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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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Large Pitch Pine Art Nouveau Blackboard Chalkboard, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and rare Art Nouveau blackboard chalkboard. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid pitch pine frame with double sided blackboard chalkboard. This decorative piece...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Pine

Art Nouveau Letter Holder for Chocolat Confectionery Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium
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

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

Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair Enamel Cup St Louis, 1904
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An interesting and unusual Austrian enamel mug commemorating The World's Fair in St Louis in 1904. The mug was made in Austria for Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Co, St Louis and has por...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel

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

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Tin

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

Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
A pair of solid wood pyrography pictures with inlay and stud-work, age related wear produced in France around 1900 original condition Age: 1900 Style: Art Nouveau Material: ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wood

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

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

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

Art Nouveau Moriz Jung Cabaret Fledermaus Vienna Enameled Advertising Sign
Located in Vienna, AT
A rare, domed, black and 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 ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel, Iron

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

19th Century French Jeweler's Trade Sign Verre Eglomise Blacksmith Art Nouveau
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Here we have a rare mid-19th century french jeweler's trade sign. Wrought iron frame with foliage decoration, no doubt this has been done by a talented blacksmith of the time. Th...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Wrought Iron

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

Art Nouveau Walking Stick, Cane Solid Silver Head, Early 1900's
Located in Hoogeveen, NL
Art Nouveau walking stick, solid silver head with beautiful markings, bottom knob is made of ,Cow Horn. Marked 800 German Silver. Belonged to the upperclass people. Wood type unknown...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Silver

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

Nude Theme and Roses Straight Razor, Germany, 1905
Located in Incline Village, NV
Highly desirable barber shop collectible item consisting of a German straight edge razor with a molded cream, red, and green colored celluloid handle; theme is a nude standing sidewa...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Steel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Nouveau Blue Stoneware Ceramic Vase 1900 by Théo Perrot Carriès Puisaye
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Théo Perrot (1856-1942) Original stoneware ceramic vase by the French artist Théo Perrot. In the school of Jean Carriès in Saint-Amand en Puisaye. Elegant Art Nouveau cerami...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

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

Large French 1920s Poster
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An extra-large and original early 1920’s French lithograph advertising poster, ‘Charleston Rhum’ signed, ‘Jean D’Ylen’ (Jean Paul Beguin, 1886-1938). A great, bright and colourful...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Folk Art

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

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

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

Pair of Art Nouveau Hand-Painted Wood Sicilian Toy Cots
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two toy cots made in Sicily in the early 19th century, they can be used as planters. They are hand-painted with floral decoration.
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Early 20th Century Sicilian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Fruitwood

Royal Doulton Slater Vase Art Nouveau
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique large Royal Doulton Slater vase. Art Nouveau, dating from circa 1900-1920. Lovely quality vase... a touch of class. Would look amazing in the right location! Overall maxim...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Ceramic

Antique Custom Mounted Serpent Shaped Cast Iron Tongs
Located in Stamford, CT
A very unusual serpent shaped antique cast iron shaped tongs from Europe. Possibly from England or Spain. Most likely used in a market to withdraw salted fish from a barrel. Ribbed t...
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1890s English Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Iron

Antique Advertising for Victoria Biscuits and Desserts by Louis Hecht, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful antique chromo lithographic cardboard sign for Victoria biscuits and desserts, dating early 20th century. This Jugendstill chrome, Art Nouveau Chromo shows a stylish lad...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Paper

19thC. Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture of Lady on Red Marble Base, Probably French
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a solid bronze figurine sculpture of a seated lady on a good red marble base, in the art-nouveau style and dating to the 19th century, probably by a French or Austrian maker....
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Folk Art

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Marble, Bronze

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

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

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