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Art Nouveau Credenzas

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
Pair 1900s Italian Art Nouveau Nightstands Mahogany Portoro Marble
Located in Buggiano, IT
Pair of original 1900s Italian Art Nouveau nightstands in mahogany with original Portoro marble set. The maximum height is 130 cm. while to marble 86 cm. They are left and right. ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Marble

Original Italian Art Noveau Sideboard in Honey-Colored Walnut with Three Drawers
Located in Buggiano, IT
Original Italian art Noveau sideboard in honey-colored walnut with three drawers and three doors, internal shelves. Coming from home in the center of Pisa.  
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Walnut

Italian Art Nouveau Sideboard Solid Oak from 1910, Original Brass Marble Drawers
Located in Buggiano, IT
Italian Art Nouveau sideboard, in original solid oak from 1910. Original brass handles, very rare hexagonal shape, with marble top and four drawers. Coming from an ancient sea villa ...
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Marble

Italian Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Credenza Buffet, Vittorio Valabrega
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine and large Italian 19th-20th century Art Nouveau carved walnut credenza buffet server by Vittorio Valabrega (1861-1952). The tall finely carved walnut body with twin center doo...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Marble, Silver Plate

1900s Art Nouveau Sideboard Solid Cherry Liberty Style Original Tuscany, Italian
Located in Buggiano, IT
Sideboard Art Nouveau in solid cherry, with two doors with riser, with carvings, handmade. Drawers and internal shelf. Original handles. Original from Tuscany, Italy. Size cm: 57 x ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Cherry

Exceptional French Louis Majorelle Art Nouveau Sideboard
Located in Forney, TX
An extraordinary French walnut cabinet by Louis Majorelle (1859–1926) exceptionally executed period Art Nouveau styling. Circa 1900. Majorelle know for often ornamented his pieces...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Walnut

Louis Majorelle Macassar Ebony Sideboard, Signed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Magnificantly crafted cabinet of bookmatched Macassar ebony veneer, cast bronze hardware, carved mahogany secondary wood, and an intricate Macassar marquetry patchwork with inset aba...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Bronze

Venetian Early 20th Century Eclectic Credenza with Mirror, Testolini Salviati
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1920s precious and refined Venetian eclectic mirrored credenza sideboard by Testolini & Salviati. Sideboard splendid in all its parts with three central drawers and two side compart...
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Mahogany, Walnut

Art Nouveau Provencal Hand-Carved Solid Wood Sideboard Restored and Wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Late 19th century Art Nouveau Provencal credenza cupboard, hand-carved solid wood restored and wax polished Measure cm: H 100/220 W 120 D 44 Antique precious and elegant two-bo...
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Wood

Late 19th Century Country Art Nouveau Credenza with Display Cabinet Cherrywood
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1890s, country, period Art Nouveau, mirrored credenza with display cabinet all in solid cherrywood. Elegant cast bronze panels with Classic floral motifs of the period. Beveled mirro...
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Bronze

Early 20th Century Credenza Vitrine Art Nouveau by Meroni & Fossati Lissone
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 20th century Credenza vitrine Art Nouveau walnut and burl walnut by Meroni & Fossati Lissone.     
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Credenzas

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Pair of Original Italian Nightstands from 1960 with Yellow Marble Top Walnut
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Country Art Nouveau 1900s Credenza with Display Cabinet Cherrywood Wax Polished
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