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Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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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Decorative Victorian Cast Iron Fender
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Decorative Victorian cast iron fender This is a Beautifully Designed Victorian Fender it is best quality and very heavy, it is decorated with leaves and scrolls The Fender is in ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

1 of the 24 Glazed Relief Tiles, S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, 1930s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle. 1930s. A beautiful relief and deep rich rose deep green, and creme color. These ti...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of 300 Art Nouveau Relief Tiles, Morialmé, circa 1930's
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful Art Nouveau tiles, with an image of a flower in relief. The gorgeous red-brown color is glazed. Manufactured around 1930 by, Societé Morialmé, Belgium. The dimensions per ...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Early 1900s Antique French Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Fireplace Mantel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early 1900s Art Nouveau substantial and imposing richly carved French walnut Trumeau Fireplace piece. This 11ft high piece came from a mansion in Saint Quay Portrieux. We have uninst...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Walnut

Art Nouveau Ceramic Vase Stamped 0507 Austria Excellent Condition
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau ceramic vase stamped 0507 Austria 1920s. The Pictures missing to show the beauty of this Vase. The piece is in excellent condition and a real beauty! A real treasu...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Antique Cast Iron Pineapple Planter Urn, Art Nouveau
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large solid cast iron planter. Could also be used in a fountain. Dark bronze/black finish with natural patina due to age.  
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Mid-20th Century North American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Large Stone Garden Statue
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Beautiful refined Art Nouveau garden statue, circa 1932s main material stone mixed with gravel and cement. Beautiful and majestic statue. A beautiful ballerina dancing covered with a...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Stone, Cement

Fountain "Dauphin" in Earthenware
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Fountain "Dauphin" in Vallauris earthenware, early 20 century Measures: H: 137 cm, W: 70 cm, D: 70 cm.
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Faience

Pair of Wrought Iron Wall Planters
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of wrought iron wall planters, zinc interior, early 20th century, large decoration. Measures: H: 60 cm, W: 78 cm, D: 26 cm.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

Delphin Massier Majolica Jardinière 'Planter and Stand', Vallauris
Located in Verviers, BE
Art Nouveau Majolica jardinière, planter with stand by Delphin Massier & Fils at Vallauris This stylish piece is an early example by a renowned maker, showing the main inspirations...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Majolica

French Art Nouveau Cast Iron Coal Heater by Sougland, 1900's
Located in Austin, TX
A rare French stove made by Sougland foundry in the Aisne region. This is the "Eureka"model number 81 made of cast iron in the Art Nouveau style and dating from the early 1900s. The ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Enamel, Iron

Pair of Etched Glass Doors, circa 1900
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic Pine wood double door, painted white, with large etched glass windows.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Japanese Pair Art Nouveau "Frog & Orchid" Garden Lanterns
Located in Shelburne, VT
From our recent Japanese acquisitions in original condition Japan, a pair (2) of attractive and sturdy antique slim Art Nouveau motif lanterns with a charming "frog & orchid" moti...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Majolica Plant Stand Jardinere
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Art nouveau majolica 2 part, pedestal stand and jardiniere featuring birds and plants. Dating from the late 19th century to 1920.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Door knob in solid brass Batlló no.2 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Batlló butterfly knob fix by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Door knob in solid brass Milà no.4 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Calvet peep-hole by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Door knob in solid brass Milà no.1 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Calvet door handle by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Door knob in solid brass Milà no.3 by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Batlló door handle by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Batlló butterfly rotary by Antoni Gaudi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid cast brass with polished finish. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. Tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Hand Painted Tole French Washstand with Basin
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous hand painted Toleware French iron Washstand with French faience wash basin. Years of wear on this beauty, with a spectacular green.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Mix of 25 Glazed Relief Tiles By S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, 1930s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of mixed antique Jugenstil/Art Nouveau handmade tiles, manfuctactured by S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, circa 1930. A beautiful relief and deep rich wa...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Magnificent Three Tiered Sculptural Root Table/Stand
Located in Bellport, NY
One of a kind free edge root table,three teired painted ash wood, lovely for plants or to display your collectables. Made in the USA, 1960s.
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1990s American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood, Paint

1 of the 40 Art Nouveau Wall Tiles Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France, 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 40 amazing set handmade tiles in rich dark green, lilac/purple colors. Manufactured around 1920 by Marque de Fabrique CF, Devres, France These tiles would be charming displ...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 36 Mixed Glazed Tiles by S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of mixed authentic antique Jugendstil handmade tiles By S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle,1930. A beautiful relief and deep rich warm green, turquoise, and...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 20 Glazed Art Nouveau Relief Tiles, Maison Helman, Céramiques d'Art
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 20 amazing original antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles manufactured in 1920s by Maison Helman - Céramiques d'Art - St. Agatha-Berchem. A beautiful relief and deep green, ...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Brass and Copper Coal Bucket
Located in London, GB
Exceptional Art Nouveau brass with copper coal bucket with ribbon on top.
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass, Copper

1 of the 86 Authentic Glazed Art Nouveau Relief Tiles Rose, Belga, circa 1930s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles with an image of yellow rose in relief on a soft yellow background. These tiles would be charming displayed on easels, fr...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Set of Unique Antique Six Ceramic Tiles, Onda, Spain Valencia, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
Set of 6 pcs. Exceptional antique Spanish wall tiles, white with rich warm colors (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are 7.9 inch (20 cm) × 7.9 inch (20 cm). Pleas...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 38 Unique Antique Relief Tiles with Flower, France, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
38 stuks Art Nouveau wall tiles with an relief image of a flower. The dimensions per tile are 5.9inch (15 cm) × 5.9 inch (15 cm). Please note that the piece is for one piece. 38 p...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 20 Glazed Art Nouveau Relief Tiles, Maison Helman, Céramiques d'Art
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 20 amazing original antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles manufactured in 1920s by Maison Helman - Céramiques d'Art - St. Agatha-Berchem. A beautiful relief and deep green, ...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Antique French Art Nouveau 'The Pub' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
Early 20th century French Art Nouveau fireback with a pub scene. The fireback is made of cast iron and the patina is natural brown. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Antique French Art Nouveau 'Rural Scene' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
Early 20th century French Art Nouveau fireback with a rural scene. The fireback is made of cast iron and the patina is natural brown. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Original Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Vienna Secessonist Flower Stand
Located in Vienna, AT
A typical work from the early period of the Wiener Werkstatte. Punched iron sheet, white lacquered. See similar items - Wiener Werkstatte pattern books as displayed. No signature.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Metal

Antique French Art Nouveau 'The Pub' Fireback
Located in Amerongen, NL
Early 20th century French Art Nouveau fireback with a pub scene. The fireback is made of cast iron and the patina is natural brown. Upon request it can be made black / pewter. The co...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Round Blue Glass Serving Bowl or Planter, Fenton
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful bright blue round plater or serving dish. This piece would be perfect for serving, or as a planter. Dimensions: 9.75" diameter 2.5" tall.
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Art Glass

1 of the 150 Art Deco Tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, 1920's
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 150 glazed ceramic tiles tiles by Boch Freres, la Louvière, circa 1920's . Beautiful original antique dark green and off-white tiles with a wonderful rich pattern. The d...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

One of the 20 Glazed Relief Tiles, S.A. Produits Ceramiques De La Dyle, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles, S.A. Produits Ceramiques de la Dyle, circa 1930. A beautiful relief and deep rich warm green, turquoise, and rose colo...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau 3-D Alabaster Sculptural Panel with Foliage and Daffodils / Jonquils
Located in Verviers, BE
Large decorative alabaster panel with Art Nouveau design. Dramatic high-relief sculpture of daffodils (Jonquils) with leaves and flower heads in 3-D. Such items were typically used a...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Alabaster

Set of 24 Art Nouveau Glazed Tiles, Belgium, 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
A unique and antique set of 24 Art Nouveau handmade tiles. Manufactured in Belgium, around 1920. A beautiful pattern and color (red brown). These tiles would be charming displayed on...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Set of Four Woodard Scroll Armchairs Mesh Seats, circa 1955
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Nice set of 4 armchairs with a slight curve to the back. Mesh seats with flowers on the legs. One foot repaired. Signed Woodard, metal tag remains on one chair. Seat height is 16.5.
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1950s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Set of Six Unique Antique Six Ceramic Tiles, Onda, Spain Valencia, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
Set of 6 exceptional antique Spanish wall tiles, white with rich colors cobalt blue and moss green (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are 7.9 inch (20 cm) × 7.9 inch (...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Pair of Art Nouveau Doorknobs and Doorplates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of original Art Nouveau copper doorknobs and doorplates. Set includes 15 pieces: two knobs, two doorplates, a mortise lock, a strike plate, a spindle with two set screws, and si...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Copper

Art Nouveau Italian Glass Table top with Iron frame Indoor or Outdoor
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Hand forged Italian Art Nouveau style glass top table with iron frame and gilt metal flowers. Circa 1930s Italian round glass top table has a curvy iron frame, decorative scroll work...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Pair of Art Nouveau Interior Doorknobs and Doorplates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of original Art Nouveau doorplates and doorknobs. Set includes 16 pieces: two doorknobs, two doorplates, a mortise lock, a strike plate, a spindle with two set screws, and six s...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Brass, Copper

19th Century French Oxblood Massier Cherub Jardiniere Pedestal
Located in Dallas, TX
A tall circa 1900 or earlier glazed redware ox blood Majolica jardinière and pedestal representing a winged Putti cherub with Art Nouveau poppy design on verso. The jardinière and pe...
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Vintage Pair of Lacquered and Painted Doors, Art Nouveau, Liberty, Early 1900s
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Vintage pair of lacquered and painted doors, painted with floral motifs typical of the art noveau - liberty style, from the early 1900s, handmade in Italy. They have pull hinges, so...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Pair of Austrian Secessionist Mirrored Pedestal Jardiniere Planters
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Austrian Secessionist pedestals / jardinières with black lacquered birch wood columns having beaded trim centering a beveled mirror topped with a hammered brass planter (mann...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Mirror, Wood

1 of 30 Art Jugendstil Ceramic Tiles by Gilliot Te Hemiksem, circa 1920
Located in Rijssen, NL
Recently lifted from its original home, a set of antique tiles from the early 20th century. With a beautiful stylized design of a lily. Manufactured by Gilliot Fabrieken te Hemiksem...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 24 Antique Tiles, Boch Freres, la Louvière, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 24 unique antique tiles, with a beautiful Art Deco pattern manufactured around 1930 by Boch Freres, la Louvière, Belgium. The dimensions per tile are size each tile: 6 in...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Ornate Wrought Iron Garden Patio Poolside Table with Textured Glass top
Located in New York, NY
Charming wrought iron garden end, side table with ornate curlicue scroll work base and textured glass top. The table is currently in later orange/peach paint finish, usable as is or ...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

1 of the 86 Authentic Glazed Art Nouveau Relief Tiles Rose, Belga, circa 1930s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Art Nouveau handmade tiles with an image of yellow rose in relief on a soft yellow background. These tiles would be charming displayed on easels, fr...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 35 Jugendstil Tiles, Belgium, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of antique Jugendstil handmade tiles. A beautiful scenery of water lilies, arrow weed and dragonflies. In soft green, soft blue, turquoise and white. These ti...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Carved Wood, Mirror Architectural Ornament Sculpture, 8 pc, early 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful set of 8 carved wood ornaments, France, early 20th Century. Entirely all hand-carved wood architectural fragment sculpture with etched mirror insert. Carved wood fragments ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Glass, Mirror, Wood

Set of 50 Hand Painted Ceramic Relief Tiles by Societe Morialme, 1895
Located in Rijssen, NL
A most unique and unusual piece of wall art. There are 50 individually tiles. Each pattered tile is a work of art in itself. Each tile is individually hand painted. Size each tile: i...
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1890s European Antique Art Nouveau Building and Garden Elements

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Earthenware, Pottery