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Art Nouveau Armchairs

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
Jugendstil Armchairs No 714 by Jacob & Josef Kohn Style Otto Wagner Austria 1902
Located in Vienna, AT
Jugendstil armchairs model no 714, which were designed Style Otto Wagner, Vienna, 1902 and produced by Jacob & Josef Kohn. Documented in the company´s catalogue Kohn from 1903. The c...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Plywood, Beech

Rare Steer Horn Beetle Form Chair, 1910-1915
Located in Bellport, NY
A rare sculptural steer horn chair. New upholstery in a Clarence House embroidered velvet fabric by Kazumi Yoshida depicting dogs branches, nature, an extraordinarily beautiful and ...
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20th Century English Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Horn

Art Nouveau Bentwood Salonfauteuil Easy Chair / Armchair Thonet No. 1 circa 1890
Located in Lucenec, SK
Very rare antique Thonet easy chair no 1 produced by Gebruder Thonet from the late 19th century in a very good condition. New upholstery. Last picture is from Gebruder Thonet cata...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Bentwood, Upholstery

Beech Art Nouveau Green Three-Piece Suite by Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann, 1910s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Art Nouveau three-piece suite. Material: Beech. Restored Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period: 1910-1919 Maker: J. & J. Kohn ( Designer: Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann) Sofa di...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Lacquer, Beech

Jugendstil Josef Zotti Ebonized Dark Brown Chair in Wicker, Austria, 1911
By Josef Zotti
Located in Antwerp, BE
Josef Zotti; Jugdenstil; Ebonized Armchair; Prag-Rudniker Korbfabrikatio; Austria Design; Jugendstil dark brown turned wood armchair with rush seat by Josef Zotti. Manufactured b...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood, Wicker

Armchair N ° 7601B, Edition Thonet circa 1880
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Armchair n ° 7601B, Edition Thonet circa 1880 Patina and fabric to redo.  
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1880s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Bentwood

1900s Koloman Moser Pair of Armchairs for J & J Kohn No. 327
Located in Praha, CZ
-good original condition -carefully restored and finished with shellac -seat strings in good condition..reforced in some places -height of seat 48 cm.
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19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

Armchair Thonet Nr.6142, Otto Wagner in 1905
Located in Praha, CZ
- Designed by Otto Wagner in year 1905. - Very rare original fabric in good condition - made in Austria. - Cleaned.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood

English Art Nouveau Armchair, New Green Velvet Upholstery
Located in Brussels, BE
English Art Nouveau armchair - new green velvet upholstery.
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

Rare Armchair Thonet Nr. 22, circa 1887-1910
Located in Praha, CZ
A very rare model, produced only in limited quantities. Collector's piece. Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet Company. In the production program was included, circa 1873....
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Iconic Thonet Chair Designed by Gebrüder Thonet Company
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iconic piece of bentwood open armchair. Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet Company. Steamed timber frame, impressed ply seat, unrestored original. The chair would be quit...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Bentwood

JE T'attends Armchair Black Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
JE T'attends armchair is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule Collection. JE T'attends armchair is composed of a wooden shell padded with differentiated density polyurethane foam with a ...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Metal

Beautiful antique red Art Nouveau or Jugendstil 20th Century Armchair mahogany
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid mahogany wood carved backrest. Armchair with long, curved legs. Red upholster.
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Mahogany

Bentwood Cane Salonfauteuil Easy Chair Thonet No. 1, circa 1890
Located in Lucenec, SK
Very rare antique Thonet easy chair no 1 produced by Gebruder Thonet from the late 19th century in a very good condition with new cane on seat, cane on backrest is most likely origin...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Viennese Armchair Thonet Nr. 3, Early Form, circa 1860
Located in Praha, CZ
A rare very early model Nr. 3 manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet Company. Marked with paper label and stamp, which is used, circa 1860. Newly restored.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Original Important & Rare Jugendstil Wood Chair from 1901, Josef Hoffmann School
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare chair from the early 20th century, school Josef Hoffmann, highly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, beechwood stained and varnished - Original.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech

Art Nouveau Carlo and Piero Zen Pair of Armchairs, Fruitwood, Mahogany, 1910
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Nouveau, Carlo e Piero Zen, Italy, 1910, Italian design, Art Nouveau par of armchairs by Carlo and Piero Zen. Remarkable use of mahogany, burgundy leather, and fruitwood inla...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Fruitwood, Mahogany

Armchairs by Johan Rohde
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Pair of fine solid mahogany armchairs by Johan Rohde (1856 - 1935). Denmark ca 1900.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Mahogany

Hoffmann Josef, Curved Beech Armchair, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Hoffmann Josef, curved beech armchair, circa 1900. Need to be restorated. Fabric to change. No lack but some damage on the wood seat 4 available.  
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech

Medea Hand-Carved Art Nouveau Style Armchairs, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Medea Hand-Carved Art Nouveau Style Armchairs, Pair Offered for sale is a pair of hand-carved high-back armchairs created in the Art Nouveau style from Medea. The chairs are gracefu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

1900s Koloman Moser Pair of Armchairs for J & J Kohn No. 327
Located in Praha, CZ
-good original condition -carefully restored and finished with shellac -seat strings in good condition..reforced in some places.  
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19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

Chair by Carlo Bugatti in the Style Art Nouveau
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Chair by Carlo Bugatti in the Style Art Nouveau. Early 20th century, made in wood, leather and parchment Measures: H: 96 cm, W: 41 cm, D: 42 cm Carlo Bugatti (1856 - 1940) was an ...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Yellow Rattan Vintage Armchair Circle Josef Hoffmann Attr Prag-Rudniker, c 1908
Located in Vienna, AT
Yellow vintage Jugendstil Secession style patio armchair from rattan designed in the circle of Josef Hoffmann attributed to Prag - Rudniker Korbwaren - Fabrikation and manufactured...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Rattan

Hand Carved Walnut Art Nouveau Armchairs, circa 1920
Located in Lucenec, SK
Fully restored large art nouvea armchairs in Otto Prutscher style. Hand carved walnut and new upholstery.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

JE T'Attends Armchair Velvet
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
JE T'Attends armchair is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule Collection. JE T'Attends armchair is composed of a wooden shell padded with differentiated density polyurethane foam with a ...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Metal

Wiener Werkstatte Josef Hoffmann Style High Back Armchair
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Vintage austrian architectural armchair with lines reminiscent of the Hoffmann and Mackintosh design 676 model chair for Thonet. Second half of the 20th century, Black lacquered,...
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20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Beech

Armchair Art Deco Dagobert Peche Style Rosewood Blue Velvet Austria, 1930´s
Located in Vienna, AT
Armchair, Dagobert Peche style, from the Art Deco period with a lavishly carved frame in rosewood. The shell shape so clearly reflects the form of the time. The piece was found in Vi...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Rosewood, Fabric

Pair of Art Nouveau Armchairs, Scandinavia, circa 1900
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of Scandinavian armchairs with sled shaped backs and elegantly curved armrests with thread inlays. Unrestored condition.
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

French 1900s Design Bistro Rattan And Wicker Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French Bistro Design rattan and wicker chair composed of a rattan structure, braided wicker back and seat with a red outline, famous at the beginning of the 20th century in Paris, it...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wicker, Rattan

Bentwood Armchairs in Pair, Model No. 1, Designed by Gebrüder Thonet c. 1900
Located in Budapest, HU
Very rare antique Thonet easy chair no 1 produced by Gebruder Thonet from the late 19th century in a very good condition.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Bentwood

Artnouveau Black Wood and Vienna Straw Chairs, 1910
Located in Rome, IT
Superb Art Nouveau chair all in a beautiful black lacquer and a beautiful Vienna straw, in perfect "Patina". The chairs have been reinterpreted with this glossy black, giving the set...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech

Antoni Gaudi Calvet Armchair
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Calvet armchair designed by Antoni Gaudi manufactured by BD design, Solid varnished oak. Measures: 52 x 65 x 95 H cm. A company that has always attributed such great import...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Oak

Thonet Armchair Catalog Number 28
Located in Vienna, AT
Thonet armchair walnut stained, shellack polished
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Plywood

Art Deco Burnt Bamboo and Cane Arm Chair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A gorgeous art deco burnt bamboo armchair. A stunning example of craftsmanship during the era, this piece is created from a mixture of cane, rattan, and burnt bamboo or "tiger bamboo...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Brass

Beautiful Pair of Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Carved Wood Armchairs
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of early 20th century Art Nouveau carved wood armchairs High backs with high wavy arms, fine floral and foliate carved motifs on the back, arms and bottom.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Art Nouveau Bentwood Armchair
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful armchair from the time of Art Nouveau. Made of bentwood, according to the principle as Thonet or Kohn, but not signed / stamped. Seat and back surface covered with relief o...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Vintage No 81 / Rondo Bentwood and Leather Armchair Hungary
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
This stunning vintage Hajduthonet Rondo armchair was originally called the No 81 chair. It was designed between 1900 and 1904 by an unknown Austrian architect. For the time it was an...
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20th Century Hungarian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Fabric

1890s French Armchairs Art Nouveau, Hand Carved Walnut, Restored & Wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Late 19th century beautiful and refined Provençal armchairs, Art Nouveau, hand carved walnut, restored and wax polished. Measures cm: H 46/99, W 52, D 52.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Art Nouveau Bentwood Seating Set "Fledermaus" by J. Hoffmann for Kohn, ca. 1907
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful Bentwood Seating set designed by the world renowed Austrian architect and founder of the "Wiener Werkstaette" - Josef Hoffmann for Jacob & Josef Kohn around 1907. Extraordi...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Antique Bentwood Armchair or Bistro Chair, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Dark brown bentwood dining armchair or bistro chair. In the style of Thonet with original webbing We date it at early 1950s. Good condition with normal age related wear. ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Bentwood

Jugendstil Vintage Rattan Bamboo Blue Armchair Side Chair circa 1915 Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Jugendstil vintage armchair or side chair from rattan bamboo designed and made circa 1915 Vienna. A high quality arm chair or side chair from bent bamboo with nickel plated end piec...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Fabric, Bamboo

Jacob & Josef Kohn Vienna Art Nouveau Armchair No. 412 by Otto Wagner, 1904
Located in Lucenec, SK
Design created by Otto Wagner (1841-1918) and manufactured by Jacob & Josef Kohn Manufactory. Beechwood / mahogany stained / brass / seat covered with new fabric and horizontal brass...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Brass

Calvet armchair in solid oak by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Armchair in solid varnished oak. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That is wh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Oak

Original Josef Hoffmann/Gebrüder J&J Kohn, Early 20th Century, Jugendstil
Located in Vienna, AT
A very rare and so far undocumented armchair by Josef Hoffmann, original leather upholstery, branding iron J&J Kohn. An identical chair with a different upholstery is available as we...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Beech

Hand Carved Walnut Art Nouveau Armchairs, circa 1920
Located in Lucenec, SK
Fully restored large Art Nouveau armchairs in Otto Prutscher style. Hand carved walnut and new upholstery.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of Armchairs by Louis Majorelle
Located in Paris, FR
A pair of Art Nouveau armchairs from Louis Majorelle Based on a curved frame in mahogany wood with light ribbing Upholstery done in a green velvet École de Nancy.
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Mahogany

Hoffmann Josef, Curved Beech Armchair, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Hoffmann Josef, curved beech armchair, circa 1900. Base and back covered with black leather.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech

Gebrüder Thonet Folding Chair No.1, circa 1867
Located in Praha, CZ
Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet company. First view of the chair is in the sales catalog from 1867. Newly reupholstered and finished with shellac.
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Art Nouveau Around 1900 Bentwood Thonet Armchair
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Art Nouveau armchair was built by Thonet company from bentwood. The seat as well as the backrest are made with a so-called Viennese weave. The chair is in a good restored condition.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Cane, Beech, Bentwood

Pair of French Art Nouveau Armchairs by, Louis Majorelle Arm Chairs
Located in Englewood, NJ
A pair of Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau carved wood "Aubépine" armchairs by, Louis Majorelle. Both chairs are decorated on their back edges, arms, legs and skirt with carved ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Art Nouveau Chairs in Mahogany
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn4533 pair of stylish Art Nouveau chairs, one being a carver chair, both having carved decoration to finely inlaid back, generous seat and tapered legs terminating in pad feet. This...
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Early 1900s British Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Antique Art Nouveau Armchair
Located in London, GB
A fine antique Art Nouveau armchair in wood with exquisite inlaid designs. This was made in England, it dates from around 1890’s period. It has amazing inlaid patterns of various ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Wiener Werkstätte Armchairs, Wien, Austria, Circa 1920s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
These beautiful Wiener Werkstätte armchairs were made in Wien, Austria, circa 1920s. These chairs are most reminiscent of Oscar Strnad’s work for Wiener Möbel around 1910-1925. It fe...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Unique Copper Brass and Glass Armchair Sculpture
Located in Weesp, NL
One of a kind copper brass and glass arm chair sculpture. This rare beauty which could easily fit in in the Game of Thrones, was made by Cor de Ree in the Netherlands in 1995. Cor d...
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1990s Dutch Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Brass, Copper

Hoffmann Josef, Curved Beech Armchair, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Hoffmann Josef, curved beech armchair, circa 1900. Need to be restorated. Fabric to change. No lack but some damage in bending wood 4 available.     
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech

20th Century Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Austria Armchair Beech Plywood
Located in Paris, FR
Koloman Moser (1868-1918) and Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). Bent and polished beech and plywood, dyed to rosewood, brass inlays, renewed upholstery. Measures: Height 70 cm (27.5 in.)...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Beech, Plywood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Italian Liberty Style Leather Armchairs, 1950s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of armchairs made in the 1950s, in genuine leather and carved poplar wood, with liberty motifs.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Leather, Poplar

Bentwood Armchair Josef Hoffmann for Thonet-Mundus, Austria, circa 1915
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Very rare bentwood armchair from Mundus Austria, designed by the famous Austrian architect and founder of the world-renowned Wiener Werkstätte: Josef Hoffmann. Made of fine bentwood ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs

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Bentwood

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