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Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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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Fratelli Toso Murano Millefiori Flower Mosaic Italian Art Glass Footed Cup
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful antique murano hand blown red, white and blue millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass decorative footed bowl / cup. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company, circa 1910-1...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Late 19th Century Gustave Asch Blue Ceramic Vases Wine Grapes and Leaves
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of signed and numbered Gustave Asch porcelain vases crafted by Gustave Asch in the late 19th century. Each vase is highlighted with cascading wine grapes, branches and leaves, a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

French Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze & Patina Portrait Vase by Charles Korschann
Located in Englewood, NJ
An Early 20th century French Art Nouveau cast parcel gilt bronze and patinated Portrait vase by sculptor, Charles Korschann and cast by, Louchet Foundry depicting on the frontside of...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Regina, Holland, Antique Art Nouveau Vase with Hand-Painted Flowers and Foliage
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Regina, Holland. Antique Art Nouveau vase in glazed ceramics with hand-painted flowers and foliage. circa 1910. Measures: 28.5 x 23 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped. The R...
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1910s Dutch Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Italian Art Nouveau Gilt Silver Picture Frame with Black Marble, Illumination
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination is a rectangular golden silver picture frame with black marble designed by Laura G Art with Heart and it is decorated 360°, both front and back as every one of my pictur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Belgian Black Marble, Silver

Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze Picture Frame Murano Glass Illumination Blue
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination blue is a golden bronze picture frame with blue Murano glass. A Classic Art Nouveau motif meanders in relief on a background of blue Murano glass. Illumination blue is a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Franz Xaver Bergmann, Koran Scribe, Vienna Bronze Sculpture, Ca. 1900
Located in New York, NY
This wonderful life-like sculpture depicts a Koran scriber, who, bending his legs under him, holds sheets of paper in his hands, on which he transcribes verses from the Koran lying i...
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Antique Art Nouveau Brass Table Top Mirror / Picture Frame
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique Art Nouveau table top mirror in solid brass. This was made in England, it dates from around 1890-1910 period. The quality is amazing, this is beautifully crafte...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Brass

1997 Art Glass Swirl Motif Paperweight
Located in Stamford, CT
Art glass paperweight. Copper colored lustre finish with overall swirl motif. Etched signature on the underside.
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1990s American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Archimede Seguso Murano Pulegoso Amber Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Barcelona, ES
Decorative bottle barware decanter, Amber Murano glass, Italy, 1930s. Sculptural amber Murano glass pulegoso tall handblown decanter. Attributed to Archimede Seguso. The 'Pulegoso...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Hybrid Perfume Bottle with Lalique Crystal “Ondines” Stopper and Baccarat Bottle
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a hybrid perfume bottle with a Lalique “Ondines” stopper and Baccarat “Massena” bottle. The stopper is adorned with a pair of water nymphs and is marked with the numbers-507....
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Late 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal

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 Decorative Objects

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Mother-of-Pearl, Glass, Art Glass

Joseph D’Aste “Fete Au Village”
Located in Belmont, MA
Joseph d’Aste (1881-1945), Italian born sculptor who lived and worked in France. “Fete au village” (village celebration), gilt bronze on a marble base. Signed. The bronze sculpture w...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

French Art Glass Purple Bowl Fancy Floral Leaf Scroll Cameo Overlay France
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Art Nouveau purple art glass decorative bowl with carved cameo etching scrolling leaf flower overlay Unmarked. French art design in the style of Legras, Daum...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Important Vase by Gallé, 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Important vase by Gallé, 1900, "La ligne bleue des Vosges", art nouveau. Measures: H: 33 cm, W: 26 cm, D: 16 cm.
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Gorgeous Loetz Phaenomen Art Nouveau Silver Overlay Vase
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau glass vase by historic maker Loetz with silver overlay. Pinched and globular bowl with curved cylindrical neck. Mouth has silver mount suggestive of a...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver

Important Bronze, Art Nouveau
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Important bronze, Art Nouveau, late 19th century. Measures: H: 86 cm, W: 30 cm, D: 26 cm.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Royal Worcester Porcelain Jardiniere, Gilt, Blush Ivory and Masks, 1892-1920
Located in London, GB
This is a superb jardiniere, or large plant pot, made by Royal Worcester some time between 1892 and 1920. The jardiniere has a gilt ground and stunning moulding containing masks of l...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

American Art Nouveau Swirl Paperweight by, Tiffany Studios
Located in Englewood, NJ
An American Art Nouveau gilt bronze and mosaic inlaid TIffany Favrile "Swirl Paperweight" by, Tiffany Studios decorated with an organic swirl pattern with inlaid Tiffany Favrile yell...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Bronze Art Nouveau Louis Kley
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bronze Art Nouveau motif (livelula) Louis Kley gilt bronze and onix Artist Louis Kley circa 1900 perfect condition Origin France.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

1910 Jugendstil Arts & Crafts Hammered Brass Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely early 20th-Century decorative lidded brass box with copper ornament. Large shape with elegant modernist Jugendstil or Arts & Crafts design with a hand-hammered textured patter...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Metal, Brass, Copper

Denbac French Art Nouveau Vase with Crystalline Glaze
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A two-handle stoneware vase in the Art Nouveau style from La Société Denert et Balichon, known as Denbac Pottery of Vierzon in central France, dating circa 1930s. Denbac's sophistica...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Charles Korschann, Art Nouveau Nude on Vase, France, circa 1900
Located in Bochum, NRW
Charles Korschann, Art Nouveau nude on vase, France, circa 1900. An Art Nouveau gilt and brown patina bronze vase, fine chiseled oval shape, depicting a young girl, blossoms and bir...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Marbel 'Papillon' A. Cipriani
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Art Nouveau marbel (Papillon) A. Cipriani, Italian, circa 1900 very good condition.
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble

Lötz "Candia Papillon” Dekor Jugendstil Vase Loetz, circa 1898
Located in Rijssen, NL
Lötz "Candia Papillon" decor Art Nouveau Loetz vase by Lötz Witwe, Klostermühle, circa 1898. Clear glass with the "Candia Papillon" decor and triple-pinched walls, flared and poli...
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Rare French Majolica Cache Pot with Purple Flowers Onnaing, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare French Majolica cachepot with purple flowers signed Onnaing, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Faience

Antique Japanese Porcelain Hand Painted Bird Motif Vase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique Art Nouveau Japanese hand painted moriage, 22-karat gold detail two-handle vase. Features a pastel body with raised brown tree and gold raised bead detail. Signed on the unde...
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20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Vase with Painted Guilt Decoration of Poppies and Butterfly
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Superb Art Nouveau blown vase with gilt decoration of poppies and butterfly. Gilt mark at the bottom. age and use with some rubbing of the edge of the base. France End of 19th o...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Doulton & Co. Art Nouveau Vase Painted by W. Ģ. Hodkinson, 1891-1902
Located in Brussels, BE
Doulton & Co. Art Nouveau vase painted by W. G. Hodkinson, 1891-1902.
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Crystal Vase Menuet Hand Engraved Macaques Amber 'Topas'
Located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The vase’s shape is from 1885. It is in honour of all the beautiful things that surround us and enrich our lives every day. The precisely engraved theme of macaques emits an ease and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Ceramic Vase with Blue and Brown Glazes Decoration, circa 1880-1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A ceramic vase with blue and brown glazes decoration by Théo Perrot. Perfect original conditions. Signed under the base " Théo Perrot ", circa 1880-1900.
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Mont Joye French Enameled Vase
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1900s Mont Joye Art Nouveau style vase. Enameled flowers on frosted crystal body. Muck gold highlights. Bulbus base. Made in France. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Crystal

Rare 19th Century Majolica Rose Cache Pot Delphin Massier
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare French Majolica pink rose cache pot jardinière Delphin Massier, circa 1880. The Massier family are known for the quality of their unique enamels and paintings. They produced an...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Majolica, Ceramic

Midcentury Five-Arm Organic Form Brass Candleholder, Candelabra, 1960s, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful midcentury candelabra with five arms of organic, ribbon form, evoking Art Nouveau style from 1960s, Austria. Handmade of polished cast massive brass. Very good original co...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Brass

Fratelli Toso Murano Purple Teal Blue Millefiori Antique Italian Art Glass Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful antique Murano hand blown millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass decorative double handles vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company, circa 1910-1930. It has a bulb...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Glass, Art Glass

Antique French Art Nouveau Paper Powder Box "Poudre Lt Piver Pompeia"
Located in Hamburg, DE
Antique French Art Nouveau paper powder box "Poudre Lt Piver Pompeia" This is an extremely rare and stunning antique French Lt Piver Pompeia Powder box from the late 1800s to very...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Paper

Vase Loetz Widow Klostermuehle Bohemia Art Nouveau Lemon Yellow Cytisus
Located in Vienna, AT
Vase Loetz (Lötz) Widow Klostermuehle Bohemia Art Nouveau Made by Loetz, Klostermuehle (Bohemia), circa 1902 Decor: Lemon Yellow Cytisus It is a very interesting Loetz Art N...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Loetz Art Nouveau Vase Opal with Black Etched Decor, J. Hoffmann, Austria, 1912
Located in Vienna, AT
Vase on a round stand, slightly bulging towards the top with a slightly flared, flat rim of the mouth, opal-colored glass underlay with black overlay, high-cut decor with bellflowers...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Karl Rudolf Ditmar Pair of Art Nouveau Iridescent Art Pottery Vases
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning pair Austrian heliosine iridescent glazed art pottery vases by Karl Rudolf Ditmar (1818-1895). The pair of squat double gourd shaped vases are decorated in rich green heli...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pottery

English Salopian Rhodian Iznik Pattern Art Pottery Vase No. 6
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine Art Nouveau Salopian Rhodian Iznik pattern art pottery vase made at the Benthall Pottery Company around 1895. The red earthenware vase has a Middle Eastern shape standing on a...
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1890s English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pottery

Austrian Art Glass Biscuit Jar Silver Plated Handle and Lid Purple, Green & Blue
Located in Toledo, OH
Austrian art glass biscuit jar in iridescent shades of purple, blue, green and gold. Lid and handle are silver plated. Beautiful swirl design. Very nice condition. Measures: 9 3/4" t...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Legras, France, Two Vases in Mouth Blown Art Glass Decorated with Flowers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Legras, France. Two vases in mouth-blown art glass decorated with flowers and foliage, circa 1920. Measures: 27.5 x 11 cm. In very good condition. Signed.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Léo Laporte-Blairsy French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture Antique Table Lamp
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very rare figural lamp by Léo Laporte-Blairsy, it depicts a mustached man in long robes carrying a Gothic lantern on post with his head held high. Tiny pieces of cut glass in iron ...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Glazed Ceramic Vase Signed Longchamp Terre De Fer, France, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic vase signed Longchamp Terre De Fer, France, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Bronze and Sterling Silver Overlay Vase by Otto Heintz
Located in New York, NY
This vase was designed and handcrafted by the artisans at Heintz Art Metal Shop circa 1915. hand forged in lustrous bronze, the vase has a conical shape with a flared base and lip. A...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver, Bronze

19th Century English Copper Chamberstick
Located in High Point, NC
19th century English copper small chamber stick and attached snuffer. Lovely floral design.
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19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Copper

Ludwig Vierthaler German Jugendstil Lizard & Dragonfly Repousse Copper Vase
By Ludwig Karl Maria Vierthaler
Located in New York, NY
German Jugendstil monumental vase designed by Ludwig Karl Maria Vierthaler and made of repousse copper with a brass rim. The piece has a large lizard on the front as well as a dragon...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Brass, Copper

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase with Dragon Amphora Brown circa 1901
By Eduard Stellmacher, Amphora
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau ceramic vase with Dragon designed by Eduard Stellmacher manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1901 Vases with sauria...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Composition Portrait Bust of Printemps 20th C
By Maison de l'Art Nouveau
Located in Big Flats, NY
An Art Nouveau sculpture offers composition portrait bust of Printemps, titled as photographed, 20th century Measures - 23.25"H x 13.25"W x 8.25"D.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Composition

Almeric Walter Nancy Pate de Verre Figural Bumble Bee Pin Tray or Vide Poche
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique pate de verre tray or vide de poche was made by the renowned French artist Almeric Walter Nancy in circa 1910 in an Art Nouveau style. This small tray or bowl features a...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau or Modernist Tray, Metal
Located in Madrid, ES
Modernist tray. Metal Tray formed by a base with three holes worked like a leaf. Its upturned petiole supports a female figure dressed in a tunic fluttering in the wind. The delicac...
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20th Century European Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Metal

Near Pair of Large Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile Pulled Feather Art Glass Vases
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An fine associated pair of large Tiffany Favrile glass inverted trumpet form vases with pulled feather decoration. Undersides each have an etched signature and numbers. One reads...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

'La Tuffolina', a Marble Group of a Diving Girl by Odoarda Tabacchi, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
'La Tuffolina' - an important white marble group of a diving girl on a naturalistic base, by Odoarda Tabacchi Italian, circa 1880. Signed 'O.Tabacchi/Torino'. This Fine mar...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Marble

Desk Equestrian Horse Racing Cigar Smoking Box, circa 1900s
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Equestrian cigar box with space for matches. Perfect desk piece. Engraved with racing horses.
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Brass

Stunning Red Emile Galle Art Nouveau Cabinet Vase
Located in Dallas, TX
An Art Nouveau period 1900; absolutely lovely Emile Galle cabinet vase. This soliflor red and yellow vase was produced by two colors layered acid etched process. The botanical flower...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Hen Merganser Hunting Decoy attributed to John Dawson Folk Art, Americana
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Carved and polychromed wood; retains original painted surface. Glass Eyes. Attributed to John Dawson, Trenton, New Jersey, 1900-1925. Dawson worked as a kiln operator at the Scamme...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

Art Nouveau White Carrera Figural Sculpture Signed P. Sarehi
Located in London, GB
Art Nouveau figural sculpture of a reclining woman in Carrara marble, set upon a Portoro marble base. Finely carved, the woman reclines upon a rocky outcrop. Signed to the reverse P....
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Carrara Marble