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Art Nouveau Sculptures

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
Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain Terrier Dog & Frog Figurine by T. Karner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Nymphenburg porcelain figurine. Modeled by Theodor Karner. In the form of a reclining dog peering inquisitively at the frog between its front paws. With a dec...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Porcelain Group 'The Sin', Faun with Nymphs, Rosenthal Selb Germany, 1917
Located in Vienna, AT
Admirable Art Nouveau Figurine by Rosenthal. Laughing faun with crossed goat legs flanked by two nymphs sitting on a rock plinth. While the female figure on the left buries her face...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

French Art Nouveau Bronze Figure "Bohémienne" by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
Captivating late 19th Century French bronze figurine modelled as a beautiful young woman with wonderful slightly revealing costume, enhanced by the rich brown patination and excellen...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Silvered Bronze Sculpture of a Briard Dog Signed Sanson, France, 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Silvered bronze sculpture of a Briard Dog signed Sanson - France 1900 The Briard packs so much loyalty, love, and spirit into its ample frame that it's often described as a "heart w...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Antique French Art Nouveau Mirror w/ Maiden, ca.1900
Located in Petaluma, CA
A fine example of a figural art nouveau mirror in bronze. A young woman holding a beveled mirror with a flat area below covered in flowers. We especially loved that flat area for it'...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Gerhard Henning Overglaze Figurine Nightingale No 2409
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Gerhard Henning overglaze figurine nightingale no. 2409 Measures: 30cm / 12" 1st quality and in perfect condition. Item no.: 440284.
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1950s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Antique Bronze Sculpture "Trinkender Frauenakt" by Victor Heinrich Seifert
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Victor Heinrich Seifert (German, 1870-1953) "Trinkender Frauenakt" Germany, circa 1890-1900, signed "V. Seifert AKT Ges Gladenbeck Berlin" Victor Heinrich Seifert was born in Vie...
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19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Franz Bergmann, Easter Present, Miniature Vienna Bronze Sculpture, circa 1900
Located in New York, NY
Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse (these marks used t...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Meissen Goat with Basket having fallen over, Erich Hoesel V 119 Made circa 1920
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen lovely figurine: Goat with Basket having fallen over Measures / dimensions: Height 5.39 inches (= 13.7 cm) Width 5.39 inches (= 13.7 cm) Depth 3.93 inches (= 10.0 cm) ...
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Peter Tereszczuk Viennese Figural Bronze Sculpture, circa 1910
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A charming antique Viennese bronze sculpture of a young Dutch boy pulling in a fishing net by Peter Tereszczuk dating from circa 1910. The figure is mounted on a an integral rectangu...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Wirehaired Terrier No 3165
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of wirehaired terrier no 3165. Measures: 12 cm / 4 23/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Boy and Dosser with Winegrapes by Theodore Eichler Model W 129
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen rarest figurine: Boy with Dosser filled with Winegrapes by Theodore Eichler, circa 1910. Size: Height 28.0 cm (= 11.02 inches) Diameter 9.2 cm (= 3.62 inches) Manufac...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Exquisite Art Nouveau Period Marble Nude Statue Signed Dorian
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A rare Nouveau classical figure of a young female nude with poppies. Beautifully hand carved in white marble, circa 1895, European the base is 6.5 inches in diameter with a total hei...
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1890s European Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Marble

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Bronze Vase by Jean-Paul Aubé
Located in Paris, FR
Late 19th century small bronze vase with brown and red patina decorated with a naked woman. She is set on a floating drapery which goes around the collar of the vase. Signed on the p...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Girl by Bird Feeder No 757
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of girl by Bird Feeder no 757. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in.
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Late 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Sculpture by Amphora, CZ, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Charming Art Nouveau sculpture by Amphora Czechoslovakia from circa 1915 showing a young girl riding her little buckboard pulled by a Billy goat. A lot of beautiful details can be fo...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Royal Dux Cup, Art Nouveau Period
Located in Paris, FR
Large Royal Dux cup crafted in porcelain biscuit. The biscuit is partially enameled, and highlighted with polychrome accents. The cup features two nymphs climbing a shell on waves. O...
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Late 19th Century Czech Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Edgar Brandt Bronze
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Watch holder signed by Edgar Brandt.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Hippopotamus No 309
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of hippopotamus No 309. Measures 35 cm / 13 25/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Stunning Hand Crafted Forged Iron Music Stand, Art Nouveau/Arts and Crafts Style
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Hand Crafted Forged Iron Music Stand, Art Nouveau/Arts and Crafts Style,, signed (initialed)) dated 81 Amazing quality and craftsmenship,, Bronzed patina,, Adjustable height.
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1980s Unknown Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Iron

Art Nouveau Group 'Lady With Child On The Beach', by A. Koenig, Meissen Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Extremely rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain group: Elegant lady in a long summer dress, with a wide-brimmed feather hat and long gloves, standing slightly stooped next to a girl in...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Auguste Moreau Bronze Angel Putto, France, 1855-1919
Located in Rijssen, NL
Auguste Moreau bronze angel putto. Original bronze, circa 1890 by Louis Auguste Moreau, (France, 1855-1919) Depiction of a female angel with wings and rosary in curly hair. Won...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Silver Gilt Easter Egg, Moscow, '1853-1916'
Located in Belmont, MA
A silver-gilt Cloisonné enamel Easter Egg. Moscow 1908-26, makers mark of Pavel Ovchinnikov (Moscow 1853-1916). Ovoid in two halves. The upper part can be opened. The interior cont...
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1910s Russian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Silver

Door Knob N.4 by Antoni Gaudí
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Solid cast brass with polished finish. An exact reproduction in both form and material original metalwork fittings designed by Antoni Gaudí for various of his works of architectur...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Brass

Late 19th Century Figural Maiden and Poppy Blossom Centerpiece Bowl
By Maurice Bouval
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This heavy centerpiece bowl dates to the late 19th century and is composed of cast iron with a gilt finish. The bowl has a shallow basin made up of a series of detailed open poppy bl...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Iron

Franz Xaver Bergmann, Moorish Warrior, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, Ca. 1900
Located in New York, NY
Sculpture: Moorish Warrior This wonderful life-like sculpture depicts a Moorish warrior in a historical costume, at the moment of throwing a javelin. It is created in polychrome c...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Collie No 1701
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of Collie No 1701. Measures: 28 cm / 11 1/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Gilt Bronze Statue Titled “La Fortune” by Augustin Moreau-Vauthier
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
In this rendition by Moreau-Vauthier, Fortuna is depicted as an allegory to maritime commerce and the wealth it brings presented as a classically draped maiden holding aloft a cornu...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Marble-Bookends with Bronze-Elephants by MARIONNET, France, 1900s
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Bookends with elephants in two different poses By Albert Marionnet (1852-1910), signed France, circa 1900. Material: – Bronze, original patina – Portor-marble socle Dimensions: W...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Big Silvered Bronze Vienna Dog Sculpture, Paperweight, 1900s
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Big silvered bronze Vienna dog sculpture, 1900s. Very good detailed silvered bronze dog sculpture. Perfect as desk paperweight.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

'Hibou' Sculpture by François Galoyer
By François Galoyer
Located in NYC, NY
'Hibou' is a rosewood sculpture by François Galoyer of an owl. The tittle Hibou is French for owl. The sculpture captures the animals realistic appearance with some animated features...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

French Art Nouveau Bronze, L' Otage 'The Hostage', by Villanis ca. 1900
Located in Petaluma, CA
This beautiful Art Nouveau bronze displays the maiden chained to a tree, and titled L'Otage (The Hostage). She is beautifully patinated in brown and green, a greater way of expressin...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Bernhard Hoetger German Art Nouveau Bronze Figural Vide-Poche
Located in New York, NY
A German Art Nouveau patinated bronze figural vide poche by Bernhard Hoetger featuring a windblown nude with vines, circa 1910. Pictured in: Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Native American Indian Warrior Sculpture Attributed to Carl Kauba
Located in Englewood, NJ
An early 20th century Austrian Art Nouveau cast bronze sculpture 'Battle Cry" by, Austrian Sculptor Carl Kauba depicting a scene from the American Wild West of a Native American Indi...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Granite

Art Nouveau Water Lily Vase Jugendstil Bronze in the Manner of Otto Eckman
By Otto Eckmann
Located in Miami, FL
Jugendstil ceramic vase bronze mounted is an original decorative object realized in the early 20th century. Original ceramic vase with cream and cobalt blue glaze. All around colorf...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Cat Tobacco Jar Barrel Humidor
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tobacco jar with cat or puss on top of the lid. This tobacco jar in the shape of a barrel looks great ! The cat who peeps out of the barrel has yellow glass eyes, wears a bow aro...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Pottery, Terracotta

Le Bertetti Torino Italian Design Large Sculpture African Jong Woman Signed
Located in Verviers, BE
Le Bertetti Torino Italian design sculpture African Jong woman signed.                
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

Camille Faure Art Nouveau French Limoges Yellow Green Red Enamels Copper Vase
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century, Work of Art by the French artist Camille Fauré (1872-1952), this vase in copper is entirely covered in thick vibrant iridescent enamels in gold yellow, red, orang...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Copper, Enamel

Robert Heron Scottish Wemyss Lime Green Glazed Pottery Pig
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A delightful Scottish Wemyss Ware pottery pig decorated in green glazes made by Robert Heron & Son and dating from around 1900. The well potted earthenware figure stands raised on fo...
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Early 1900s Scottish Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Pottery

Art Nouveau Bust of a Pierrette Female Pierrot
Located in Munich, DE
This wonderful expressive cast of a Pierrette, a female pierrot. Has been executed in France in the last decade of the 19th century. The sculpture is signed R. Allard.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Metal

After J Becox Statue of a Young Blacksmith, French Spelter
Located in Verviers, BE
About Statue made After J Becox worked from to French, (1834-1917), Made of spelter and the base of wood. Sculpture of a blacksmith shaping metal with a hammer and anvil, Good condit...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Spelter

“Femme Tulipe” Art Nouveau Bronze Bust by Henri Godet, circa 1920
Located in London, GB
A pretty early 20th Century patinated bronze study of the bust of a young woman rising from the centre of a tulip flower with good variegated colour and fine detail, raised on a brec...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Porcellain Vase with Neptun Sculpture, ca. 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A nice antique porcellaine vase in typical Art Nouveau style. With a protruding Neptun sculpture on the body. With blue and brown glaces. Manufactured by Schierholz & Son, Plaue, Ger...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Pair of Blue Swans in Murano
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of blue swans in Murano.
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Late 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Art Glass

Vienna Bronze Figure of a Tiger, Franz Bergmann ' Marked on Bottom '
Located in Wien, AT
Vienna bronze figure of a tiger, Franz Bergmann ( marked on bottom, see last picture ) Original condition.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Extraordinary Bronze Pair of Male & Female Parrots on Branches, circa 1900
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary bronze pair of male & female parrots on branches, circa 1900. Austrian exquisite parrots blended to create a light and dark green patina finish. Standing over 51...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Art Nouveau House Numbers Bronze Made after Hector Guimard Designs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Art Nouveau bronze numbers cast in bronze from the design of Hector Guimard from France. They are priced ( Each ) We have many of them . Let us know which one's you are interested ...
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1990s North American Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

" Friend Forever " D.H. Chiparus 20th Century Art Deco
Located in Madrid, ES
European school, fles. from the 20th century. Friends forever. Art Deco style chryselephantine sculpture in bronze and ivory after model by D.H. Chiparus ( signed) on agate base. ...
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20th Century European Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Meissen Art Nouveau Hentschel Child Looking at Picture-Book Model U 149
Located in Vienna, AT
Meissen stunning Hentschel figurine: Baby boy looking at a picture-book Model U 149 Measures: Height 4.33 inches (= 11.0 cm) Depth 4.52 inches (= 11.5 cm) Width 4.72 inches (=...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Porcelain

Carl Kauba Bronze Sculpture / Paperweight of a Cancan Dancing Lady Vienna
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Antique Vienna bronze cancan dancer Gilt bronze figurine / Sculpture of a dancing lady by famous bronze sculptor Carl Kauba (1865-1922); Signed: C. Kauba. Vienna; circa 1900.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

Vienna Art Ceramics Art Nouveau Seasonal Figure 'Winter' by Johanna Meier-Michel
Located in Vienna, AT
Pedestal-less crinoline figure with floor-length, three-colored, longitudinally striped skirt, over it a coat decorated with an elaborate floral pattern and trimmed with ermine, warm...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic Rabbit, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic rabbit, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

Monumental Marble and Alabaster Sculptural Lamp
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
This Art Nouveau lamp of a woman in flowing robes in Carrara marble holding up a transparent alabaster globe with interior light was made in Florence by a skilled sculpture at the tu...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Alabaster, Marble

Middle of century large murano glass reticello with gold leaf swordfish
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful vitange large Murano glass reticello swordfish with gold leaf, by Aureliano Toso, made in years 1946-50 with yellow (steel) crystal on the base. In excellent condition and...
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Four Seasonal Crinoline Figurines by Michael Powolny, Viennese Ceramics, c. 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
Four pedestal-less crinoline figures with seasonal attributes: Spring: in a floor-length dress with a long scarf and poke bonnet, her head turned to the right to the pigeon sittin...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

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 Sculptures

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Carrara Marble

Michael Powolny Austrian Ceramic Sculpture of Putto with Flowers, “Summer”
Located in Milford, NH
A fine ceramic Art Nouveau sculpture of a putto with flowers by Austrian sculptor Michael Powolny, (1871-1954). Powolny was born in Judenburg, attended the School of Arts & Crafts in...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Ceramic

Franz Xaver Bergmann Attributed Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Dog Figure
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A superbly modeled Austrian cold painted figure of a dog attributed to Franz Xaver Bergmann and dating from around 1900. The dog the breed of which we have not been able to identify ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Sculptures

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Bronze

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