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Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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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Silvered Bronze Sculpture of a Briard Dog Signed Sanson, France, 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Silvered bronze sculpture of a Briard Dog signed Sanson - France 1900 The Briard packs so much loyalty, love, and spirit into its ample frame that it's often described as a "heart w...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Majolica Swan Jardinière Stamped Imperiale Nimy, Belgium, circa 1900
Located in Verviers, BE
Majolica white swan jardinière Nimy, circa 1900. Stamped: Nimy Faiences imperiale 1789-1951 Belgium. A real treasure for the ceramics' collector. ...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Wirehaired Terrier No 3165
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of wirehaired terrier no 3165. Measures: 12 cm / 4 23/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Hen Merganser Hunting Decoy attributed to John Dawson Folk Art, Americana
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Carved and polychromed wood; retains original painted surface. Glass Eyes. Attributed to John Dawson, Trenton, New Jersey, 1900-1925. Dawson worked as a kiln operator at the Scamme...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Girl by Bird Feeder No 757
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of girl by Bird Feeder no 757. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in.
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Late 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Perfume Lamp Attributed to Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Perfume lamp in the form of a squirrel attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Electrical parts European standards with an inner light bulb (...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Majolica Set of White Swans Jardinière Stamped Imperiale Nimy Belgium circa 1900
Located in Verviers, BE
Majolica set of white swans jardinière stamped Imperiale Nimy, Belgium, circa 1900 Stamped: Nimy Faiences imperiale 1789-1951 Belgium. Dimensions small one: Height 5.51 inch Wi...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Pair of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Herons
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a pair of a hand painted Royal Copenhagen porcelain herons. They are standing up inside a swamp covered by cattails plants. Their retracted “S” shaped and long peak are highl...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Stag Figurine No 756
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen stag figurine No 756. Measures: 15 cm / 5 29/32 in. and is in good condition. Item no.: 433626.
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1950s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Porcelain Whippet Dog Sculpture Zsolnay Pecs, Hungary, 1930s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Zsolnay Pecs was established in 1853 in Hungary. They were the biggest porcelain factory during the WWI. They became famous because they introduced porcelain pieces made of eosin. ...
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1930s Hungarian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Bronze Art Nouveau Flower with Humming Bird Candlestick Holder
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful bronze Art Nouveau flower and humming bird candlestick holder, circa 20th century. Dimensions: 3.5" depth x 5.5" width x 8.5" height. Wicker table shown search 1stDibs...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Vintage Danish Porcelain Sea Lion Figurine by Bing & Grøndahl
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Danish Porcelain sea lion figurine by Bing & Grøndahl Very decorative hand painted sea lion sculpture in porcelain from the period 1915 to 1947. Designed by Knud Møller for ...
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Franz Xavier Bergmann, French Bulldog, Miniature Vienna Bronze Sculpture, 1900
Located in New York, NY
Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse (these marks used t...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Murano Glass Alexandrite Neodymium Birds on The Branch Signed by Renato Anatra
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass alexandrite neodymium birds on the branch in purple and clear, signed by the artist Renato Anatra; years 1960-1970. The colour of the birds changes to fluoresc...
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Genuine Murano Glass Rooster with Original Sticker
Located in Grantham, GB
Genuine Murano glass multi-coloured rooster with platinum leaf on the breast, attributed to Fratelli Pitau; years 1950-1958. In excellent condition and with original sticker present.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Majolica Butterfly Wall Pocket Fives Lille, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica Butterfly Wall Pocket Fives Lille, circa 1900. Rare colors.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Faience

Murano Glass Alexandrite Neodymium Penguin Signed by Licio Zanetti
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass alexandrite neodymium colour-changing penguin in purple, signed by the artist Licio Zanetti; years 1960-1970. The colour of the sculpture changes by fluorescen...
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Majolica Swan Jardinière Planter Stamped Imperiale Nimy, Belgium, circa 1900
Located in Verviers, BE
Majolica white swan jardinière Nimy, circa 1900. Stamped: Nimy Faiences Imperial from 1789-1951 Belgium. A real treasure for the ceramics' collector. With best wishes, Geert. ...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Austrian Majolica Ostrich Vase, circa 1890
Located in The Hills, TX
Austrian Majolica ostrich vase with an egg on the top of the vase, circa 1890.
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1890s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica, Ceramic, Faience

Early 20th Century Austrian Bronze Cobra Pocket Watch Holder by, Franz Bergman
Located in Englewood, NJ
An early 20th century Austrian/Viennese Art Nouveau realistic cold-painted bronze of a cobra snake coiled with its head fanned out and tongue extended outwards. The tongue is long en...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Majolica Pink Butterfly Wall Pocket Fives Lille, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Large Majolica pink butterfly wall pocket signed Fives Lille, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Faience

Dog Perfume Lamp / Air Purifier /Carl Scheidig Gräfenthal, Germany, circa 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Rare and gorgeous dog perfume lamp attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Excellent condition, lamp is in working order. Size: Height 17 cm, 6.7 in, width 11 cm, 4.33 in....
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Majolica Set of White Swans Jardinière Stamped Imperiale Nimy, Belgium
Located in Verviers, BE
Majolica set of white swans jardinière stamped Imperiale Nimy, Belgium, circa 1900s Stamped: Nimy Faiences imperiale 1789-1951, Belgium. Dimensions small one: Height 4.72 inch ...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Large Majolica Owl Pitcher Art Nouveau Style Made in England, Late 19th Century
Located in Katonah, NY
A marvelous Majolica owl made in the Art Nouveau style in England circa 1890. The figure is painted in bright enamels with stunning pink breast feathers, turquoise eyes, and deep bro...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Georges Gardet, a Large and Rare Set of Great Danes
Located in Ulestraten, Limburg
An impressive set of two patinated bronze dogs, so-called "Great Danes" (Great Danes) by the famous French animalier Georges Gardet (1863-1939). They are signed G. Gardet and bear th...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid-Century Murano Cordonato D`oro Glass Fish with Gold Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano cordonato d`oro glass fish with gold leaf and with controlled bubbles, attributed to Archimede Seguso; years 1940-1946. In excellent condition.
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1940s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Majolica Dragonfly Wall Pocket Fives Lille, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Majolica dragonfly wall signed pocket by Fives Lille, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

19th Century Majolica Flamingo Vase Delphin Massier
Located in The Hills, TX
Elegant Majolica vase with a flamingo in front of leaves vase signed Delphin Massier, circa 1890. The Massier are known for the quality of their unique enamels and paintings. The Ma...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica

Majolica Frog with Mandolin Massier, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Art Nouveau green Majolica frog who playing mandolin unsigned Jerome Massier Fils, circa 1900. The Massier are known for the quality of their unique enamels and paintings. The Massi...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Majolica, Ceramic, Faience

French glazed Ceramic Black Cat
Located in Stamford, CT
A charming seated glazed ceramic black cat with yellow glass eyes and gilt bow around neck. What I find most appealing about this fellow is the rather serious look on his face. Frenc...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Pair of Vintage Dalmatian Dog Mantel Shelf Figures China Porcelain
Located in Nürnberg, DE
20th century porcelain dog figures, circa 1950s. Placed on your Mantel Shelf they would give your room a classic statement. Very good vintage condition, consistent with age and use.
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1950s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Italian Ceramic Blue Crane Sculpture
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a hand painted ocean blue, white and black color ceramic crane. It is standing very proud in an oval white base with hand painted green long grass. Under the base is marked m...
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20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Small Vienna Bronze Figure of a Small Lion, Franz Bergmann 'Marked on Bottom'
Located in Wien, AT
Small Vienna bronze figure of a Lion, Franz Bergmann ( marked on bottom, see last picture ) Original condition.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Vienna Bronze Figure of a Tiger, Franz Bergmann ' Marked on Bottom '
Located in Wien, AT
Vienna bronze figure of a tiger, Franz Bergmann ( marked on bottom, see last picture ) Original condition.  
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Pierre Jules Mene Bronze Sculptures of Hunting Dogs
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a P.J.Mene patinated bronze sculptures of a pair of hunting dogs. He is considered one of the pioneers of animals sculpture of the 19th century. The sculptures feature a hair...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

German Hand Carved and Hand Painted Wood Deer Head with Antlers, Wall Plaque
Located in Barntrup, DE
Very unusual and adorable hand carved and hand painted wall hanging deer head with genuine antlers mounted on a carved wooden plaque. The wooden plaque depicts green leaves and red f...
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Antler, Wood

Carved Marble Bird
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Carved marble bird resting on a rock with rough crystals, 20th century. Measures: H: 12 cm, W: 19 cm, D: 9 cm.
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Marble

Glazed Ceramic Rabbit, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic rabbit, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Early 20th Century Red Cardinal Austrian Vienna Bronze Bird Figurine, Vintage
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1910s Vienna bronze figurine. This polychromed cold painted bronze is probably something you need if you’re a Vienna bronze collector. Found at an estate sale in Vienna...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Porcelain Figurine, Air Purifier or Table Lamp, Owl from Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Germany, 1930s, excellent condition Porcelain figurine / air purifier / table lamp. Owl. Undamaged original condition. The lighting works. A small container on the back can be fille...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Rare Large Majolica Butterfly Wall Pocket Jerome Massier, circa 1900
Located in The Hills, TX
Rare Large Majolica butterfly wall pocket signed Jerome Massier, Circa 1900. Measure: H / 10 inches. W / 15.5 inches.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic, Faience

Porcelain Figurine, Air Purifier or Table Lamp, Owl or Eagle Owl from the 1930
Located in Verviers, BE
Germany, 1930s, excellent condition Porcelain figurine/air purifier/table lamp. Owl eagle owl. Undamaged original condition. The lighting works. A small container on the back can be...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Vitange Murano Glass Alexandrite Neodymium Horse Head, Signed by Licio Zanetti
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful vitange Murano glass alexandrite neodymium colour-changing horse head, signed by the artist Licio Zanetti. This sculpture is among the largest specimen made by the artist. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Scotty Dog Pups Perfume Lamp by Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Scottie dog perfume lamp in the form of a terrier puppy and mother/father attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Restored electrical parts wit...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Large Art Nouveau Vase with a Sculpted Peacock and 'Opium' Poppies
Located in Verviers, BE
This dramatic and unusual sculpted vase has a very long neck and a very detailed portrayal of a peacock which has been separately modelled and applied to the basic vessel. The long n...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Murano Glass Sommerso Swan, Antonio Da Ros
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass sommerso swan in red, yellow and clear, attributed to Antonio Da Ros for Vetri Cenedese. In excellent condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Neodymium Alexandrite Walrus Signed by Elio Raffaeli
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass neodymium alexandrite colour-changing walrus, signed by the artist Elio Raffaeli for Salviati; years 1960-1968. The colour of the sculpture changes to to green...
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Glass

Vitange Murano Glass Sommerso Pheasants with Gold Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautifuls murano glass sommerso pheasants set o two blue, green, red and clear with gold leaf in the grows attributed to Archimede Seguso perfect condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Bisque Porcelain Sculpture by Royal Dux "Shepherd With Herd", CZ circa 1916
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful Porcelain Sculpture by Royal Dux from the early 20th century depicting a shepherd with his herd. Artfully designed around 1916 by the renown german sculptor Hermann Schuber...
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Early 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Vitange Murano Glass Sommerso Swan with Silver Leaf
By Vittorio Constantini
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful vitangeMurano glass sommerso swan in light blue, blue and clear with silver leaf, attributed to Vittorio Zane; years 1960-1970. In excellent condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass

Perfume Lamp Attributed to Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Perfume lamp in the form of a Bird attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Electrical parts European standards with an inner light bulb (stan...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Perfume Lamp of an Owl by Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Perfume lamp in the form of an owl attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Electrical parts European standards with an inner light bulb (stan...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Perfume Lamp of an Owl by Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Perfume lamp in the form of an owl attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Electrical parts European standards with an inner light bulb (stan...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Dog Perfume Lamp / Air Purifier /Carl Scheidig Gräfenthal, Germany, circa 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Rare and gorgeous dog perfume lamp attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Excellent condition, lamp is in working order. Size: Height 17 cm, 6.7 inch, width 13 cm, 5.11 i...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Perfume Lamp of an Owl by Carl Scheidig/Gräfenthal, Germany, 1930s
Located in Verviers, BE
Perfume lamp in the form of an owl attributed to Carl Scheidig Grafenthal, Germany. Made from glazed porcelain. Electrical parts European standards with an inner light bulb (stan...
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1930s German Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Ceramic

Meissen Porcelain Figure of German Shepherd Dog
Located in New York, NY
An exquisitely crafted Meissen Porcelain figure of a German Shepherd dog from the sought after Pfeiffer Period. hand-painted underglaze in black and brown, bearing the famous blue cr...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Porcelain

Abduction of Europa by Hermann Haase-Ilsenburg
By Hermann Haase-Ilsenburg
Located in New Orleans, LA
A poignant work of extraordinary artistry, this bronze figure captures the mythical tale of Europa, the beautiful Phoenician princess who was kidnapped by the king of the Olympian go...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Vitange Murano Glass Tutti Frutti Pheasant with Gold and Aventurine(A.Ve.M)
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful vitange Murano glass Tutti Frutti pheasant with gold and aventurine, attributed to Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso;vetri A.Ve.M years 1950-1956. In excellent condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures

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Murano Glass