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Art Nouveau Chairs

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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Iconic Thonet Chair Designed by M. Thonet, Bentwood, 1920s
Located in Wrocław, Poland
This chair with armrests dates back to the 1920s and was made by famous Thonet Company (original stamp preserved). The piece is made in famous Thonet technique - steamed bentwood. Th...
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1920s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Pair of Austrian Art Nouveau Upholstered Bentwood Side Chairs
Located in New York City, NY
A lovely pair of Art Nouveau/ Secessionist cushioned side chairs; the backs featuring butterfly padded rests. The Art Nouveau movement blossomed in Vienna, Austria at the turn of the...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech

Vintage No 81 / Rondo Bentwood and Leather Armchair Hungary
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
This stunning vintage Hajduthonet Rondo armchair was originally called the No 81 chair. It was designed between 1900 and 1904 by an unknown Austrian architect. For the time it was an...
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20th Century Hungarian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Fabric

Wicker Rocking Chair Art Nouveau, France, Victor Horta, Organic, 1905
Located in Antwerp, BE
Wicker Rocking Chair Art Nouveau, France; 1905; Early 20th Century; Victor Horta Artfully processed, combined with amazing shaped lines make this comfortable rocking chair a real ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wicker

Pair of Cubist Chairs, circa 1915, Austria-Hungary
Located in Prague 8, CZ
A pair of cubist chairs having a striking geometric form. It was made in Austria-Hungary, circa 1915 and features a dark stained beech structure and walnut veneer. The chairs are com...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Beech, Walnut

Single Chair by Leon Jallot Art Nouveau, France, circa 1906
Located in New York, NY
Low curved walnut frame, carved with straight grooves along the back and inset with two bronze plaques decorated with a pine-cone motif. Signed.   OUR REFERENCE N6489  
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Rare Oak and Parchment Chair by Carlo Bugatti
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare oak and parchment chair by Carlo Bugatti han painted with birds and leaves motifs. Marked to underside ‘Mobili Brevettat Bugatti. Italy: circa 1904 Carlo Bugatti was a famous...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

1916 Set of 4 Ebonized Viennese Chairs in Jugendstil Style Made by Khon
Located in Brescia, IT
This set of 4 very elegant ebonized chairs is made in Austria, by the manufacturer Jacob & Josef Khon in 1916, situated in Vienna. The set was presented in a catalogue of 1916 and a...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Antique Number 14 Chair by Michael Thonet
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Antique Number 14 Chair by Michael Thonet This chair number 14 is widely considered a Classic. It won a gold medal when it was shown at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867. It has ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Calvet chair in solid oak by Antoni Gaudí
Located in Barcelona, ES
Solid varnished oak. A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That is why the BD c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

Great Set of 40 Art Nouveau Chairs, circa 1900
Located in Antwerp, BE
Great set of 40 Art Nouveau chairs in wood with cane seats. Measures: Height 87 cm, seat height 47 cm, width 43 cm, depth 48 cm.
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Cane, Rattan, Bentwood

Late 19th Century Pair of Bentwood B-9 Armchairs by Jacob and Josef Kohn
Located in Vigonza, Padua
An Austrian (Vienna) pair of bentwood B-9 armchairs by Jacob and Josef Kohn circa 1870. An original iconic chair. This is the favourite chair of architects especially from "Le Corbus...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Josef Hoffmann Bentwood Fledermaus Chair
Located in Troy, MI
Designed in 1907 by Josef Hoffmann for the bar at the Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna. Black finished beech frame with the icornic curved back and decorative spheres. This chair dates f...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Upholstery, Beech

French Art Nouveau Chairs by Louis Majorelle
Located in Bridgewater, CT
French Art Nouveau chairs by Louis Majorelle.   
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Bentwood Armchair Attributed to Thonet with Leather Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This elegant bentwood Classic is a masterpiece in its construction and features a beautifully upholstered oxblood leather seat cushion and back rest. The design is attributed to Mich...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Art Nouveau Mahogany Klismos Chairs, c.1920, Denmark
Located in Stockholm, SE
A fine pair of Danish Art Nouveau mahogany klismos chairs. c. 1920 Denmark. About klismos: A klismos chair is a type of ancient Greek chair, with curved backrest and tapering, out...
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1910s Danish Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Mahogany

Original Otto Prutscher by Gebrüder Thonet Chair 1908
Located in Vienna, AT
An extremely rare Thonet chair, designed by Otto Prutscher for a Villa in Jägerndorf - Literatur: Innendekoration 1917 - Seat height 50cm.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Original Otto Prutscher & Gebrueder Thonet Vienna Jugendstil Chair, 20th Century
Located in Vienna, AT
Designed for the Café Heinrichshof opposite to the States Opera House in Vienna, ruined in 1945.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Hardwood

Marcel Kammerer Seating Set Salon Suite, Thonet, Turquoise Green Leather, 1910
Located in Graz, AT
A fantastic bentwood set seating group designed by Marcel Kammerer and manufactured by Thonet, Austria, circa 1910. The set contains of two armchairs and one bench or seete. They ar...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Leather, Bentwood

Bentwood Cane Salonfauteuil Easy Chair Thonet No. 1, circa 1890
Located in Lucenec, SK
Very rare antique Thonet easy chair no 1 produced by Gebruder Thonet from the late 19th century in a very good condition with new cane on seat, cane on backrest is most likely origin...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Cane, Bentwood

Set of Six Antoni Gaudi Calvet Chair in Solid Varnished Oak
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Calvet chair designed by Antonio Gaudi manufactured in Barcelona by BD. Solid varnished oak. Measures: 52 x 54 x 94 H cm Year of design: 1902 Current production. Anton...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

‘Ode À La Femme’ Mahogany Armchairs by Olivier De Schrijver
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Pair of Grands fauteuils by Olivier de Schrijver (born in 1958). Model “Ode à la femme” with sinuous shaped mahogany armrests and back and with sculpted curved seats.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Mahogany

Organic and Ergonomically Formed Chaise Lounge in Exotic Wood
Located in Wilton, CT
Organic and Ergonomically Formed Chaise Lounge in Exotic Wood. This unique and wonderfully comfortable chaise lounge is created from Bolivian Bentwood with Italian Horsehair and Cow...
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2010s American Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

French 1900s Design Bistro Rattan Wicker and Braided Resin Outdoor Chair
Located in Tourcoing, FR
French Bistro Design rattan and braided resin chair composed of a rattan structure, braided resin rattan effect back and seat with a red outline, famous at the beginning of the 20th ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Nouveau Chairs

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Rattan, Resin

Set of Fledermaus Chairs by J. Hoffmann & Thonet Coffee Table, Austria, ca. 1907
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Remarkable set of four Fledermaus Chairs designed by the well known austrian architect and founder of the world famous "Wiener Werkstaette" Josef Hoffmann for Jacob & Kosef Kohn in A...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Josef Hoffmann attr. Pair of extraordinary chairs 1905-10 Jugendstil Art Nouveau
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of extraordinary chairs in the style of the early Josef Hoffmann furniture. The significant skids were used by Hoffmann in the early years of the Wiener Werkstätte from 1903 o...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Rosewood

Viennese Chair J&J Kohn Nr.27, since 1877
Located in Praha, CZ
A museum piece with a beautiful patina of old age. Perfectly cleaned and finely polished with shellac. New seat string.
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1870s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech, Bentwood

Carlo Bugatti Art Nouveau Walnut Side Chair with Pewter Inlay
Located in Rochester, NY
Exotic Moorish influenced Art Nouveau chair by Carlo Bugatti. Walnut with Islamic script pewter inlays. Upholstery is not original. However, the chair does retain the original decora...
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Early 20th Century European Art Nouveau Chairs

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Pewter

Set of Four Art Nouveau Bentwood Chairs by Thonet Mundus
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Stunning vintage Art Nouveau bentwood chairs by Thonet Mundus, with floral motifs, circa 1920. From the first owner. Undamaged condition, with wear appropriate for the age of chairs....
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Early 20th Century Polish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Beech

Antoni Gaudi Calvet Chair
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Calvet chair designed by Antonio Gaudi manufactured in Barcelona by BD. Solid varnished oak. Measures: 52 x 54 x 94 H cm Year: 1902 Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is, without d...
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Set of 8 Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 8 Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs in oak, 20th century Measures: Seat height 17.5 inches.
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20th Century British Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak, Fabric

Rocking Chair No. 511 by M. Kammerer for Thonet, Austria, circa 1905
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Outstanding rocking chair, model No. 511 out of the famous company of Thonet Vienna/ Austria circa 1905, designed by world renown architect Marcel Kammerer. The very pleasing design ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Dutch Art Nouveau Amsterdam School Armchair by Lion Cachet
By Carel Adolph Lion Cachet
Located in Antwerp, BE
Museum quality Lion Cachet armchair. This piece is made of oak, Macassar ebony and rosewood with beautiful wood carved details. Inspired by animalism and the former Dutch colony ...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Leather, Oak, Rosewood

Set of 6 Rosewood Chairs by Richard Riemerschmid
Located in Belgium, BE
A complete set of six Richard Riemerschmid (1868-1957) chairs made from solid rosewood from Rio consisting of four dining room chairs and two armchairs. The chairs are in a very goo...
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Original I. S. Henry Tall Back Chair London, 1895
Located in Rome, IT
Important I. S. Henry tall back chair, exceptional original condition, London 1895. Mahogany (solid), polished, brownish original leather, upholstery button nails, strikingly high b...
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Art Deco Burnt Bamboo and Cane Arm Chair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A gorgeous art deco burnt bamboo armchair. A stunning example of craftsmanship during the era, this piece is created from a mixture of cane, rattan, and burnt bamboo or "tiger bamboo...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Chairs

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Brass

Joseph Frank , Pair of Thonet Style Armchairs, circa 1950
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Joseph Frank ( model of ) Pair of Thonet style armchairs, circa 1950 Repainted some time ago. Good general condition, small lack of paint.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Swedish Art Nouveau Chairs
Located in Stockholm, SE
I very nice designed set of seven Swedish art nouveau oak chairs consisting of 2 armchairs and 5 chairs. Made ca. 1900. For perfection, a light refurbishment on the surface can be ma...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood, Oak

Art Nouveau Chairs in Carlo Bugatti Style, Italy, First Half of the 20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Pair of dining room chairs in the style of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940). Each chair has a curved backrest and stands on an absolutely unusual base. The chairs were reupholstered with a ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Wooden Cair by Jacob & Josef Kohn nr.260, 1905
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Austria - Made of wood - Labeled - Partially restored - Good condition.
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Set of Modernist Chair and Writing Table, Circa Early 20th Century
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of chair and writing table by unknown manufacturer from Spain, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beaut...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Chair Thonet Nr.29/14, 1887-1910
Located in Praha, CZ
Manufactured in Austria by the Gebrüder Thonet company. Newly restored. New cannung in seat.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Argyle Chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Cassina
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Argyle chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Produced under License agreement by Cassina Italy. Nice Clean example in very nice shape. Original blue fabric seat pad is very nice. Signe...
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1990s Italian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Bentwood Armchair by Thonet, Beech and Fabric, 1930s
Located in Brussels, BE
Bentwood armchair by Thonet, Beech and Fabric, 1930s Europe.
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1930s Austrian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Art Nouveau French Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Single Art Deco French chair in fruitwood.
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1890s French Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fruitwood

Pair of Svensk Jugend Stil Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Such lovely chairs can hold their own in any setting! These solid walnut-stained birch chairs appear delicate due to the hand embroidered upholstery, but they are solid and strong. T...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Birch

Art Nouveau Period Oak Wood and Wien Straw Chairs, Set of 2
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Series of two refined authentic Italian art nouveau oak wood chairs. The chairs are characterized by refined seat and back in Viennese straw hand made according to the ancient weavin...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

Set for Three J.J. Kohn Bentwood Chairs from Austria/Vienna
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Three chairs by Jacob & Josef Kohn from Austria / Vienna. The chairs were made of bentwood / beech, circa 1890. The chairs are in good restored condition.
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Set of Ten Rare Wojciechów Thonet Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of ten rare Wojciechów Thonet chairs. Original tags.
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Early 1900s Polish Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Illustrated Thonet Chair
Located in Antwerp, BE
Thonet armchair with a printed illustration. The seat and backrest are weaved in rattan. The rest of the frame is covered in a print that could have influenced by the great Fornase...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood

Set of 8 Antoni Gaudi, Jugdenstill, Solid Oak Batllo Spanish Chairs
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Batllo chairs designed by Antoni Gaudi, circa 1906. Manufactured by BD furniture in Barcelona. Solid varnished oak Measures: 47 x 52 x 74 H. cm.
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2010s Spanish Art Nouveau Chairs

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Oak

Early 1900s Pair Antique Tyrolean Stool Chair in Hand-Carved Walnut Wax Polished
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau antique pair Tyrolean stool chairs in hand-carved walnut, polished to wax.
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Chairs

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Walnut

Set of Six Oak Art Nouveau Chairs from Germany
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Set of six chairs, Art Nouveau circa 1900, solid oak. The chairs were new re-upholstered and covered with new fabric. In very good restored condition. Measure: Seat height: 49 cm.
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Early 1900s German Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Oak

Set of 4 Swedish Art Deco Dining Chairs in Birch Root, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Set of 4 Swedish Art Deco armchairs in birch root and golden fabric, early 20th century. Greet veener work, that shows a beautiful structure in these decorative chairs. Measure...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Birch

Pair of Original Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Chairs 1904 Jugendstil
Located in Vienna, AT
Josef Hoffmann designed in the early stages of the Wiener Werkstätte apartments for the Wittgenstein Family in Vienna and Berlin. The significant pattern from this period were the st...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

1910s Set of Two Marcel Kammerer Wooden Chairs for Gebruder Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
-Good original condition with minor signs of use -Carefully refinished with shellac -Stamped and labeled by Maker.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Chairs

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Bentwood

Set of 70 Late 19th Century Garden Chairs Made for the Antwerpen ZOO
Located in Aabenraa, DK
Set of 70 late 19th century garden chairs made for the Antwerpen ZOO. Very charming set of chairs with signs of use The Antwerpen ZOO was established 1843 and is one of the oldest ...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Art Nouveau Chairs

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Iron

Four Mackintosh Style Black Lacquered High Back Chairs, 1979
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
In the style of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These four chairs, solidly constructed of black lacquered wood, with orange microfiber upholstery, late 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Chairs

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Wood