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Art Nouveau Home Accents

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
Art Nouveau Bamboo Screen with Baumann Fabric Art Nouveau, Austria, circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
From the very early 20th century, the rise of the Art Nouveau era in Austria comes this outstanding bamboo screen. The elaborately composed bamboo frame gives this unique screen a ki...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Fabric, Bamboo

Art Nouveau Marble-Bookends with Bronze-Elephants by MARIONNET, France, 1900s
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Bookends with elephants in two different poses By Albert Marionnet (1852-1910), signed France, circa 1900. Material: – Bronze, original patina – Portor-marble socle Dimensions: W...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Marble, Bronze

Gilt Metal Pair of Birdcage Stands
Located in Antwerp, BE
Decorative pair of birdcage stands, Brussels, 1970s Bespoke pieces designed for a Brussels store in the seventies. Romantic pair of birdcage stands which carry some Art Nouveau i...
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Late 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Metal

20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
Located in Miami, FL
An Italian hand painted wood room divider from the 20th century. This antique accordion style folding screen from Italy features 4 connected panels, each with an arch-shaped top, wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Wood

Pair of Art Nouveau Embossed Painted Leather Panel Screens
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Extraordinary pair of massive art nouveau leather inset panel screens featuring flora and fauna embossed and painted designs. The leather panels are decorated with birds, squirrels, ...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Leather, Wood

World Traffic Globe, Steamship Company Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, 1900-1918
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Rare large world traffic globe of the steamship company Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen. Between 1900 and 1918, Welt-Reise Verlag Berlin published this model, which was commissioned by...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Art Nouveau Book Ends with Bronze Putti, Austria, circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely set of wooden Art Nouveau bookends adorned by putti sitting on a stool. The artfully designed Putti were made of solid bronze, all other parts were hand carved out of wood. An...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Bronze

Vintage French Screen with Stained Glass Effect with Flowers, 1960s
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Beautiful French screen or separator from the 1960s. On one side, simulating stained glass windows covered with silver leaf with linked vines and bunches of grapes and Alcatraz flowe...
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1960s French Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Silver Leaf

Virginia "Ginny" Blanchard Art Nouveau-Inspired Four-Panel Peacock Screen
Located in Hudson, NY
Virginia "Ginny" Blanchard Art Nouveau-inspired four-panel peacock screen, Rockport, Maine, late 20th century, mahogany and Karelian birch with various veneers. Measures 74"H 78"W. A...
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Late 20th Century Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Wood

Exquisite Pair of Etched Mirrored Obelisk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exquisite pair of etched mirrored obelisk.
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Late 20th Century American Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Mirror

Art Nouveau Dressing Screen, Belgium 1900
Located in Belmont, MA
This unique Art Nouveau dressing screen has a carved wood triptych frame. It comes from Belgium and dates back to around 1900. It has its original cut crystal panes and a silk embroi...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Fruitwood

Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Period Walnut and Brass Trunk
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This French walnut steam trunk from the turn of the 20th century features wooden runners detailed with brass rivets and its original brass locks. Its corners are also capped in brass...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Art Deco Bookends with Toucan by Hippolyte François MOREAU, France 1920s
Located in Baden-Baden, DE
Bookends with Toucan The birds each hold a ball in their beak. Bronze sculptures on marble base. Hippolyte François Moreau (1832-1927), signed France, 1920's. Dimensions:...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Marble, Bronze

Art Nouveau / Vienna Secessionist Ebonized Wood & Iron Bird Cage, Batman Returns
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Art Nouveau / Vienna Secessionist Ebonized Wood & Iron Bird Cage -Batman Returns- Austria, Circa 1920s A similar example was used in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" with Danny DeVito,...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Wrought Iron

Gustave Serrurier-Bovy Bookend, 1905, Belgium
Located in Brussels, BE
Rare Gustave Serrurier-Bovy solo bookend, Serrurier et Cie, 1905, Belgium. Brass, copper. Dimensions: 14 cm H, 10 cm W, 13 cm D. Original condition. All purchases are covered by our ...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass, Copper

Secessionist Fire Screen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A fine and stylish mirrored secessionist fire screen crafted in brass raised on arched perpendicular legs, having a scrolled pediment and a flawless sun burst engraving in the bevele...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Vintage Art Nouveau “Eve” Bookends 1930s by Verona
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful pair of vintage Art Noeveau bookends by Verona. This set in beautifully aged cast iron reminiscence of the art noeveau era with its use of arches and curved forms. In this ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Iron

Fireplace Doors Fire Screen Guard, Metal Copper Brass, Austria, Jugendstil, 1900
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
An antique and gorgeous pair of fireplace doors manufactured in Austria, circa 1900. The doors are made of a thin metal grid which are decorated with floral and figural ornaments an...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Iron, Metal, Brass

Art Nouveau Georg Hulbe Tooled Leather Three Panel Screen, Sailboat Motif, 1900
By Georg Hulbe
Located in New York, NY
Large Georg Hulbe Art Nouveau tooled leather three panel screen The central panels featuring a Sailing motif with superbly detailed tooled leather seagulls upper panels and classic ...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Large Iron Aviary, Early 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Large birdcage or aviary made of white-painted iron bars with ring elements and crowning floral decoration. The cage stands on wheels and can be divided in the middle.    
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Iron

Cutler & Girard, Three-panel screen, Italy, 1902
Located in New York, NY
Rare and fine piece of Italian Art Nouveau. Carved maple, walnut, mahogany and satinwood. Overall: Height: 71.75" width: 64" depth: 1.5". Left panel: Height: 71.75" width: 22.25" dep...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Mahogany, Maple, Walnut

Large Antique Silver Necessaire De Toilette William Comyns & Sons, London 1909
Located in Vienna, AT
Black covered wooden case with original, cream-colored velvet and silk interior. Contents: a small tray, two glass bottles, a powder box on feet, an oval glass box, four brushes, a ...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Silver

Pair of 19th Century French Brass Acanthus Leaf Mantel Ornaments Bookends
Located in Pearland, TX
A gorgeous pair of 19th century French ornate brass mantel ornaments or bookends with stylized acanthus leaves. They would be lovely displayed on a mantel, bookshelf, or desk.
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Silvered Bronze Bookends Sculptures of a Mermaid and Merman, France, 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Silvered bronze bookends sculptures of a Mermaid and Merman, France, 1900. This enchanting bronze sculpture is the object of many sailors dreams. Silvered bronze sculptures of a mer...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Bronze

French Bronze Elephant Bookends
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A pair of bronze elephant bookends with brown patina mounted on wooden stands by French sculptor Ary Bitter. Engraved “Ary Bitter Sclp Susse Fres Edrs Paris” on bronze plaque on one ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Bronze

High-Quality Workmanship, Sturdy Art Nouveau Leather Case from M. Würzl & Söhne
Located in Hamburg, DE
High-quality workmanship, sturdy leather case from M. Würzl & Söhne. The case is covered on the outside with cowhide, which has developed a wonderful patina over the years. The high-...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Leather, Wood

Trunk Designed Perfume Bottle Travel Carrier, American, circa 1910
Located in Incline Village, NV
A pair of diminutive perfume bottles are contained in this "trunk designed" carrying case for travel. Something unique in the way of style and utility for the antique perfume bottle ...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Silver Plate

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

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Felt, Wood, Oak

Fine French Nine Rungs Faux Bamboo Ladder
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine French nine rungs faux bamboo ladder.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Home Accents

Art Nouveau Fireplace Screen, Made of Bamboo, with Painting on Canvas from 1896
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Bamboo wood fireplace screen. The front has a beautiful painting, this is oil on canvas, with a wooden panel behind it. This painting is painted in a typical early Art Nouveau with ...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Paint

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Fire Screen Decorated with Mother-of-Pearl
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau fire screen in black enamelled steel with mother-of-pearl decoration. Enamelled cast iron legs. Measures cm: H 121, W 62, D 23.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Steel, Iron

Viennese Screen Gebrüder Thonet Nr.2, circa 1888
Located in Praha, CZ
Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet Company. In the production program was included in the year 1888. Newly restored.  
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Beech, Bentwood

Art Nouveau Fire Screen, Aluminum After Hector Guimard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of Hector Guimards greatest works. They were used as a fence around the underground entrance in Paris France. Cast in Aluminum and polished. Steel railings to make up the section...
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1990s North American Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Aluminum

Pair of Bronze Art Nouveau Dancers Bookends by F.F. Ziegler for Gorham Founders
Located in San Diego, CA
Heavy pair of bronze Art Nouveau "dancers" bookends by F.F. Ziegler for Gorham Founders, circa 1920s. Very good vintage condition with a nice patina.   
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Bronze

Early 1900s by Guido Cora Italian Antique Terrestrial Globe
Located in Brescia, IT
1905 terrestrial globe Cast metal stand Excellent condition.  
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Metal

Jugenstil Enamel on Metal Screen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wonderful early modernist Austrian screen.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Metal

Art Nouveau Style Cast Iron Boot Brush or Book Rack with Frog Motif
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau style cast iron boot brush with well-dressed leaping frog motif on the sides. The brush having been removed, the piece can serve as a book rack as well. Made during the 2...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Iron

Art Nouveau Waste Bin in Patinated Leather, 1910s
Located in Lejre, DK
Waste bin in beautifully patinated leather. Great original condition.
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1910s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Leather

Art Nouveau Newcomb College Pierced Brass Bookends
By Rosalie Roos Wiener
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Art Nouveau pair of Newcomb College Pierced Brass Bookends A pair of Newcomb College Pierced Brass Bookends, circa 1930, by Rosalie Roos Wiener, decorated with oxeye daisies, silver...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Brass

Thonet Bentwood Nr 1 Newspaper Journal Stand Notenstander, 1900, Labelled!
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Original patina newspaper stand or original ein notenstander Thonet nr 1 labelled, circa 1900 Measures: 57 x 41 x 55.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Beech

Car Driver Silvered Bronze Automobilia Bookends , Signed G. Lorenzini
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Fantastic detailed pair of car driver´s bookends. Silver plated bronze. Signed G. Lorenzini. Perfect for a automobilia fan. Perfect gift for Car Mascot - Hood Ornament
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1910s Unknown Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Marble, Bronze, Silver Plate

Thonet bentwood Nr 1 Newspaper Journal Stand Notenstander, 1900, Labelled
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Original patina newspaper stand or original ein notenstander Thonet nr 1 labelled, circa 1900 Measures: 57 x 41 x 55.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Beech

Jugendstil Oak Room Divider Dutch 1930s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice Jugendstil screen. 3 parts. Oak wood. East Indies orientated fabric upholstery. Hanging in round metal rail.  
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1930s Dutch Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Oak

Antique Weidlich Brothers Peacock Bird of Paradise Pair of Bookends
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful set of antique peacock bookends. Made of cast iron, these bookends range from the 1920s. The classic peacock design delivers the Art Deco/Art Nouveau sensibility of their o...
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1920s American Vintage Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Iron

Thonet bentwood Nr 1 Folding Screen, circa 1900, Spanische Wand!
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Thonet folding screen nr 1 spanische wand fabric replaced circa 1900 No stamp or label( maybe behind the fabric?) Three panels Measures: 150 x 178cm.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Home Accents

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Beech

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