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Art Nouveau Chairs

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 Chairs in Carlo Bugatti Style, Italy, First Half of the 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of dining room chairs in the style of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940). Each chair has a curved backrest and stands on an absolutely unusual base. The chairs were reupholstered with a ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Dining Chairs No.81 by Thonet Debrecsen
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Dining chairs no.81 by Thonet Debrecsen executed in 1980s. Excellent original condition.
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1980s Hungarian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Antique Arts & Crafts Bentwood & Webbing Seat Stool by Thonet, Kohn or Fishel
Located in Lisse, NL
Great looking and practical to use, early 20th century stool. Former owners have taken extremely good care of this Arts & Crafts stool, because, apart from some minor wear to the fe...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Metal, Iron

Art Nouveau Theatre Seats Row of Five Chairs, circa 1910
Located in Evergreen, CO
The rosewood and maple marquetry in the back rests and seats of this row of theatre seats from Belgium is exquisite. All five flip-down seats are back waited, which brings the seats ...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Maple, Rosewood, Walnut

Art Nouveau Theatre/Cinema Seats, circa 1910
Located in Hastings, GB
Art Nouveau French wooden theatre seats Beautiful folding theatre seats circa 1900-1910, France/Belgium Row of 4 seats The seats are decorated with a stencilled floral art nouvea...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

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 Chairs

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Bentwood, Upholstery

Two Rare Chairs Thonet Nr.641, since 1911
Located in Praha, CZ
Nice condition with a pleasant patine of age, perfectly cleaned and re-polished with shelack finish. New seat.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

Materials

Brass

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 Chairs

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Wood, Wicker

Art Nouveau Period, Three Chairs in Oak, Belgium, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Art Nouveau period, three chairs in oak, Belgium, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

Pair of French Art Nouveau Period Bentwood Bistro Chairs, Pressed Seats, c. 1900
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This pair of French Art Nouveau period bentwood bistro chairs features pressed wood seats and seat backs detailed with classic stylized lilies and scrolling leaves. The seats rest on...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Sculptural Set of Six Art Nouveau Dining Chairs
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine and sculptural set of six Art Nouveau (Jugend) dining chairs upholstered in brown leather. Ca 1920's Sweden.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Set of Four Vintage Brown Dining Chairs Easy Chairs Style Josef Hoffmann, 1990s
Located in Vienna, AT
Josef Hoffmann style 4 vintage dining chairs or easy chairs beech bentwood in chocolate brown color 1990s in an amazing shape. While the backrest features 12 holes for an interestin...
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Late 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood, Plywood

Unusual Antique Art Nouveau Quality Mahogany Inlaid Child’s Chair
Located in Norwich, GB
Unusual Antique Art Nouveau quality mahogany inlaid child’s chair having a superb quality mahogany shaped back with a pretty inlaid top rail, fantastic quality carved centre splat, s...
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Mahogany

Chair Thonet Nr. 404, Marcel Kammerer in 1905
Located in Praha, CZ
Extremely rare chair Thonet Nr. 404. Probably designed for the wine bar of the Municipal House in Prague in 1910 by a minor modification of a chair designed by Marcel Kammerer possib...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

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 Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Austrian Art Nouveau Mahogany and Wicker Corner Chair by Adolf Loos
Located in Vienna, AT
This model was used by Adolf Loos in the Hugo Haberfeld apartement (1899) and the Grete Hentschel residental studio (1914). It is exhibited in the MAK Museum in Vienna as in other mu...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Mahogany, Wicker

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 Chairs

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Beech

Joseph Frank , Pair of Thonet Style Armchairs, circa 1950
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Joseph Frank ( model of ) Pair of Thonet style armchairs, circa 1950 Repainted some time ago. Good general condition, small lack of paint.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Art Nouveau Carved Wood and Guilted Side Table
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Art nouveau side table by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pat...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood, Fabric, Glass

Adolf Loos Attr. & Thonet Original of the Time Jugendstil Seating Ensemble, 1920
Located in Vienna, AT
Four-legged structure made of solid beechwood, brown-stained; stool with applied textile added at a later date; professionally restored; signs of age and use; on the underside compan...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech

Bentwood Chairs, Early 1900 Attributed to Thonet
Located in Herentals, BE
Set of 4 armchairs attributed at Thonet, Vienna Austria early 20th century. Dimensions: H 77, W 43 and D 43 cm. The seat height is 47 cm. Width of backrest is 55 cm and diameter o...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Single Chair by Leon Jallot Art Nouveau, France, circa 1906
Located in New York, NY
Low curved walnut frame, carved with straight grooves along the back and inset with two bronze plaques decorated with a pine-cone motif. Signed.   OUR REFERENCE N6489  
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Argyle Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Cassina
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Argyle chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Produced under License agreement by Cassina Italy. Nice Clean example in very nice shape. Original blue fabric seat pad is very nice. Signe...
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1990s Italian Art Nouveau Chairs

Materials

Wood

Original Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte Chair Early 20th Century 1903
Located in Vienna, AT
A very rare chair from the early stages of the Wiener Werkstätte. Variations were displayed at the Neustiftgasse showrooms of the Werkstatte and were also placed at the Brauner Mansi...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Art Nouveau Thonet Chairs Bentwood Set of Three, Austria, circa 1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Lovely set of three Art Nouveau Thonet Chairs from the turn of the 20th century in Austria. These slim, elegant designed bentwood chairs were produced in Vienna by the famous company...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

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 Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Josef Hoffmann attr. Pair of extraordinary chairs 1905-10 Jugendstil Art Nouveau
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of extraordinary chairs in the style of the early Josef Hoffmann furniture. The significant skids were used by Hoffmann in the early years of the Wiener Werkstätte from 1903 o...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Rosewood

Art Nouveau Walnut Pair of Chairs
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful pair of chairs from the Art Nouveau period in solid walnut wood. The chairs are reupholstered and covered with new fabric. In very good restored condition.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Set of 4 Swedish Art Deco Dining Chairs in Birch Root, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 4 Swedish Art Deco armchairs in birch root and golden fabric, early 20th century. Greet veener work, that shows a beautiful structure in these decorative chairs. Measure...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Birch

Italian Art Nouveau Children's Barber Chair
Located in Weesp, NL
Stunning Italian Art Nouveau children's barber chair in fantastic condition. This 100 year old work of Art is a true eye catcher and fantastic conversation piece. It was produced in ...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel, Iron

Set of 6 Bistro Chairs by Jacob & Josef Kohn, 1890 Austro-Hungarian Empire
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Exceptional and rare set of 6 Bistro chairs by Jacob & Josef Kohn from the end of the 19th century. Bentwood chairs with seats and backs carved with beautiful patterns. All chairs ar...
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Jugendstil or Art Nouveau Thonet Chairs in Catalogue of 1910 , Set of 4
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Thonet nr 461 catalogue of 1910 Thonet was the only manufacture of this chair in Frankenberg Germany Jugendstil or art nouveau style For perfect extra fine caned chairs On the bo...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Set of Six Thonet Bentwood Dining Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fabulous set of six Thonet bentwood dining chairs that have been fully restored and feature two arm chairs four side chairs curved bentwood frames with a beautiful light walnut col...
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1960s American Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Lacquer, Upholstery, Bentwood, Leather, Foam, Polyester, Wood

Marcel Kammerer Seating Set Salon Suite, Thonet, Turquoise Green Leather, 1910
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A fantastic bentwood set seating group designed by Marcel Kammerer and manufactured by Thonet, Austria, circa 1910. The set contains of two armchairs and one bench or seete. They ar...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Leather, Bentwood

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 Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Set of Six French Walnut Art Nouveau Dining Chairs
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A set of six French Art Nouveau dining chairs in walnut, the backs with pierced fretwork details and square tapering front legs with flared feet. Recently-upholstered leather seats.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Viennese Chair J&J Kohn Nr.27, since 1877
Located in Praha, CZ
A museum piece with a beautiful patina of old age. Perfectly cleaned and finely polished with shellac. New seat string.
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1870s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

French 1900s Design Bistro Rattan Wicker and Braided Resin Outdoor Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French Bistro Design rattan and braided resin chair composed of a rattan structure, braided resin rattan effect back and seat with a red outline, famous at the beginning of the 20th ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Rattan, Resin

Original Otto Prutscher by Gebrüder Thonet Chair 1908
Located in Vienna, AT
An extremely rare Thonet chair, designed by Otto Prutscher for a Villa in Jägerndorf - Literatur: Innendekoration 1917 - Seat height 50cm.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Folding Chair by Thonet
Located in Hudson, NY
Invalid furniture war design in 1890's ,this example is from early 1920s folding bentwood chair partial paper label under the seat ,picture of this model "Thonet : 150 years of furni...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Charles Rennie MacKintosh 312 Willow Trone, Armchair Cassina
Located in Buffalo, NY
Trone -armchair designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh in 1904, Relaunched in 1973 , manufactured by Cassina in Italy.. This throne-like armchair is a later iteration of the model t...
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Early 2000s Italian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

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 Chairs

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Beech

Carlo Bugatti Art Nouveau Walnut Side Chair with Pewter Inlay
Located in Rochester, NY
Exotic Moorish influenced Art Nouveau chair by Carlo Bugatti. Walnut with Islamic script pewter inlays. Upholstery is not original. Carlo Bugatti: Son of Giovanni Luigi Bugatti, a ...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Pewter

Antique Thonet Bentwood and Wicker Caned Children High Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Antique thonet bentwood and wicker caned children high chair.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Art Nouveau Side Chair Designed by Thonet, Austria, 1910
Located in Antwerp, BE
Classic collectible chair by famous German-Austrian cabinetmaker Michael Thonet. Bentwood frame with hooped legs. The seat is embossed with a decorative floral motif.  
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Beech, Fabric

Thonet Chairs Set of Four by Marcel Kammerer Art Nouveau, Austria, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic set of four Thonet chairs from the Art Nouveau period around 1910 in Austria. These unique chairs were designed by none other than the famous austrian architect Marcel Kamm...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Bentwood Armchair by Thonet, Beech and Fabric, 1930s
Located in Brussels, BE
Bentwood armchair by Thonet, Beech and Fabric, 1930s Europe.
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1930s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Incredible Late 19th Century Wrought Iron French Chairs
Located in Hastings, GB
A quite exceptional late 19th century pair of French patio/orangery chairs. This is a beautiful wrought iron pair of large chairs, with the most intricate decorative detailing and...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Set of Six Hand Carved Nutwood Arts & Crafts Dining Room Chairs with Upholstery
Located in Lisse, NL
Set of 6 Art Nouveau chairs with stunning hand carved flower patterns. The quality of the materials with which these Arts & Crafts chairs were made and also the quality of the workm...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Upholstery, Nutwood

Thonet Curved Beechwood Austrian Art Nouveau Chair, 1910
Located in Rome, IT
Newsworthy Thonet chair for desk from early 20th century, also due to its particular "Patina". The chair is a classic Thonet chair, made of beechwood worked and folded by steam, as ...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech

Art Nouveau Set of Twelve Chairs in Solid Oak, Vienna, circa 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
Hello, These exceptional set of twelve Viennese Art Nouveau solid oak chairs from circa 1910 represent a high level of craftsmanship and elegant design. Viennese Art Nouveau is a tr...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Leather, Oak

1920's Thonet Dining Chair Model B 28
Located in Brno, CZ
This dining chair was originally designed by the Thonet company in 1904, as model No. 28. This particular piece is believed to be made by Thonet in one of their factories in former C...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech

Rare Oak and Parchment Chair by Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare oak and parchment chair by Carlo Bugatti han painted with birds and leaves motifs. Marked to underside ‘Mobili Brevettat Bugatti. Italy: circa 1904 Carlo Bugatti was a famous...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

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 Chairs

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Brass

Set of Two Gustave Serrurier-Bovy Chairs Ca.1900
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Set of two chairs by Belgian designer Gustave Serrurier-Bovy Ca.1900. Made of solid oak wood and green velvet. Serrurier-Bovy is one of the most important Belgian architects and ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Velvet, Oak

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 Chairs

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Set of Six English Dining Chairs of Mahogany in the Art Nouveau Style
Located in Austin, TX
A handsome set of six English dining chairs of mahogany in the Art Nouveau style. Each chair featuring a carved mahogany back and a comfortable upholstered seat. Seats are remova...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Chairs

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Mahogany, Upholstery, Wood

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