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Art Nouveau Busts

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

In its sinuous lines and flamboyant curves inspired by the natural world, antique Art Nouveau furniture reflects a desire for freedom from the stuffy social and artistic strictures of the Victorian era. The Art Nouveau movement developed in the decorative arts in France and Britain in the early 1880s and quickly became a dominant aesthetic style in Western Europe and the United States.

ORIGINS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Sinuous, organic and flowing lines
  • Forms that mimic flowers and plant life
  • Decorative inlays and ornate carvings of natural-world motifs such as insects and animals 
  • Use of hardwoods such as oak, mahogany and rosewood

ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Art Nouveau — which spanned furniture, architecture, jewelry and graphic design — can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. Although Art Deco and Art Nouveau were both in the forefront of turn-of-the-20th-century design, they are very different styles — Art Deco is marked by bold, geometric shapes while Art Nouveau incorporates dreamlike, floral motifs. The latter’s 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. Impressionist artists were moved by the artistic tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking, and Japonisme — a term used to describe the appetite for Japanese art and culture in Europe at the time — greatly informed Art Nouveau. 

The Art Nouveau style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri de 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
Patinated Antique Art Nouveau "Shy Girl" Bronze by Georges Van der Straeten
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous art nouveau "Shy Girl" bronze by Georges Van der Straeten for Société des Bronzes de Paris, circa 1900s. The bust has wonderful detail and is in very good vintage condition ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Bust of a Young Lady in White Marble by Flli Romanelli
Located in NICE, FR
We present you with this exquisite large bust of a beautiful young lady with a large hat, carved in prestigious antique white statuary marble. A unique work of the highest quality an...
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19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

Alabaster & Marble Bust of Young Woman
Located in Newark, GB
This lovely quality alabaster figure is of a young woman with beautifully sculpted hair, features and clothing folds. The head appears to have been carved separately from the body an...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster, Marble

Early 20th Century Italian Carved Marble Bust of Young Beauty Signed A. Cipriani
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Florence, Italy circa 1910, this two-piece white Carrara marble bust is a true representation of European elegance. The antique figural sculpture...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

French Nouveau Bronze Bust On Marble Base of Lady Signed J. Garnier
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Dimensions - H: 6 1/2in W: 3 1/4in D: 2 3/4in This French Nouveau Style Bronze Bust On Marble Base of Lady Signed J. Garnier is truly a lo...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

1900s Art Nouveau Sicilian Terracotta Head of a Young Woman
Located in Catania, Sicilia
This Terracotta Head of a Young Woman on a new iron base is a striking piece of sculptural art, blending the organic forms and stylized motifs characteristic of the Art Nouveau movem...
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Early 20th Century Sicilian Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Bronze Bust "Esmerelda" by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
A beautiful patinated Art Nouveau bronze bust of a young Art Nouveau beauty with excellent variegated rich brown patina and excellent hand chased surface detail, signed E.Villanis & ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Art Nouveau bust of a woman Sultane signed by Emmanuel Villanis 1890
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Nouveau bust of a woman Sultane signed by Emmanuel Villanis. Art metal, cold painted patina. France 1890. Literature: Emmanuel Villanis, un sculpteur art nouveau, Pascal Launa...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Metal

Bacchante in White Patinated Terracotta Circa 1900
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Beautiful Art Nouveau bacchant in plastered terracotta; her mane with bunches of grapes, leaves and vine tendrils, the inclination of her head with her sensual expression of satisfac...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Antique Chalk Bust of “Cleopatra” with Head Band and Asp
Located in New Orleans, LA
A stunning and elegant antique French Art Nouveau polychrome plaster bust sculpture of the famous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, with amazing sculpture details and colors, she is wearing ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster, Paint

Circa. 1890 Italian Grey & White Elegant Marble Female Bust By Guglielmo Pugi
Located in London, GB
Circa. 1890 Italian marble bust of an elegant lady by Guglielmo Pugi. A beautifully carved marble bust, depicting a woman wearing an intricately carved turban or headdress, gazing t...
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

A 1900s Art Nouveau Patinated Wood Italian Bust of a Young Boy
Located in Catania, Sicilia
This Art Nouveau Italian bust embodies the movement's hallmark features and also incorporating elements influenced by Italian art and culture. Their historical and artistic value mak...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Fruitwood

Art Nouveau Bronze Bust by Alfred Jean Foretay Circa 1900
By Alfred Jean Foretay
Located in Hoddesdon, GB
Art Nouveau bronze bust , circa 1900 Alfred Jean Foretay, 1861-1944, A renowned artist of the late 19th and early 20th century . A beautifully detailed cold-painted white bronz...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Italian 19th Century Hand Carved Alabaster Bust Sculpture of a Young Girl Holdin
Located in Firenze, IT
A stunning Italian late 19th early 20th century hand carved alabaster bust sculpture depicting a young baby girl cradling a dove. The girl wearing a lace bonnet her hair tied back a...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

Fine Alabaster Bust of a Young Woman by French Artist Georges Morin
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
Introducing a mesmerizing alabaster bust by renowned sculptor Georges Morin (1874-1950). This exquisite piece showcases a young woman in a delicately buttoned bustier, revealing a gr...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

Maurice Bouval "Woman with Iris" Gilt Bronze & Marble Bust
Located in New York, NY
Maurice Bouval’s "Woman with Iris" is a nude gilt bronze bust of a woman. The woman’s hair clings to her face and body as if wet. The delicate sloping...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Carrara Marble Bust Sculpture Signed H. Moreau, France, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara marble bust sculpture signed H. Moreau, France, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

French Antique Bust of a Young Girl in Plaster
Located in SAINTE-COLOMBE, FR
French Antique Bust of a Young Girl in Plaster A pretty polychrome plaster bust of a young girl wearing a headscarf with her eyes cast downwards. The piece features carvings of b...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Table Lamp, Style: Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty, Year: 1900, French
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
To take care of your property and the lives of our customers, the new wiring has been done. We have specialized in the sale of Art Deco and Art Nouveau and Vintage styles since 1982....
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Iron

scultura Fauno dormiente in marmo giallo Cleopatra
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura italiana, fauno, scultura marmo, scultura fauno Scultura di un "Fauno dormiente" scolpito su marmo egiziano Giallo Cleopatra. Attaccato su bas...
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Early 2000s Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

Berthe GIRARDET Old Woman Old Woman Bust Sculpture, ca.1900
By Claire Jeanne Roberte Collinet
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Old woman terra cotta bust sculpture by Berthe GIRARDET (1861-1948), Manufacture de l'Isle-Adam (north of Paris), France, ca.1900. Polychrome terracotta. Height : 16"(41cm), Width : 18"(46cm), Depth : 9.4"(24cm). Berthe Girardet born in Marseille on April 8, 1861, is the daughter of Charles Gustave Imer (1826-1907), a wealthy merchant of Swiss origin based in Marseille, and of Hélène Rogers, daughter of an American merchant based in Naples. She trained in the workshop of Émile Aldebert and exhibited her first works under her young daughter Berthe Imer until her marriage in 1893 with the painter-engraver Paul-Armand Girardet (1859-1915), descendant of a family of Swiss artists, the Girardets, originally from Le Locle. She is buried in the new cemetery of Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) Artworks Portrait of Paul Girardet at the Neuchâtel museum The fisherman of Tréport The bullfighter The sick...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

French Art Nouveau Wax Young Girl Bust Sculpture, ca.1900
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Wax young girl bust sculpture by Mme Arondelle, 2 rue du Louvre, Paris, France, ca.1900. Polychrome wax. After the famous Wax Head from the Lille ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Synthetic

Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture
Located in London, GB
A charming bust of a young lady , it is executed in the lost-wax method in a single piece mounted on a base of different tones of marbles. The surface is finished in reddish-oxide t...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

French Art Nouveau Alabaster Young Lady, 1900
By Claire Jeanne Roberte Collinet
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Nouveau sculpture, France, ca.1900. Young Lady Bust. Alabaster & marble. In direct carving. Height : 12.2"(31cm), Width : 11.8"(30cm), , Depth : 6.7"(17cm)
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster, Marble

Terracotta Bust of Judith by Ricardo Aurilli, circa 1900
By Richard Aurili
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb polychrome terracotta bust representing a woman from Antiquity with a proud gaze carrying a dagger. Beautiful quality sculpture, whether at the level of the hairstyle, the f...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

20th Century Marble Antique Belgian Signed Sculpture, 1930s
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Great Belgian sculpture from the 1920s/30s. Statuary marble work of great size and impact, depicting a bust of a woman with a flower of excellent quality. Sculpture finished from the...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

'Ondine' An Art Nouveau Bust by Henri Jacobs (1864-1935)
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
'Ondine' a bronze bust of a young lady by Henri Jacobs (1864-1935). Excellent features and original condition. Signed 'H Jacobs to back' with 'Ondine' title to...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Large sculpture Statue Woman Girl Lady Bust 1900 Art Nouveau
Located in LA FERTÉ-SOUS-JOUARRE, FR
Superb and rare polychrome plaster sculpture representing the bust of a young woman wearing a bow dress and a hat. The bust is signed on the side but the signature is difficult to re...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Italian 19th Century Alabaster Bust of an Elegant Lady by Adolfo Cipriani
Located in London, GB
Alabaster Bust of an Elegant Lady Adolfo Cipriani The alabaster bust supported on a circular socle, modelled as a lady wearing a fashionable hat adorned with flowers. Signed "A. Cip...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

ORIGiNAL ART NOUVEAU GEORGE VAN DER STRAETEN BRONZE LADY BUST MARBLE BASE
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Art Nouveau bronze by great Belgian designer Georges Van Der Straeten. This astonishing and original bust and gilt patinated, Summer...
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19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

R. Scali G.F762 Signed, Polychrome Ceramic Bust of an Nigerrin
Located in Verviers, BE
R. Scali G.F762 Signed, Polychrome Ceramic Bust of an Nigerrin Made in Belgium Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any further questions.     
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Woman Bust “Fraises au Champagne” by Alfred Jean Foretay
By Alfred Jean Foretay
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
Polychromed cast aluminium “Art Nouveau” bust of a young woman dressed in a ruffled bustier. Entitled “Strawberries with Champagne”, it is signed on the left side with the sculptor...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Aluminum

French Antique Patinated Bronze Bust of an Elegant Woman
Located in LA CIOTAT, FR
Antique Elegance with an Art Nouveau Twist ! Embrance the timeless beauty of the 19th century French School with this exquisite Art Nouveau bust sculpture. A captivating bust of a w...
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19th Century Unknown Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Bronze Bust of a Young Woman on a Marble Base by Jules Blanchard
Located in NICE, FR
We present you this beautiful large bronze patinated sculpture from 1900, depicting a young woman and signed by Jules Blanchard (1833-1916). The foundry mark is present on the back, ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture “Bust of Thais” by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in Shippensburg, PA
EMMANUEL VILLANIS French, fl. 1880-1920 "Bust of Thais" Cast signature to shoulder "E. Villanis" cold-stamped "3264" & "CB" with foundry cachet of "Societe des Bronzes de Paris" o...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Bust of a young woman in Carrara marble, 19th century
Located in Paris, FR
Direct carving of a portrait of a smiling young woman in white Carrara marble from the Art Nouveau period. The sculptor uses a clever technique to bring out the face, allowing the fi...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

1940s Alabaster Bust Of A Young Woman On A Marble Base
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1940s Art Nouveau Style Bust Of A Young Woman On A Marble Base The sheaf of wheat represents fertility No signature found Small knick on the top of hat (as shown)
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1940s Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

19th Century, Art Nouveau Carved Marble Bust of A Lady - Signed Miller
Located in Atlanta, GA
Likely French, 19th century. An antique Art Nouveau era carved marble bust of a young lady. The marble presents very well and shows the true craftsmanship of the era. Signed to the ...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

Bronze Bust of an African Mother Breastfeeding her Child signed Gardon
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A beautifully cast Art Nouveau dark brown patinated bronze bust of a young African mother tenderly holding and breastfeeding her baby. The bronze is signed Gardon an unlisted scul...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Vintage Gold Gilt Apollo Bust with Column Pedestal
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Gold Gilt Apollo Bust with Column Pedestal A Vintage Gold Gilt Apollo Bust with Column Pedestal is a stunning piece of classical-inspired decor t...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Busts

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Resin

Carrara Marble Sculpture by Antonio Frilli, Firenze, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara marble sculpture by Antonio Frilli, Firenze, circa 1890.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

Early 20th Century Porcelain Girl Bust signed Georges Rogron Antique, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Beautiful Art Nouveau white bisque porcelain girl bust with bronze fittings base. Bust of a girl with averted gaze and her hair tied up. Signed "Georges...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Antique George van der Straeten Art Nouveau Bronze Bust of Woman with Cherries
Located in Hampstead, QC
Georges Van Der Straeten (Belgian, 1856-1941) created this lovely bronze bust sculpture of a young woman with two cherries held between her teeth. It is in excellent condition with n...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

E Villanis, The Sibyl, Bronze Bust, Art Nouveau, Late 19th Early 20th Century
Located in MARSEILLE, FR
Large bronze bust with polychrome patina (brown and gold), entitled La Sibylle Epreuve signed by the artist E Villanis, numbered DP5792 and bearing the foundry stamp "Société des br...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

20th Century French Art Nouveau Terracotta Bust, A Gory, c.1900
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Antique early-20th Century French Art Nouveau terracotta sculpture of a female bust. This sculpture is beautifully made with fine detail and with a lovely patination. Signed by the I...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Cookie Sculpture of Sarah Bernhardt by Artist Paul Louchet.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Cookie sculpture of Sarah Bernhardt by artist Paul Louchet. Cookie bust representing a sculpture of Sarah Bernhardt, Art Nouveau, circa 1900, by Paul Louchet. Dimensions: h: 13cm, ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

French Art Nouveau Period Marble Bust of Female Beauty
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau Marble Bust of Female Beauty. Signed Proff Mattey.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

1930s Art Nouveau Terracotta Sicilian Sculpture of a Young Girl
Located in Catania, Sicilia
A terracotta sculpture hand-crafted in Sicily in the first half of 20th century, it's in original patina with signs of use and age. A terracotta sculpture it's a captivating piece of...
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Mid-20th Century Sicilian Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Bust entitled "Silvia" by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
A very fine late 19th century French bronze bust of an attractive classical maiden modelled in the Art Nouveau style, with fabulous multi hued patination of brown and a subtle green, accentuating the excellent hand finished detail. Signed E Villanis, with Societe des Bronzes foundry seal, numbered and with raised title to the fore. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Height: 28 cm Width: 16 cm Depth: 10 cm Condition: Excellent Original Condition circa: 1890 Materials: Bronze Book Ref: Emmanuel Villanis by Josje Hortulanus-de Mik Page No: 79 SKU: 8775 ABOUT Sylvia Ballet - Silvia Sylvia, (the spelling is different in french) is a classical ballet. It features a nondescript mythical setting and a late nineteenth-century score, in which it's themes correlate to giving it a more classical feel, however, it was quite revolutionary for its time. The score was and still is recognized for its greatness. Delibes' work is certainly the best appreciated aspect of the ballet for its innovation, creativity, and maturity. Frederick Ashton's choreography complements the music very well in this respect, staying true to the spirit of the original production while incorporating modern techniques and adding his own unique touch. The ballet itself follows Sylvia who is a loyal follower of Diana (the goddess of the hunting and chassitity). The story starts with Sylvia being stalked by the diety Eros. When she discovers this they fire their bows at each other respectively. However only Eros's shot is true and wounds Sylvia. This is where she is kidnapped by an unknown assailant later revealed to be Orion. Sylvia escapes the caves of Orion by getting her captor intoxicated and pleading to Eros to rescue her. When he begrudgingly rescues her he takes her to the temple of Diana where her love awaits. This leads her to repeal her oath of Chassity taken as a follower of Diana. Emmanuel Villanis Emmanuel Villanis was an industrious man. He is believed to have created some 200 to 250 pieces. His oeuvre pre-eminently consisted of busts and full body statues. Most of these were manufactured in bronze, but there are also models in white metal and terra cotta. Different patinas were used. The bronzes were mainly cast by the Societé de Bronzes de Paris and can be recognised by the round stamp...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

19th Century Art Nouveau Bronze Bust Entitled "Bohémienne" by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
Captivating late 19th century French bronze bust of a beautiful woman, enhanced by the variegated rich brown patination and excellent tactile surface detail, raised on an integral bronze base with raised title to the fore. Signed ?E Villanis and further raised on a breche griotte stepped and shaped marble plinth ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Height: 33 cm Width: 16 cm Depth: 11 cm Condition: Excellent Original Condition circa: 1890 Materials: Bronze Book Ref: Emmanuel Villanis by Josje Hortulanus-de Mik Page No: 17 SKU: 8616 ABOUT Puccini's Opera - La Bohème SYNOPSIS - A group of friends are living a Bohemian life in Paris and trying to make their livings creating art. Rodolfo, the writer, falls in love with the seamstress, Mimi, while Marcello, the painter, and Musetta, the singer, are the on-and-off-again couple by their sides. When the four are happy, they spend their time celebrating life and love. However, Mimi is revealed to be very ill, and Rodolfo struggles to come to terms with the fact that she will inevitably die. Rodolfo and Mimi break up, and months later, Musetta discovers Mimi extremely sick and close to death. She brings Mimi to Rodolfo and Marcello's apartment. Rodolfo immediately takes her in and tries to nurse her back to health, but he is too late. Almost as soon as the two are reunited and have professed their love for one another, Mimi succumbs to her illness and dies. Emmanuel Villanis Emmanuel Villanis was an industrious man. He is believed to have created some 200 to 250 pieces. His oeuvre pre-eminently consisted of busts and full body statues. Most of these were manufactured in bronze, but there are also models in white metal and terra cotta. Different patinas were used. The bronzes were mainly cast by the Societé de Bronzes de Paris and can be recognised by the round stamp...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Lacquered Plaster Sculpture, Bust of a Young Girl
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
"Lacquered plaster sculpture, bust of a Young Girl". Delicate lacquered plaster sculpture representing the bust of a young girl, early 20th century, Art Nouveau. Measures: H: 3...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

A. De Remière, Friedrich Goldscheider Polychrome Patinated Terracotta Sculpture
Located in Tilburg, NL
A. De Remière, Friedrich Goldscheider Polychrome Patinated Terracotta Sculpture Friedrich Goldscheider: polychrome patinated terracotta sculpture ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Art Nouveau Dante Alighieri Bust Antique Italy, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Beautiful Art Nouveau bronzed colored plaster bust. Bust with lots of patina, damages, as found condition, this adds lots of character to the item. A nice addition in every living ro...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Wonderfully Designed Shepherdess Made by Royal Dux Bohemia
Located in Tilburg, NL
Wonderfully designed shepherdess made by Royal Dux Bohemia. Marked with the pink triangular stamp of Eduard Eichler. Factory no. 352. In excellent condition. The factory Royal Du...
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Late 19th Century Czech Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

French Terracotta Sculpture Nude Woman "Premiere Faute" - by LAMI - Art Nouveau
By Stanislas Lami
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Female nude in terracotta. Signed "St. Lami" on the base. Stanislas Lami is a French sculptor. Stamp mark "Terracotta - R. D'ARLY Paris". This work inspires purity and delicacy. The sculpture represents a kneeling naked woman, the features are fine and pleasant. The work is neat and delicate. The position of the woman calls for calm and tranquility. Our terracotta proof is a reduction of Stanislas Lami's marble entitled "Première Faute" which earned him the second medal at the Salon of 1891. The work represents a young woman kneeling, her arms modestly covering her face with closed eyes. At the dawn of the 20th century, this elegant statuette was part of the symbolist movement and announced the Art Nouveau movement. This beautiful work was included in the second edition of the artist's catalog raisonné. Related literature: Grégoire de Thoury, Stanislas Lami (1858-1944), catalog raisonné of sculptures, Paris, 2014, model listed under number FA12. More widely known for his masterful literary work, Stanilas Lami is an artist as much as a scholarly amateur. Son of the sculptor Alphonse Lami, grandson of the neoclassical painter Bidauld, son-in-law of the art dealer Charles Sedelmeyer, he benefited all his life from an environment favorable to the promotion and commissioning of his written or sculpted works. While he wrote his famous dictionaries of sculptors of the French School throughout his career, over around forty years, he also exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes français between 1882 and 1942. Wonderful decorative piece. Beautiful dimensions. France - Art Nouveau - 1891 Stanislas Lami, born in 1858 in Paris and died in 1944, was a French sculptor and art historian. He is the grandson of landscape painter François-Xavier Bidault and the son of sculptor Alphonse Lami. Some of his works are kept in museums, especially in Spain. In Paris, at the Musée d'Orsay, there is a marble sculpture of the Danish Dog...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture “Cendrillon” or Cinderella by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in Shippensburg, PA
EMMANUEL VILLANIS [after] French, fl. 1880-1920 "Cendrillon" (Cinderella) Lost-wax patinated bronze signed in cast on left of socle "E. Villanis", titled to integral socle in raised relief "Cendrillon" cast circa 1930-50 Item # 212PVG15A A charming bust of a young maiden entitled Cendrillon (Cinderella), it is executed in the lost-wax method in a single piece with an integral socle that is titled in raised relief. The young woman is serious in her composure with a quiet strength, her eyes slightly downcast in the clothing of a common girl, her diaphonous garment sliding off one shoulder while the overall sculpture remains chaste and elusive. The surface is finished in a two-toned patina, the reddish-oxide surface being utilized for the flesh tones and a darker brown for the base and garments. Casting from the second quarter of the 20th century. ARTIST Born in Lille, France, little is known about the life of Emmanuel Villanis, despite the fact that he has a simply incredible level of output during the years of 1880-1920. First exhibiting at Salon in 1886, he went on to exhibit nearly five-hundred models, almost exclusively featuring the female form with strong influence of the Art Nouveau movement evident in every aspect of his work. He received honorable mention at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, Paris. Artist Listings...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Bust entitled “Brigitte” by Van Der Straeten
Located in London, GB
A delightful Art Nouveau Bronze bust of an Art Nouveau beauty with rich red/brown patina and fine hand finished detail, signed Van der Straeten and stamped with foundry pastille. ...
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20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Self Illuminating Female Bust Bronze Sculpture by Micael Levy
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Art Nouveau sculpture by in gilded bronze representing a young girl holding an illuminating casket with panes of marbled red glass resting on a mahogany base. Great example of Art...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

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