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Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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
Two Golden Wall Coat Hooks by Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl, Austria, 1930s
Located in Vienna, AT
Two beautiful coat wall hooks from the 1930s, designed by Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl for the Austrian Federal Railways. Made of golden anodized aluminum, in very good original...
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1930s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Aluminum

Adolf Loos for Knize Taylorshop, Coathook Re-edition by Woka Lamps Vienna
Located in Vienna, AT
Designed for the Knize Taylor-shop in Vienna, Paris and Berlin. A three-hole, or a four-hole version is avaliable.
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Coat Hook for the Wiener Werkstaette, Re-edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Sensational design from the very puristic period of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstaette. Literature: Waltraud Neuwirth, Wiener Werkstaette - Avantgarde Art Deco, Industrial des...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Jugendstil Wiener Werkstaette Art Nouveau Coat Hook, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Very elegant handmade coat-hook. Literature: Waltraud Neuwirth, Wiener Werkstaette – Avant Garde Art Deco, Industrial Design, 1985 Vienna p. 49. Different hooks are available see pi...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Art Nouveau Pine Faux Bamboo Armoire or Wardrobe, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent Art Nouveau armoire or wardrobe. Striking French design from the 1900s. Solid pine faux bamboo with original lock and key. Behind the door with the original mirror is ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Faux Bamboo, Pine

German Art Nouveau Oakwood Wardrobe
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very beautiful small Art Nouveau wardrobe in oakwood with original hooks. The wardrobe has a big umbrella stand as well as six and two clothes hooks. The wardrobe is from the time ci...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Tin

Thonet Bentwood Wardrobe Mod. No. 10.906, Austria, circa 1900
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Exceptional bentwood wardrobe or coat rack by Thonet - Mod. No. 10.906 - from the very early 20th century in Austria. Artfully processed circa 1900, this Art Nouveau wardrobe/ coat r...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mirror, Bentwood

Four Handcrafted Art Nouveau Brass Wall Hooks, Austria, 1920s
Located in Vienna, AT
A set of four beautiful brass wall hooks, handmade in the 1920s, Vienna, Austria. Gently polished by hand, in good condition with nice patina. Sold as a set of four.
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Art Nouveau Closet from the Early 20th Century
Located in Opole, PL
We present you a closet, circa 1900-1910, made of mahogany wood. This piece of furniture is in the form of an openwork wall with an advanced base for umbrellas and a storage compart...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

German Art Nouveau Oakwood Wardrobe with Brass Hooks
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very beautiful Art Nouveau wardrobe in oakwood with solid brass hooks. The wardrobe has a big umbrella stand as well as four massiv brass clothes hooks. In the center there is a shel...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Three Art Nouveau Nickel Wall Hooks
Located in Wien, AT
Three Art Nouveau nickel wall hooks, circa 1910s original condition.
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Nickel

Wardrobe Thonet, circa 1900
Located in Praha, CZ
Slightly restored, only minor traces of use. Function lock with original key.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bentwood

Italian Wardrobe Original Art Nouveau Walnut and Fir One Door with Mirror
Located in Buggiano, IT
Wardrobe in walnut and fir with one door with mirror and drawer, original art Nouveau, original Italian. Coming from home in Fiesole.  
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut, Fir

Art Nouveau Cherrywood Wardrobe from Germany
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful wardrobe from the time of the Art Nouveau. Made of solid/veneer cherrywood. The panels of the doors and the sides are veneered, the rest is made of solid cherrywood. The wa...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Spruce, Cherry

A Pair of Late Art Nouveau Brass Clothes Racks, circa 1920
Located in Armadale, Victoria
The curved rails with lily and leaf molding, the bottom rail centred with cartouche impressed with the name BOKA.
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bronze

Big Pine Art Nouveau Wardrobe, Circa 1910
Located in Opole, PL
Big Pine Art Nouveau Wardrobe, Circa 1910 We present you a three-leaf pine wardrobe, circa 1910, in the Art Nouveau style. This piece of furniture is of a simple form, finished with...
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass, Pine

Art Deco Wardrobe
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Nouveau rosewood wardrobe. Second wardrobe on my second auction. The furniture from our workshop is manually covered with high-gloss shellac Laquer.
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1930s Polish Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Coconut

Leon Benouville French Art Nouveau Maple Armoire
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau maple and inlaid armoire cabinet with brass trim and mirrored door and small side door with shelf (Attributed to Leon Benouville)
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Early 20th Century Whitewashed Massive Baltic Pine Two-Door Armoire
Located in Barntrup, DE
This beautiful and massive early 20th century Baltic armoire features paneled doors and two pull-out drawers below, three massive turned column pilasters, and two half-columns on eac...
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Early 20th Century Latvian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Asian-Inspired Art Deco Lacquered Wardrobe, France, circa 1925
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb red lacquered Art Deco cabinet / wardrobe decorated with scenes of Far Eastern inspiration: characters in Asian costumes, pagodas, cranes... Interesting decorator work, surel...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bronze

German Art Nouveau Oakwood Wardrobe
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very beautiful Art Nouveau wardrobe in oakwood with solid brass hooks. The wardrobe has a big umbrella stand as well as six clothes hooks. The wardrobe is from the time around 1900 f...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Louis Majorelle French Art Nouveau Walnut Floral Armoire
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau walnut and inlaid floral design 3 door armoire cabinet with shelf on bottom and top with spindle sides. (signed: LOUIS MAJORELLE).       
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Pair of Art Nouveau Small Armoires or Cabinets Mahogany and Glass with Inlay
Located in Weiningen, CH
Pair of Art Nouveau small armoires or cabinets mahogany and glass with inlay.
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass, Mahogany

Big Art Nouveau Solid Ash Wood Three-Door Wardrobe / Cabinet / Bookcase
Located in Darmstadt, DE
The Art Nouveau cabinet from circa 1900 from Germany was made in solid ashwood. The panels of the side doors are made of cherry wood. In the middle is a mirror with facet. The handle...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Ash, Cherry

Adolf Loos Coatstand, Coatrack for the Looshouse in Vienna, Re Edition Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Coat stand from the famous Looshouse, Michaeler-Platz, Vienna, originally fixed on the wall, for a free-standing Version, the base will be enlarged from now 300mm to 600mm. The upper...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Art Nouveau Vitrine
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau, French circa 1900. Solid mahogany with glass shelves crowned with engraved a wreath of ginkgo biloba. Original locks, keys and escutcheons with matching ginkgo leaf deta...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Cherry

Louis Majorelle Signed Art Nouveau Burled Mahogany Bar Cabinet, Newly Restored
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Art Nouveau armoire dresser or bar cabinet By Louis Majorelle (original label present) Paris, France - Circa 1900 Exotic burled mahogany, with...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Art Nouveau Rosewood Wardrobe
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Nouveau rosewood wardrobe. Second wardrobe on my second auction. The furniture from our workshop is manually covered with high-gloss shellac Laquer.
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1890s Polish Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Coconut

Art Nouveau Rosewood Wardrobe
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art Nouveau rosewood wardrobe. Second wardrobe on my second auction. The furniture from our workshop is manually covered with high-gloss shellac Laquer.
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1890s Polish Antique Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Coconut

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Adolf Loos Art Nouveau Brass Wall Hook, Werkstätte Hagenauer, Austria, 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Art Nouveau brass wall hook designed by Adolf Loos, executed by Werkstätte Hagenauer, Vienna, 1910. In good condition with charming patina.
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Adolf Loos Art Nouveau Brass Wall Hook, Werkstaette Hagenauer, Austria, 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful Art Nouveau brass wall hook, designed by Adolf Loos, executed by Werkstaette Hagenauer, Vienna, 1910. In very good condition.
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Mirrored Jugendstil Armoire
Located in New York, NY
With strong internal shelves, this piece sacrifices nothing to absolutely maximize storage while maintaining a graceful and elegant aesthetic. Created in the early 20th century, the ...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Ash

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