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Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

In its sinuous lines and flamboyant curves inspired by the natural world, antique Art Nouveau furniture reflects a desire for freedom from the stuffy social and artistic strictures of the Victorian era. The Art Nouveau movement developed in the decorative arts in France and Britain in the early 1880s and quickly became a dominant aesthetic style in Western Europe and the United States.

ORIGINS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Sinuous, organic and flowing lines
  • Forms that mimic flowers and plant life
  • Decorative inlays and ornate carvings of natural-world motifs such as insects and animals 
  • Use of hardwoods such as oak, mahogany and rosewood

ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Art Nouveau — which spanned furniture, architecture, jewelry and graphic design — can be easily identified by its lush, flowing forms suggested by flowers and plants, as well as the lissome tendrils of sea life. Although Art Deco and Art Nouveau were both in the forefront of turn-of-the-20th-century design, they are very different styles — Art Deco is marked by bold, geometric shapes while Art Nouveau incorporates dreamlike, floral motifs. The latter’s signature motif is the "whiplash" curve — a deep, narrow, dynamic parabola that appears as an element in everything from chair arms to cabinetry and mirror frames.

The visual vocabulary of Art Nouveau was particularly influenced by the soft colors and abstract images of nature seen in Japanese art prints, which arrived in large numbers in the West after open trade was forced upon Japan in the 1860s. Impressionist artists were moved by the artistic tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking, and Japonisme — a term used to describe the appetite for Japanese art and culture in Europe at the time — greatly informed Art Nouveau. 

The Art Nouveau style quickly reached a wide audience in Europe via advertising posters, book covers, illustrations and other work by such artists as Aubrey Beardsley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. While all Art Nouveau designs share common formal elements, different countries and regions produced their own variants.

In Scotland, the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh developed a singular, restrained look based on scale rather than ornament; a style best known from his narrow chairs with exceedingly tall backs, designed for Glasgow tea rooms. Meanwhile in France, Hector Guimard — whose iconic 1896 entry arches for the Paris Metro are still in use — and Louis Majorelle produced chairs, desks, bed frames and cabinets with sweeping lines and rich veneers. 

The Art Nouveau movement was known as Jugendstil ("Youth Style") in Germany, and in Austria the designers of the Vienna Secession group — notably Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann and Joseph Maria Olbrich — produced a relatively austere iteration of the Art Nouveau style, which mixed curving and geometric elements.

Art Nouveau revitalized all of the applied arts. Ceramists such as Ernest Chaplet and Edmond Lachenal created new forms covered in novel and rediscovered glazes that produced thick, foam-like finishes. Bold vases, bowls and lighting designs in acid-etched and marquetry cameo glass by Émile Gallé and the Daum Freres appeared in France, while in New York the glass workshop-cum-laboratory of Louis Comfort Tiffany — the core of what eventually became a multimedia decorative-arts manufactory called Tiffany Studios — brought out buoyant pieces in opalescent favrile glass. 

Jewelry design was revolutionized, as settings, for the first time, were emphasized as much as, or more than, gemstones. A favorite Art Nouveau jewelry motif was insects (think of Tiffany, in his famed Dragonflies glass lampshade).

Like a mayfly, Art Nouveau was short-lived. The sensuous, languorous style fell out of favor early in the 20th century, deemed perhaps too light and insubstantial for European tastes in the aftermath of World War I. But as the designs on 1stDibs demonstrate, Art Nouveau retains its power to fascinate and seduce.

There are ways to tastefully integrate a touch of Art Nouveau into even the most modern interior — browse an extraordinary collection of original antique Art Nouveau furniture on 1stDibs, which includes decorative objects, seating, tables, garden elements and more.

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Style: Art Nouveau
20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Brass Coat Stand, Rack by Adolf Loos
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early 20th Century, vintage Austrian Art Nouveau coat rack made of hand crafted brass designed by Adolf Loos, in good condition. The clothing stand is composed with eight large ho...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Metal, Brass

Antique Curved Walnut Coat Rack by Michael Thonet, Italy, Early 1900s
Located in Roma, IT
Magnificent Nouveau antique coat rack made in bent walnut wood. This charming piece was designed by Michael Thonet and produced in Italy in the early ' 900s. In fabulous conditions ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Walnut

19th Century French Turned Hanging Hat and Coat Rack
Located in High Point, NC
19th century cherry hanging wall coat and hat rack from France. The lollipop knobs at the top are for hats, and the lower hangers pull down fro...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Cherry

Art Nouveau Bentwood Wall Coat Rack Thonet Vienna, 1879-1887
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau bentwood wall coat rack to Thonet, Vienna, Viennese wall hanger Thonet was included in the production program of the company Gebrüder Thonet around the Year 1879. Origi...
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1880s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Bentwood

4 Hooks Walnut Coat Racks by Michael Thonet, France, Early 1900s
Located in Roma, IT
Stunning Nouveau coat racks made in bent walnut wood. Two pieces available. This charming coat racks were designed by the mastery of Michael Thonet and produced in the early 1900s in...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Walnut, Beech

19th Century Art Nouveau Fancy Braided Wicker Hat or Coat Stand
Located in Savannah, GA
This rare 19th century wicker hat/coat stand features a very unusual loosely woven braid over a central flat reed wrapped wooden pole. There are six pegs for hanging with intricately...
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1890s American Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Wicker, Wood

Art Nouveau Bentwood Large Coat Rack /Umbrella Thonet Vienna, 1879-1887
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau bentwood coat rack attributed to Thonet, Vienna, Viennese coat/Umbrella hanger Thonet was included in the production program of the company Gebrüder Thonet around the...
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1880s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Bentwood, Beech

Art Nouveau Bentwood Wall Coat Rack Thonet Vienna, 1879-1887
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau bentwood wall coat rack attributed to Thonet, Vienna, Viennese wall hanger Thonet was included in the production program of the...
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1880s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Beech, Bentwood

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau 1920s, Italy Coat and Hat Rack Thonet Manner Bent Beech Lacquered
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau, Italian original 1920s coat and hat rack Thonet style in bent beech lacquered Measures cm: H 190, diameter 50.
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Beech

Original 1910s Art Nouveau Bentwood Wall Coat Rack by Thonet Vienna, Excellent
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Elegant original early 20th century Art Nouveau bentwood wall coat rack by Thonet Vienna, in walnut, polished to wax. Excellent conditions. Extremely rare unique piece. Measures ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Walnut

Art Nouveau mirrored Hanger entry cabinet Wardrobe Lacquered Wood & glass
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1980s Hanger Wardrobe in lacquered wood with flower motif and mirrors in the style of Art Nouveau The furniture is a cabinet enclosed by a mirror swin...
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1980s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Mirror, Wood

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria about 1900 up to three available
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass restored, made in Austria, circa 1900 Up to 3 available, price per piece.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass, made in Austria, circa 1900-1910. Up to 3 pieces available price per piece. Delivery time 3-4 weeks.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Set of Four Coat Hooks by Adolf Loos For Café Capua Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of four steel nickel-plated coat hooks designed by Adolf Loos 1913 for Café Capua in Vienna Austria. Ref.: Eva B. Ottilinger, Adolf Loos (Wohnkonzepte und Möbelentwürfe / Livi...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Steel, Nickel

Art Nouveau Flowerstand (Vienna, circa 1910)
Located in Wien, AT
Objekt: Blumenkästchen / Etagere Entwurf: unbekannt, Wien um 1910 Modell-Nummer: - Ausführung: unbekannte Kunstmöbeltischlerei, Wien um 1910 Maße in cm (H x B x T): 111 x 43,5 x 43,5...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

A Set of Six Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hooks
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900-1910. A set of six Delivery time 3-4 weeks.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Carlo Bugatti Mirrored Hall/Hat Stand with Mother of Pearl, Silver, & Bone Inlay
Located in New York, NY
Italian Art Nouveau narrow hall / hatrack stand having a walnut & ebonized wood frame with pewter & pearl inlay and a shaped inset full-length mirror,with elaborate columns and cente...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Silver, Metal

Authentic Wiener Werkstätte Coat Hooks Made from Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
For sale is a beautiful set consisting of three wall mountable Art Nouveau coat hooks. The items were hand-crafted from brass and designed by th...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Half-Moon Parrot Coat Hanger
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This very unusual half-moon parrot coat hanger is made of wood. This is a work in the style of famous Austrian designer Thonet. circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Wood

Fischel Nr 1 Thonet Hanger Bar Coat Rack Whit 6 Coat and Hats Hangers
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
D. G. Fischel, Niemes (Czeck republic) Thonet Hanger bar Fischel Nr 1 hanger bar whit 6 coat and hats hangers It is in very great condition. D. G. Fisc...
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1880s Czech Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Bentwood

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900-1910. Up to 4 pieces available price per piece. Delivery time 3-4 weeks.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Antoni Gaudi Calvet Hanger Metal Wood Jugendstil
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Calvet Hanger designed by Antoni Gaudí, 1903 Manufactured in 2019 made in Spain. The Calvet Hanger. An originaldesign by Antoni Gaudí dating ba...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Metal

Adolf Loos Very Heavy Brass Coat Stand, Coat Rack, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Very elegant coat stand, heavy and stabile. Brass, optionally varnished or nickel-plated, all other surfaces on request. Now manufactured at the Woka W...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Rare Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass restored, made in Austria, circa 1900 Up to 2 available, price per piece.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austria, circa 1900 Up to six available, price per piece.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Baass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast bronze made in Austria, circa 1900-1910.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass restored, made in Austria, circa 1900 Up to 3 available, price per piece.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Brass Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast brass made in Austai, circa 1900-1910.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau Bronze Coat Hook
Located in Vienna, AT
Cast bronze made in Austria, circa 1900-1910.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Set of 6 Jugenstill brass wall hooks by Adolf Loos, Austria 1916
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Austria / 1916 / Adolf Loos / wall hooks / brass / Jugenstil / art deco Set of 6 beautiful and elegantly curved Jugendstil wall hooks in brass, designed by Adolf Loos (1870 - 1933)...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Hat Racks and Stands

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Brass

Art Nouveau hat racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Nouveau hat racks and stands for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage hat racks and stands created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include more furniture and collectibles, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, brass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Nouveau hat racks and stands made in a specific country, there are Europe, Austria, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original hat racks and stands, popular names associated with this style include Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, Adolf Loos, Antoni Gaudí, and Carlo Bugatti. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for hat racks and stands differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $169 and tops out at $78,000 while the average work can sell for $861.

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