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Art Nouveau Seating

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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Iconic Thonet Chair Designed by M. Thonet, Bentwood, 1920s
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This chair with armrests dates back to the 1920s and was made by famous Thonet Company (original stamp preserved). The piece is made in famous Thonet technique - steamed bentwood. Th...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood

Pair of Austrian Art Nouveau Upholstered Bentwood Side Chairs
Located in New York City, NY
A lovely pair of Art Nouveau/ Secessionist cushioned side chairs; the backs featuring butterfly padded rests. The Art Nouveau movement blossomed in Vienna, Austria at the turn of the...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Beech

Antique French Art Nouveau Flower Maple Leaf Wrought Iron Garden Chairs, a Pair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Art Nouveau flower maple leaf wrought iron garden chairs - a pair. Item features (2) side chairs, maple leaf backs, round perforated mesh seats, wrought iron construct...
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Early 20th Century North American Art Nouveau Seating

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Wrought Iron

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 Seating

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Plywood, Beech

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Leather, Walnut

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 Seating

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Metal

Pair of French Liberty Art Nouveau Armchairs, 1920s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Beautiful French armchairs in walnut with decorative inlays on the backs, grooved legs, new upholstery in faux leather with embossed plant motifs.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Art Nouveau Armchair by Johann Emil Schaudt
By Arthur Schulz
Located in Berlin, DE
Art Nouveau, Germany. Design circa 1901 by Johann Emil Schaudt. Pear wood, shellac polish renewed. Reupholstered. At the exhibition in Dresden in 1902, the room of which this armchai...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Wood

Viennese Footrest Josef Jaworek Nr. 2, circa 1875
By Josef Jaworek, Michael Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
Manufactured in Austria by the Josef Jaworek Company, which was one of the first competitor of the Gebrüder Thonet Company. Marked with early paper label, which is used before the ye...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood, Beech

Pair of Cubist Chairs, circa 1915, Austria-Hungary
Located in Prague 8, CZ
A pair of cubist chairs having a striking geometric form. It was made in Austria-Hungary, circa 1915 and features a dark stained beech structure and walnut veneer. The chairs are com...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Fabric, Beech, Walnut

Pair of Art Nouveau Style French Iron Garden Benches
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid pair of wrought iron and wire French patio and garden benches made in the Art Nouveau taste. The benches or settees feature an iron frame decorated with gracefully curved wi...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Seating

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Wrought Iron, Wire

French 1900s Design Bistro Rattan Wicker and Braided Resin Outdoor Armchair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French Bistro design rattan wicker armchair composed of a rattan structure, braided resin back and seat with a red outline, famous at the beginning of the 20th century in Paris, it w...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Seating

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Wicker, Rattan

Artisan Crafted Diego Giacometti Styled Upholstered Bench
By Alberto and Diego Giacometti
Located in Bellport, NY
A Giacometti style artisan crafted iron bench. There are two available each priced separately, upholstered with a colorful and graphic botanical textured fabric.
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Seating

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Iron

Ecole de Nancy, Art Nouveau Oak Chaise Longue
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Ecole de Nancy, Art Nouveau oak chaise longue.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Oak

19th Century Art Nouveau Seat Group Living Room Sets
Located in Berlin, DE
Art Nouveau seat group seat group probably Vienna. Design Body made of high quality, solid mahogany. Busy with brass inserts. Extensive seating group consisting of a sofa, four chai...
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19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Brass

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 Seating

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Bentwood

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 Seating

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Wicker, Rattan

Mid-Century French Scrolling Iron Garden Settee or Bench
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a wonderful mid-century French scrolling iron garden settee or bench. The white cushion is new. The metal does show some age wear.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Nouveau Seating

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Iron

French Rattan Armchair with Ottoman, Art Nouveau
Located in Hamburg, DE
French rattan armchair with ottoman, Art Nouveau. The armchair has a high back and wide armrests, which are made entirely of rattan weave. The beautiful curved design promises coz...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Rattan

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 Seating

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Walnut

Gebruder Thonet Bentwood Rocking Chaise Longue, 1880-1883
Located in Sharon, CT
Classic and famous version of the bentwood (beech) chair by Thonet, Vienna 1880-1883. Stained bent beech, original surface. Old if not original caneing. Rarer and more beautiful with...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood

1930s Pair Scandinavian Velvet Art Nouveau Stockholm Chairs After Fritz Hennings
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Beautiful set of two Art Nouveau easy Stockholm chairs in beech upholstered with Salmon color velvet after Fritz Hennings from the 1930's. What makes the chairs particularly beautif...
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1930s Scandinavian Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Velvet, 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 Seating

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Oak

Plumet et Selmersheim Art Nouveau Seating Suite
By Charles Plumet , Tony Selmersheim
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Nouveau seating suite by Plumet et Selmersheim, circa 1900, in solid sculpted rosewood. Set consists of settee, pair of armchairs, pair of side chairs, all refinished and ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Rosewood

Pair Burgundy Wing Back Club Chairs Heavily Carved Walnut Frame
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair of burgundy wing back club chairs with heavily carved walnut frame. Circa 1920's. Very solid, dark burgundy, great condition. Chairs are 42" wide x 37" deep x 38" high. Seat wid...
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20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Seating

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Walnut

6 Art Nouveau Teak Arm Chairs
Located in New York, NY
6 Art Nouveau (19/20th Century) teak arm chairs with scroll arms and round back with floral carved medallion supported on 3 intertwined legs. manner of GAUDI. (PRICED EACH)
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19th Century Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Teak

Art Nouveau Pine Bench
Located in Den Haag, NL
Unique solid Pine bench. Amsterdamse school in style. This kind of benches stood in the hallway of schools and factory's 1920s.
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Pine

Antique Number 14 Chair by Michael Thonet
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Antique Number 14 Chair by Michael Thonet This chair number 14 is widely considered a Classic. It won a gold medal when it was shown at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867. It has ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood

Caned Bentwood Gout Stool or Rocking Footstool, Attributed to Thonet, circa 1900
Located in Norwalk, CT
19th century cabinet maker Michael Thonet is credited with the invention of bentwood furniture. His iconic rocking chairs defined an era of style and continue to be sold and reproduc...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Wicker, Bentwood

Continental Sofa, Hand Carved Oak, circa 1920s, Upholstered in Linen
Located in Dallas, TX
Continental sofa, hand carved oak, circa 1920s, freshly upholstered in linen with nailhead detail. Cane insert is unusual and original. Measures: Seat height 17.5 in Height of sid...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Louis Majorelle, Art Nouveau Mahogany Desck Chair, France, circa 1925
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful desk chair, with elegant sloping lines, and finely detailed carving, is a marvelous example of the work of famed Art Nouveau master Ebeniste Louis Majorelle.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Mahogany

High Back Ebony Finish Ingram Dining Chairs Charles Mackintosh for Cassina
Located in Toledo, OH
This black lacquered high back chair was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and produced posthumously sometime, circa 1970. The chair was produced by Cassina in solid ash with ebo...
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1970s British Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Ash

Great Set of 40 Art Nouveau Chairs, circa 1900
Located in Antwerp, BE
Great set of 40 Art Nouveau chairs in wood with cane seats. Measures: Height 87 cm, seat height 47 cm, width 43 cm, depth 48 cm.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Seating

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Cane, Rattan, Bentwood

1916 Set of 4 Ebonized Viennese Chairs in Jugendstil Style Made by Khon
Located in Brescia, IT
This set of 4 very elegant ebonized chairs is made in Austria, by the manufacturer Jacob & Josef Khon in 1916, situated in Vienna. The set was presented in a catalogue of 1916 and a...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Wood

Josef Hoffman Pair of Secessionist Bentwood Arm Chairs for J & J Kohn
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These lounge chairs from the early 1900s have an unusual bentwood design that makes them extremely rare. They have been totally refinished and reupholstered.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Seating

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Beech

Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armchair
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 Seating

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Beech, Plywood

Mixed-Media Upholstered Wood and Metal Bench
Located in Wilton, CT
The Emily bench, mixed-media upholstered wood and metal This bench in mixed-media was named after the designer's daughter. Shown in walnut, blackened steel and silver metallic and...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Seating

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Steel

Antique Set of 8 '6+2' Inlaid Mahogany Dining Chairs Art Nouveau
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique fine quality set of 8 (6+2) inlaid mahogany dining chairs Art Nouveau C1910. Exceptional quality, solid, heavy and strong with no loose joints and no woodworm. Lovely simp...
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Mahogany

Bentwood Early 1900s Rocking Chair Produced by Mundus, Budapest
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Bentwood and straw rocking chair produced by Mondus in the early 20th century. The armchair is complete and features its original maker label: "Mundus Budapest". The chair is compl...
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Early 19th Century Hungarian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Straw, Bentwood

Late 19th Century Pair of Bentwood B-9 Armchairs by Jacob and Josef Kohn
Located in Vigonza, Padua
An Austrian (Vienna) pair of bentwood B-9 armchairs by Jacob and Josef Kohn circa 1870. An original iconic chair. This is the favourite chair of architects especially from "Le Corbus...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood

French Art Nouveau Chairs by Louis Majorelle
Located in Bridgewater, CT
French Art Nouveau chairs by Louis Majorelle.   
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Bentwood

Dutch Art Nouveau Bench
Located in Antwerp, BE
Dutch Design; Art Nouveau; Bench; Mid Century design; Craftsmanship; A true conversation piece with a unique material quality to it. The bench appears to be in stone from afar b...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Wood

Moonage Daydream Modular Sofa White Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
Moonage daydream sofa is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule collection. Moonage daydream is a modular sofa. The configurations can be made by choosing from four elements: central modul...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Seating

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Leather

Josef Hoffmann Bentwood Fledermaus Chair
Located in Troy, MI
Designed in 1907 by Josef Hoffmann for the bar at the Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna. Black finished beech frame with the icornic curved back and decorative spheres. This chair dates f...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Upholstery, Beech

Art Nouveau Mahogany Klismos Chairs, c.1920, Denmark
Located in Stockholm, SE
A fine pair of Danish Art Nouveau mahogany klismos chairs. c. 1920 Denmark. About klismos: A klismos chair is a type of ancient Greek chair, with curved backrest and tapering, out...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Mahogany

Pair of Antique Thonet Dining Chairs, 1950s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Pair of dark brown bentwooden dining chairs. Stamped Thonet We date them at early 1950s. The cane seats are in good condition. Dimensions: Height 90cm/35" Width 43cm/17...
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1950s Romanian Vintage Art Nouveau Seating

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Rattan, Bentwood

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Seating

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Oak

JE T'Attends Sofa 2 Seater Leather
Located in Ponte Enza di Gattatico, IT
JE T'Attends Sofa is part of the Esprit Noir Capsule Collection. JE T'Attends sofa is composed of a wooden shell upholstered in differentiated density polyurethane foam with an uppe...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Seating

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Metal

Calvet chair in solid oak by Antoni Gaudí
Located in Barcelona, ES
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 why the BD c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Seating

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Oak

Four Art Nouveau Bentwood Chairs Thonet, Vienna, 1900
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Four bentwood chairs, manufacture Thonet/Mundus Vienna 1900. Original branding Thonet Ander the seat new upholstery with original Backhausen fabric. There are further bentwood f...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Bentwood

Bentwood Armchair Attributed to Thonet with Leather Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This elegant bentwood Classic is a masterpiece in its construction and features a beautifully upholstered oxblood leather seat cushion and back rest. The design is attributed to Mich...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Wood

Pair of Bentwood Armchairs by Thonet, Austria, 1900s
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of bentwood armchairs by Thonet, Austria, 1900s Art Nouveau.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Adolf Loos Armchairs Chairs Cafe Capua Vienna, Thonet, 1913
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of fantastic and extremely rare Adolf Loos armchairs manufactured by Thonet. Adolf Loos adopted this chair model inspired by 18th century Windsor chairs and used it for the Ca...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Seating

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Beech, Bentwood

Original Otto Prutscher & Gebrueder Thonet Vienna Jugendstil Chair, 20th Century
Located in Vienna, AT
Designed for the Café Heinrichshof opposite to the States Opera House in Vienna, ruined in 1945.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Hardwood

Art Nouveau Bentwood Bench by Josef Hoffmann for J&J Kohn, Austria, circa 1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Remarkable bentwood bench designed the famous Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann for the renown company of Jacob & Josef Kohn Vienna. Josef Hoffmann was also the founding member of th...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Seating

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Leather, Bentwood

Marcel Kammerer Seating Set Salon Suite, Thonet, Turquoise Green Leather, 1910
Located in Graz, 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 Seating

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Beech, Leather, Bentwood