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Daum Nancy Huge Vase Art Nouveau France Lorraine Made in circa 1906
By Daum
Located in Vienna, AT
Daum Nancy Art Nouveau Huge Vase tube form type / made in France (Lorraine), Nancy / circa 1906. Specifications: Stunningly manufactured casing glass with brownish, orange, ye...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Glass

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Enamel

Bronze Bust on Red Marble Base by J. A. Injalbert Art Nouveau France, circa 1900
By Jean-Antoine Injalbert
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Outstanding bronze bust by famous French sculptor Jean Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933) from the beginning of the 20th century. This unique, extra large version - twice as big as the co...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Griotte Marble, Bronze

19th Century French Art Nouveau 'Horse' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
19th century French Art Nouveau fireback with a horse rider on a horse. The fireback has a natural brown patina. Upon request it can be made black / pewter.  
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Fireplace Tools and Chimney...

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Iron

  • 19th Century French Art Nouveau 'Horse' Fireback
  • 19th Century French Art Nouveau 'Horse' Fireback
  • 19th Century French Art Nouveau 'Horse' Fireback
  • 19th Century French Art Nouveau 'Horse' Fireback
H 19.49 in. W 19.49 in. D 0.6 in.
Pair of French Art Nouveau Walnut Console Tables
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Art Nouveau walnut console tables with shaped tops and festoon designs. (PRICED AS Pair)
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Console Tables

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Walnut

French Art Nouveau Bronze 'Spinning Wool' by Alexandre Clerget
By Alexandre Clerget
Located in London, GB
A delightful Art Nouveau early 20th century bronze figure of a naked woman sat upon a rock spinning wool, exhibiting excellent rich brown patina and fine hand finished detail. Raised...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Planter or Jardinière Floral, France, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Fantastic ceramic planter or jardinière from France, circa 1910. This floral designed planter or jardinière just looks fantastic in combination with the wonderful worked blossoms on ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

Montjoye, France, Large Art Nouveau Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass, 1880-1900
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Montjoye, France. Large Art Nouveau vase in mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with flowers in enamel work, gilt. High quality vase. Dated 1880-1900. In very good condition. Measures...
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Antique 1880s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Montjoye, France, Large Art Nouveau Vase in Mouth-Blown Art Glass, 1880-1900
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Montjoye, France. Large Art Nouveau vase in mouth-blown art glass. Decorated with flowers in enamel work, gilt. High quality vase. Dated 1880-1900. In very good condition. Measures...
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Antique 1880s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

French Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp
Located in Berlin, DE
French crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp. Measures: Total height 95 cm, height without chain 78 cm, diameter 50 cm. Weight (approximately): 8kg. N...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wire

French Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp
Located in Berlin, DE
French crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp. Measures: Total height 150 cm, height without chain 85 cm, diameter 50 cm. Weight (approximately): 8kg. ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wire

French Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp Rarity
Located in Berlin, DE
French crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp rarity Measures: Total height 125 cm, height without chain 110 cm, diameter 73 cm. Weight (approximately): 1...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

French Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp Rarity
Located in Berlin, DE
French crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp rarity Measures: Total height 150 cm, height without chain 120 cm, diameter 62 cm. Weight (approximately): 1...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Antique French Brass Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp
Located in Berlin, DE
Antique French brass crystal chandelier ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp Measures: Total height 120 cm, height without chain 105 cm, diameter 70 cm. Weight (approximately) 15 ...
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Vintage 1930s European Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Art Nouveau Bronze 'Femme avec Chat' by Hippolyte Moreau
By Hippolyte François Moreau
Located in London, GB
A charming bronze study of a young girl looking down at her feet where her cat is standing exhibiting excellent rich brown patina and very fine hand finished detail, signed Hip Moreau.
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Signed French Art Nouveau Metal Vase, 1stdibs New York
Located in Chicago, IL
French Art Nouveau metal vase. Signed Lola 1911. The top is embellished with green glass cabochons and the body is decorated with dimensional flowers and birds.
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Early 20th Century French Vases

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Metal

Documents Du Bijou Art Moderne, Art Nouveau Jewelry Designs
Located in North Yorkshire, GB
A3 folio comprising 20 plates with numerous designs for art nouveau jewels, includes necklaces, hairpins, ear rings, pendants, combs, hairpieces and more. Would be of great interest ...
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Early 20th Century French Books

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Paper

Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp Rarity, 1930
Located in Berlin, DE
Crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau Lamp Rarity, 1930 Measures: Total height 110 cm, height without chain 85 cm, diameter 63 cm. Weight (approximately): 18k...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Daum Frères Nancy Cameo Vase by Georges de Feure Frieze Figurines 1925
By Georges De Feure, Daum
Located in Vienna, AT
Daum Frères Nancy / Lorraine / France Rarest Cameo Vase With Frieze Decoration Running Around Made circa 1920-1930 (= Transition Period From Art Nouveau To Art Deco) Design & ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Glass

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Glass

Orchies French Art Nouveau Faïence Majolica Asparagus & Artichoke Plate, 1880s
By Orchies
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Majolica glazed French faïence barbotine artichoke and asparagus plate, Orchies, circa 1880. In the Art Nouveau style, showing the stylized leaves of both plants, an artichoke glob...
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Antique 19th Century French Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Earthenware

Art Nouveau Guimard's Lamp
Located in Rebais, FR
Bronze lamp with gold finish (24-carats).
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Bronze

  • Art Nouveau Guimard's Lamp
  • Art Nouveau Guimard's Lamp
  • Art Nouveau Guimard's Lamp
  • Art Nouveau Guimard's Lamp
H 29.53 in. W 13.78 in. D 7.88 in.
Frie Onnaing French Art Nouveau Barbotine Majolica Asparagus & Shell Plate
By Onnaing
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A French Barbotine majolica Asparagus plate in the Art Nouveau style, Frie Onnaing, circa 1890-1910. A deep plate with a shaped rim and a scallop shell motif sauce well bordered b...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Earthenware

French Candelabrum Black Crystal Antique Chandelier Ceiling Lustre Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Amber crystal chandelier ceiling Murano Florentiner lustre Measures: Total height 99 cm, height without chain 65 cm, diameter 60 cm. Weight (approximately): 6 kg. Number of li...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Wire, Brass

Ornate French Art Nouveau Art Deco Beaded Glass Straw Fringe 6-Light Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Ornate French Art Nouveau and Art Deco, frosted satin etched art glass lamp shades chandelier Measures: Diameter 30.7 in/ 78 cm Height 32.2 in / 82 cm Weight 7 Kg / 32 lb 6-light bu...
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20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Art Nouveau Art Deco Gilded Amber Beaded Glass Fringe Chandelier, Lantern
Located in Coimbra, PT
Beautiful antique French Art Nouveau Art Deco gilded bronze lanterns and amber beaded glass straw fringe, 2 tiers. Measures: Depth 8.7 in /22 cm Width 8.7 in /22 cm Diagonal 12 in/ 3...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Art Deco and Art Nouveau Brass and Frosted Glass Degué Style Chandelier
By Degué
Located in Coimbra, PT
French Degué style Art Deco white frosted glass, 4-light brass chandelier/ gold and bronze color metal with patina. 4 bulbs E14 Good working condition Measures: Diameter 28.5 in / 72...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Art Deco and Art Nouveau Brass and Frosted Glass Degué Style Chandelier
By Degué
Located in Coimbra, PT
French Degué style Art Deco white frosted glass, six-light brass chandelier/ gold and bronze color metal with patina. Six bulbs (five bulbs E14 40W and one bulb E27 60W) Good working...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Art Deco and Art Nouveau Brass and Frosted Glass Degué Style Chandelier
By Degué
Located in Coimbra, PT
French Degué style Art Deco white frosted glass, 4-light brass chandelier/ gold and bronze color metal with patina. 4 bulbs E14 Good working condition Measures: Diameter 28.5 in / 7...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Art Nouveau Emile Galle Four Color Botanicals Vase. Circa 1905
By Emile Gallé
Located in Dallas, TX
A stunning four color wheel carved and acid etched fat vase with pink, yellow, greenish browns and white on a cream background. The coloring is strong and the workmanship excellent. ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Vases

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Art Glass

Art Deco & Art Nouveau Crystal Glass Fringe Hollywood Regency Gilt Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Fabulous midcentury Art Deco or Art Nouveau frosted crystal glass fringe and green glass beaded gilt spiral chandelier. Also have a matching pair of table lamps. Measures: Diameter 1...
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Mid-20th Century French Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

Original Vintage French Cycling and Bicycle Poster J.B. Louvet by Mich, 1919
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Artist: Mich Year: 1919 Dimensions: 120 x 90 cm Condition: Excellent condition Format: Linen backed.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Posters

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Other

French Trumeau Mirror, Silvered Leaf, circa 1910
Located in Paris, FR
Large Modern Style (Art nouveau) trumeau mirror. French antique fireplace mirror named « The Parisienne », with fruits and plants carved. Re-gilding to the patinated silvered leaf. M...
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Vintage 1910s French Art Nouveau Wall Mirrors

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Silver Leaf

  • French Trumeau Mirror, Silvered Leaf, circa 1910
  • French Trumeau Mirror, Silvered Leaf, circa 1910
  • French Trumeau Mirror, Silvered Leaf, circa 1910
  • French Trumeau Mirror, Silvered Leaf, circa 1910
H 52.76 in. W 29.34 in. D 2.76 in.
Original Vintage Poster Les Bellet Russes by Villemot
By Bernard Villemot
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
The Ballets Russes was a ballet company based in Paris that performed between 1909 and 1929 throughout Europe and on tours to North and South America."
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Vintage 1970s French Art Nouveau Posters

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Paper

Georges Antoine Rochegrosse “Le Jongleur de Notre Dame”
Located in Vienna, AT
Poster by Georges Antoine Rochegrosse, for “Le Jongleur de Notre Dame” (1902), by Jules Massenet. Color lithograph signed lower right in print: G. Rochegrosse. Framed behind glass wi...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Posters

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Paper

Pair of 19th Century Majolica Floral Jardinières
Located in The Hills, TX
19th century pair of French Majolica pink flowers jardinières. Sand background.
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Lamp in Wrought Iron with Colored Glass Shades Signed
By Art de France
Located in Verviers, BE
A wonderful French Art Nouveau lamp. The stands are handmade in wrought iron with black finish patina and hammered with floral pattern. The metalwork is of excellent quality. Crowne...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau French Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Single Art Deco French chair in fruitwood.
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fruitwood

  • Art Nouveau French Chair
  • Art Nouveau French Chair
  • Art Nouveau French Chair
  • Art Nouveau French Chair
H 33.5 in. W 18.25 in. D 16.75 in.
Pair of French Art Nouveau Antique Leather Doors
By C. Desse
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th century French leather doors with applied leather and stud motif. Leather has been completely reconditioned and has beautiful patina. Signed C. Desse. - France Would be a great...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Art

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Leather

French Majolica Jugendstil Art Nouveau Ceramic Plate, circa 1900
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Beautiful French Majolica wall plate from the Jugendstil / Art Nouveau period (ca 1900). Elegant design with a lovely lady in the middle. The plate has a little restoration on the ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau French Porcelain Ormolu-Mounted Urn
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Art Nouveau French porcelain ormolu-mounted urn.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Urns

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Porcelain

Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
A pair of solid wood pyrography pictures with inlay and stud-work, age related wear produced in France around 1900 original condition Age: 1900 Style: Art Nouveau Material: ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Paintings

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Wood

  • Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
  • Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
  • Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
  • Pair of Art Nouveau Folk Art Pictures c1900
H 40.56 in. W 25.2 in. D 1.58 in.
19th Century French Art Nouveau Verre Églomisé Gilt Trade Shop Sign
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Of striking composition, a reverse painted and gilt trade sign, late 19th century (circa 1890) in age French in origin. The sign has typical Art Nouveau organic flowing forms and...
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Paintings

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Glass, Hardwood

Carved Walnut Art Nouveau French Corner Chair
By J. Horner
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very fine carved walnut French Art Nouveau corner lounge chair.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Corner Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Box in Wood Art Nouveau France 1920, Signed
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This box is signed by a French artist: L.Maire. It has been made around 1920 in France. Typical of the Art nouveau style. It is in an excellent condition.
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Wood

  • Box in Wood Art Nouveau France 1920, Signed
  • Box in Wood Art Nouveau France 1920, Signed
  • Box in Wood Art Nouveau France 1920, Signed
  • Box in Wood Art Nouveau France 1920, Signed
H 3.55 in. W 7.09 in. D 5.12 in.
Art Nouveau French Silver Beakers by Edouard Fournemet
By Edouard Fournemet
Located in Bochum, NRW
Art Nouveau French silver beakers by Edouard Fournemet. Set of six liqueur cups in silver and vermeil, decorated with nets surmounted by crossed ribbons. Made by the renowned French...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Silver

19th Century French Jeweler's Trade Sign Verre Eglomise Blacksmith Art Nouveau
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Here we have a rare mid-19th century french jeweler's trade sign. Wrought iron frame with foliage decoration, no doubt this has been done by a talented blacksmith of the time. Th...
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Antique 1890s French Art Nouveau Signs

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Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau French Tetard Sterling Wash Basin / Jug
Located in Hudson, NY
Early 20th century Art Nouveau French tetard sterling wash basin and jug . The silver pedestal jug is decorated with exterior foliate swags and scrolls design details with multi tier...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Art Nouveau French Clement Massier Vase, 19th Century
By Clement Massier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning Art Nouveau French twin handled earthenware vase by Clement Massier decorated with brown, yellowand blue streaked glazes. The vase has an impressed CLEMENT MASSIER GOLFE J...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Ceramics

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Earthenware

Pair of French Art Deco Lamps in Wrought Iron with Colored Glass Shades Signed
By Art de France
Located in Verviers, BE
A wonderful pair of French Art Deco lamps. The stands are handmade in wrought iron with black finish patina and hammered with floral pattern. The metalwork is of excellent quality. ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau French Wrought Iron Coffee Table Base
Located in North Hollywood, CA
French Art Nouveau scrolling wrought iron coffee table base on scrolled legs, decorated with patinated leaves. The scrolling wrought iron base with outwardly 'C' scrolling legs with ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Patio and Garden Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Art Nouveau French Silver Handbag Purse Dated circa 1900
Located in London, GB
Art Nouveau French silver handbag purse dated circa 1900 Very pretty chainmail purse, probably for gold coins with two compartments inside. Really heavy quality in very good order.
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Silver

Stylish Art Nouveau French Christofle Gallia Bread Basket, c.1910
By Gallia
Located in London, GB
A magnificent French Christofle Gallia bread basket beautifully decorated with a stylish Art Nouveau Poppy design. Just back from our silversmith's workshop where it has been prof...
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Vintage 1910s French Art Nouveau Serving Bowls

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Silver Plate

Majolica Centerpiece by Sarreguemines Art Nouveau, France, circa 1915
By Sarreguemines
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Mesmerizing Majolica Centerpiece made by Sarreguemines in France, circa 1915. A very decorative piece of Majolica art depicting a heron on the top plate. Designed with much love to d...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Centerpieces

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Majolica

Single Chair by Leon Jallot Art Nouveau, France, circa 1906
By Léon Jallot
Located in New York, NY
Low curved walnut frame, carved with straight grooves along the back and inset with two bronze plaques decorated with a pine-cone motif. Signed.   OUR REFERENCE N6489  
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Art Nouveau French Bronze Sculpture "Printemps" by Charles Korschann
By Charles Korschann
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An incredibly distinctive work typical of the Art Nouveau expression of naturalism, the sculpture is a celebration of youth and the female form. The figure grasps bountiful bundles o...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Figurative Sculptures

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Bronze

Pair of French Art Nouveau Hand Carved Wood Pyrography/Marquetry Wall Art Signed
Located in Arles, FR
A fine pair of French art nouveau hand carved wooden panels or wall art, signed L. Brissat. The technique that went into making these very detailed French wall decorations is "pyro...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Decorative Art

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Fruitwood, Maple

Daum Nancy Rare Vase Wallflowers Art Nouveau France Lorraine, circa 1900
By Daum
Located in Vienna, AT
Daum Nancy rare vase: Its form is of round squeezed type Decoration: Wallflowers. Manufactory: Daum Frères / made in France / Nancy, Lorraine, circa 1900-1905. Designer: ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Glass

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Glass

Galle Style Cameo Glass Art Nouveau Table Lamp
By Galle Art Glass
Located in Fairfax, VA
Gorgeous French Art Nouveau cameo glass table lamp with dore bonze mounting.
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Vintage 1910s French Art Nouveau Table Lamps

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Walnut Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau walnut display cabinet with 3 beveled glass doors and a floral carved center pediment and side corners.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Art Nouveau Vitrines

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Walnut

  • French Art Nouveau Walnut Cabinet
  • French Art Nouveau Walnut Cabinet
  • French Art Nouveau Walnut Cabinet
  • French Art Nouveau Walnut Cabinet
H 89.5 in. W 52 in. D 16.5 in.
French Art Nouveau Bronze Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau bronze inkwell with 3 ladies heads.  
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Inkwells

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Bronze

  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Inkwell
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Inkwell
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Inkwell
  • French Art Nouveau Bronze Inkwell
H 6.25 in. W 11.75 in. D 7 in.
Antique Gilt Bronze Art Nouveau French Jewelry Box, ca 1900
Located in Petaluma, CA
This luscious jewelry box is about as art nouveau as it can be. Sinewy lines all around and a cameo of a woman on the top. The original interior is lined with velvet. The box is quit...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Jewelry Boxes

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Bronze

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Art Nouveau France For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal art nouveau France for your home. Each art nouveau France for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, glass and bronze. If you’re shopping for an art nouveau France, we have 5400 options in-stock, while there are 31 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer art nouveau France, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. An art nouveau France, designed in the Art Nouveau, Art Deco or Hollywood Regency style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made art nouveau France over the years, but those crafted by Emile Gallé, Daum and Louis Majorelle are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Art Nouveau France?

Prices for an art nouveau France can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $61 and can go as high as $638,555, while the average can fetch as much as $2,709.

A Close Look at Art Nouveau Furniture

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.