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Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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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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 Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

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 Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

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 Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Faceted Paperweight, Archimede Seguso
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful blue Murano glass faceted floral paperweight attributed to Archimede Seguso. In excellent condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Sommerso Set, Flavio Poli
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass sommerso set in organic amber, green and clear, attributed to Flavio Poli for Seguso; years 1950-1960. Set of four vases, one perfume bottle and on...
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Mezza Filigrana Pheasant with Gold Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass mezza filigrana pheasant with gold leaf, attributed to Aureliano Toso; years 1950-1956. In excellent condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Pink Opaline Bird with Gold Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass pink opaline bird with gold leaf, attributed to Alfredo Barbini for Vetri Cenedese; years 1940-1946. In excellent condition.
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1940s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Fratelli Toso Murano Millefiori Flowers Antique Italian Art Glass Mini Basket
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful antique murano hand blown dark purple / black, orange and white millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass decorative basket. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company, circa...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine

Daum Nancy, France, Large Antique Vase in Art Glass with Landscape and Trees
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Daum Nancy, France. Large antique vase in mouth-blown art glass decorated with lake landscape and trees, circa 1910. Measures: 31 x 15 cm. Signed. In excellent condition.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait Vase Amphora White Blue circa 1897
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Art Nouveau Ceramic Portrait vase Allegory of Autumn manufactured by Amphora-Werke Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Turn-Teplitz circa 1897 A perfect example of the qualit...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

French Art Nouveau Desk Table Lamp Charles Schneider, France, C.1920
Located in Toronto, Ontario
French Art Nouveau desk table lamp by Charles Schneider (Epinay-sur-Seine, Paris), France, ca.1920 on stylized bronze base. The glass shade was made of blown double glass with powder...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Murano Glass Sommerso Uranium Perfume Bottle and Bowl
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Murano glass sommerso uranium perfume bottle and bowl in red and uranium green, attributed to Antonio Da Ros for Vetri Cenedese. The perfume bottle is 28cm tall and the bow...
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Austrian Jugendstil Floral Glass Bowl Loetz Red Gold circa 1902
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Jugendstil floral glass bowl Johann Loetz Witwe red gold circa 1902 "Cytisus Maigruen" decoration The "Cytisus" decoration, also known as "golden rain", is one of the mos...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Le char de l'aurore - Louis Auguste Moreau, circa 1880, Signed
Located in Ulestraten, Limburg
A large exceptional beautiful gilt and patinated bonze Sculpture of Louis Auguste Moreau (1834-1917), signed. “LE CHAR de L’AURORE" circa 1880”, Literature: Pierre Kjellberg,...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Northwood Wishbone Pattern Amethyst Carnival Glass Footed Bowl
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning North American carnival amethyst glass bowl decorated in the Wishbone pattern by Northwood and dating from the early 20th century. The bowl stands raised on three scroll l...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Art Nouveau Patinated Bronze Vide Poche Gustave Gurshner, Austria, C.1910
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Art Nouveau patinated bronze Vide Poche Gustave Gurshner Austria C.1910. Female circular form relief design, signed Gurshner Depose on front and stamped Mod No 92 on reverse. Measure...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

English Art Nouveau Daisy-Plucking Loves-Me-Loves-Me-Not Jewelry Box
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian Art Nouveau sterling silver box. Made by Levi & Salaman in Birmingham in 1904. Round and wavy form with straight sides and overhanging hinged cover. On cover top in voluptu...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Murano Glass Bowls/Ashtrays with Gold and Silver Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass bowls/ashtrays in red and blue with gold and silver leaf, attributed to Fratelli Toso; years 1940-1950. In excellent condition.
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1940s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Mid-Century Bowls with Gold and Silver Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful mid-century Murano glass bowls in blue and brown with gold and silver leaf, artributed to Fratelli Toso; years 1950-1960. In excellent condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Fratelli Toso Murano Purple Teal Blue Millefiori Antique Italian Art Glass Vase
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful antique Murano hand blown millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass decorative double handles vase. Documented to the Fratelli Toso company, circa 1910-1930. It has a bulb...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Murrine, Glass, Art Glass

Jumbo Collection Antique French Ormolu Mantel Clock
Located in Cantu, IT
This important and fine ormolu clock was made in France towards 1860, according to the taste of the so-called Second Empire. The case is a typical quality bronze cast and gilt one, ...
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1860s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Murano Glass Faceted Set
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful murano glass faceted somerso set 3 vase and one bowl green yellow and clear attributed to Flavio Poli years 1950-60 perfect condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Liberty Monumental Pair of Terracotta Vases, 1920'
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of large liberty terracotta vases finely decorated with birds and bamboo plants Timeless decoration for your interior or garden.
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Terracotta

Murano Glass Faceted Hexagonal Sommerso Vase
Located in Grantham, GB
Large glass fceted hexagonal sommerso vase with controlled bubbles purple blue and clear created to Flavio Poli for Seguso perfect condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Empoli Optical Glasses
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Empoli optical glasses set of 3 pieces brilliant condition sizes 36\9\10 cm , 26\18\13, 24\14\10 cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Antique Murano Glass Vase with Gold Leaf by Salviati
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful antique murano glass vase with gold leaf by Antonio Salviati for Salviati red swirled glass and gold leaf fish brilliant condition.
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Vitange Bohemian Somerso Bowl
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Bohemian sommerso bowl by Josef Hospodka for Chribska pink, yellow and clear brilliant condition.
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1960s Czech Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass

Antique Murano Glass Courtesan with Gold Leaf
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful murano glass courtesan with gold leaf attributed to Ercole Barovier and Fratelli Toso years 1930-1936 brilliant condition.
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Vase
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful murano glass vase white and clear with controlled bubbles attributed to Alfredo Barbini brilliant condition.
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Abstract Sculpture
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful murano glass abstract sculpture perfect condition beautiful home decor.
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1980s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Kosta Boda Vitange Vase with Controlled Bubbles
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Kosta Boda clear vase with controlled bubbles made in Sweden by Vicke Lindstrand perfect condition.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art 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 Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

Zsolnay Art Nouveau Vase in Glazed Ceramics Modelled with Sitting Woman
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase in glazed ceramics modelled with a sitting woman. Beautiful eosin glaze. 1920/30s. Measures: 24 x 13 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1920s Hungarian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Double Lutrins in Cast Iron and Wood
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Double Lutrins in cast iron and wood from the beginning of the 20th century, very decorative. H: 114 cm, W: 100 cm, D: 50 cm.
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Early 1900s European Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Iron

Rosenthal Bowl in Orange and Blue Glazed Porcelain with Hand-Painted Butterflies
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rosenthal bowl in orange and blue glazed porcelain with hand-painted butterflies and gold decoration. 1920s / 30s. Measures: 23.5 x 13 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Rosenthal Lidded Jar in Blue Glazed Porcelain with Hand-Painted Fruits
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large Rosenthal lidded jar in blue glazed porcelain with hand-painted fruits, butterflies and gold decoration. 1920s / 30s. Measures: 31.5 x 20 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1920s German Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Vitange Murano Glass Paperweight with Controlled Bubbles and Gold-Mica
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful large vitange murano glass paperweight green clear with controlled bublles and gold mica attributed to Galliano Ferro perfect condition.
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1960s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Murano Glass

WMF Art Nouveau Silver Plate 3 Piece Desk Set Stamp Holder Blotter Pen Tray
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Circa 1900 German manufactured by WMF "Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik". A three-piece Art Nouveau desk set includes a "rocking" blotter, 5" x 2.5"; a pen tray, 9.75" x 2.25", and...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Art Nouveau Pewter Vase with 3 Upright Fish Hermann Gradl for Osiris, 1899
By Hermann Gradl
Located in Antwerp, BE
An art nouveau vase shaped like three upright fishes, their tails forming a circular foot. By Hermann Gradl for Osiris, Isis. Germany 1899 This model is illustrated on page 180 of...
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1890s German Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pewter

French Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze & Patina Portrait Vase by Charles Korschann
Located in Englewood, NJ
An Early 20th century French Art Nouveau cast parcel gilt bronze and patinated Portrait vase by sculptor, Charles Korschann and cast by, Louchet Foundry depicting on the frontside of...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Double XX Enameled & Bronze Pattern Desk Set by, Tiffany Studios
Located in Englewood, NJ
An Early 20th Century Art Nouveau fine Rare gilt bronze and enameled "Double XX" pattern desk set by, Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces for Tiffany Studios compromising of a picture frame, l...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Etched Glass Vase Brown Yellow circa 1912 Josef Hoffmann Loetz Austria Art Deco
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Jugendstil glass vase with etched decoration brown Yellow circa 1912 Form and Decoration by Josef Hoffmann manufactured by Johann Loetz Witwe Art Nouveau signed decoration f...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Glass Vase Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Loetz Green 1900
Located in Vienna, AT
Mouth-blown Glass Vase Austrian Jugendstil designed by Josef Hoffmann manufactured by Johann Loetz Witwe 1900 "Creta Glatt" decoration Josef Hoffmann used this shape for the first...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Glass

Austrian Jugendstil Bronze Vase Gustav Gurschner circa 1905 Silver Plated
By Gustave Gurschner, K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei Wien
Located in Vienna, AT
Austrian Jugendstil Patinated and Silver-Plated Bronze Vase designed by Gustav Gurschner manufactured by K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei circa 1905 Signed Gustav Gurschner is among the m...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Michael Andersen, Denmark. Art Nouveau Vase in Glazed Ceramics
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Michael Andersen, Denmark. Art Nouveau vase in glazed ceramics with hand-painted foliage in brown and orange shades. 1920s / 30s. Measures: 21.2 x 11 cm. In excellent condition. S...
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1920s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Carved Wooden Box
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau wood oblong shaped box with etched floral design.  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Wood

White Ceramic Carved with Circular Pierced Pattern Vase or Vessel, In Stock
Located in Oakland, CA
Inspired by Art Nouveau design, the vase is wheel thrown, hand pierced, hand carved stoneware with a satin glaze. Small holes are created when the clay is still wet and then each hol...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Antique Paul Jean Millet Sèvres Ceramic Box Polychrome Blue Green Glaze
Located in Munich, DE
This fine Sèvres ceramic box is marked PM Sèvres for Paul Jean Milet. It has been glazed in the most marvellous colours reminiscent of a Monet's water lillies.
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Art Nouveau Rooster Bimini Art Glass Sculpture Figure, 1920s Vienna Austria
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early-20th century hand blown Rooster, made by Bimini, Austria. Excellent vintage condition, consistent with age and use. A nice addition to any collection. Found at an estat...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Blown Glass

Paul Frey Miniature 18-Karat Gold and Jade Clock
By Paul Frey
Located in New Orleans, LA
An exceptionally rare objet d'art, this opulent and incredibly rare French miniature clock is crafted of solid 18-karat gold and jade. Crafted by Parisian jeweler Paul Frey and retai...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Jade, 18k Gold, Bronze

Antique Art Nouveau Christofle Silver Plate Vase, France, C.1900
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Antique Art Nouveau Christofle silver plate vase, France C.1900. The vase on oval swirl base rising to tapered bulbous form, elaborately decorated with raised tendril foliage design,...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver Plate

Art Nouveau Pewter Double Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau rectangular pewter double inkwell with floral design and shaped gallery corners (Kayserginn).   
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20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Pewter

French Art Nouveau Bronze Dore Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau (Secessionist-style) bronze dore double inkwell with floral design and green fabric under glass base.  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Italian Art Nouveau Gilt Silver Picture Frame with Black Marble, Illumination
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination is a rectangular golden silver picture frame with black marble designed by Laura G Art with Heart and it is decorated 360°, both front and back as every one of my pictur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Belgian Black Marble, Silver

Italian Art Nouveau Handcrafted Silver Picture Frame, Kindness
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Kindness is the name of this delicate model of Laura G Art with Heart collection of picture frames, handmade entirely by Italian masters of art. Kindness is both front and back deco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Silver

Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze Picture Frame Murano Glass Illumination Blue
Located in Sarezzo, IT
Illumination blue is a golden bronze picture frame with blue Murano glass. A Classic Art Nouveau motif meanders in relief on a background of blue Murano glass. Illumination blue is a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

A Pair of Petite Art Nouveau Gilt-Bronze Vases by Alexandre Vibert
Located in London, GB
A Pair of Petite Art Nouveau Gilt-Bronze Vases, by Alexandre Vibert, Cast by Colin et Cie. Signed to the body ‘Alexandre Vibert’ and with the foundry mark for ‘Colin, Fondeur’. ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Legras French Gilt Decorative Art Glass Vase in Gobert Form
By Legras Montjoye
Located in Maastricht, NL
Art Nouveau Legras French gilt decorative art glass vase in Gobert form. Published in: Repertoire Raisonne untitled Legras: Verier by Michel and Vitrat. Publisher: Agrus Valaentines...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Decorative Objects

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Art Glass