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Art Nouveau Dining Room 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
Set of Seven Art Nouveau Iron Chairs with Flower Seats, France, circa 1920s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Rare and elegant set of seven high-backed iron chairs with unusual, curving, flower-shaped seats fitted with newly-made button-tufted cushions, in outdoor fabric. The structure is pa...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Set of Eight Art Nouveau Style Aluminum Garden Dining Armchairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic set of eight patio and garden dining armchairs featuring aluminum frames with a black painted finish. The backs of the chairs are decorated with fern fronds in a graceful de...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Aluminum

Set of Four Woodard Scroll Armchairs Mesh Seats, circa 1955
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Nice set of 4 armchairs with a slight curve to the back. Mesh seats with flowers on the legs. One foot repaired. Signed Woodard, metal tag remains on one chair. Seat height is 16.5.
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1950s American Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Iron

Thonet No. 17 Dining Chairs, Set of 4, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 4 Thonet no. 17 high back dining chairs. - also referred to as 'long john' chairs. The cane seats are in good condition. Beautiful bentwood frames. 1980s - Austria ...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood, Cane

Thonet No. 17 Dining Chairs, Set of 8, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 8 Thonet no. 17 high back dining chairs. - also referred to as 'long john' chairs. The cane seats are in good condition. Beautiful bentwood frames. 1980s - Austria ...
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1980s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Galle Dining Room Chairs
Located in Bridgewater, CT
6 Emile Galle dining room chairs, signed. Measures: Depth 17" x Width 17" x Height 38" x Seat Height 18" Caning need to be redone.  
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Set of Four Large Slender Bentwood Dining Set by Thonet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four large slender bentwood dining set by Thonet, early 20th century European production. Seat fabric can be changed with C. O. M. (one yard) at no extra charge. Dimensions...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, 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 Dining Room Chairs

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

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Birch

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker, Rattan

Eight High Back Ebony Finish Ingram Dining Chairs Charles Mackintosh for Cassina
Located in Toledo, OH
There are eight chairs available, price reflects one chair. This black lacquered high back chair was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and produced posthumously sometime, circa 1...
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1970s British Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

Early 20th Century Neapolitan Set Four Thonet Chairs Sautto & Liberale Ebonized
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 20th century set four Thonet chairs by Sautto & Liberale, ebonized in curved beech. Naples is a capital of the Thonet style in an Italian version with a beautiful story to tel...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood

Pair of Vintage Thonet No.14 Bentwood Chairs
Located in Denton, TX
Pair of bentwood cafe chairs by Thonet.
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20th Century European Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

Set of Four Antique Dining Chairs, Thonet, 1920s
Located in Praha, CZ
In good original condition new shelak paint.  
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Nutwood

2 Bentwood Thonet Chairs from Around 1900 with Floral Stamping
Located in Hamburg, DE
2 Elegant Thonet chairs from around 1900. Wonderfully crafted bentwood chairs. Both have a relief embossed plywood seat. The design classic of the early 20th century can be easily co...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood

Table + 4 Chairs, Northern Europe, circa 1910
Located in Chorzów, PL
Table + 4 chairs, Northern Europe, circa 1910. Very good condition. Wood: Mahogany dimensions: Height 74 cm, width 101 cm, length 130 cm / 190 cm.
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1910s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

Set of Six Thonet Style Bentwood and Caned Chairs by Salvatore Leone, circa 1920
Located in Southampton, NY
This set of six chairs (4 side and 2 arm chairs), were produced in Italy by Salvatore Leone in the early 20th century. They are made from stained bentwood with caned seats and backs....
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany, Upholstery, Wood

Thonet No. 17 Dining Chairs, Set of 6, 1980s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 6 Thonet no. 17 high back dining chairs. - also referred to as 'long john' chairs. Two with armrests The cane seats are in good condition. Beautiful bentwood frames. ...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Six Oak French Art Nouveau Chairs Attributed to Jacques Gruber, 1900s
By Jacques Gruber
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and rare set of six Art Nouveau chairs. Design attributed to Jacques Gruber. Striking French design from the 1900s. Solid oak with wonderful hand carved details. Re-u...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Argyle Chairs, Cassina, 1970s
Located in Greding, DE
Set of two armchairs and five chairs in dark stained oak and red leatherette upholstery. The chairs were originally designed for the Argyle Street Tea Room in Glasgow in 1897, and Ca...
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Set of Six Solid Walnut Art Nouveau Chairs from Germany
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of six chairs, Art Nouveau circa 1900, solid walnut. The chairs were new re-upholstered and covered with new fabric. In very good restored condition. Seat height: 46 cm.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Vintage Metal Thonet Bentwood Austrian Style Bistro Dining Chairs, Set of 4
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Metal Thonet Bentwood Austrian style Bistro dining chairs - set of 4. Item features metal frames, "bentwood" style, very rare model, upholstered seats, very nice vintage set,...
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Late 20th Century North American Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Six Dining Chairs 1910 Art Nouveau Art Deco Rare Find Hollywood Grotto
Located in Labrit, Landes
Six dining chairs, circa 1910 Art Nouveau Art Deco Italian inspiration from antique grotto chairs and reminiscent of Hollywood A very rare find from a French doctors Maison Bourgeoui...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Wood

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Four Mackintosh Style Black Lacquered High Back Chairs, 1979
Located in Puglia, Puglia
In the style of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These four chairs, solidly constructed of black lacquered wood, with orange microfiber upholstery, late 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Art Nouveau or Art Deco Shield Back Antique Dining Chairs Set of Four
Located in Topeka, KS
Incredible Art Nouveau or Art Deco set of four dining chairs with shield shaped backs and lots of detail. They are in wonderful original antique condition. They are very solid. The w...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Radomsko Dining Chairs, Set of 6, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 6 high back dining chairs by ZPM Radomsko Two with armrests The cane seats are in good condition. Beautiful bentwood frames. 1950s - Poland Dimensions: Heigh...
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1950s Polish Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Antique Bentwood Thonet Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique bentwood chair from the early 1900s in Europe. Rose/Walnut color with ornate detail in the seat. Would work well with eclectic dining table set up or desk chair.
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood

Jugendstil Vintage Bentwood Chair No 249 a by J. & J. Kohn, circa 1916, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Jugendstil bentwood chair Model No. 249 a by J. & J. Kohn is a variant from the designed interior chair by Adolf Loos for the famed Cafe Museum in the heart of Vienna. The chair was ...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

Finely Carved Walnut Set of Six French Art Nouveau Dining Chairs
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An incredibly rich and finely carved set of dining chairs, these are part of a matched dining room suite we recently acquired. The set of chairs are executed in a dense solid waln...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Set of 6 Scandinavian Carved and Hand Painted Dining Chairs
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Set of 6 Scandinavian carved and hand painted dining chairs, circa 1890. Fine set of chairs made from solid beech, painted black with hand painted elements to the backrest and fro...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

Set of Four Large Slender Bentwood Dining Set by Thonet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of four large slender bentwood dining set by Thonet. Early 20th century European production. Seat fabric can be changed with C. O. M. (one yard) at no extra charge. Dimensions...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood, Fabric

Set of 4 Vintage Bistro Chairs, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 4 bentwooden dining chairs with rattan seats. The chairs can be either from Thonet or J&J Kohn. They are not stamped. Good condition, no damages to the rattan. One fini...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Secession Dining Chairs By Josef Hoffmann for Thonet, 1910s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition - Good fabric upholstery (probably reupholstered some time ago) included springs - No need any restoration - All pieces stamped by Thonet - Originally d...
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Pair of French Art Nouveau Oak Dining Chairs with Whiplash Side Stretchers
Located in London, GB
A pair of French Art Nouveau oak dining chairs with organic back design turned front legs and whiplash side stretchers in the true Nancy style. Professionally reupholstered in quali...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Hide, Oak

19th Century Italian Art Nouveau Hand Carved Walnut Wood Set of Eight Chairs
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Series of eight refined 19th century authentic Italian Art Nouveau walnut wood chairs in the style of Alberto Issel. Refined and rare decoration the back is hand carved with a curls ...
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1880s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Austrian Art Nouveau Bentwood Side Chair Attributed to J & J Kohn, Early 1900's
Located in Buffalo, NY
Austrian Art Nouveau bentwood side chair attributed to J & J Kohn, early 1900's. Amazing design. Wonderful patina, quality construction. Hand delivery avail to New York City or anywh...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Bentwood

Austrian Wood and Handmade Vienna Straw Fischel Chair by Thonet, 1900s
Located in MIlano, IT
Austrian early 20th century wood and handmade Vienna straw Fischel chair by Thonet, 1900s Austrian wood with handmade Vienna straw seat Fischel chair Produced by Thonet and dating ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Straw, Wood

Pair of Comfortable French Art Nouveau Industrial Wrought Iron Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of comfortable French Art Nouveau industrial benches. Also sold individually. Heavy and sturdy wrought iron base. Great for dining. Would need to be reupholstered with C. O. M.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wrought Iron

Set of Four German Art Nouveau Dining Chairs
Located in Vienna, AT
Nut wood construction with a canned seat. Made in Germany between 1900-1910 Four pieces available, delivery time 2-3 weeks.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Nutwood

Set of Six Scandinavian Jugendstil Dining Chairs with Upholstered Seats
Located in Miami, FL
A set of six Arts & Crafts or Jugendstil restored dining chairs in painted wood with carved crest rail over vertical back splat, upholstered slip seat, and square tapering legs. Nort...
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Early 20th Century Scandinavian Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Comfortable French Art Nouveau Industrial Wrought Iron Benches
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of comfortable French Art Nouveau industrial benches. Also sold individually. Heavy and sturdy wrought iron base. Great for dining. Would need to be reupholstered with C. O. M.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Wrought Iron

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood, Plywood

Set of Six Oak Art Nouveau Chairs from Germany
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of six chairs, Art Nouveau circa 1900, solid oak. The chairs were new re-upholstered and covered with new fabric. In very good restored condition. Measure: Seat height: 49 cm.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Early 20th Century Michael Thonet Chair
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Early 20th century Michael Thonet chair in black color. We only have a last one piece.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood

Art Nouveau Period Oak Wood and Wien Straw Chairs, Set of 2
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Series of two refined authentic Italian art nouveau oak wood chairs. The chairs are characterized by refined seat and back in Viennese straw hand made according to the ancient weavin...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

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