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Art Nouveau Folk Art

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
Théodore Deck, Ceramic Vase, Signed, circa 1870
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Théodore Deck (1823-1891), ceramic vase, signed, circa 1870.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau American Carved Walnut Bowl
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a beautiful Art Nouveau Era, American carved walnut bowl from circa 1910. Beautiful Art Nouveau design with floral motifs, a stunning piece of American folk art 'TREEN'...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Walnut

1920s French Pierrot Doll, Boudoir Salon Harlequin Doll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique French Pierrot Doll. This cute boudoir doll or harlequin doll dates of the Early Art Deco Period. It's an antique toy doll who looks a little shy, maybe also a little sad ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Fabric, Satin, Paper

Good Large Bust of a Roman Lady in the Pre-Raphealite Style
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A good large bust of a Roman Lady in the Pre-Raphealite style This is a good quality bust, the young woman has a fey demeanour and long, thick, wavy hair which is tied back falli...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Plaster

Art Nouveau Italian Scupture Terracotta, Lioness with Her Lions, A Amorgasti
By Antonio Amorgasti 1
Located in Valladolid, ES
Amazing sculpture in patinated bronze terracotta, "Lioness with her lions" by Antoine Amorgasti, born in 1880 in Pisa and died in Antwerp, Belgium in 1942. He studied sculpture at th...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Terracotta

Traditional Decorative Modernist Ceramic Spanish Tile, circa 1940
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Traditional Spanish decorative ceramic tile. Made in the iconic designs of Catalan Modernism. Manufactured by unknown artist in Spain, circa 1940. Materials: Ceramic In goo...
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1940s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Austrian in the Manner of Bergman Cold Painted Bronze Moneys Riding on Dogs
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A charming Austrian cold painted bronze depicting three monkeys riding on the back of three running dogs in the manner of Franz Xaver Bergman (Austrian, 1861-1936) and dating from ar...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze

Van Briggle Signed Art Nouveau Blue Ceramic Pottery Glazed Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful piece. Gorgeous color and glaze. Signed and stamped on the base. A great addition to your collection or beautiful stand-alone work. Dimensions: 10" high, 7" diam...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Lovers Tarot Deck Card Hand-Tufted Viscose Wool Rug by RAG Home
Located in Jakarta Selatan, ID
The Lovers Tarot Deck Card Hand-Tufted Viscose Wool Rug by RAG Home mixed colors in beige and brown Original Designed by Rannisa Soraya RAG Home Jakarta Hand-tufted with mixed Carv...
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2010s Indonesian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wool

Rare Wiener Werkstaette of America Inc New York Enameled Advertising Sign
Located in Vienna, AT
A rare, domed, black and white enameled Art Nouveau advertising sign for Wiener Werkstätte. (founded by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Fritz Waerndorfer in 1903 in Vienna) Wi...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Iron, Enamel

Rare Domed Wiener Werkstaette Vienna Art Nouveau Enameled Advertising Sign
Located in Vienna, AT
A rare, domed, black and white enameled Art Nouveau advertising sign for Wiener Werkstätte, founded by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Fritz Waerndorfer in 1903 in Vienna, Neustift...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel, Iron

Art Nouveau Hand Carved Oak Wood Bookends depicting Reading Female Nude 1940
Located in Miami, FL
One of a kind Art Nouveau handcrafted carved oak wood Bookends depicting a Nude Female reading a book resting. Base is covered in green felt. In good original vintage condition wit...
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1940s American Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Felt, Wood, Oak

1920s Van Melle's Toffees Tin - Antique Candy Box Holland - Dutch Windmill
Located in Antwerp, BE
Exceptional large lithographic Candy Tin - Toffee Tin - Candy Box for Van Melle's Toffees Holland. This 1920s Antique Tin made by Wed. J. Bekkers and Son - Holland was made in the s...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Tin

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens, circa 1888
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Decorative ceramic tile by Antoni Gaudi, inspired by the marigold and dianthus motifs on the decorative ceramic tiles he designed for the facade of Casa Vicens, which constitute some...
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1880s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Exceptionnel Pair of Covered Pots by Paul Jeanneney and Coquet, circa 1900
By Paul Jeanneney
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
An exceptional ceramic pair of covered pots by Paul Jeanneney and Nocquet. Only one pot is signed under the base " Jeanneney Nocquet ". Circa 1900.
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

1905 Antique Tray Chocolat Michiels, 75 years of Independence Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising tray - advertising sign made for Belgian Chocolate Michiels, which was located in Brussels Belgium. This lithographic metal tray was designed as a commemorative...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Tin

Bronze Figurine Sculpture of Blindfolded Girl signed, Italian 19th C
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a solid bronze figurine of a young Girl with a blindfold playing Hide and Seek, which we attribute to the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ferrari ( Ferrara , 1804 - Ferrara , 1864 ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze

19th Century French Art Nouveau Verre Églomisé Gilt Trade Shop Sign
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Of striking composition, a reverse painted and gilt trade sign, late 19th century (circa 1890) in age French in origin. The sign has typical Art Nouveau organic flowing forms and...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Glass, Hardwood

Edwardian Art Nouveau Copper & Oak Shop Sign "Townrow" Hatter Hosier
Located in Norwich, GB
A wonderful English Art Nouveau period polished copper & oak mounted shop sign, "Townrow". Circa 1905. There is some damage to the left hand side oak mount, please refer to the late...
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Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Copper

Early 20C Hand Painted Large Sized Ceiling or Wall Panels by Nena Claiborne
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a unique set of early 20C hand painted large sized ceiling or wall panels by Nena Claiborne. Art Nouveau/Deco Era hand-painted ceiling or wall panels by Dallas Interior D...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Boxwood

Art Nouveau A. Delbaux Brass Enameled Bowl, Made in France
By Delvaux Paris
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Art Nouveau A Delbaux brass enameled catchall, vide poche, change holder, footed bowl. Hand-painted flowers, chased designs, made in France, circa 1940s.  
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Brass

Early 20th Century Toy Step, Step Bike
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique step bike - antique toy step. This child's bike step dates 1900 - 1920. We found this one out of a collection which came from a castle - royal house. It's a collectable anti...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

Beautiful Carousel Horse, Early 20th Century
Located in Zapopan, MX
Beautiful Antique carousel horse. Hand-carved and hand-painted. Origin possibly Mexico or USA.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Decorative ceramic tiles by Antoni Gaudi, inspired by the marigold and dianthus motifs on the decorative ceramic tiles he designed for the facade of Casa Vicens, which constitute som...
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1880s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art nouveau golden brass inkwell 1900 jugendstil desk accessorie
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Art Nouveau Large jugendstil golden brass inkwell Original 1900 desk accessorie Original good condition Height 13 cm Large 25 cm
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Brass

Early 20C Hand Painted Medium Sized Ceiling or Wall Panels by Nena Claiborne
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a unique set of early 20c hand painted medium sized ceiling or wall panels by Nena Claiborne. Art Nouveau/Deco Era hand-painted ceiling or wall panels by Dallas Interior ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Boxwood

French Vintage Gobelin Set of Clutch Handbag and Coin Purse, circa 1920
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Vintage Gobelin set of clutch handbag and coin purse, black base with floral embroidery on both sides, enameled brass frame and chain strap. The interior is lined in black silk with ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Tapestry

Pair of Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tiles of Casa Vicens, circa 1888
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Decorative ceramic tiles by Antoni Gaudi, inspired by the marigold and dianthus motifs on the decorative ceramic tiles he designed for the facade of Casa Vicens, which constitute som...
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1880s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Nude Theme Straight Razor, Germany, 1905
Located in Incline Village, NV
Great barber shop collectible item consisting of a German straight edge razor with a molded red celluloid handle; theme is a nude standing on a pillow holding flowers over her head. ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Steel

Bronze Sculpture of Dual Vikings by Edward Aagaard
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Bronze sculpture of dual vikings by Edward Aagaard A mid century statue of two Vikings in bronze. Light bronze patina consistent with age. Gothic home decor with Art Nouveau styli...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Bronze, Iron

Blue Princess, Grand Art Nouveau Painting, Circa 1905
Located in Miami, FL
Lovely Art Nouveau painting depicting a young princess in a blue dress surrounded by an amazing art nouveau decoration , signed E.Menou 1905 . Painting on carton mounted on canvas wi...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

Clement Massier, Art Nouveau Flower Spike, Vallauris, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Clement Massier, art nouveau flower spike, Vallauris circa 1900.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Belgian Art Nouveau Four Handled Green Glazed Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish Belgian Art Nouveau four handled art pottery vase with stylized floral designs dating from around 1900. The vase stands on a narrow round foot with a wide round lower ...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pottery

Letter Holder Chocolat Confectionery Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium, Art Nouveau
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising letter holder made for the Chocolatier - Confectionery brand Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium, Brussels. This Art Nouveau tin letter holder dates from the period 1892-191...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

Antique Advertising Chocolat Victoria Brussels, Set of 3
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising signs for Chocolate Victoria Brussels. These old advertising signs - advertising displays for Belgian Chocolate will be sold as a set of 3. These displays are ma...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

German Jugendstil Stylized Tree Design Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very interesting German attributed jugendstil art pottery vase applied in relief with stylized trees and dating from around 1900. The vase stands on a narrow rounded unglazed foot ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pottery

Stunning Antique Leaded-Glass Window Picturing The Queen of the East, ca. 1899
Located in Langweer, NL
Original Antique Leaded-glass window depicting "Batavia, Queen of the East' & the Coat of Arms of Batavia, in wooden door, execution Atelier van Gebrand Glas 't Prinsenhof - Jan Scho...
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1890s European Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Lead

Antique Advertising Sign Biscuits Victoria Brussels Belgium with Suchard Dog
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique Cardboard Publicity Sign - 3D Store Display in Relief Cardboard for Biscuits Victoria Brussels. This Sign dates 1920s and has the Suchard Biscuit and Chocolate Dog ! Th...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

Wooden Carved Victorian Lady Wall Plaque, circa 1920
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A lovely wooden wall application depicting a Victorian lady with grapes and wine leaves in her hair. handcarved circa 1920 in Germany. Measures: width: 5.71" (14.5cm) Height: 7.87"...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

1920s Bulldog Walking Stick Head
Located in Antwerp, BE
Unique carved wooden bulldog head for antique cane walking stick handle. Antique wooden Folk Art dog figural sculpture from the early 20th century. Red bakelite nose, glass eyes a...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bakelite, Glass, Leather, Wood

Original 1902 American Playhouse Poster
By U.S. Litho Company
Located in Peekskill, NY
This was an estate find and part of a beautiful collection of rare excellent turn of the century posters. They were hidden away for over a 100 years. About the poster: You'd think ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

French Vintage Gobelin Set of Clutch Handbag and Coin Purse, circa 1920
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Vintage Gobelin set of clutch handbag and coin purse, black base with floral embroidery on both sides, enameled brass frame and chain strap. The interior is lined in black silk with ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Tapestry

Belgian Art Nouveau Drip Glazed Provincial Art Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stylish Belgian Art Nouveau twin handled art pottery vase decorated in streaked glazes dating from around 1900. The earthenware vase is of tall cylindrical shape with a rounded bow...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pottery

Early 20th Century Sculptural One of a Kind Hand Crafted Fir. Chairs
Located in San Francisco, CA
Organically shaped with a touch of whimsy this one of a kind pair of Fir chairs was handcrafted in 1912 in the Big Sur/Carmel region of Central California. The bottom of each chair i...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

Set of Two Majolica Jugs, Nimy Faiences Imperiale Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of 1851-1898 Belgium majolica pitchers, pottery jugs with pewter top.White hand painted cherubs sitting in a painting impression and accessories, at the bottom and at the top d...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic, Majolica

Hand Embroidered Cushion or Pillow, English circa 1940s
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very decorative cushion or pillow with hand embroidered stylised flowers, which we date to the mid-20th century, circa 1940. The pillow is about 15 inches square. The...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Fabric

Magia Incense Holder Sculpture, VGO Associates
Located in Grasse, FR
Magia Exclusive At VGO Associates Designed by Valentina Guidi Ottobri Handmade by Giuseppe Coli' At Fratelli Coli' (Puglia) Magia is a talisman miniature sculpture attract luck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Wire Bottle Rack from France, Early 20th Century
Located in Hamburg, DE
Antique wire bottle holder from France, early 20th century. The bottle holder can hold up to 12 bottles with a diameter up to 6cm. The individual holders have a height of 6cm and als...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wire

Hen Merganser Hunting Decoy attributed to John Dawson Folk Art, Americana
By John Dawson
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 Folk Art

Alexander Lauder Sgraffito Art Pottery Handled Bird Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning three handled art pottery sgraffito pattern vase decorated with two birds perched on oak tree branches by Alexander Lauder, Barnstaple dating from around 1890. This qualit...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pottery

Bone Inlaid Wall Art in Blue Resin with Celtic Dragon Pattern
Located in New York City, NY
Wood, resin and camel bone chips make this wall panel. The Celtic dragon is made of hundred of camel bone chips, each precisely hand cut and filed. The blue resin applied like veneti...
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Early 19th Century Unknown Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bone

Antique Litho Tin Tray or Ashtray for Biscuits Rouchier Bazel France, circa 1900
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique Tin tray, dish or ashtray for Biscuits Rouchier Bazel wich was located in Angoulême France. This French lithographic and embossed tray dates circa 1900. It shows an elegant...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Tin

Bronze Advertising Bank Vaults Sign Circa 1912 Savannah Georgia
Located in Savannah, GA
The Savannah Bank and Trust Company was established here in Savannah, Georgia in 1869 after several banks failed as a result of the Civil War. It first occupied a building on the sou...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze

Old Advertising Sign for Blood Oranges Displaying a Horse, Pottery, Italy, 1920s
Located in Vienna, AT
A decorative advertising sign, made of ceramic, dated around 1920s, made in Italy. An advertising sign for selling Italian blood oranges, displaying a white horse. Good condition wit...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pottery

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