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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate RC-CM68A
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate RC-CM68A. The good Samaritan. Inscription: INTER ARMA CARITAS (Charity in war) 1877-1907. Made on the occasion of the Red Cross Society's 30th an...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1892 RC-CM2
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1892 RC-CM2. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1895 RC-CM4
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1895 RC-CM4. Measures: 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8 The Wedding of Princess Ingeborg of Denmark to Prince Carl of Sweden. Crowned face to face monogram CI and the year 1897. Des...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1896 RC-CM7
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1896 RC-CM7. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1896 RC-CM6
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1896 RC-CM6. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1924 RC-CM229
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1924 RC-CM229. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Archer. Inscription: VENSKAB (friendship) 1884 19 NQVEMBER -1924....
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1925 RC-CM233
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1925 RC-CM233. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Sonderborg castle. Inscription: HERTHA SØNDERBORG. Comm. by the ...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1920 RC-CM189
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1920 RC-CM189. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Blacksmith forging the three rings of the Odd Fellows. Inscripti...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfekt condition. Viking-ship, in the background artic coast. Inscription: 1897 I.O...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1904 RC-CM48
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1904 RC-CM48. Measures 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM48: 1904: Star shining over front from which two snakes are d...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM21
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM21. Measures: 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM64
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM64. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM61
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM61. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM53
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM53. Measures 20 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM53: 1905: Stallion standing in front of a tree. Inscription: ...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM181
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM181. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Old building on the Frederiksholm's Kanal in Copenhagen housing...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM182
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM182. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Moses being rescued from the Nile by Faro’s daughter. Inscription...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1969 RC-CM323
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Mindeplatte fra 1916 RC-CM164. Måler 20.3 cm / 7 63/64 in. og er i perfekt stand. Danish landscape with flag and corn sheaf. Inscription: DANMARK OG DANMARKS ÆRE ...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906, RC-CM59
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906, RC-CM59. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM27
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM27. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1888 RC-CM001
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1888 RC-CM001. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in.
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Antique 1880s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1938 RC-CM283
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1938 RC-CM283. Measures: 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1970 RC-CM325
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1970 RC-CM325. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in good condition. The mill of Dybbøl. Below the two lions of Slesvig and the years 1920...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM168
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1917 RC-CM168. Measures: 20.3 cm / 7 63/64 in. and is in perfect condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM24
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM24. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898, RC-CM25
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM25. Measures 21 cm / 8 17/64 in. and is in good condition.      
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM170
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1917 RC-CM170. Measures 23 cm and is in perfect condition. The actor Olaf Poulsen. Inscription: 1867 OLAF POULSEN 1917. Comm. by the asso...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM57
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM57. Nursing sister. In the background the hospital in Copenhagen. Above Crowned face to face monogram L (Queen louise), below N...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1922 RC-CM208. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Viking-ship  in the background artic coast. Inscription: 1897 I....
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM18
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM18. Measures: 17.5 cm / 6 3/4 in.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM19
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM19. Measures: 18.4 cm / 7 1/4 in.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM23
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM23. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM66
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM66. Measures 19.5 cm / 7.43/ 64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM179
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM179. Measures 17.2 cm / 6 49/64 in. and is in perfect condition. Memorial plate for the 100th anniversary of the birth of King ...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM73
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM73. Measures 21.5 cm / 8.15/32 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1921 RC-CM202
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1921 RC-CM202. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in. and is in good condition.      
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM76
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM76. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM136
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM136. Measures 15 cm / 5 29/32 in. and is in perfect condition. Young Viking receiving sword from a woman. Inscription: D.K.F. 1...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1924 RC-CM223
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1924 RC-CM223 Two soldiers carrying a fallen comrade. Inscription: 1849 -6 July- 1924. Made on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the ba...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1936 RC-CM278
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1936 RC-CM278. Measures: 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1937 RC-CM280
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1937 RC-CM280. Measures: 19 cm / 7 31/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1960 RC-CM308
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1960 RC-CM308. Measures 21.5 cm / 8 15/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM52
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM52. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM52: 1905: Lake with swans. Above a flowering chestnut. Inscrip...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM74
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM74. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM68
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM68. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 and is in good condition.  
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM177
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM177. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in perfect condition. The powder-magazine in Frederikshavn. Inscription: 1818- FRED...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1921 RC-CM202
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1921 RC-CM202. Measures: 15.5 cm / 6 7/ 64 in. and is in perfect condition. The 70th birthday of the dowager Queen Louise of Denmark. Cro...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM138
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM138. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM138, 1912 Crowned commemorative plate for King Frederik VII...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1909 RC-CM104
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1909 RC-CM104. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM104; 1909: Commemorative plate for Princess Marie. Crowned ...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM81
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM81. Measures: 22.5 cm and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM86
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM86. Measures 38 cm / 14 61/64 in. and is in good condition. Commissioned by the freemason lodge St. Clemens in Aarhus. Sub Cruce C...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM180
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM180. Measures 25.5 cm / 10 3/64 in. and is in perfect condition.     
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM169
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM169. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Landscape with a road. Inscription: FORENINGEN AF HANDELSREJSEN...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1897 RC-CM8 The Wedding of Princess Ingeborg of Denmark to Prince Carl of Sweden. Crowned face to face monogram CI and the year 1897. Des...
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Bowl 1775-1975 No 749/2500
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative bowl 1775-1975 No 749/2500 bowl decorated in colour and gold Scenery of Copenhagen 1775-1975 200th anniversary of Royal Copenhagen Measures Height 15 c...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Neoclassical Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM128
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM128. Measures: 20.5 cm / 8 5/64 in.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM69
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM69. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. Chip on edge.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM88
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM88. Measures 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1910 RC-CM110
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1910 RC-CM110. Measures 19.7 cm / 7 3/4 in. and is in perfect condition. Aircraft over sailing ship in Copenhagen roads. Inscription: ROB...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1928 RC-CM254
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1928 RC-CM254. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Royal Commemorative For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic royal commemorative available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, porcelain and metal, every royal commemorative was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer royal commemorative, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A royal commemorative made by Art Nouveau designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. Royal Copenhagen, Arthur Imhof and Royal Crown Derby Porcelain each produced at least one beautiful royal commemorative that is worth considering.

How Much is a Royal Commemorative?

Prices for a royal commemorative start at $21 and top out at $38,000 with the average selling for $203.

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.

Finding the Right Porcelain for You

Today you’re likely to bring out your antique and vintage porcelain in order to dress up your dining table for a special meal.

Porcelain, a durable and nonporous kind of pottery made from clay and stone, was first made in China and spread across the world owing to the trade routes to the Far East established by Dutch and Portuguese merchants. Given its origin, English speakers called porcelain “fine china,” an expression you still might hear today. "Fine" indeed — for over a thousand years, it has been a highly sought-after material.

Meissen Porcelain, one of the first factories to create real porcelain outside Asia, popularized figurine centerpieces during the 18th century in Germany, while works by Capodimonte, a porcelain factory in Italy, are synonymous with flowers and notoriously hard to come by. Modern porcelain houses such as Maison Fragile of Limoges, France — long a hub of private porcelain manufacturing — keep the city’s long tradition alive while collaborating with venturesome contemporary artists such as illustrator Jean-Michel Tixier.

Porcelain is not totally clumsy-guest-proof, but it is surprisingly durable and easy to clean. Its low permeability and hardness have rendered porcelain wares a staple in kitchens and dining rooms as well as a common material for bathroom sinks and dental veneers. While it is tempting to store your porcelain behind closed glass cabinet doors and reserve it only for display, your porcelain dinner plates and serving platters can safely weather the “dangers” of the dining room and be used during meals.

On 1stDibs, browse an expansive collection of antique and vintage porcelain made in a variety of styles, including Regency, Scandinavian modern and other examples produced during the mid-century era, plus Rococo, which found its inspiration in nature and saw potters crafting animal figurines and integrating organic motifs such as floral patterns in their work.