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Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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
Rare Liminaire Filagree Floor Fan Lamp
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a 1920’s Victor Luminaire electric funeral parlor fan lamp. The fan was made by the Cincinnati Victor Co. and for funeral homes and used to display the deceased. The purpose ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Royal Crown Derby Rare Antique Imari Pattern Porcelain Bell
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very rare antique porcelain imari pattern bell by Royal Crown Derby and dating from 1904. The bell has a traditional bell shaped body with molded and finely decorated patterning in...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting Decorative Book by A. Duncan
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Art Nouveau and Art Deco lighting decorative book by A. Duncan Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition (October 15, 1978) Language: English Hardcover: 208 pages Item weight: 2...
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1970s American Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Antique Art Nouveau 14k Yellow Gold Engraved Bangle Bracelet
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A fine quality antique Art Nouveau bangle bracelet crafted entirely of 14k gold that has been beautifully pierced to create negative space around the floral designs, these intricatel...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold

Rene Lalique Barrette Oiseaux Hair Clip or Brooch
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Rene Lalique Barrette Oiseaux hair clip or brooch. Clear glass, with green backing to give the glass colour. This pattern features birds in flight. Set in gold coloured mount with pi...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Glass

Art Nouveau Desk Clip
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa early 20th century Art Nouveau style desk clip made of Iron. It depicts a woman's face and a clover made from her hair. Please note of wear consistent with age including patina...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Iron

Rene Lalique Green Glass 'Feuilles De Lierre' Necklace
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Rene Lalique green glass 'Feuilles De Lierre' leaves necklace. Necklace features 19 green glass ivy leaves, strung onto a silk cord. Book reference: Marcilhac 1505. Dimensions given ...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Glass

Silver Brooch Josef Hoffmann Austrian Jugendstil Embossed Leaves 1912
Located in Vienna, AT
Silver Brooch Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Austrian Jugendstil Embossed Leaves 1912 Josef Hoffmann, a member of the Vienna Secession, was both the co-founder and one of the mo...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver

Antique Pictorial Dome of the Rock Israeli Marbediah Rug. Size: 2' 4" x 3'
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful and artistic antique pictorial dome of the Rock design Israeli Marbediah rug, country of origin / rug type: Israeli rug, date circa 1920. Size: 2 ft 4 in x 3 ft (0.71 m x 0...
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Early 20th Century Israeli Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wool

Cat Tobacco Jar Barrel Humidor
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tobacco jar with cat or puss on top of the lid. This tobacco jar in the shape of a barrel looks great ! The cat who peeps out of the barrel has yellow glass eyes, wears a bow aro...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Pottery, Terracotta

Filigree Silver Vintage Car Model
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Silver Filigree car model Vintage model car in silver filigree.  
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver

Louis Majorelle Nancy Signed Sideboard Vitrine, circa 1900
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant French vitrine cabinet signed by renowned Art Nouveau designer Louis Majorelle. The cabinet is composed of mahogany, walnut and multiple exotic woods and is decorated with fl...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

German Globe circa 1900 with Compass
Located in Hamburg, DE
A beautiful, old earth globe with a compass. A particularly beautiful piece with a straight stand and wooden base with embedded compass. "Mang's new earth globe", comes from the S...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper, Wood

Large Art Nouveau Hand Carved Tortoise Shell Pendant, circa 1890, Paris
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Large Art Nouveau hand carved orchid tortoiseshell pendant - the detail is exquisite. Tiny pins down the center of the pendant stabilize the piece, circa 1890, Paris Measuremen...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Shell

Lalique - Crystal Brooch / Pin's Cabochon
Located in Beaune, FR
Ocher colored Lalique crystal brooch forming a cabochon. Gold metal frame, attached pin's. Box and certificate of origin. Dimensions - diameter 2,5cm.
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Glass

Metal Roe Deer Wall Decoration Plate Vintage, German, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful wall decoration item from Germany. Made of metal showing some roe deer’s in a landscape. This is a nice addition to every room.
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Franz Xaver Bergmann Attributed Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Dog Figure
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A superbly modeled Austrian cold painted figure of a dog attributed to Franz Xaver Bergmann and dating from around 1900. The dog the breed of which we have not been able to identify ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Carved Oakwood Antique French Barometer with Thermometer, 1910s
Located in Verviers, BE
Carved oakwood antique French barometer with thermometer Unusual antique carved oak barometer in a lovely oak case, working order. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any fur...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Oak

Antique Art Nouveau Meerschaum Smoking Pipe Ambenuder Nude Woman & Case
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique art nouveau meerschaum tobacco smoking pipe with amber stem, carved in the shape of a morning glory or trumpet flower with a nude female figure reclined against the front.    
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ceramic

Antique Carved Oak Barometer Lloyd, Payne & Amiel Manchester England
Located in Toledo, OH
Antique oak carved barometer by Lloyd, Payne & Amiel Manchester England. Thermometer mounted above opening. Porcelain dial. Operating condition. Beveled glass in a brass bezel. Very ...
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Oak

Emile Hurtre an Art Nouveau Billiard Table Made by E. Gueret Médaille d’Or, 1889
Located in London, GB
Emile Hurtré French Art Nouveau Billiard table. Made by award-winning artisan E. Gueret (Médaille d’Or 1889). Hurtré is best known for his architectural projects and designs, not...
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1880s European Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Walnut

Gorham Art Nouveau Sterling Buckle, 1902
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Gorham Art Nouveau sterling buckle, 1902. Marks for Gorham Sterling and B1949 copyrighted with 1902 (year). Beautiful open floral nouveau whiplash design against stippled background....
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Sterling Silver

Claude Lalanne, a Rare Gilt-Bronze Dragonly Frame, France, C. 1985
Located in New York, NY
Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) a rare gilt-bronze dragonly frame, France C. 1985, Signed on reverse Cl. Lalanne Artcurial 25/450. Measures: 4" high x 3.5" wide Great condition. ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Fabric, Satin, Paper

Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau Style Set of Six Sterling Silver Buttons
By Robert Friederich 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive set of six antique Edwardian English sterling silver buttons made in the Art Nouveau style - boxed; an addition to our dining silverware collectio...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver

Gallé Drawings Book by Philippe Thiebaut, 1993
Located in Atlanta, GA
Les Dessins de Gallé Book (Gallé Drawings) by Philippe Thiebaut, 1993. A selection of the most beautiful sketches, studies, models intended for Gallé's performers bequeathed by Emil...
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1990s French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Antique Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Signet Ring Initial R Deco Red 7g
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage sterling silver men’s signet ring with the initial R mounted on a beveled red gemstone. Size 7.75 / Setting - 0.75” x 0.625” / 7.1 g (Width x Depth/Weight).
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Sterling Silver

Keith Haring The Paris Review, 1982 'Vintage Keith Haring'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Keith Haring The Paris Review: 1982 The Paris Review book, with original cover design by Keith Haring. Offset lithograph on double sided art book. Measures approximately: 5.5 x 9 ...
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1980s Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Art Nouveau Double Sided Walnut and Rosewood Desk by Lajos Kozma, 1930
Located in Rome, IT
This rare large double sided desk was designed by Lajos (Ludwig) Kozma, who had an unprecedented influence on the European design through his drawings, buildings and furniture. Th...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Antique Rug from the Israel Jerusalem by Bezalel Art Schoo. Size: 4' 9" x 7' 9"
Located in New York, NY
Antique Bezalel rug, origin: Jerusalem Israel, circa early 20th century. Size: 4 ft 9 in x 7 ft 9 in (1.45 m x 2.36 m) Initially this lovely antique Bezalel impresses the viewer a...
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Early 20th Century Israeli Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wool

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Heart Pin Brooch Ormolu with Stone, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish sentimental brooch was made for a loved one. Made in Germany, circa 1900. The brooch has a red stone and a white stone (probably moonstone) in it. A very pretty ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ormolu

Eugene Dietzgen Co. Vintage Drawing Drafting Compass Set
Located in London, GB
A complete set of technical drawing instruments and compasses, in superb original condition.
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Steel

Energetic Glass Buddha by Almeric Walter, Pate de Verre, France, 1900s
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Amalric Walter (français, 1870-1959) A wonderful energetic Glass or Chrystal Shakyamuni Buddha by Almeric Walter from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco period circa 1920. These Buddha fig...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Art Glass

'Moulin Rouge' Original Vintage Movie Poster by Maggi Baaring, Danish, 1955
Located in Devon, GB
Based on the novel by Pierre La Mure, the 1952 British film "Moulin Rouge" is a fictionalised account of the life of street artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as he pursues his art in ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Original documented Otto Wagner´s Private belonging Dining Room Chandelier
Located in Vienna, AT
Chandelier for the private dining room in Otto Wagners famous "Erste Villa Wagner," Hüttelbergstrasse, Vienna similar to the crown-rim of the Romanic and Gothic period (see also Jarm...
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19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass, Bronze

Giant All-Metal 'Display' Fountain Pen by Sheaffer
Located in London, GB
An enormous polished metal ‘display’ fountain pen made by the famous American pen company Sheaffer, created to promote their range of gold and silver Art Nouveau-style filigree and b...
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1970s American Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Tiffany & Co. 14-Karat Gold Vintage Purse
Located in Westport, CT
Tiffany & Co. 14-karat gold antique vintage mesh purse, set with cabachon sapphires and pearls.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Gold

Ceramic Elephant Table Cigar Cutter, Antique German 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful cigar cutter. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Made of ceramic and metal. A beautiful nice collectible item or just a display item near your humidor.
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

1912 Edition "The Real America in Romance 1435-1910" by Edwin Markham, 13 Vols
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
1912 edition of Edwin Markham's "The Real America in Romance 1435-1910" complete 13 vol. set. The Art Edition published by William H. Wise and Company in 1912, copyright 1909. Fully ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather

Antique 1940's French Soap label by Victor Vissier, a Pair, Framed and Matted
Located in Plainview, NY
A pair of original 1940's made in Pris, France soap label designed by the talented visual artist Victor Vissier ( French, 1907-1955). Te first label depicts a lady and gentleman dres...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Late 19th Century Hardcover Books by Luise Mülbach - Set of 18
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Antique hardcover set of 18 works by Luise Mülbach (1814-1873). Published in 1897 by D. Appleton and Company, New York. Extensive gilt embossed design on the spine and embossed front...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather, Paper

Pair of Early Leather Bound Ditzler Automotive Paint Chip Boxes
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early 20th century automotive color chip or sample container. Raised in the leather design the words Compose - Vogue - Series, and automobile colors with the Ditzier logo shown in th...
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Early 20th Century North American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather

Austrian Erotic Bronze Nude/Erotic Woman Cigar Cutter, 1910
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Antique naughty cigar cutter - Carl Kauba Erotic bronze lady figure cigar cutter on marble base - open & close legs to cut cigar. Signed by the great Austrian artist Carl Kauba (18...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Marble, Bronze

World War I Large Brass Biplane Airplane Aviation Model
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning World War I era biplane all made in brass. It is a large airplane model with intricate details and looks great hung from a ceiling and simply displayed on a desk. One large ...
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1950s French Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Collection Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Brooch Watch Chain Pendants 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely collection of Antique Jewelry was found at an Estate sale in Germany. All items are circa 1900s or older. A very pretty lot of 10 antique jewellery items which would ma...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ormolu

Molds, Castings Fire Screen Hector Guimard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of 3 plates are the Molds made for Casting the Hector Guimard Fire Screen . These were used to produce the Contemporary Castings . They can still be used. There were less th...
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1990s North American Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Epoxy Resin

Emile Gallé, Smoker Set Enameled Topaz Glass 3 Pieces, Thistles
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Smoker set "Chardons " made in topaz glass with enameled design of thistles by Émile Gallé. Each piece is signed “E.Gallé”. All parts are in perfect condition. Service of 3 pi...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Enamel

Jugendstil Art Nouveau Hard Copy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The first edition printed in the US in English. A small tear in the front cover page and a small mark on the book. From a private collector.
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1980s North American Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Art Nouveau by Gabriele Far'becker
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Art Nouveau Book with lots of photos and details of Art Nouveau pieces. Book is in excellent condition, purchased from a collector.
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Early 2000s European Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Memory Pendant Ormolu with Stone, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish sentimental pendant or hanger was made to keep your photos or locks of hair. Made in Germany, circa 1900. The pendant has a secret chamber to open. It has a pink ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ormolu

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Barometer
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Late 19th century art nouveau barometer circa 1890. Unusual aneroid barometer, which means it doesn't contain liquid and measures pressure changes by using air to expand its compo...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Steel

Silver Lady Woman Ex Voto religious Folk Art, Antique European, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A cute petite religious Ex Voto. I do not know what it is made of, thin and light filigree silver or silver plated metal. It is handmade, embossed and then welded. Given the delicacy...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver Plate, Sheet Metal

Viennese Smoking Table, 1910s
Located in Wien, AT
Very beautiful Viennese smoking table 1910s Polished mahogany wood Brass parts polished and stove enamelled cut-glass.  
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

Small Pictorial Antique Israeli Marbediah Rug. Size: 2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 6 in
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful small size pictorial antique Israeli Marbediah rug, country of origin: Israel, date circa 1920. Size: 2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 6 in (0.76 m x 1.07 m).
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Early 20th Century Israeli Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wool

20th Century Automathic Piano-Pianola from France
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
20th Century Luché "ELCE" mechanical piano, France. Roller and crank in perfect working condition.  
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wood

Vintage Decorative Jesus Metal Statue on Ebonized Wooden Base, Germany 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A classic decorative Jesus statue. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Made of a kind of Metal (probably white metal) on a wooden base. Very decorative and nice to dis...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Rene Lalique Electric Blue Coloured Glass 'Graines' Pendant
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Rene Lalique electric blue coloured glass 'Graines' Pendant. This pattern features a branch with berries. Threaded tassles and necklace. Engraved makers mark, 'Lalique'. Book referen...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Glass

Eiffel Tower
By Eiffel Gustave
Located in Weesp, NL
Beautiful big Mid-Century Modern brass souvenir of the Eiffel Tower in great condition with beautiful patina. The design of the Eiffel Tower is attributed to Maurice Koechlin and ...
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1960s French Vintage Art Nouveau Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass

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