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Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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 Carved Oak Northwind Face Desk Library Table with One Drawer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique English Art Nouveau carved oak wood desk library table with one drawer. Item features carved Northwind faces to front and rear, brass corner mounts, solid oak wood constructi...
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20th Century English Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

Art Nouveau Palisander Writing Desk with Mother of Pearl Inlays, Austria ca.1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Breathtaking, one of kind Art Nouveau Palisander Writing Desk from the very early 20th century in Vienna around 1905. This impressive antique desk is not just a "normal" writing desk...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Nouveau Carved Wood and Guilted Side Table
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Art nouveau side table by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pat...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Fabric, Glass

Louis Majorelle Desk and Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Nouveau small writing desk and chair, circa 1900 by Louis Majorelle. Frame sculpted with clematis flowers and vines, the top with marquetry of clematis flowers and vines. ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Piero Zen Small Desk with Maple and Mather of Pearl Inlays, Italy Milan
Located in Sacile, PN
Piero Zen small desk with nickel silver feet and frezies, maple and mather of pearl inlays, circa 1905. The friezes around the top carry small ruby glass half-spheres. Signature ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Mother-of-Pearl, Alpaca, Wood

Art Nouveau Double Sided Walnut and Rosewood Desk by Lajos Kozma, 1930
Located in Rome, IT
This rare large double sided desk was designed by Lajos (Ludwig) Kozma, who had an unprecedented influence on the European design through his drawings, buildings and furniture. Th...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Desk Art Nouveau - Attributed Louis Majorelle
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Desk Attributed Louis Majorelle Style: Art Nouveau or Modernism or Jugendstil Year: 1900 Materials : Furniture glass paste, bronze and wood. Painted flowers Louis-Jean-Sylvestre...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Art Deco Luxury Vanity Console in Walnut, Ebony and Marble
Located in Antwerp, BE
High-end walnut and ebony vanity table This eclectic and exuberant piece shows a beautiful form with stunning details such as the hand carved claw feet and flower motives Th...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble

French Pine Art Nouveau Faux Bamboo Small Writing Table, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning Art Nouveau faux bamboo small writing table. Striking French design from the 1900s. Solid pine top on turned solid cherry faux bamboo legs. Original drawer. In very good...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry, Pine

French Art Nouveau Cast Iron and Marble-Topped Table
Located in Woodbury, CT
This fine Art Nouveau cast iron table, signed by its maker, "A. Izern, Beziers" has a newer, but very handsome, fossilized cream-colored marble top with grey undertones and a small b...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Marble, Iron

Eugenio Quarti desk, Chair and Trah in Style Liberty or Art Nouveau, Jugestails
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Eugenio Quarti (Desk , chair and Trash ) Style: Liberty or Art Nouveau or Modernism or Jugendstil Furniture realized mainly in inlays of nacre and metallic applications, parchament ...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

French Mahogany Art Nouveau Writing Desk Signed Louis Majorelle
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Signed ‘Louis Majorelle’ Art Nouveau desk with the sinuous lines and curves typical of the style. Four curved-front drawers retaining their original brass Art Nouveau pulls and with ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Art Nouveau Walnut Top Desk
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful top desk from the time of Art Nouveau from Germany. The desk was made circa 1905 of walnut wood on a pinewood body. The writing plate was upholstered with hand-patinated l...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon Carved 4 Drawer Partners Desk and Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Japanese Art Nouveau Dragon carved 4 drawer partners desk and chair. Set includes (1) partner's desk with working drawers on both sides, (1) heavily carved arm chair with flo...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Late 19th Century Tyrolean Shabby Small Desk Table Art Nouveau, Pine Painted
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1980s-1990s Tyrol Austrian shabby small desk table country Art Nouveau, in solid pine with original painting, restored and only wax polished. On request we can with 600 euros take it...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Art Nouveau Pedestal Desk with Extensions, in Mahogany, France, 1900s
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb office desk with shelves / extensions from each side. Structure in solid blond mahogany, bronze handles decorated with leaves. Art Nouveau, Ecole de Nancy, France, circa 1...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Oak Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Pedestal Desk, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts pedestal desk. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid oak with original brass handles. The top has a new faux leather writing section. Thi...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Set of Modernist Chair and Writing Table, Circa Early 20th Century
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of chair and writing table by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beaut...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Late 19th Century Art Nouveau Walnut-Veneer Desk
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very nice desk from the time of Art Nouveau. The Desk can be centered. The desk was made around 1900 of walnut wood on a pinewood body. The desk can be split into 3 parts: 2 gondola...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Early 20th Century Viennese Secession oak writing desk
Located in Prague 8, CZ
This luxurious-looking Art Nouveau writing desk was made in about 1910 in the former Austria-Hungary. It is made of oak wood. The table top is covered with green plush in the front. ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

French Art Nouveau Walnut Dressing Table (Manner of Majorelle)
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau dressing table / writing desk with a floral inlaid arch top upper structure having a shelf & letter slats between 2 small drawers (Manner of MAJORELLE)
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

After Josep Maria Jujol Art Nouveau Counter Table, circa 1950
By Josep Maria Jujol
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Art Nouveau counter table designed by Josep Maria Jujol in 1911 for Casa Mañach, Barcelona. Made from the original designed by the architect for the Mañach house in 1911. By unknow...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Iron

Elegant Satinwood Art Nouveau Partners with Desk Blue Suede Top, ca 1915
Located in Charleston, SC
Elegant satinwood art nouveau partners desk with blue suede top, heart carved corners, and ball-and-claw feet, Circa 1915.
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Satinwood

Art Nouveau Double Sided Walnut and Rosewood Desk by Lajos Kozma, 1930
Located in Rome, IT
This rare large double sided desk was designed by Lajos (Ludwig) Kozma, who had an unprecedented influence on the European design through his drawings, buildings and furniture. Th...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Bonnin Ashley Custom Made Pine Writing Table or Desk in the Jugendstil Style
Located in Miami, FL
This table is a faithful reproduction of a Scandinavian Jugendstil antique writing table in our collection, circa 1900. Pine table with drawer fabricated from, reclaimed cheese boar...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Original Otto Wagner 1905 Iconic Writing Desk Postal Saving Bank Vienna, Thonet
Located in Vienna, AT
Otto Wagner writing desk from the Postal Saving Bank in Vienna. Made by Thonet, Vienna.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

French Art Nouveau Walnut Desk with Brass Duck Handle by Louis Majorelle
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau walnut single drawer table desk with brass duck head handle (Louis Majorelle).
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Art Nouveau Vanity Desk with Mirror, Carved Cherry Wood, Marble-Top with Chair
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 20th century, Art Nouveau vanity desk with mirror, carved cherrywood, marble top, with chair Excellent condition, only polished to wax Measures cm: desk H 78 add 55 x W 83 x...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Cherry

Leon Jallot Sculpted Walnut Desk and Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French transitional (from Art Nouveau to early Art Deco) desk and en suite chair by Leon Jallot in sculpted walnut and walnut burl, circa 1910. This desk features Jallot’s beautiful ...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

French Art Nouveau "Magnolia" Desk by, Louis Majorelle
Located in Englewood, NJ
An extremely fine and rare carved wood and inlaid marquetry single drawer "Magnolia" desk decorated with inlaid exotic wood marquetry of blooming magnolias with a beautifully carved ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

1920s Desk Ernesto Basile 'Attributed'
Located in Catania, IT
1920s desk design by Ernesto Basile (attributed) for Ducrot (attributed). The desk has the original fabric top of the time, covered by glass and has been restored.
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Fabric, Glass, Wood

1900s Wiener Occasional table or writing desk in Walnut Restored wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 20th century Wiener occasional table, writing desk Art Nouveau, all solid walnut restored and wax polished. This wiener werkstatte table, with the dimensions of a desk, recove...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Belgian Art Nouveau Desk and Armchair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Belgian Art Nouveau desk and armchair in ebonized oak, circa 1905, in the manner of Gustave Serrurier-Bovy. 72" long x 37" deep x 30" high. The Art Nouveau movement in Belgium was in...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

Dutch Oak Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Partners Desk by K.P.C. de Bazel, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elegant and rare Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts partners desk. Design by K.P.C. de Bazel. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid oak with original brass handles and inlay. In goo...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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