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Art Nouveau Busts

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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Art Nouveau Composition Portrait Bust of Printemps 20th C
By Maison de l'Art Nouveau
Located in Big Flats, NY
An Art Nouveau sculpture offers composition portrait bust of Printemps, titled as photographed, 20th century Measures - 23.25"H x 13.25"W x 8.25"D.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Busts

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Composition

Antique Carved Alabaster Art Nouveau Bust of Carmen, Signed Villanis, c1900
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Art Nouveau sculpture signed Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914) offers carved alabaster portrait bust of carmen, sated on marble base, signed as photographed, c1900 Measures...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster, Marble

"Farm Girl", 1911
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bisque bust, "Farm Girl", 1911. Measures: H: 28 cm, W: 10 cm, D: 10 cm.
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1910s European Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Modernist Bronze Bust Sculpture of "Pain" by Oszkar Zadory Hungarian, 1883-1947
By Alexis Rodier Foundry
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A fine and rare work in bronze by Hungarian sculptor Gergely Finta, working under Auguste Rodin in Paris starting in 1906 under the pseudonym Oszkár Zádory, it was cast by the Alexis...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Art Nouveau French Bronze Portrait Bust of Furtuna after François Piquemal
By Alphonse Piquemal
Located in Big Flats, NY
An Art Nouveau French gilt bronze portrait sculpture depicts Fortuna wrapped in an allegory of fortune (including cornucopia rams horn, treasure including jewelry and gold coins), af...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Ceramic Bust of a Maiden
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau ceramic portrait bust of a maiden, depicted with long flowing hair and floral wreath, stylized socle base with relief flowers. Measures: 15.5" H x 9.5" W x 5.5" D.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Busts

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Ceramic

Lucréce by Emmanuel Villanis, an Art Nouveau
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
'Lucréce' a large Art Nouveau bronze bust by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). Modelled as a young Lucréce with unkept hair, wearing a diadem with a loose fitted shawl draped around her...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

'Janotte' Emmanuel Villanis Art Nouveau Bronze Bust, French, 1890
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
Janotte, an Art Nouveau, patinated bronze bust of a young lady with head scarf. Dark brown patination. Set on an integral plinth. Signed Villanis under shoulder. Signed Villanis u...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Maurice Maignan Bronze Female Bust Sculpture
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Maurice Maignan bronze female bust sculpture. It depicts a young lady with a smile and wearing a tight corset adorned with an upper border full of ruffles. She also has lik...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Auguste Henri Carli Bust in Terracotta, France, Belgium, Early 20th Century
By Auguste Carli
Located in Verviers, BE
Auguste Henri Carli (1868-1930)-bust in terracotta, France, Belgium, early 20th century Signed A. Carli. Auguste Carli is a French sculpture, whose work along with that of his br...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

19th Century Antonio Frill Carved Alabaster Bust
Located in La Plata, MD
Wonderfully detailed Art Nouveau style alabaster carved bust of a woman with a sheer dress wearing a head band by famous Italian artist Antonio Frilli. Signed “A. Frilli Firenze" ...
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

Antique Art Nouveau Gilt Plaster Portrait Bust Sculpture of Woman, Circa 1910
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Art Nouveau sculpture offers gilt plaster depicting portrait bust of a woman on plinth, unsigned, c1910 Measures: 23.5" H x 11" W x 10.75" D.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Bronze Bust "Nerina", Signed Emmanuel Villanis
Located in Paris, FR
Art Nouveau bust in bronze with brown patina from the end of the 19th century, signed Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914) and titled on the base "Nérina". It represents an elegant young wo...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Style Bronze Bohemian Woman Bust
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau-style bronze bust of woman with long wavy hair and hair bow in a dress with central flower and the word 'Bohemienne' engraved in the base.
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20th Century Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

After J Becox Statue of a Young Blacksmith, French Spelter
Located in Verviers, BE
About Statue made After J Becox worked from to French, (1834-1917), Made of spelter and the base of wood. Sculpture of a blacksmith shaping metal with a hammer and anvil, Good condit...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Spelter

Small Bust of a Woman Head Made of Silvered Bronze
Located in Stockholm, SE
A small bust of a woman head made of silvered bronze. Signed on the back but we do not know by who. A truly nice piece of art.   
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Antique Art Nouveau Plaster Bust by Hochock
Located in London, GB
A stunning antique bust from the Art Nouveau period. We think this is French and dates from around the 1890-1900 period. It depicts a young girl in a shawl, it is signed and numbe...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Art Nouveau Bronze Bust "Mlle. Lange” by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in Jesteburg, DE
A late 19th-early 20th century French Art Nouveau bronze bust entitled “Mademoiselle Lange” of a beautiful young woman wearing a hat, modeled in the Art Nouveau style with excellent ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Alfred Boucher Silvered Bronze, French, circa 1890
Located in Belgium, BE
A silvered bronze by Alfred Boucher (1850-1934) depicts an athlete in a dynamic pose, thrusting forward with his arms outstretched to reach the finish line. Signed "A.Boucher" on th...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Bronze Vander Straten Art Nouveau Bust
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bronze Vander Straten Art Nouveau bust Paris Bronze Society foundry, circa 1900 origin France Art nouveau perfect condition.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Guiseppe Carli Signed, Polychrome Ceramic Bust of an Arab Head
Located in Verviers, BE
Head bust face statue from Belgium by Guiseppe Carli, (1915-1987) ceramic. Signed. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any further questions.      ...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Art Nouveau Busts

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Ceramic

Dressform Attributed to Thonet, Vienna 1900, Covered with Etro Fabric Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Dressform attributed to Thonet, Vienna 1900, covered with fabric by Etro from Italy. A very unique piece which can be used in its initial assignment as dressform as well as room scul...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Fabric, Beech

Art Nouveau Bronze Bust "Miarka” by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
A stunning late 19th century French bronze bust of a captivating and beautiful young woman with wonderful head dress and long flowing locks, enhanced by the rich brown patination and...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Antique Orientalist Plaster Bust of a Man, circa 1900-1930
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Antique orientalist plaster bust of a man, circa 1900-1930.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Marble Bust: Cosette With Marianne's Phrygian Cap
Located in Paris, FR
Large Art Nouveau white marble bust featuring Cosette, the heroine of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables (1862). She wears the Phrygian cap, symbol of freedom, which links her cause ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

Art Nouveau Female Bust in Alabaster
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Art Nouveau female bust in alabaster, Socle composed of two blocks of alabaster, unsigned. Measures: H 51 cm, W 30 cm, D 16 cm.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster

Emmanuel Villanis. French (1858-1914) Doré Bronze Bust
Located in Norwood, NJ
Doré Bronze Bust by Emmanuel Villanis. French (1858-1914) "Javotte" Doré bronze female bust. Signed with notation: E.V. 191
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze, Gold Plate

Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Hippopotamus
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of hippopotamus. Measures 34 cm / 13 25/64 in. Except a couple of iron spots and hole indside the mouth, but in good condition. From 1889-1922 Item no.: 43...
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Early 1900s Danish Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Bust Young Girl France
Located in Den Haag, NL
Art Nouveau bust off a young girl. France, circa 1900. Beautiful girl, looking a little stubborn. Signed H. Laurens Plaster.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Italian Art Nouveau Style Sculpted Marble Bust by Pugi
Located in London, GB
Italian Art Nouveau style sculpted marble bust by Pugi Italian, circa 1905 Measures: Height 57cm, width 41cm, depth 33cm This fine marble bust of a young woman is designed in th...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble

20th Century Terracotta Bust of Italian Nobility, Italy Vintage
Located in Nürnberg, DE
This is an impressive bust formed with terracotta of a Italian noble woman or girl. This beautiful sculpture is hand formed, 20th century. It makes a nice addition to any room.
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Late 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta

Cast Bronze Woman Bust "Bohême Orientale" Signed R. Colombo, Paris, 1884
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Cast bronze woman bust "Bohême Orientale" signed R. Colombo, Paris, 1884. (Renzo Colombo 1856-1885). Bronze plaque at front "Bohême Orientale par Colombo".
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Glazed Ceramic Woman Bust, Art Nouveau Period, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Glazed ceramic woman bust, Art Nouveau period, France, early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Busts

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Ceramic

Carrara Marble Sculpture by Antonio Frilli, Firenze, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara marble sculpture by Antonio Frilli, Firenze, circa 1890.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

Hans Müller, Austrian Early 1900s Petite Jugenstil Bronze and Gilt Bust
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $950....Here you have a delicate and finely chased Jugenstil bust of a young lady with turn of the century upturned hair resting on a pedestal of what appears to be a vi...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Bronze Sculpture Signed G. Obiols, Titled "Pecheuse Bretonne", France
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Bronze sculpture signed G. Obiols, titled "Pecheuse Bretonne", France, late 19th century.          
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Bronze Sculpture Signed H. Gauquie, France, Late 19th Century
By Henri Desire Gauquie
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Bronze sculpture signed H. Gauquie, France, late 19th century.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Alabaster Woman Bust Signed F. Vichi with Marble Base, Firenze, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Alabaster woman bust signed F. Vichi with marble base. Firenze, circa 1890. Siena marble base.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Alabaster, Siena Marble

Carrara Marble Sculpture Signed Luca Madrassi, Paris, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara marble sculpture signed Luca Madrassi, Paris, circa 1890. Art Nouveau period.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

Carrara Marble Sculpture Signed "Loreley" by Hippolyte Moreau, France, 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara marble sculpture signed "Loreley" by Hippolyte Moreau, France, circa 1890. Art Nouveau period.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble

Antique Bust Ladies Face Gold, by Van Der Straten, Rare Large, Dianna
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large and beautiful bronze bust. Title is the Dianna. Clearly Sort of a two-tone finish to the bronze, circa 1890s Listed artist. Signed on the bottom. By Van Der Straten. Very hea...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Leon Noel Delagrange French Bronze Bust of a Young Art Nouveau Woman
Located in Fairfax, VA
Leon Noel Delagrange an Art Nouveau French bronze bust of a classical female.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Large Antique Art Nouveau Austrian Porcelain Female Sculpture or Bust
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large and very well executed antique porcelain bust is presumed to have been made in Austria in circa 1890 in the period Art Nouveau style. The bust does have a very faint and i...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Plaster Bust "The Arab", Austria, circa 1910
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Very decorative Art Nouveau plaster bust "The Arab" from circa 1910 in Austria. The great looking bust depicts an oriental man wearing an salmon-colored caftan and a golden shimmerin...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Busts

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Plaster

Art Nouveau Bronze Bust "Sibylle” by Emmanuel Villanis
Located in London, GB
Beautiful late 19th century French Art Nouveau bronze bust of a young classical woman wearing a head dress decorated with medallions exhibiting good hand finished surface detail and ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

1900 Head of a Girl with Flowers Art Nouveau Sculpture in Patinated Wood
Located in Marseille, FR
Head of a young girl with flowers Art Nouveau style 1900 period patinated wood.
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Wood

Bing & Grondahl Bisque Bust of Venus from Milo
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl bisque bust of Venus from Milo. Measures 35,5cm / 14". From 1860-1880. Has a small chip on the base.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Bing & Grondahl Bust of Kong Frederik VII
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bing & Grondahl bust of Kong Frederik VII. Measures 19 cm / 7 31/64 in. and is in good condition, except small chip on base is from circa 1860.
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Mid-19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Paul-François Berthoud Bronze Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
By Paul-Francois Berthoud
Located in New York, NY
This gilt and patinated bronze French Art Nouveau sculpture portrait depicts famed actress Sarah Bernhardt, by Paul-François Berthoud. Berhnardt, one of the most important actresses ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

French 19th-20th Century Art-Nouveau Bronze Patinated Bust of Marie Antoinette
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine French 19th-20th century Art-Nouveau patinated bronze bust of "Marie Antoinette" (Queen of France 1755-1793), after the model by Agathon Léonard or Léonard Agathon van Weydeve...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

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

Large Art Nouveau Teplitz Porcelain Female Statue or Bust Entitled "Reflexion"
By Teplitz
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large porcelain sculpture of a young female was produced by the Teplitz factory of Bohemia in the period and style of Art Nouveau. The bust depicts a young female in contemplati...
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Late 19th Century Czech Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Porcelain

Gilt Bronze Art Nouveau Bust of a Young Maiden, Artist Signed Savine, circa 1895
Located in Petaluma, CA
This is an exceptional example of the beauty of the art nouveau movement. It has all the qualities of what art nouveau lovers look for. The back to nature look with the flowing hair,...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

20th Century Cast Bronze Statue of a Nymph Signed by Ferdinando de Luca, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
The famed Italian sculptor Ferdinando de Luca created this incredible cast bronze likeness of a girl in the 20th century. Its stylized Art Nouveau aesthetic has a vibrancy which perf...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Vintage Art Nouveau Bronze & Marble Statue, signed V. Bruyneel
Located in Bronx, NY
This vintage, circa 1895, Art Nouveau bronze & marble bust was designed & executed by Victor Leopold Bruyneel. This artist presents a wonderful interpretation of a French femme fatal...
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Late 19th Century French Bronze Bust by Pierre Louis Detrier
Located in Bronx, NY
This vintage, circa 1890, patinated bronze sculpture depicts a wonderfully detailed bust of a beautiful lady adorned with stunning flowers in her hair. The artist, Pierre Louis Detri...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Bronze

Carrara and Breccia Marble Sculpture, Signed L.C. Firenze, Italy, circa 1890
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Carrara and Breccia marble sculpture, signed L.C. Firenze, Italy, circa 1890. Signed "Scelta dum fiore" in the front.
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1890s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Carrara Marble, Breccia Marble

Terracotta Woman Bust Signed Goldscheider, Austria, circa 1900
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Terracotta woman bust signed Goldscheider, Austria, circa 1900. Friedrich Goldscheider (1845-1897).
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Busts

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Terracotta