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Art Nouveau Lighting

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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Huge Candelabrum Crystal Antique Chandelier Ceiling Lustre Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Huge candelabrum crystal antique chandelier ceiling lustre Art Nouveau Measures: Total height 140 cm, height without chain 110 cm, diameter 110 cm. Weight (approximately): 35 kg. ...
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1920s European Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Venetian Glass Chandelier, Amber with Red Details, Italy, Contemporary, 8 Arms
Located in New York, NY
Decorative glass chandelier, Venetian style, Murano, 2007, 8-arms chandelier. Amber/gold color with red details. This chandelier is very elegant and it brings a lot of light into y...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Jugendstil Piano Lamp with Original Antique Glass Shade Vienna Around 1907
Located in Wien, AT
Jugendstil Piano lamp with original antique glass shade vienna around 1907 Polished and stove enamelled Original glass shade.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Red Crystal Chandelier Antique Brass Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Beaded
Located in Berlin, DE
Red crystal chandelier antique brass ceiling lamp Lustre Art Nouveau beaded Measures: Total height 120 cm, height without chain 88 cm, diameter 65 cm. Weight (approximately) 15 kg...
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1930s European Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Pair Versace Bronze Medusa Figural Wall Sconces
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair two arm bronze wall sconces by Versace. Center figural Medusa face. Fluted body with urn shaped top.
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20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Hector Guimard Chandelier with Nickel Finish
Located in Rebais, FR
Art Nouveau chandelier from Hector Guimard. Bronze with patinated nickel finish and purple glasses (lie de vin).
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Rare L.C.T. Tiffany Studios Bronze Pottery Lamp Base
Located in Dallas, TX
This L.C.T. Tiffany Favrile bronze pottery lamp base was one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s later interests and very few were made before his death. Very large and heavy; it was made of ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Pottery

Antique French Wrought Iron Lantern with Leaded Glass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique French lantern with colored leaded glass. This wrought iron with stained glass lantern dates from the Early 20th century. The iron frame has a black painted finish, beaut...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Wrought Iron

Lighted Glass Top Art Stand with Coco Bola and Walnut Base
Located in Wilton, CT
Lighted Glass Top Art Stand, customizable Shown in Coco Bola and Walnut This piece was conceived to act as a pedestal for a single sculpture or glass art. The light within the tabl...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Lighting

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Art Glass, Wood

Amber Crystal Antique Chandelier Ceiling Florentiner Lustre Art Nouveau
Located in Berlin, DE
Amber crystal chandelier ceiling Murano Florentiner Lustre Measures: Total height 120 cm, height without chain 90 cm, diameter 85 cm. Weight (approximately): 15kg. Number of l...
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1920s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Wire

Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Table Lamp, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts table lamp. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid elm base with original milk glass shade. Rewired with one socket for E-14 ligh...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Enlarged Brass, Frostet Glass Josef Hoffmann Flush Mount/Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Larger version of the Henneberg Hohe Warte lamp from Josef Hoffmann 1901 enlarged by Woka Lamps. All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Rare Austrian Colorful Art Nouveau Bronze and Glass Chunk Jewel Table Lamp
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare Austrian colorful Art Nouveau bronze and glass chunk jewel table lamp. Attached on bronze sea monster base with eyes en cabochon. The jewels are all handcut and once light up wi...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cherub Wall Sconces
Located in Swan Point, MD
A pair of bronze cherub wall sconces from the Art Nouveau period. The classically formed cherubs are rising from waves holding illuminated neoclassical globes over head. Both are wir...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Tiffany Studios New York Gilt Bronze Lamp Shade
Located in Dallas, TX
Tiffany Studios, New York Gilt Bronze Lamp Base Early 20th century. Base impressed 'TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 585'. Height: 23 Inches, Diameter: 8 Inches, Fitter Rim: 4 in. A r...
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1920s American Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Antique Portugiese Copper Electrified Wall Lantern with Faceted Glass Panels
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A lovely copper electrified wall lantern with four faceted glass panels, Portugal, circa 1900-1910. For indoor and outdoor use. One E14 light bulb socket, beautiful aged patina to c...
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Early 20th Century Portuguese Art Nouveau Lighting

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Copper

French Crystal Chandelier Antique Ceiling Lamp Lustre Art Nouveau Lamp Rarity
Located in Berlin, DE
French crystal chandelier antique ceiling lamp lustre Art Nouveau lamp rarity Measures: Total height 150 cm, height without chain 120 cm, diameter 62 cm. Weight (approximately): 1...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Brass

Art Nouveau Lantern Pendant Lamps Brass Opal Glass, circa 1910
Located in Vienna, AT
Four (4) beautiful patinated brass lanterns, Art Nouveau, Secessionist, circa 1900-1910 Rare handmade lanterns made from differently patinated brass-work including hammered, cast...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Brass Art Nouveau Lantern or Pendant Lamp with Petrol Glass Shade, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful Art Nouveau large pendant lamp or lantern. Patinated brass frame with original beveled petrol glass shade. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. In good original conditi...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

French Art Nouveau Figural Lamp with Flower Basket Charles Perror, France
Located in Toledo, OH
Figural Art Nouveau lamp with child holding a basket of colorful flowers. Made in Paris France by Charles Perror 1862-1934. Working order.
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal

Art Nouveau Dark Blue Pâte De Verre Table Lamp by Richard Burgsthal
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare dark blue pâte de verre table lamp by Richard Burgsthal depicting a landscape scene while resting on a bronze base. Signed in relief: "Richard".
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Glass

Jugendstil Wall Lamp in Brass and Glass from Austria
Located in Vienna, Austria
This Jugendstil wall lamp was designed for an apartment or house here in Vienna. From the late 1800s to just before the second world war, patrons of the arts commissioned architects...
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1910s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Table Lamp, 1910s
Located in Praha, CZ
Art Nouveau table lamp in perfect original condition. E27 or E26 bulb.
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1910s Czech Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

1940s Gilt Metal Chandelier with White Glass Globes
Located in Buchanan, NY
Spanish gilt metal chandelier with white glass globes. Sold with canopy and chain.
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1940s Spanish Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal

Tiffany Studios Banded Dogwood Table Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
A large Tiffany Studios leaded glass and patinated bronze banded dogwood table lamp, circa 1910 The 20.5 Inch diameter shade dominates a room and gives ample light to be the center ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Counterweight Pendant Lamp, 1900, Made from Porcelain and Handmade Glass
Located in Vienna, Austria
A beautiful counterweight pendant lamp from circa 1900. Originating in Austria, in the K and K Monarchy, it has a patent dating from the industrial revolution. The lamp is made up of...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Porcelain, Glass

French Art Nouveau Style Floor Lamp
Located in Buchanan, NY
French 1920s patinated and two-toned floor lamp on a tripod base. The lamp has recently been rewired and has two sockets. Lampshade not included.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass, Bronze

Romantic Art Noveau Bronze and Tangerine Glass Chandelier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Gorgeous bronze and brass Art Nouveau light fixture having an elongated structure, lovely wheel-like ceiling cap and three arms displaying soft tangerine colored crinkle glass and sc...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Matched Pair of Handblown Glass Sconces by Venini, Italy, 1930s
Located in New York, NY
Handblown clear bugnato glass sconces. Literature: Franco Deboni’s Vetri Venini: La storia, gli artisti le tecniche, Allemandi, 2007, page 53. Measures: Height 11”, Width 13.75”. 3...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Blown Glass

Art Nouveau Style Metal Floral Candelabra Sconces in White
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau style pair of floral themed candelabra sconces, each with four arms. The pair is made of metal and is painted in white. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate we...
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Mid-20th Century Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal

Pair of French Bronze Table Lamps Ebony Base Art Nouveau Style With Linen Shades
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of exquisite French Art Nouveau table lamps, each has silver overlay gilt bronze urn supported by a marble block base depicting Japanese maple leaves with insects. The base havi...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Marble, Bronze

Associated Pair of Table Lamps, circa 1910
Located in Petaluma, CA
While they are obviously not a pair, they were so close, we thought it best to list them as such. The bases are bronze and the shades are etched. The arms can be moved around the cen...
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1910s German Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau Ceiling Kerosene Lamp with Hand-Painted Shade, Circa 1898
Located in Opole, PL
Art Nouveau Ceiling Kerosene Lamp with Hand-Painted Shade, Circa 1898 We present you an original Art Nouveau kerosene lamp, circa 1898. The lamp shade is covered with a hand-painted...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Glass

Fabric Department Wiener Werkstaette Silk Wall Light Wall Lamp
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant wall lamp suitable to the fabric department pendants of the Wiener Werkstaette Material Metal frame work covered with silk All components according to the UL regulations, ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano Glass Table Lamps
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Stunning pair of blown glass Horn table lamps by Seguso Vetri d'Arte. Lamps are a sophisticated Horn shape with milky white and a transparent pale pink swirl. They give off the warme...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Lighting

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Blown Glass

Tiffany Studios New York "Counter Balance" Damascene Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Aptly named, this Tiffany Studios New York “Counter-Balance” desk lamp is a study in elegance and equilibrium. A rotund bronze form of weighty proportions is cradled by two linear ro...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Liberty Pair of French Wall Sconces in Gilt Bronze and Opaline Glass
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Particular and original pair of wall sconces; they were made between 1920 and 1923 in a foundry near Villedieu-les-Poeles (France), a small town on the English Channel, famous for it...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Mariano Fortuny Projecteur 1907 Floor Lamp for Ecart Paris
Located in Vienna, AT
Black lacquered steel structure. Black and creme umbrella. Chrome plated brass. Incandescent light bulb. Max 300w (LED) E40. Dimensions L.35.8 x W.32.3 x H.77 inch.
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1990s French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass, Steel

French Art Nouveau Desk Table Lamp by Charles Schneider, C. 1920
Located in Toronto, Ontario
French Art Nouveau desk table lamp by Charles Schneider (Epinay-sur-Seine, Paris), France, C.1920 on stylised bronze base. The base also with concealed opening for an inkwell. The gl...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Antique Venetian Pair Electrified Girandoles Candelabra, Swaroski Crystal, Gilt
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Antique pair of Venetian electrified girandoles in gilded bronze with four-light, Swarovski crystals, early 1900s, Art Nouveau style. A check has been made of the correct functioni...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Crystal, Bronze

Koloman Moser/Josef Hoffmann/Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
Small and elegant wall or ceiling lamp; the depth is including Edison-bulb. The hole for the bulb has 6.5 cm or 2.55" Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstätte, now manufactu...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Koloman Moser/Wiener Werkstätte Brass Table Lamp, Re Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful variation of a table lamp from the very early period of the Wiener Werkstätte All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Textured Cast Metal Nouveau Lamp w/ Green Glass Shade & Curled Shade Holder
Located in San Francisco, CA
An Art Nouveau table lamp with a detailed, cast metal base and a unique, brass glass holder in the form of three curling stems. The green glass shade is a mushroom cap shape. One med...
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1920s Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Jugendstil Art Deco Brass and Glass Single Pendant Chandelier, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
The total drop is custom made!
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Pewter Wall Sconces by August Weygang, Germany, circa 1900
By August Weygang
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Pair of vintage pewter wall sconces made by August Weygang, Germany, circa 1900. August Weygang founded his pewter firm 1885. He cast pewter using traditional methods practiced for s...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Pewter

Adjustable Jugendstil Pendant, Vienna, Around 1908
Located in Wien, AT
Adjustable Jugendstil pendant, Vienna, around 1908 Brass parts polished and stove enamelled New wire Opal glass shade.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Art Nouveau Bronze and Murano Glass Chandelier, 1910
Located in Florence, IT
Art Nouveau bronze chandelier with multicolored pieces of Murano glass. Three bulb lamps.
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Peter Behrens' Flying Lady Table Lamp, Tiffany-Style, 2nd Half 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
"Flying Lady" bronze table lamp based on the 1898 design by Peter Behrens, signed Behrens Kt. on the base. This is a signed copy from the 2nd half of the 20th century.
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1970s German Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Léo Laporte-Blairsy French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture Antique Table Lamp
Located in Shippensburg, PA
A very rare figural lamp by Léo Laporte-Blairsy, it depicts a mustached man in long robes carrying a Gothic lantern on post with his head held high. Tiny pieces of cut glass in iron ...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Marble, Bronze

Four Swedish Art Nouveau Wrought Iron and Coppar Scones by Petrus Forsberg
By Petrus Forsberg
Located in Skanninge, SE
A very rare set of Petrus Forsberg Art Nouveau scones. Made in hammered iron and copper. For one candle each. A very nice example of Swedish Jugend. All four scones are signed with F...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Art Nouveau Lighting

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Copper, Wrought Iron

Tiffany Studios Three Light Lily Bronze and Favrile Table Lamp
Located in Dallas, TX
Tiffany Studios New York bronze and favrile lily shade table lamp. Table lamp model "Three-light Lily". New York, Circa 1910. Patinated bronze casting, three lights with "Favrile" g...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau "Carlo Rizzarda" attr. Iron Chandelier, circa 1910
Located in Sacile, PN
Iron Art Nouveau floral chandelier with five Murano glass bowls. Italian design, dated beginning of 20th century.   
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1910s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Iron

Ceiling Lamp with Opal Glass in the Style of Jugendstil
Located in Wien, AT
Ceiling lamp with opal glass in the style of Jugendstil This is a reproduction. We have also the same in nickel-plated Opal glass Depending on the order quantity it can take up t...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Opal, Brass

Unique Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Hexagonal & Circular Brass & Glass Pendant
Located in Lisse, NL
Highly stylish and beautifully handcrafted Art Nouveau pendant. If you are lucky enough to live in a home or work in an office from the turn of the century than this stunning pendan...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Bespoke Italian Art Nouveau Organic Design White Murano Glass Lotus Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A contemporary creation of the highest quality, this lighting fixture, entirely hand made in Italy, is composed of white Murano glass leaves, that are arranged in a lotus flower shap...
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2010s Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Gold, Brass

French Art Nouveau Brass Table Lamp with Frog, 1930s
Located in Barntrup, DE
Beautiful Art Nouveau brass table lamp in the shape of water lily with a frog figurine on the base. White flower-shaped frosted glass lampshade. One socket for a B22 size light bulb...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Italian Brass Chandelier with Lilies and Cranberry Glass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful six-light chandelier with lilies and centre bowl is clear cranberry glass. Measures: Diameter 55 cm. Height 85 cm. Six E14 bulbs.  
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Lighting

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Brass

Magnificent French Gilt Bronze Chandelier, circa 1890-1900 by Maison Mottheau
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Magnificent French Gilt Bronze Chandelier Circa 1890-1900 Stamped E. MOTTHEAU PARIS Maison Mottheau et Fils of Paris.   1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris The fixture fe...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Lighting

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Ormolu