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Art Nouveau Lighting

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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Rare Large Silver Gilt Bronze Rock Crystal Flower Bouquet 20-Light Chandelier
Located in San Francisco, CA
An absolutely magnificent, rare, 20-light, silver-gilded bronze, rock crystal chandelier with impeccable balance and great scale. A birdcage design with an encased flower bouquet, th...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal, Bronze

Venetian Glass Chandelier, Amber with Red Details, Italy, 8 Arms
Located in New York, NY
Decorative glass chandelier, Venetian style, Murano, 2007, 8-arms chandelier. Amber/gold color with red details. This chandelier is very elegant and it brings a lot of light into y...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Jugendstil Piano Lamp with Original Antique Glass Shade Vienna Around 1907
Located in Wien, AT
Jugendstil Piano lamp with original antique glass shade vienna around 1907 Polished and stove enamelled Original glass shade.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Enlarged Brass, Frostet Glass Josef Hoffmann Flush Mount/Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Larger version of the Henneberg Hohe Warte lamp from Josef Hoffmann 1901 enlarged by Woka Lamps. All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Lantern Pendant Lamps Brass Opal Glass, circa 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
Four (4) beautiful patinated brass lanterns, Art Nouveau, Secessionist, circa 1900-1910 Rare handmade lanterns made from differently patinated brass-work including hammered, cast...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Tiffany Studios New York Gilt Bronze Lamp Shade
Located in Dallas, TX
Tiffany Studios, New York Gilt Bronze Lamp Base Early 20th century. Base impressed 'TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 585'. Height: 23 Inches, Diameter: 8 Inches, Fitter Rim: 4 in. A r...
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1920s American Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Pair Versace Bronze Medusa Figural Wall Sconces
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair two arm bronze wall sconces by Versace. Center figural Medusa face. Fluted body with urn shaped top.
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20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Lighted Glass Top Art Stand with Coco Bola and Walnut Base
Located in Wilton, CT
Lighted Glass Top Art Stand, customizable Shown in Coco Bola and Walnut This piece was conceived to act as a pedestal for a single sculpture or glass art. The light within the tabl...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Lighting

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Art Glass, Wood

Antique French Wrought Iron Lantern with Leaded Glass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique French lantern with colored leaded glass. This wrought iron with stained glass lantern dates from the Early 20th century. The iron frame has a black painted finish, beaut...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Wrought Iron

Antique American Art Nouveau Bronze & Leaded Glass Table Lamp by Wilkinson, 1910
Located in Portland, OR
Antique American bronze and leaded glass table lamp by Wilkinson, circa 1910. The three light lamp having a dome shaped shade with striated leaded glass green & ivory tiles and havi...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Bronze Guimard Chandelier
Located in Rebais, FR
Art Nouveau Guimard chandelier with bronze nickel finish and dark blue glass.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Table Lamp, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts table lamp. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid elm base with original milk glass shade. Rewired with one socket for E-14 ligh...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Rare L.C.T. Tiffany Studios Bronze Pottery Lamp Base
Located in Dallas, TX
This L.C.T. Tiffany Favrile bronze pottery lamp base was one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s later interests and very few were made before his death. Very large and heavy; it was made of ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Pottery

Art Nouveau Dark Blue Pâte De Verre Table Lamp by Richard Burgsthal
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare dark blue pâte de verre table lamp by Richard Burgsthal depicting a landscape scene while resting on a bronze base. Signed in relief: "Richard".
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Glass

Liberty Pair of French Wall Sconces in Gilt Bronze and Opaline Glass
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Particular and original pair of wall sconces; they were made between 1920 and 1923 in a foundry near Villedieu-les-Poeles (France), a small town on the English Channel, famous for it...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cherub Wall Sconces
Located in La Plata, MD
A pair of bronze cherub wall sconces from the Art Nouveau period. The classically formed cherubs are rising from waves holding illuminated neoclassical globes over head. Both are wir...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Figural Lamp with Flower Basket Charles Perror, France
Located in Toledo, OH
Figural Art Nouveau lamp with child holding a basket of colorful flowers. Made in Paris France by Charles Perror 1862-1934. Working order.
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal

Brass Art Nouveau Lantern or Pendant Lamp with Petrol Glass Shade, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful Art Nouveau large pendant lamp or lantern. Patinated brass frame with original beveled petrol glass shade. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. In good original conditi...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Jugendstil Wall Lamp in Brass and Glass from Austria
Located in Vienna, Austria
This Jugendstil wall lamp was designed for an apartment or house here in Vienna. From the late 1800s to just before the second world war, patrons of the arts commissioned architects...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Italian Brass Dome Wall Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful Italian patinaed brass sconces, adjustable dome shade with cream colored interior and individual ceramic pull switch. Priced individually.
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Léo Laporte-Blairsy French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture Antique Table Lamp
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very rare figural lamp by Léo Laporte-Blairsy, it depicts a mustached man in long robes carrying a Gothic lantern on post with his head held high. Tiny pieces of cut glass in iron ...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Marble, Bronze

Associated Pair of Table Lamps, circa 1910
Located in Petaluma, CA
While they are obviously not a pair, they were so close, we thought it best to list them as such. The bases are bronze and the shades are etched. The arms can be moved around the cen...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Table Lamp, 1910s
Located in Praha, CZ
Art Nouveau table lamp in perfect original condition. E27 or E26 bulb.
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1910s Czech Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Counterweight Pendant Lamp, 1900, Made from Porcelain and Handmade Glass
Located in Vienna, Austria
A beautiful counterweight pendant lamp from circa 1900. Originating in Austria, in the K and K Monarchy, it has a patent dating from the industrial revolution. The lamp is made up of...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Porcelain, Glass

Jugendstil Art Deco Brass and Glass Single Pendant Chandelier, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
The total drop is custom made!
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

1940s Gilt Metal Chandelier with White Glass Globes
Located in Buchanan, NY
Spanish gilt metal chandelier with white glass globes. Sold with canopy and chain.
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1940s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal

Late 19th Century Green Glazed Art Nouveau Period Vase Lamp
Located in London, GB
A large late 19th century Art Nouveau Period vase, decorated with lilies upon a rich green glazed ground. Now mounted as a table lamp. Dimensions refer to ceramic elements only. ...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Ceramic

Romantic Art Noveau Bronze and Tangerine Glass Chandelier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Gorgeous bronze and brass Art Nouveau light fixture having an elongated structure, lovely wheel-like ceiling cap and three arms displaying soft tangerine colored crinkle glass and sc...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Matched Pair of Handblown Glass Sconces by Venini, Italy, 1930s
Located in New York, NY
Handblown clear bugnato glass sconces. Literature: Franco Deboni’s Vetri Venini: La storia, gli artisti le tecniche, Allemandi, 2007, page 53. Measures: Height 11”, Width 13.75”. 3...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Blown Glass

Antique Portugiese Copper Electrified Wall Lantern with Faceted Glass Panels
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A lovely copper electrified wall lantern with four faceted glass panels, Portugal, circa 1900-1910. For indoor and outdoor use. One E14 light bulb socket, beautiful aged patina to c...
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Early 20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Lighting

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Copper

Pair of French Bronze Table Lamps Ebony Base Art Nouveau Style With Linen Shades
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of exquisite French Art Nouveau table lamps, each has silver overlay gilt bronze urn supported by a marble block base depicting Japanese maple leaves with insects. The base havi...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Marble, Bronze

Signed Bronze Bousquet Double Lamp Schneider Pâte De Verre Glass, 1910
Located in Rijssen, NL
Signed bronze polished double lamp Schneider Pâte de verre glass, signed (Robert) BOUSQUET (1894-1917) Lamp in the cone design, shades made of pâte de verre glass, signed on the s...
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Bespoke Italian Art Nouveau Organic Design White Murano Glass Lotus Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary creation of the highest quality, this lighting fixture, entirely hand made in Italy, is composed of white Murano glass leaves, that are arranged in a lotus flower shap...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Gold, Brass

Ceiling Lamp with Opal Glass in the Style of Jugendstil
Located in Wien, AT
Ceiling lamp with opal glass in the style of Jugendstil This is a reproduction. We have also the same in nickel-plated Opal glass Depending on the order quantity it can take up t...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Opal, Brass

Koloman Moser Josef Hoffmann/Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Chandlier Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Ceiling light with four opaline glass bulbs, total drop custom-made. Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser were using these designs! Glasses with coloured spots with an additional charge ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Bronze and Murano Glass Chandelier, 1910
Located in Florence, IT
Art Nouveau bronze chandelier with multicolored pieces of Murano glass. Three bulb lamps.
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Ceiling Kerosene Lamp with Hand-Painted Shade, Circa 1898
Located in Opole, PL
Art Nouveau Ceiling Kerosene Lamp with Hand-Painted Shade, Circa 1898 We present you an original Art Nouveau kerosene lamp, circa 1898. The lamp shade is covered with a hand-painted...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Glass

Daum Nancy Art Nouveau Chandelier
By Daum
Located in Fairfax, VA
Beautiful hand blown glass chandelier with Ginkgo leaves design iron frame. Signed Daum Nancy.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Iron

Lustré Cage Chandelier Crystal Ceiling Lamp Hall Lustre Antique Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Original preserved chandelier, circa 1940. Cabling and sockets completely renewed. Crystal hand knotted Measures: Total height 99 cm, height without chain: 60 cm, diameter 45 cm, we...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Josef Hoffmann Silk and Brass Pendant Wiener Werstaette 5th Avenue, Re Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
This marvellous pendant was designed for the New York branch of the historical Wiener Werkstaette. All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we wil...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Five-arm chandelier for the Welz Family in Vienna. Lit.: WW Archive at the MAK in Vienna. A three-arm version will cost about 2/3 of the five-arm version. Available in different fin...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Adolf Loos, Opaline Glass and Brass Jugendstil Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Adolf Loos ceiling light from 1910 All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures. Lampshade optionally also avai...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Grand Hotel Astoria, Vienna, Brass and Glass Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Wall or ceiling light for the Grand Hotel Astoria in Vienna, 1908 All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures....
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Table Lamps by Friedrich Adler
Located in Fairfax, VA
Pair of Friedrich Adler bronze Art Nouveau table or wall lamp with opaline glass shades.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Very Rare Small Pair of French Bronze Art Nouveau Outdoor/Indoor Sconces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
What a find, these Art Nouveau outdoor/indoor sconces are very rare, to be outdoor, they need to be protected by a small roof, I had them in front of my house, but I don't have a sma...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Pair of Vintage Pewter Wall Sconces by August Weygang, Germany, circa 1900
By August Weygang
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Pair of vintage pewter wall sconces made by August Weygang, Germany, circa 1900. August Weygang founded his pewter firm 1885. He cast pewter using traditional methods practiced for s...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Pewter

Italian Brass Chandelier with Lilies and Cranberry Glass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful six-light chandelier with lilies and centre bowl is clear cranberry glass. Measures: Diameter 55 cm. Height 85 cm. Six E14 bulbs.  
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Sculptural Art Nouveau Mistletoe Bronze Chandelier, France, 1920s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful French Art Nouveau mistletoe chandelier light fixture from the 1920s. Handmade of bronze, hand painted, the berries are made of opaline glass. The chandelier has three li...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Piano or Library-Lamp by Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätt Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Piano and library-lamp, comes out from the shelve and has a glare-screen, see details! Early 20th century 1903, hammered originally, can be manufactured hammered with an additional c...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Lamp, circa 1920
Located in Praha, CZ
- made in Czechoslovakia - made of brass, glass - re-polished - fully functional - good, original condition.
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano Glass Table Lamps
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Stunning pair of blown glass Horn table lamps by Seguso Vetri d'Arte. Lamps are a sophisticated Horn shape with milky white and a transparent pale pink swirl. They give off the warme...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Lighting

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Blown Glass

Art Deco Chandelier by Woka Lamps Vienna, Re Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
A chandelier which can illluminate a ceiling rosette from the bulbs inside the metal-part which is a mirror and reflect the light from the bulbs inside the glass-bowl. A smaller vers...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Art Nouveau Bronze Wall Sconces
Located in Fairfax, VA
Pair of French Art Nouveau glass wall sconces with clear frost blown glass shades.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Jugendstil Hammered Chandelier, circa 1910s
Located in Wien, AT
Jugendstil hammered chandelier, circa 1910s Original glasses Polished and stove enameled.  
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Unique Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Hexagonal & Circular Brass & Glass Pendant
Located in Lisse, NL
Highly stylish and beautifully handcrafted Art Nouveau pendant. If you are lucky enough to live in a home or work in an office from the turn of the century than this stunning pendan...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Austro-Hungarian Floral Jugendstil Brass&Opal Glass Table Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
An excellent example of floral Jugendstil. Hand formed sand casted brass-parts, hand blown opaline-glass. Can be fixed on a table as well All components according to the UL regu...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Style 5-Arm Brass Chandelier
By E. F. Chapman
Located in South Charleston, WV
30" diameter, 23" tall not including the variable drop. This 5 arm candelabra chandelier in the Art Nouveau style is remarkable and of the highest quality to be found with superior t...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Jugendstil Pendant circa 1900s with Original Glass
Located in Wien, AT
Jugendstil pendant circa 1900s with original glass. Brass polished and stove enameled.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass