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Art Deco Signs

ART DECO STYLE

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, vintage Art Deco dining chairs, tables, desks, cabinets and other furniture — which typically refers to pieces produced during the 1920s and 1930s — is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.” 

ORIGINS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold geometric lines and forms, floral motifs
  • Use of expensive materials such as shagreen or marble as well as exotic woods such as mahogany, ebony and zebra wood
  • Metal accents, shimmering mirrored finishes
  • Embellishments made from exotic animal hides, inlays of mother-of-pearl or ivory

ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE ART DECO FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Few design styles are as universally recognized and appreciated as Art Deco. The term alone conjures visions of the Roaring Twenties, Machine Age metropolises, vast ocean liners, sleek typography and Prohibition-era hedonism. The iconic movement made an indelible mark on all fields of design throughout the 1920s and ’30s, celebrating society’s growing industrialization with refined elegance and stunning craftsmanship.

Widely known designers associated with the Art Deco style include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, Maurice Dufrêne, Paul Follot and Jules Leleu.

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. “Art Deco design” is often used broadly, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also called Streamline Moderne or Machine Age design. (Streamline Moderne, sometimes known as Art Moderne, was a phenomenon largely of the 1930s, post–Art Nouveau.)

Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers in their seating, case pieces, living room sets and bedroom furniture.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs. Today, the style is still favored by interior designers looking to infuse a home with an air of luxury and sophistication.

The vintage Art Deco furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes dressers, coffee tables, decorative objects and more.

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Style: Art Deco
Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intruiging advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Plaster

Antique Industrial Art Deco 'Bar' Illuminated Glass Sign, circa 1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated directional sign made in England. c.1920. Original black painted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plate glass deep etched with ...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

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Steel

1920s Belgian Jenever Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
1920s Belgian Jenever Sign. Antique sign - Art Deco sign for Jenever Made in Belgium: J. Theunissen - Vieux Spécial - Hasselt - Belgium. A lithographic tin sign from the 1920s sig...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Tin

Antique Vintage Reverse Painted Glass Chemist Pharmacy Sign, C.1930
Located in London, GB
An elegant reverse painted glass chemist's sign. c.1930 Gilt lettering and green carboy, reverse painted on clear thick plate glass. Set into a simple ebonised wooden frame.
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

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Glass, Wood

Early 20th century French antique street shop sign
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Here we present an unusual find of a french antique shop sign, circa 1920. Shaped steel, painted with applied lettering in french which reads 'antiques and secondhand goods'.  The d...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Signs

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Steel

1934 Tin Sign Belgian Beer Wielemans
Located in Antwerp, BE
1934 Tin sign for Belgian Beer of the brand Wielemans. An antique sign - advertising sign from the Art Deco period. This embossed metal sign was designed for the dark beer called Stout. It shows the typical long glass on foot used to serve this dark beer. The brewery was located in Brussels Belgium. The old beer sign was made in Brussels and is dated 1934. This sign from the 1930s has in the meantime a charming craquelé patina. It will look great in your home bar, mancave, kitchen, office, pub etc .. Belgian Beer - Belgian Beer Sign - Antique Signs - Vintage Signs - Tin Signs - Old Signs - Collectable Signs - Decorative Art - Decorative Wall Decoration - Wall Sign - Mancave Decoration - collecting beer signs - collecting vintage beer signs...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Art Deco Tin Cranes and Flowers, 1930s, The Netherlands
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black Art Deco tin with crane birds and flowers in Asian style. This Art Deco storage tin with cranes dates from the early 1930s and was made by the Dutch...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Signs

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Metal

1930s Art Deco Chriopractor Neon Can Sign
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great old vintage neon sign,retains original red neon,transformer etc. Super art deco styling and design. Amazing scrypt.
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal

Beer Sign, Germany, 1940s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tin advertising sign for German Beer . This Thuringia beer sign for Vitaminator Nährbier was made by Union - Werke A-G Radebeul Dresden Germany in the 1940s. It is an orange with blue sign with nice lettering. In beautiful condition with some traces by age and use like on the borders and some light scratches on the blue. Vintage wall decoration theme beer, Brewery. Vintage Signs - Vintage Beer Signs - Beer Gift - German Beer - Orange Signs - Orange and Blue - Orange Wall Decor...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Signs

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Tin

Antique Sign for Bicycles Delta, Belgium, 1934
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large Art Deco tin advertising sign for bicycles of the Belgian Brand Delta. This Belgian tin sign is dated 1934. It's a lithographic tin store sign - agency display sign - billboard - wall sign - old advertising sign for bikes - bicycles - cycles - wheels of the brand Velos Delta. A black with green and gold sign made from pressed tin - pressed metal with relief. Awesome wall decoration even if you have nothing to do with old or antique bikes...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Metal

Art Deco Box Neon "ETCHISON HATS" Wonderful Red Neon, The Neon Shop, LIMA OHIO
By Neon Products
Located in Buffalo, NY
Art Deco Box Neon sign advertizing Etchison Hats,c.1930's,, wonderful red neon, made by The Neon Shop.Lima Ohio.. Great graphics..retains original black metal housing.. curved deco...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal

Stylized Drug Store Vintage Sign, "PRESCRIPTIONS / SQUIBB" Art Deco, Modernist
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stylized Drug Store Vintage Sign, "PRESCRIPTIONS / SQUIBB" Art Deco, Modernist..Salvaged from Downtown Buffalo NY dRUG Store,,, original stacked plywood ,painted silver lettering.. a...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Metal

1920s Sign Belgian Beer, Black and Gold
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black and gold 1920s sign for Belgian Beer - dated 1927. A late Art Nouveau - Early Art Deco advertising sign for Belgian Beer. This antique shop display or shop sign was made for Blonde Dry-Pikkel, a blond Belgian Beer - beer from Belgium. This antique beer sign has a great condition for his age: almost 100 years old ! Publicity sign is made of Glassoïd over metal and made in Brussels. The design with the colors black and gold makes this sign very elegant and stylish and also modern, so it could fit many type of interiors. Antique signs - Art Nouveau Sign - Art Deco signs - antique beer signs - Belgian beer signs - black and gold sign - black and gold wall decoration...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Metal, Other

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Internalite Enquiries Illuminated Sign, c1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated 'Internalite' directional sign made in England by K.F.M Engineering. c.1920. Wall mounted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above single sided ...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

Materials

Brass

Italian Pirelli Wrought Iron Advertising Trade Sign 1920
Located in Hastings, GB
Absolutely incredible advertising sign for an Italian garage, blacksmith made in forged and ornate wrought Iron. This sign was removed from a garage in Turin, Italy where it had hung since 1920, advertising the variety of services the garage carried out, as well as Pirelli tyres. The sign is wonderfully weather beaten, with losses to the paint and sections of the advertising text. Overall the sign is in superb structural condition, with a couple of small fissures, which are barely noticeable. A truly exceptional piece of antique signage...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Signs

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Wrought Iron

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intruiging advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Signs

Materials

Plaster

Antique American Art Deco Early Frigidaire Metal Advertising Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce, likely one-of-a-kind, antique American Frigidaire enameled metal advertising sign, early 20th century, period Art Deco styling, the sign reads: "See Arkadelphia Hardware Co...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Signs

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Metal, Enamel

Large 19th Century Wooden Painted Lounge Sign This Is an Original Hotel Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Large 19th century Wooden Painted LOUNGE Sign This is an original Hotel sign it is made in wood, it is 73” long This is a lovely old sign it has pa...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Deco Signs

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Pine

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intriguing advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Plaster

Singer Sign with Tailor and Singer Sewing Machine, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Singer sign. A 1930s tin advertising sign for Singer Sewing and Embroidery Machines. An antique sign with a design of a tailor behind his Singer Sewing Machine...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Antique Industrial Art Deco 'Exit' Illuminated Glass Sign, circa 1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated directional sign made in England, circa 1920. Black painted steel frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plate...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

Materials

Steel

1930s Sign for Bicycle Parts
Located in Antwerp, BE
1930s Sign for bicycle parts. An Art Deco sign dated 1937. Black advertising sign with soft yellow embossed lettering and design for Torpedo Bicycle Wheel Bra...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Metal

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Glass 'Reception' Illuminated Sign. C.1920
Located in London, GB
A large illuminated glass and brass directional sign made in England. c.1920. Brass frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plate glass ...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

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Brass

Store Display Boy Doll, Child Mannequin
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco store display boy - store display doll - child mannequin doll. This antique child mannequin is a male child. He has a painted plaster body, painted eyes and a painted wooden base. This store display advertising doll is probably designed for a clothing line which was located in Holland - The Netherlands. This vintage store display - shop window doll - advertising doll - vintage mannequin doll is for the age still in very beautiful condition. He does have an old repair on a finger and on 1 foot. This boy mannequin doll will look great in your interior as a decorative object or in a collection of dolls and bears, antique mannequin dolls.
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Signs

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Plaster, Wood

Gazelle Bicycles Glass Advertising Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
Old glass advertising sign for Gazelle Bicycles, a bicycle factory in the Netherlands since 1892. This Art Deco publicity sign is made of glass - advertising behind glass. Beautiful...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Signs

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Glass

1936 Port Sign, Les Portos Gibson, an Appetizer Drink
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco Port Sign - Bar wall decoration. An advertising sign for the Port: Les Portos Gibson. This old sign for the Appetizer Drink Gibson's Port is dated 1936 and was made by the Company Jofico Brussels Belgium. This sign from 1936 is a publicity sign for the four different White Gibsons's Port: Carte Noir, Ambassador, Royal and Imperial. As well the lettering as the bottles are in relief on the sign. This tin wall sign is great wall decoration in your house, kitchen, home bar, office, pub, cafe or restaurant. Port Drinker, Port Gift - Old Tin...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Signs

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Tin, Metal

Art Deco Port Advertising Sign, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco port sign of Porto Rolaria. Old advertising sign for the aperitif drink Port - Porto. What a beautiful design: 2 bottles of Port:...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Paper

Giant Art Deco Brass Fountain Pen and Mechanical Pencil Display Models
By Wahl Eversharp Co
Located in Hanover, MA
Oversized retail advertising presentation brass fountain pen and mechanical pencil display signs from the early 1920s when they would have been featured within a wood and glass display cabinet at the pen counter of a stationary store. Originally the fountain pen would have been marked on its side "Wahl Pen...
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1920s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

Materials

Brass

Large Porcelain Sign Mauxion Chocolat, 1920s, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large porcelain sign for Mauxion Chocolat Products circa 1925. Antique porcelain sign - enamelled sign - advertising wall sign. This spectacul...
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Early 20th Century German Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal

1930s Sign with Calendar for French Wine
Located in Antwerp, BE
1930s sign with adjustable calendar for French Wine. French advertising sign or publicity sign designed for the wine estate or castle"Château de Corton Pierre André", which was sit...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Signs

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Other

Eat or Tea Large Scale 1950s American Porcelain Enameled Steel Letters Sign
Located in Pound Ridge, NY
Superb large scale American 1950s porcelain enameled metal letters, over 24" high, originally used as exterior signage from Chicago. EAT or TEA or ETA or ATE, 3 individual heavy gauges pressed and folded cold-rolled steel letters...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Metal

Splendid Louis Midavaine Screen, 1888-1978
By Louis Midavaine
Located in Renens, CH
Splendid Louis Midavaine screen, circa 1925, with 3 articulated leaves in lacquered wood and lacquered wood decorated with a Bengal tiger leaping from an overturned coconut tree. The...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Signs

Materials

Wood

1920s Tin Advertising Sign for Chicorée Mondiale by Rob Otten, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage black and yellow tin publicity shop display - metal advertising sign for Chicorée Mondiale. This Art Deco Sign is dated 1927. The Letters are pressed into the metal, what ...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Tin

Art Deco Chrome & Glass Skyscraper Directory Sign
Located in Hanover, MA
Vintage 1940's chrome frame building directory sign with beveled glass double panels. This came from the famous Boston (North End) restaurant 'Joe Tecce's' which closed in 2010 after...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Chrome, Steel, Aluminum

1930s Copper Double-Sided English Outdoor Advertising Sign
Located in Surrey, BC
An electric, double-sided outdoor sign promoting the English clothing manufacturer, Chilprufe Agents (operating between 1920 and 1950). The company’s logo has been reverse painted on...
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1930s English Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Copper

1935 Tin Sign by Dorfi for Fabric Paint L'Alsacienne
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique Tin sign mounted on solid cardboard , designed by Dorfi ( Dorfinant Albert ) for Fabric Paint L'Alsacienne. Beautiful design of a lady who's colouring fabrics in different colors in wooden...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

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Tin

Advertising Mirror “Crawford’s Delightful Biscuits” Baker or Cafe
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
“Crawford’s Delightful Biscuits” baker/cafe advertising mirror This is a good piece the bevelled mirror is set in a 2” wide oak frame, in the centre in large letters...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Signs

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Mirror

Art Deco era Gas Station Advertising Sign Atlantic Oil
Located in Ferndale, MI
Art Deco themed gas station advertising sign for Atlantic Oil (two sided).
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

Materials

Steel

Three Dimensional Double-Sided Wooden Hovis Tea Shop Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Three dimensional double-sided wooden hovis tea shop sign  A great piece of social history, this sign is in wood it has been made with applied large letters...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Signs

"Health Chiropractic, " Cast Metal Trade Sign, Art Deco, Midcentury
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This classic example of trade signage featuring a nude male angel figure with outspread wings was cast in aluminium and painted a shade of off-white. It has...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Signs

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Aluminum

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Flambosign Illuminated Exit Sign, circa 1930
Located in London, GB
A large directional 'Exit' sign made in England by Flambosign. circa 1930 Believed to have come from the Ilford Hippodrome as it once stood prior to bomb damage and later demoliti...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

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Brass

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Internalite Ladies Illuminated Sign, c1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated 'Internalite' directional sign made in England by K.F.M Engineering. c.1930. Wall mounted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plat...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

Materials

Brass

Art Deco signs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Deco signs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Mid-20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage signs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, wall decorations, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Deco signs made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original signs, popular names associated with this style include Coca Cola Bottling Co., Dorfi, Louis Midavaine, and Neon Products . 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 signs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $264 and tops out at $46,362 while the average work can sell for $1,023.

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