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Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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 Early 1900s Northern Italian Mahogany Nightstands with Red Marble
Located in Centennial, CO
A gorgeous pair of small-scale antique circa 1910 northern Italian solid mahogany nightstands with original Italian red marble (Rojo Levante Marble) inserts. Solid mahogany construct...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

19th Century French Faux Bamboo Chest of Drawers
Located in High Point, NC
19th century faux bamboo chest of drawers from France with a removable Carrara marble top, following down to a pitch pine case with hand turned cherry wood applied moldings. The case...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

20th Italian chest of drawers with mirror in the art nouveau style
Located in Buggiano, IT
Italian chest of drawers with four drawers, with handmade joints, with curved, ground mirror, in Art Nouveau style. The carvings are done manually. The top is in black marble with ve...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Walnut Chest of Four Drawers
Located in Baltimore, MD
What a handsome chest of drawers, and how well-made! In a rare foray into the world of hardwood, we couldn’t resist buying this solid walnut chest with parquetry veneered drawers. Th...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Art Nouveau Style Mahogany Side Commode
Located in Troy, MI
This circa 1910 Art Nouveau style mahogany side cabinet / commode was found in France. The cabinet has four front legs and two back legs. Front, top and sides have decorative inlay a...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century antique Original Art Nouveau Commode Walnut veneer
Located in Berlin, DE
Solid wood with walnut veneer. High-rectangular body with a drawer and a door. Marble-top. A good historical condition with a beautiful warm patina.  
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Late 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Art Nouveau French Decorative Embossed Metal Wrapped Dresser Commode
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of An Art Nouveau French style Decorative Embossed Metal Dresser or Commode It is solid wood wrapped in decor...
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1980s Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

Art Nouveau Cabinet French from the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Art Nouveau cabinet. French from the 19th century, carved rosewood veneer with three doors and two drawers. Two doors with painted plates with plant motifs. Defects. Dim.: 186...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Rosewood

Art Nouveau Dining Room Furniture of the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Art Nouveau dining room furniture of the 19th century , in oak wood, consisting of: table, 4 chairs, 2 display cabinets and sideboard. Signs of use. Dim.: (open table) 77.5 x 286 x ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Portuguese Dining Room Furniture from the Beginning of the 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Dining room furniture Portuguese, from the beginning of the 20th century in chestnut wood, composed of: Tableware, two Corners, ten Chairs, two Armchairs and Sideboard. Small defec...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Art Nouveau Baltic Pine Chest of Drawers with Mirror, 1930s
Located in Barntrup, DE
Art Nouveau-style chest of drawers with mirror, made in the 1930s of Baltic pine. Five large drawers and three smaller upper vanity drawers. Original Art Nouveau pull handles. Dimens...
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1930s Latvian Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

French Art Nouveau Lady's Dressing or Vanity w. Cabinets & Large Tilting Mirror
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning, practical and all hand-crafted dressing table with full-size beveled mirror. This museum quality AND condition piece of Art Nouveau furniture is a work of art at the same ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Czech Art Nouveau Dressing Table with Mirror, Walnut, Restored, 1910s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Art Nouveau dressing table. Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Material: Cherry-tree Period: 1910-1919 Completely restored.
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mirror, Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Early 20th-Century Art Nouveau Pine Commode Turned into Vanity
Located in Opole, PL
Early 20th-Century Art Nouveau Pine Commode Turned into Vanity We present you an Art Nouveau pine commode, circa 1910. The whole piece of furniture is composed of a base with four d...
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Stone, Brass

Jugendstil Chest of Drawers, Circa 1910
Located in New York, NY
The solid top rests above three long drawers of equal depth. Clean lines subtley adorn the piece in the classic Jugendstil style with matching hardware hardware.
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1910s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ash

Jugend Stil Chest of Drawers, Sweden, circa 1910
Located in New York, NY
This deeply stained mahogany chest of drawers exhibits the style of the the turn of that century, with three lower drawers, a pair of upper drawers, all locking. The original hardwar...
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1910s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Solid Mahogany Organic Shape Oval Beveled Glass Staggered 4-Tier Étagère Shelf
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Solid mahogany pre Art Nouveau style decorative étagère.
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Italian Art Nouveau Dresser and Nightstands Walnut, Applied Olm Root, Marble Top
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Monumental particular Italian Art Nouveau Dresser and nightstands in solid walnut, applied olm root and marble top. Restored and polished with wax. We can sell separately the pieces....
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Émile Gallé "Chardons des Sables" Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
This "Chardons des Sables," or "Sand Thistle," multi-wood chest of drawers, by Émile Gallé, is a moving meditation on the artist's own mortality. The blackened sand thistle flowers, ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Art Nouveau, Wardrobe , Chest of Drawers by Vincenzo Cadorin Venezia in Walnut
Located in Vigonza, Padua
This important chest of drowers, wardrobe, in solid walnut, is masterfully carved by hand by the great sculptor artist Vincenzo Cadorin and his Atelier performers: floral motifs and ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

1910s Art Nouveau Chest of Drawers in Cherrywood, Marble Top, wax polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1910s Art Nouveau chest of drawers, dresser, in cheerywood with marble top "Verona Red " and decorative inlay . original bronze accessories. The drawers work perfectly and the line o...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Large Italian Chest of Drawers with Mirror, Walnut, circa 1900
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Beautiful large antique chest of drawers with mirror, from Tuscany in Italy, circa 1900. Exterior completely made of walnut. 4 drawers. Standing on 4 feet, of which 2 full-plastic li...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mirror, Wood, Walnut

Art Nouveau Chest of Drawers with Marble Top, Italy, circa 1900, Beveled Mirror
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau chest of drawers with marble top, Italy, circa 1900. Beveled mirror. All solid walnut, hand carved, restored and polished to wax. We can sale separately the commode and...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mirror, Walnut

1910s Art Nouveau Dresser Carved Walnut Burl Walnut by Testolini Salviati Venice
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 20th century Venetian commode Art Nouveau Belle Époque with mirror, carved walnut and burl walnut by Testolini & Salviati , Venice Precious Bakelite handles fixed with stainles...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Burl, Walnut

Art Nouveau Commode by Émile Gallé
Located in New York, NY
A French Art Nouveau marquetry commode by Émile Gallé. With original key. Circa 1890. The syncretic influence of Japanese art is keenly felt in Gallé's commode. The beginning of Ga...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

1920s Art Nouveau Oval Lombard Cabinet , Nightstand, with 4 drawers wax polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Period 1920s Art Nouveau style Italian oval Lombard cabinet with 4 drowers or nightstand in walnut, Bassano' Ebanistery. Restored and Polished to wax Measure cm: H 90 x W 50 x D 40.
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Mirrored Chest of Drawers Stained Black
Located in Wien, AT
A mirrored chest of drawers stained black nutwood. Brass parts polished and stove enameled.  
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Nutwood

Art Nouveau Vanity with Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Featuring the qualities of a vanity combined with the functions of a chest of drawers, this tall and handsome piece has three locking drawers for clothing, as well as two generously ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fir

Art Nouveau Deco French Walnut Bachelor Chest of Drawers Dresser Brass Pull Mint
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Art Nouveau Deco French walnut bachelor chest of drawers dresser brass pull mint.
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Fine Austrian Art Nouveau Mahogany Commode Attributed to Kohn
Located in Long Island City, NY
A fine Austrian Art Nouveau 4-drawer commode in darkened mahogany with patinated bronze handles and keyholes.  
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

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