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Art Nouveau Bookcases

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
Antique Art Nouveau Mahogany Bookcase Book Trough Stand
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Antique quality Art Nouveau mahogany bookcase, book trough or stand C1910. Solid and strong, with no loose joints and no woodworm. A lovely quality piece. Would look great in t...
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Mahogany

Continental Art Nouveau Bookcase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bookcase with adjustable shelves and two drawers with hand-cut dove-tails in all four corners.
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Pine, Birch

Exquisitely Carved Antique Art Nouveau circa 1890 Long Open Library Bookcase
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this wonderful English Art Nouveau circa 1890 hand carved oak open library bookcase What a thing of beauty! This is pure art furniture and looks...
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1890s English Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Oak

Very Rare Art Nouveau Oak & Sample Wood Inlaid Revolving Bookcase Side End Table
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning, exceptionally rare Art Nouveau, sample wood inlaid Victorian revolving book table A very good looking well made and decorative p...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Oak

French Mahogany Louis Majorelle Art Nouveau Bookcase. C.1910
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
French mahogany Art Nouveau Louis Majorelle Bookcase to accompany signed Louis Majorelle Desk. See photos below.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Mahogany

Florentine Art Nouveau Wardrobe Solid Cherry Wood by Dini & Puccini, Hand-Carved
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Antique Florentine Art Nouveau wardrobe or bookcase in solid cherry wood, hand-carved, from the end of the 19th century, wax polished. All massive beautiful Classic Art Nouveau wardr...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Cherry

French Art Nouveau Fruitwood Wooden Showcase Vitrine with Four Drawers
Located in Miami, FL
French fruitwood wooden showcase vitrine with four-drawer Measures: Height to the drawers 33.46in.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Glass, Fruitwood

Art Nouveau Bookcase
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Art nouveau bookcase with brass fittings in excellent original condition.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Brass

Austrian Wiener Werkstätte Bookcase/ Shelf /Bakers Rack/ Display Stand
Located in New York City, NY
A three shelf Jugendstil bookcase / etagere / bakers rack, two tone in stained and polished beechwood with decorative openwork side panels extending the full length of the stand. Typ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Beech

Art Nouveau storey bookcase, Austria-Hungary, 1910
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This Art Nouveau bookcase was made around 1910 in the former Austria Hungary territory. It is made of stained oak wood. It consists of two separate parts placed one on top of the oth...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Glass, Wood, Oak

Art Nouveau Cherry Showcase, 1910
Located in Montelabbate, PU
The display case takes volume at the base with the whiplash foot, going upwards to die accompanying the body of the cabinet, while at the bottom it opens up and joins the center, giv...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Cherry

Large Hungarian Antique Cabinet Attributed to Adolf Loos for FO Schmidt
Located in Budapest, HU
This large, beautiful bookcase was manufactured by Miksa Schmidt in the Budapest branch of the Viennese company Friedrich Otto Schmidt. Miksa Schmidt produced furniture using French ...
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Early 1900s Hungarian Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Brass

Antique English Victorian Art Nouveau Oak Breakfront Bookcase Display Cabinet
Located in Glasgow, GB
A beautiful Victorian three door breakfront bookcase or display cabinet attributed to Maple & Co and in the Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts taste. In golden quarter-sawn oak with bevelled ...
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19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Glass, Oak

China Closet from 1900
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
China closet from 1900. Every piece of furniture that leaves our workshop from the beginning to the end is subjected to manual renovation, so as to restore its original condition ...
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20th Century Polish Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Oak

China Closet, Bar Secesja from 1900
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Introducing the unique custom-made shop window, the 1900 Art Nouveau bar It has been cleaned to the bare veneer, disinfected and hand finished with a high gloss shellac varnish. ...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Oak

Era Art Nouveau Bookcase Cabinet, in Walnut, with Inlay on Front, Wax-Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Italian bookcase cabinet with drawer in solid blond walnut restored and polished to wax, circa 1900. Upper front decorated with inlay Amber colored printed glass. Excellent condition...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Glass, Walnut

Late 19th Century Bookcase Étagère by Fratelli Mora Milano in Walnut Wax-Polish
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau bookcase étagère by Fratelli Mora Milano in walnut restored and polished to wax, 1880-1900s Measures in cm: H 128 x W 100 x D 43/33.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Walnut

Oak Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Bookcase Attributed to K.P.C. de Bazel, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts bookcase. Attributed to K.P.C. de Bazel. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid oak with original solid brass handles. Original ...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Oak, Glass

Dutch Oak Art Nouveau Library Bookcase by H. Pander & Zonen Den Haag, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Art Nouveau library bookcase. Design by H. Pander & Zonen Den Haag. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid oak with original brass handles on the drawers. ...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Bookcases

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Brass

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