern caramel slag glass Stamp box with lift out tray. The base is stamped Tiffany Studios, New York 801.   
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Bronze

Small Hofmann Leather Hat or Silk-Scarf Box
Located in Vienna, AT
Small leather box for fascinators or silk-scarfs for storage and travel. Beautiful hand-sewn and hand-crafted. It has a brass closure. Manufactured in Prague in the name of Erne...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass

Antique Tin with Cranes Asian Style, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique tin Asian style with cranes. This lithographic tin box with birds dates from the early 20th century. It's a stylish and elegant antique metal storage tin in hexagonal shap...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Boxes

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Tin

20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Animalier Gilded Jewelry Box
Located in Milan, IT
Jewelry box with animals in gilt metal, rectangular shape resting on four feet featuring embossed acorns and oak leaves, decorated on each side with different animals within squared ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

Art Nouveau Silver Guilloche-Enamel Box with Delicate Rose Painting, circa 1900
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite enamel box from the period, circa 1900 Round silver box, completely gouilloché and enameled in light blue and cream white. Finest magnifying glass enamel painting, wreat...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau Style Sterling Silver Jewelry Casket
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Edwardian English sterling silver jewelry casket made in the Art Nouveau style; an addition to the ornamental silverware collection. Th...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Coffee Tin from Antwerp with Eagle, Belgium, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Awesome large coffee tin - coffee tin box from the early 20th century. This tube shaped red coffee container has a great lithographic design: An eagle with its wings spread on top ...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Tin

Tin Plated Box 1920/30 Wed J Bekkers Zoon Dordrecht Holland
By Jules Bekker
Located in Den Haag, NL
Beautiful Tin plated Jugendstil save box made by Wed J Bekkers Zoon Dordrecht Holland 1920s mirror inside. With lock. Very nice flower decor. Normal wear and tear. Signed. Unique pi...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Tin

Lidded Canister with Handle, Elaborate Repoussé & Enamel Work, Munich Secession
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Crafted by Ludwig Vierthaler for the Josef Winhart metalwork company in Munich, this gorgeous and singular lidded canister displays the bravura repoussé work that the artist is known...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Copper, Enamel

20th Century Art Nouveau Wooden Box with Marquetry Works, Austria circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Absolutely outstanding, large wooden Art Nouveau box with delicate maple marquetry from Austria around 1900. Elaborately made of fine mahogany, this impressive early 20th century box...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass

Erhard & Sons Art Nouveau Brass Repousse Tobacco or Jewelry Box Signed
Located in Verviers, BE
Erhard & Sons Art Nouveau brass repousse tobacco or jewelry box signed The top, front, sides and back are beautifully cast in gilt brass and feature panels with image of angels. ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass

WMF Jugendstil Secessionist Silvered Pewter Box Germany, circa 1900
Located in Toronto, Ontario
WMF Jugendstil secessionist silvered pewter Box Germany, circa 1900. The box of a rare design, rectangular arch like shape \hinged cover with hemispherical handle; the sides of a geo...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Pewter

Tiffany Studios Covered Box
Located in New York, NY
An Art Nouveau enamel covered box by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The intricate design features vines with tendrils culminating in paisleys, almost replicating a Henna pattern. It is an ex...
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1890s American Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Bronze, Enamel

Vintage Rose Marble Gilded Jewelry or Trinket Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage marble and gilded jewelry or trinket box. The gorgeous rose marble box is adorned with three gilded pewter nude women with outstretched arms and gilded band around the middle...
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1940s French Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Marble, Pewter

Antique Rosewood Mother of Pearl and Silver Inlaid Box
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Elegant Anlo-Portuguese rosewood inlaid domed hinged box. The rich warm wood with floral inlays of mother of pearl and silver wire. 9.5 inches wide.
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver

Zeus Statue Jewelry Trinket Box Metal, Antique German Souvenir, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous vintage metal jewelry box. A beautiful decorative item in metal inside covered with fabric. Made in Germany, circa 1910s. Nice addition to any collection, dressing room, liv...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

WMF Jugendstil Silver Plate Cigarette or Jewellery Box C.1920
Located in Toronto, Ontario
WMF Jugendstil silver plate Cigarette or Jewellery Box C.1920. The box on four bun feet, rectangular in shape; the cover with oval central slightly raised lobate panel with stippled ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver Plate

Antique Gorham Edwardian Art Nouveau Keepsake Jewelry Box
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian Art Nouveau sterling silver jewelry keepsake box. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1907. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged and raised with scrolled tab. Engraved...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver

20th Century Engraved Silver Cigar Box Monkeys & Leaves Florence Italy 1900s
Located in Firenze, FI
Real delight from the art nouveau period by handworking artisan in Florence , Italy. Art Nouveau silver cigar box, engraved with monkeys and acanthus leaves motives. Excellent...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver

Rene Lalique Frosted Glass 'Tete Femme' Ointment Jar
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Rene Lalique frosted glass Coty-4 'Tete Femme' triangular ointment jar. This model features a female head on the lid, wearing a long veil. The veil flows down the lid, forming the de...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Glass

Antique Chocolat Tin, Early 20th Century, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique chocolat tin from the early 20th century, circa 1900. This tin box was made for Chocolat Ruelle & Lecocq which was located in Brussels Belgium. It's a lithographic tin wit...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

19th C Art Nouveau Arts and Crafts Coal Wood Box in Repousse Brass
Located in New York, NY
Charming Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts school coal, or kindling wood fireplace box, in very good original condition. The box has a hinged lift top, with loop finger grip handle, it st...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Steel, Brass

French Art Nouveau Gilt Box
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau gilt bronze round box with 4 scrolls and a floral relief design with a cover (signed: MARIONNET)
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Ormolu

Art Nouveau Ceramic/ Tobacco Box With Playing Card Symbols, Austria circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Unusual ceramic box/ tobacco box out of Austria from the beginning of the 20th century. An extraordinary worked box from around 1900 showing the playing cards symbols "hearts", "spad...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Boxes

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Metal Chest/ Box Hammer Finish, Handmade, Hungary, circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
One of a kind Art Nouveau Metal Chest or Box elaborately handmade by the artist in Hungary around 1900. Designed in the style of a treasure chest, this uncommon metal box shows a bea...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

Red Enamel Jewellery Box, Art Nouveau
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Red enamel jewellery box with polychrome painting, Art Nouveau style, late 19th century in perfect condition.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Enamel

Art Nouveau Inlaid Box
Located in Rochester, NY
Finely inlaid Art Nouveau box. Mahogany inlaid with abalone, copper and brass, late 19th century.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass, Copper

Lalique Crystal Cactus Vanity Powder Box
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Lalique Crystal Cactus vanity powder box. It depicts a round frosted crystal with a concave lid. Over it, you can see a cluster of frosted crystal lumps ending with black e...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Boxes

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Crystal

Tiffany Studios New York "Scarab" Mosaic Box
Located in New York, NY
An incredibly rare example of Louis Comfort Tiffany's work in small scale, this round Tiffany Studios New York "Scarab" gilt bronze-covered box is decorated with vivid mosaics of red...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Bronze

Large Italian Jewelry Box in Brass circa 1910
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Trinket/jewelry box with a hinged lid made in Italy from brass. The lid is chiseled with an intricate pattern and the inside is covered in silk velvet. All in good original conditon.
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Boxes

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Brass

Shiebler Stamp Box
Located in New York, NY
Most beautiful antique triple stamp box. Made by GEORGE SHIEBLER. Heavy gauge sterling silver. Detailed repousse pattern. Very graceful shape; on four out-turned decorated legs. A...
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Early 1900s North American Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Sterling Silver

Antique Coffee Tin, Brussels Belgium, Art Nouveau
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique Coffee Tin. A large tube shaped metal coffee box from Brussels Belgium.  This coffee container dates from the Art Nouveau - Jugendstill Period, 1890-1900, and was made for ...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Tin

Antique Gilt Metal Jewelry Box, French Style, ca. 1920
Located in Petaluma, CA
This richly gilt metal jewelry box makes a perfect gift for the lady in your life, in other words, no thought required. She will love it. Done in the art nouveau style with grace and...
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1920s American Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

Mid Century Silver Plated Chinese Jewellery Box Embossed with Bamboo Trees
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A silver plated wood lined =box with a hinged lid and stylized feet of profusely decorated with a forest of embossed bamboo trees tops. There i s a fan like hallmark on the bottom of...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal, Silver

Fresh and Pretty Austrian Art Nouveau Silver Keepsake Casket Box
Located in New York, NY
Fresh and pretty turn-of-the-century Austrian Art Nouveau 800 silver casket. Rectangular with curved sides. Cover hinged and raised with scroll tab. Chased and engraved wrapround orn...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver

French Limoges Porcelain Condiment Dish Vegetal Patterns Art Nouveau, c. 1920
Located in Labrit, Landes
French Porcelaine de Limoges vessel. Condiment dish used to serve different sauces. Vegetal decor with roses and foliage. Good antique condition Shipping: D 31 H 4 cm.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Boxes

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Porcelain

Late 19th Century Silver Tableware Original Box
Located in Roma, IT
This elegant service known as "Solitaire" is made entirely of silver. All pieces are marked 800 followed by the silversmith's mark. Very rare original case. It consists of an ...
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Boxes

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Silver

Gorgeous Cathedral Cologne Souvenir Trinket Jewelry Box Antique, German, 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Beautiful souvenir trinket box made of metal. A beautiful nice addition to your vanity room.
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1950s German Vintage Art Nouveau Boxes

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Metal

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