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Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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
Antique Art Nouveau KPM Berlin Porcelain Gilded Windmill Charger Plate 14"
Located in Dayton, OH
Rare antique KPM Berlin porcelain dinner plate, platter or charger featuring central landscape scene that of a windmill, figures, and sailboats surrounded by Art Nouveau design of fl...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Majolica Purple Wild Rose Plate Delphin Massier Circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica Purple Wild Rose Plate Delphin Massier Circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Majolica

19th Century French Majolica Pink Daisy Plate Delphin Massier
Located in Austin, TX
19th Century French Majolica Pink Daisy Plate Delphin Massier.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Wild Rose Plate Jerome Massier Fils Circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
French pink Majolica wild rose plate signed Jerome Massier Fils , circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Majolica

Asparagus Serving Dish Plate Majolica Art Nouveau Glazed Pottery Ceramic
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
Antique Art Nouveau barbotine aspargus serving plate.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Claude Linossier, Bronze Dish, 1920s
Located in Firenze, IT
Wonderful bronze plate with copper inlays and geometric decoration, created by Claude Linossier in the 1920s. Features engraved signature.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Bronze, Copper

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Majolica Pansy Plate Jerome Massier, Circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica Pansy plate Jerome Massier Circa 1900.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Small Majolica Purple Poppy Delphin Massier Fils, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Small Majolica Purple Poppy Delphin Massier Fils, circa 1890. 5.3 inches Diameter.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Oyster Plate in Majolica Green and White Color 19th Century Longchamp Set of 2
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Oyster plate in Majolica, in white and Green color. France, 19th century. Circa 1890 signed Longchamp.
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Majolica

French Majolica White Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica white daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Plums Plate circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica Plums Plate circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Large Oyster Dish in Majolica Green White Color 19th Century Longchamp France
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Large Oyster Dish in Majolica, in white and Green color. France, 19th century. Circa 1890 signed Longchamp. Terre de Fer. You can hang it to the wall.
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Majolica

Antique French Orchies Majolica Daisy Plate, C. 1890
Located in Pearland, TX
A lovely antique 19th-Century French majolica daisy flower plate, attributed to Orchies, circa 1890. Unmarked. This gorgeous plate has a hand painted dark pink / rhubarb / cranberry ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Large Majolica Sunflower Platter Villeroy & Boch, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
Large Majolica sunflower platter Villeroy & Boch, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Majolica Purple Hydrangea Plate Onnaing, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica Purple Hydrangea Plate Onnaing, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Majolica, Ceramic

Majolica Palm Leaf Plate Villeroy & Boch, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica palm leaf plate signed Villeroy & Boch, circa 1890.
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1890s German Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Pink Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica pink daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Roses Plate Saint Amand, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica roses plate signed Saint Amand, circa 1890. Very rare aqua background. Large size 8.8 inches.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Majolica, Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica daisy plate Orchies unsigned, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Oyster Plate in Majolica Green and White Color, 19th Century, France
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Oyster plate in Majolica, in white and Green color. France, 19th century.  
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Georg Jensen Acorn Sterling Silver Charger Plate 642A
Located in Hellerup, DK
A hand hammered sterling silver Georg Jensen charger plate in the Acorn pattern, design #642A by Johan Rohde in 1931. A circular rimmed dinner charger plate...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Sterling Silver

French Majolica Pansy Plate circa 1880
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica Pansy Plate circa 1880.
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

19th Century Majolica Flowers and Butterfly Plate Wasmuel
Located in Austin, TX
19th Century Majolica flowers and butterfly plate Wasmuel.
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1880s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Set of Four Vintage Olfaire Portugal Ceramic Charger Plates
Located in Bradenton, FL
Unique vintage set of four Olfaire Portugal ceramic charger plates. Bright colors of yellow(center) with green and purple scalloped edges. Excellent c...
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20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Pink Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica pink daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Full Set of 12 Side Dishes Dessert Plates Majolica Art Nouveau by Sarreguemines
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
Antique Art Nouveau full set of 12 side dishes / dessert majolica plates by sarreguemines decorated with a wild wine leaves and grapes pattern in fantastic co...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Set of 9 Vintage Dinner Plates Rosenthal Classic Ros
Located in Mérida, YU
Vintage Set of 9 plates, never used with Rosenthal tag. Perfect condition. Very nice work amazing details in the texture. Rosenthal is a warranty of quality and elegance.
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1990s German Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Majolica Arum Plate, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica arum plate circa 1900 unsigned. The plate have a metal border.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890.  
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Majolica

10 French Orchies Faience Majolica Asparagus and Artichoke Plates with Platter
Located in Birmingham, AL
A rare and exceptional 19th century set of 10 majolica glazed French faïence barbotine artichoke and asparagus plates complete with oval shaped master server or platter by Orchies, c...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Earthenware, Faience, Majolica

Signed Royal Vienna Porcelain Portrait Cabinet Plate with Platinum & Raised Gold
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine, signed Art Nouveau porcelain cabinet plate. By Royal Vienna. Signed Wagner to the lower right. With a hand painted depiction of Ruth to the center surrounded by a blue & green border richly decorated with platinum, raised gold, & rich gilding. Marked to the reverse with a blue underglaze Royal Vienna beehive...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

Majolica Parakeets Plate Salins, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
Majolica plate two parakeets on a blue background with oranges signed Salins, circa 1890.    
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic, Majolica

German Majolica Plate with Morning Glory, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
German Majolica plate with morning glory on a yellow basket weave and a green border, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience

19th French Majolica Asparagus Plate Iris Longchamp
Located in Austin, TX
Rare 19th French Majolica Asparagus octogonal plate signed Iris Longchamp. Iris, dragonfly and yellow daisies.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Set 2 Pcs Plates Volutes Collection Maison Manoï Limoges Porcelain
Located in BORDEAUX, FR
Set 2 pcs dinner & desert plates "Volutes Limoges" Volutes Plates Maison Manoï Limoges porcelain Cut shape Decorated by chromolithography Diameter 27.5cm & 22 cm Enamel finish...
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2010s French Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Majolica Dalhias Plate Orchies, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
Lovely French Majolica plate with purple and pink dahlias Orchies, circa 1900.        
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

19th French Majolica Asparagus Plate Iris Longchamp
Located in Austin, TX
Rare 19th French Majolica Asparagus Octogonal Plate signed Iris Longchamp. Iris, dragonfly and yellow daisies.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

French Majolica Purple Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica purple daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

French Majolica Orchid Plate Saint Clement, circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica orchid plate signed Keller and Guerin saint clement, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Faience

French Majolica Purple Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica purple daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Rosenthal, Germany, Six Iris Dinner Plates in Hand-Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rosenthal, Germany. Six Iris dinner plates in hand-painted porcelain with flowers and gold decoration. 1920s. Diameter: 25.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Small German Majolica Iris Plate, Circa 1900
Located in Austin, TX
Small German Majolica Iris Plate Circa 1900.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Set 2 pcs plates Ornements collection Maison Manoï Limoges porcelain
Located in BORDEAUX, FR
Set 2 pcs Dinner & desert plates "Ornements Limoges" Ornements Plates Maison Manoï Limoges porcelain Cut shape Decorated by chromolithography Diameter 27.5cm & 22 cm Enamel finish O...
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2010s French Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain

French Majolica Purple Daisy Plate Orchies, circa 1890
Located in Austin, TX
French Majolica purple daisy plate Orchies, circa 1890.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Creil Et Montereau Ironstone Terre De Fer Red ‘Tournesol’ Sunflower Dinner Plate
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Creil and Montereau Faïenceries, a Terre de Fer ironstone plate in the Sunflower pattern called ‘Tournesol’, France, circa 1895 – 1900. The Art No...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ironstone

19th Century Majolica Flowers and Butterfly Plate Wasmuel
Located in Austin, TX
19th Century Majolica flowers and butterfly plate Wasmuel.
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1880s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

19th French Majolica Sunflower Plate Delphin Massier
Located in Austin, TX
19th French Majolica sunflower plate Delphin Massier Vallauris.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

Materials

Ceramic

Art Nouveau dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Nouveau dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage dinner plates created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, wall decorations, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, earthenware and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Nouveau dinner plates made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Germany pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original dinner plates, popular names associated with this style include Orchies, Saint Clément, Longchamp, and Salins. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for dinner plates differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $135 and tops out at $20,518 while the average work can sell for $300.

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