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Art Nouveau Folk Art

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
Manual Entrance Bell in wrought iron, Tyrolean Craftsmanship from 1950s
By Vienna School of Arts and Crafts
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Manual entrance bell in wrought iron, Tyrolean craftsmanship from 1950 The wrought iron structure is a classic stylized dragon figure, very common in the Austrian Alto Torolo area. ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wrought Iron, Bronze

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

SUPER RARE ANTIQUE SHAGREEN (SHARK SKIN) BURR WALNUT MUSICAL JEWELLERY PIANO BOx
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this super rare, highly collectable, Antique Victorian circa 1880, Shagreen & Burr Walnut Piano Musical Jewellery box What a thin...
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1880s British Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Shagreen

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

Large Antique Statue of a French Freedom Fighter ca. 1920s
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Large Antique Statue of a French Freedom Fighter ca. 1920s A large wooden French freedom fighter statue holding a metal saber. The hand-made scu...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

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

Alexander Lauder Sgraffito Art Pottery Handled Bird Vase
By Alexander Lauder Barum
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

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

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

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 pil...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Steel

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

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

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 ...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bakelite, Glass, Leather, Wood

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 o...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze

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

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

Gaudi's Floral Symphony: Modern Reproduction of Casa Vicens-Inspired
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Elevate your space with a modern reproduction of Antoni Gaudi's decorative ceramic tile, inspired by the enchanting marigold and dianthus motifs from the iconic facade of Casa Vicens...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Gaudi's Floral Symphony: Modern Reproduction of Casa Vicens-Inspired
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Elevate your decor with this enchanting set of two modern reproductions of Antoni Gaudi's decorative ceramic tiles, inspired by the captivating marigold and dianthus motifs adorning ...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Large Italian Wine Sign, 1920s, Metalgraf Milano
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large antique sign for Italian wine. A tin sign from the 1920s for Italian wine Passito Erbaluce from the Winery Enrico Serafino since 1878 located in the Piemonte area. Fruity wine - dessert wine made from Erbaluce grapes. A large fine bottle of wine presented on a red pillow with grapevine at the background and red relief lettering. Detailled label with coins on it. This large litho advertising sign is made by Metalgraf DM Milano. It looks like a framed painting or poster by the relief design in the tin / metal. It's a sign of more then 100 years old so it does have traces in the meantime. Charming antique decorative sign - wall decoration This large vintage sign will look great in your interior, office, business, restaurant, wine bar, wine shop, food and beverage, wine cellar, house bar, etc .... antique wine advertising - antique tin signs - Antique Wine signs...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Tin

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Antique Oak Victor Victor I Victrola Phonograph Talking Machine with Horn
Located in Oakland, CA
Antique Oak Victor Victor I Victrola Phonograph Talking Machine with Horn. Very good working condition with original crank and nameplate: “His Mast...
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1910s North American Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

Gaudi's Floral Symphony: Modern Reproduction of Casa Vicens-Inspired
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Elevate your space with a modern reproduction of Antoni Gaudi's decorative ceramic tile, inspired by the enchanting marigold and dianthus motifs from the iconic facade of Casa Vicens...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

Materials

Ceramic

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Moriz Jung Cabaret Fledermaus Vienna Enameled Advertising Sign
Located in Vienna, AT
A domed, black & white enameled Art Nouveau advertising sign for Cabaret Fledermaus in Vienna. Artwork by Moriz Jung from the early 1900s, the production date is around the 1960s. Hi...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel, Iron

Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Original Antoni Gaudi Decorative Ceramic Spanish Tile of Casa Vicens
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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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Ashanti African Chief’s ceremonial gold and gilt-metal crown and sash on stand
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An Ashanti Chief’s ceremonial gold and gilt-metal crown and sash Ghana, early 20th century Diam. 20 cm (crown) L. 128 cm (sash) H. 102 cm (incl. stand) Provenance: Private coll...
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Early 20th Century Ghanaian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Gold, Gold Plate, Metallic Thread

Rare Wiener Werkstätte 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 Werkstatte. (founded by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Fritz...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel, Iron

Candlestick in Iron, France, 1900, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Candelabra Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty We have specialized in the sale of Art Deco and Art Nouveau and Vintage styles since 1982. If you have any questions we are at your disp...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Iron

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 ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

Wall Mounted Impressive Life Size Horses Head
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Nouveau French Riding School advertising trade sign. The graceful cast horse head is composed of iron and bronze with paint accents and has a beautiful ...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze, Iron

Pair of Candlestick in Silver Plated, 1900, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Pair of Candelabras Sign: Made in France Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Liberty We have specialized in the sale of Art Deco and Art Nouveau and Vintage styles since 1982. If you have an...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Iron, Metal

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 fac...
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1880s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

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 antique bike , antique bicycle, antique vélo...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

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 ( ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Bronze

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

Rare Engraved Glass on Metal Sign from a London Cigarette's Seller, circa 1900
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This rare engraved sign is made of glass on metal. This is a a very unusual piece from a London cigarette's seller. English. Circa 1900.
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

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 w...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Boxwood

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 wa...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Boxwood

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

Antique Tray Chocolate Michiels- 1905 - 75 years Independence Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising tray - advertising sign made for Belgian Chocolate Michiels, which was located in Brussels Belgium. This Art Nouveau lithographi...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Tin

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

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....
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1940s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

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

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 accesso...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic, Majolica

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

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 ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel, Iron

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

Art Nouveau Italian Scupture Terracotta, Lioness with Her Lions, A Amorgasti
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

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

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

Champagne Sign Jules Bertier, circa 1900, France
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique French Champagne Sign circa 1900. This Art Nouveau metal sign - tin sign was made for Wine & Champagne House Jules Bertier & Cie, Brest, France. It's an embossed sign with a bottle of sparkling wine alongside a wooden storage or transport case. View all the details on this lithographic sign ! This antique advertising sign...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal

Art Nouveau Cushion or Pillow hand Embroidered, Circa 1900
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very decorative cushion or pillow with a hand embroidered Art Nouveau wool-work floral panel with a red silk border, all set into a red fabric which we date to the late 19th Century / early 20th Century, circa 1900. The pillow is about 17 inches square and is very well made. The decoration features a central square hand embroidered wool-work panel of flowers and foliage in varying shades of red, pink, green and yellow all against a black ground, with a deep red silk outer border. The stylised floral embroidered design is very Art Nouveau. The embroidered & bordered panel is stitched onto a red fabric. It is possible that the Art Nouveau panel...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wool, Cotton, Silk

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

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 that a play called 'The New Baby' might feature said child in its promotional material. But here's the thing, there really isn't a baby at the center of the comedy, and that's the crux of this entertainment. The plot concerns a husband who is so bored with country life that he dreams up the idea of having an illegitimate son in London as a way to get into town for an occasional 'night off'. When his wife decides that the child should be adopted, the expected comic tissue of falsehoods and misunderstandings frays and hilarity ensues. Adapted from German by A. Bourchier, the farce opened in London in 1896 to what a local critic termed 'much mirth'. Several years later, when the play had crossed the Atlantic and entered the repertory of David de Wolf - cleverly called the Baby's 'chaperone' on the poster - and his troupe of travelling players, that understated review was translated into the more American howling success'. The cast and director would've been totally unfamiliar with the British hinterlands, so this splendid design concentrates on the hi-jinks of the characters and their situation.' At the start of the 20th century, America was in the full glory of its cultural adolescence, bursting with energy and optimism. In 1900 in New York there were 33 legitimate Broadway theatres, and many more would be built within the next decade to meet growing audience demand. New York's exploding population was also enjoying increased mobility. In 1904, the city opened its first underground commuter railroad lines. Thanks to these 'subways,' tens of thousands living far from the theatre district could catch a Broadway show and still sleep in their own beds. Add in the ever-increasing numbers of tourists who came into the city by rail and steamship, and it was easy to see why Broadway could now support more productions and longer runs than ever before.' We believe this magnificent and awe inspiring poster typifies the best of musical history and musical posters...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

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

Art Nouveau folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Nouveau folk art 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 folk art created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, decorative objects, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, ceramic and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Nouveau folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original folk art, popular names associated with this style include Antoni Gaudí, Alexander Lauder Barum, Alexandre Vibert, and Clement Massier. 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 folk art differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $162 and tops out at $27,000 while the average work can sell for $1,248.

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