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Art Nouveau Tableware

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
Saglier Frères Oversized French Art Nouveau Floral Table Forks & Spoons, S/24
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A set of twenty-four Art Nouveau period table forks and spoons made by Saglier Frères, circa 1900. Scaled for the French table, oversized and heavy by todays standards, the silver...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver Plate

Silver cake knife. Approx. 1900. Presumably German.
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Silver cake knife. Approx. 1900. Presumably German, Art Nouveau style. Marked 800. In good condition with minor signs of use. L 27.5 cm.
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver

Friedr. Herder Solingen Knife Scissors and Shaving Razor Advertising Enamel Sign
By Friedrich Herder A. Sn Solingen
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Fantastic Friedrich Herder Abr. Sohn Solingen bayonets, knives, razors, enamel porcelain advertising sign. Never used, it was found on the original packaging. Perfect gloss. German m...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Art Nouveau Large Tray Forged with Flowers Iron and Faceted Mirror
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau large tray forged with flowers iron and faceted mirror Serving tray forged iron with Mirror faceted finish Size Tray 64 cm x 32 cm / 25.19 inch x 12.58 inch With b...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Ipsen's, Denmark, Art Nouveau Dish in Hand-Painted Ceramics with Grapevine
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ipsen's, Denmark. Art Nouveau dish in hand-painted ceramics modelled with grape vine and foliage. 1920s/30s. Model number 135. Measures: 31 x 5.5 cm. In excellent condition. S...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

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Ceramic

Louis Comfort Tiffany Pastel Favrile Glass Dinnerware
Located in New Orleans, LA
Exuding the elegance of Art Nouveau design, this dinnerware service for 12 from Tiffany Studios is composed of pastel-hued, opalescent green Favrile glass. The plates, bowls and glas...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Tableware

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Glass

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Anton Michelsen Silver Mounted Sugar Shaker
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Anton Michelsen Silver Mounted Sugar Shaker No 299/47A with Butterfly motif Measures 15cm / 6"
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Egg No 436
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Egg No 436 Measures 6cm / 2 1/3".
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rorstrand Art Nouveaeu Lidded Bowl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveaeu lidded bowl. Measures 12,5cm and has a number of burning mistakes.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rörstrand Art Noveau Lidded Bowl
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rörstrand Art Noveau lidded bowl. Measure 13.5 cm dia (5 5/16"). The Bowl has chip on the one edge but otherwise in good condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Thorvald Bindesbøll Art Nouveau Silver Spoon from Holger Kysters Smithy
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Thorvald Bindesbøll Art nouveau silver spoon from Holger Kysters Smithy Measures 20.5 cm / 8 5/64" and is in perfect condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver

Rorstrand Art Nouveau Unique Plate by Nils Emil Lundstrøm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveau Unique plate by Nils Emil Lundstrøm. Measures 22,5cm and is in perfect condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Creamer No 2315/7215
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau creamer no 2315/7215. Measures 10.5 cm / 4 9/64 in.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Creamer No 2315/7215
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Creamer No 2315/7215 Measures 10.5 cm / 4 9/64 in.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rorstrand Art Nouveau Dish with Butterflies
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveau Dish with Butterflies. Measures 10,4cm and is in good condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rorstrand Art Nouveau Unique Nils Emil Lundstrøm Plate
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveau Unique Nils Emil Lundstrøm plate. Measures 23cm and is in good condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rorstrand Art Nouveau Dish with Moth
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveau dish with moth. Measures 10,6cm and is in good condition.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Egg No 436
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Egg No 436 Measures 6cm / 2 1/3".
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Lunch Plate No 160
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau lunch plate no 160. Measures 21.8 cm / 8 37/64 in.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Creamer with Handle No. 198
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau creamer with handle No. 198 Measures: 9 x 5 cm (3 35/64"" x 1 31/32""). In nice condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Lunch Plate No 160
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau lunch plate no 160. Measures 21.8 cm / 8 37/64 in.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rorstrand Art Nouveau Lidded Dish by Karl Lindström
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rorstrand Art Nouveau lidded dish by Karl Lindström. Measures 10,2cm and is in good condition.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Tableware

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Porcelain

Rare Christofle Fish Cutlery for 12 Persons in original vintage box
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and original tableware set by renowned French silverware manufacture Christofle. The set consists of 12 fish knives and 12 forks, 1 big serving knife and 1 big fork. They were c...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver Plate, Stainless Steel

Silver Plated Figural Boy Napkin Ring, WMF, Germany, 1920s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated figural napkin ring, circa 1920s, made by WMF, Germany. Nice addition to every table. A beautiful nice patina, little silver plate lost at the ground on the...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Vintage Silver Plated Rose Decor Fruit Bowl Catchall, Sweden
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated bowl with handle, vintage Sweden. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age. Measurements given in dimensions section show s the high w...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Emile Gallé, Two Sake Liquor Glasses with Thistles Yellow Enameled Glass
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Set of two sake liquor glasses made in yellow glass with design of enamelled thistles. Signature under each glass. Perfect condition. Measure: height: 5cm.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Antique German Art Nouveau .800 Silver 12 Piece Fish Flatware Serving Set
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This twelve piece serving set is signed by an unknown maker, but presumed to have originated from Germany and date to approximately 1900 and done in the period Art Nouveau style. The...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver

Violet by Whiting Sterling Silver Flatware Set For 8 Service 40 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Violet by Whiting Sterling Silver Flatware set - 40 pieces. This set includes: 8 Knives, with original silverplated blunt blades, 9" 8 Forks, 6 3/4" 8 Salad Forks with leaf detailin...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Emile Gallé, Orangeade Set Thistles Yellow Enameled Glass 5 Pieces
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Orangeade set made in yellow glass with enameldesign of thistles by Emile Gallé. Signature under each piece. All pieces are in perfect condition. Service of 5 pieces including...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Gorham Sterling Silver Art Nouveau 3-Handled Loving Cup with Yale Inscription
Located in New York, NY
Gorham, sterling silver, 20th century loving cup with 3 handles adorned with flowers in Art Nouveau style. One side of the cup shows a snake and open book in relief. The others show ...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Continental Gilt Porcelain Cups & Saucers, Hand Painted, Signed, 20th Century
Located in Chatham, ON
Finest quality hand painted gilt porcelain set of six cups and saucers - each piece with a stylized floral design and a gold wash to the interior of each cup along with gold rims - m...
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20th Century European Art Nouveau Tableware

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Gold Leaf

Antique Sterling Silver Set of 12 Place Card Holders 'Seahorse' Design from 1913
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1913 by Mappin & Webb, this striking, set of twelve, George V antique, sterling silver place card holders are a very rare design, with silver inlaid decor...
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1910s English Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Gorham Sterling Silver Vase with Floral Daisies Art Nouveau
Located in Big Bend, WI
Gorham Gorham Art Nouveau sterling silver vase with a stunning floral daisy design. Marked CQU and retailer Spaulding. The vase measures 9 x 2 1/2 , and it weighs 9.48 ozt. It is...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Edwardian Art Nouveau Style Sterling Silver Mug
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique Edwardian English sterling silver mug in the Art Nouveau style; an addition to our wine and drinks related silverware collection. This fine antique E...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver, Sterling Silver

2 Wine Coolers, Style: Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Liberty, Year: 1900, Germany
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
2 Wine Cooler WMF Style: Art Nouveau year: 1900 Country: Germany Materials: silver plated Several of the WMF objects can be seen in museums We have specialized in the sal...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Pair of Pitchers WMF, German, 1909 in Silver Plated and Red Glass, Art Nouveau
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
2 Pitchers WMF Style: Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty year: 1909 Country: Germany Materials: silver plated and red glass Several of the WMF objects can be seen in museums Stamps ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Art Glass

Rare Tiffany & Co. 1879 Sterling Silver Chrysanthemum Pattern Pair of Open Salts
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & Co. pair of sterling silver pair of partially gilt open salts in exquisite, slightly raised, Chrysanthemum pattern number 5845 and in Art Nouveau Style from 1879. Each meas...
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1870s American Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Art Nouveau Sterling Silver and Enamel Caddy Spoon
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English sterling silver and enamel caddy spoon in the Art Nouveau style; an addition to our silver teaware collection. This ex...
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1910s English Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver, Enamel

Early and Rare Art Nouveau Georg Jensen Lidded Bowl in Hammered Silver
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Early and rare Art Nouveau Georg Jensen lidded bowl in hammered silver. Knob in the form of foliage. Model Number 228. Designed by Georg Jensen. Dated 1915-30. Measures: 23 x ...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver

Splendid Vase Decorated with 24-Karat Gold
Located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Leo Moser and his glassmakers in 1911 created a formal drinking collection that continues to shine at royal banquets and light up the tables at all kinds of celebratory occasions. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Glass

Georg Jensen Art Nouveau Teapot and Milk Jug in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen Art Nouveau teapot and milk jug in sterling silver with handle and knob in ebony. Model Number 80A/80B. Designed in 1915. The teapot measures: 21.5 x 14 cm. In very...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Splendid Vase Decorated with 24-Karat Gold
Located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Leo Moser and his glassmakers in 1911 created a formal drinking collection that continues to shine at royal banquets and light up the tables at all kinds of celebratory occasions. M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Czech Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Glass

Lily by Whiting Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 80 Pieces Script Monogram
Located in Big Bend, WI
Lovely early Lily by Whiting sterling silver flatware set with matching script monogram, 80 pieces. This set includes: 10 dinner knives, hand cast handle, 9 3/4" 10 dinner forks, 7 ...
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1880s Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Silver Plate Gold Wash Sugar Scuttle Scoop Server Pitcher, Sweden
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated sugar scuttle server, vintage Sweden. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age. Found at an Estate sale in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Vintage King’s Pattern Soup Ladle Shell Motif, Silver Plate, England
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated Soup Ladle in Kings Pattern, vintage England. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age. Kings was originally created in the 1830’s by...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Art nouveau lunch box, 1910
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Art Nouveau lunch box made in Germany. made for storing bread.
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Vintage Silver Plate Salt & Pepper Shaker, Sweden
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated pair of Salt & Pepper shaker, vintage Sweden. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age. Found at an Estate sale in Stockholm, Sweden....
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Reed & Barton Old Sterling Silver Salad Set in Love Disarmed Art Nouveau Pattern
Located in New York, NY
Reed & Barton sterling silver salad set in old, original, Love Disarmed pattern and in Art Nouveau style with exquisite, raised, floral and figural motifs. It consists of a salad for...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Hip Flask Hand Painted Drunk Gentleman Motif, Sweden, Early 20th Century
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful glass bottle, vintage Sweden. Nice addition to every table. Some patina at the cap, but this is old-age. Found at an Estate sale in Stockholm, Sweden.  
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Vintage Silver Plated Acorn Leaf Fruit Bowl Catchall, Sweden
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated leaf bowl with bakelite Apple handle, vintage Sweden. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age. Found at an Estate sale in Stockholm,...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Angel Cherub Figural Antique Wilcox Quadruple Silver Plate Napkin Ring
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful silver plated figural napkin ring in the form of cherub angel, circa 1900s, made by Wilcox, England. Nice addition to every table. Some patina, but this is old-age.  
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Art Nouveau Hildesheim Rose Silver Plate Flatware Set, German, 16 Pieces
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful Art Nouveau flatware set of 6 cake forks, 6 Coffee Spoons, a sugar spoon, a sugar tong, a cream spoon and a cake shovel. Made of silver plate metal, it will make a nice a...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver Plate

Pair of Art Nouveau Silver Plate Serving Tongs for Cake or Pastry, Sweden, 1920s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of two beautiful Art Nouveau serving tongs for pastry, cake, fish or meat. These serving piece is in a beautiful design. Made of silver plated metal, it will make a nice additi...
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20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver Plate

Antique Floral Hand Painted Enameled Glass Biscuit Box, Art Nouveau, France
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Antique floral glass biscuit barrel / cookie jar with Art Nouveau Enamel Decoration, France 1890-1919 An antique biscuit jar of frosted, satin glass with a silvered metal rim, rem...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Tableware

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Metal

Louis XVI by Cardeilhac France 950 Sterling Silver Flatware Service Set 122 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Founded 1804. Maison Cardeilhac was founded by Antoine-Vital Cardeilhac in 1804 in Paris and specialized in fine silver cutlery and table ware. During the 19th century the firm wa...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Rosenthal, Germany, Two Iris Sauce Boats in Hand-Painted Porcelain, 1920s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Rosenthal, Germany. Two Iris sauce boats in hand-painted porcelain with flowers and gold edge. Handles modelled as foliage. 1920s. Measures: 23 x 15 x 11.5 cm. In excellent con...
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

Antique 1910s Austro-Hungarian Silver Tea Caddy
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Austro-Hungarian 800 standard silver tea caddy in the Art Nouveau style; an addition to our silver teaware collection. This exceptional...
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20th Century English Art Nouveau Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver, Silver

Antique American Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Bonbon Scoop
Located in New York, NY
American Victorian Art Nouveau sterling silver bonbon scoop, ca 1890. Scroll handle with scallop shell terminal and entwined tendrils flowing into large and ovoid ball with open scro...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Tableware

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Sterling Silver

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