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Art Nouveau Furniture

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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

Sumptuous Reed & Barton Six Fleurs Sterling Silver Salad Serving, Pair
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century Six Fleurs sterling silver salad serving, pair. Made by Reed & Barton in Taunton, Mass. This pair comprises spoon and fork. Each: cast handle comprising dense and...
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Early 20th Century North American Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Original Vienna Secession 20th Century 1908 Jugendstil Coffee Table
Located in Vienna, AT
Round coffee-table with fluted stem. Typical Viennese works from circa 1908.   
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Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Wood, Glass

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Ceramic

Rare & Unusual Antique American Sterling Silver Baby Cup by Tiffany
Located in New York, NY
Unusual sterling silver baby cup. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Tall and waisted with dense low-relief frieze depicting 2 boys, one holding a genie lamp and the other heaving a ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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 Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Early Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Art Nouveau sterling silver salt and pepper shakers. Made by Georg Jensen in Copenhagen, ca 1915. Each: Tall body with curved bottom and round and stepped foot. Small leaf-ca...
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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 Furniture

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Murano Glass

Victory Cast Iron Pub Table with Padouk Top, circa 1900
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare Victory pub table. Striking English design from circa 1900. Cast iron base with solid padouk top. In good original condition with a beautiful patina.  
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Early 1900s English Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Iron

Art Deco Style Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Chandelier, Re Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
A really beautiful, modern and exclusive brass chandelier, chased, hammered and casted parts. Model# 3669-M and WWF 119-4-2 at the Wiener Werkstätte pattern-book at the MAK, Museum o...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

Set of Ten Adolf Loos Chairs Cafe Capua Vienna, Austria, Thonet, 1913
Located in Graz, AT
A set of ten fantastic and extremely rare Adolf Loos chairs manufactured by Thonet. Adolf Loos adopted this chair model inspired by 18th century Windsor chairs and used it for the C...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Bentwood, Beech

Antique Tiffany Edwardian Art Nouveau Cocktail Shaker with Hunt Scene
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian Art Nouveau sterling silver cocktail shaker. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Cup has straight and tapering sides. Dome cover with built-in strainer and rare spout that t...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Bronze

Wiener Werkstätte Secessionist Wall Light Flush Mount
Located in Vienna, AT
Lamp with this significant ornament All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures. We produce the lamp in three...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

Pair French Art Nouveau Art Deco Gilt Bronze Etched Glass Chandelier Flushmount
Located in Coimbra, PT
A pair of wonderful gilt bronze and etched-glass two-light ceiling fixture decorated with Fine ornaments and garlands, France, early 20th century. In very good condition - original ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass, 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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Murano Glass

Plumet et Selmersheim Art Nouveau Seating Suite
By Tony Selmersheim, Charles Plumet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Art Nouveau seating suite by Plumet et Selmersheim, circa 1900, in solid sculpted rosewood. Set consists of settee, pair of armchairs, pair of side chairs, all refinished and ...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Rosewood

Antique Early 20th-Century Fireproof Religious Safe with Art Nouveau Front
Located in Casteren, NL
A beautiful unique antique forged steel safe or tabernacle with double doors. The doors are decorated with two angels with wings and a nimbus. The door panels were made from sheets o...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Josef Hoffmann&Koloman Moser, Wiener Werkstaette Vienna Secession Pendant Edit
Located in Vienna, AT
A single pendant from the chandelier for the entrance of the Wiener Werkstaette-Showrooms in Neustiftgasse 32/34 in Vienna Hammered or plain - another image shows the complete chand...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

Oak Arts & Crafts Art Nouveau Armoire or Wardrobe by Jac. van den Bosch, 1904
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Arts & Crafts Art Nouveau armoire or wardrobe. Design by Jac. van den Bosch for 't Binnenhuis Amsterdam. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Variant Opus 348. ...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

Early 1900s Antique French Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Fireplace Mantel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early 1900s Art Nouveau substantial and imposing richly carved French walnut Trumeau Fireplace piece. This 11ft high piece came from a mansion in Saint Quay Portrieux. We have uninst...
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Early 1900s French Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Walnut

Victorian Mahogany Hall Stand
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Victorian Mahogany hall stand This is a handsome piece, the stand has a central mirror, 6 brass coat/hat hooks and central closing glove box The upper section has attractive ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Mahogany

Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts Bookcase by de Phoenix Amsterdam, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning and rare Art Nouveau Arts & Crafts bookcase. Design by de Phoenix Amsterdam. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid oak with solid brass handles. Two original slidi...
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Early 1900s Dutch Antique Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

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 Furniture

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Murano Glass

Japanese Art Nouveau "Frog & Orchid" Garden Lantern
Located in Shelburne, VT
From our recent Japanese acquisitions in original condition Japan, an attractive and sturdy antique slim Art Nouveau motif lantern with a charming "frog & orchid" motif. Found...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Art Nouveau Furniture

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Iron

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 Furniture

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

Josef Hoffmann for the Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
Located in Vienna, AT
A design for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium near Vienna. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette, now manufactured at the WOKA workshop in Vienna. All components according ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

Louis Majorelle, Art Nouveau Mahogany Desck Chair, France, circa 1925
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful desk chair, with elegant sloping lines, and finely detailed carving, is a marvelous example of the work of famed Art Nouveau master Ebeniste Louis Majorelle.
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Mahogany

20th Century After Gabriel Viardot Dragon Mirror, Gilded Wood Art Nouveau
Located in Valladolid, ES
Outstanding mirror in the shape of an anthropomorphic dragon that follows the lines of the unmistakable aesthetics of the designer Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906). It is a piece with a u...
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1930s French Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Acrylic, Wood

Art Nouveau Chandelier in the Style of Carl Axel-Acking
Located in South Charleston, WV
Constructed circa 1930 and newly rewired. Measures 29" wide and 9" deep. Brass and textured glass seashell clam style shades. Three armed masterpiece with brass caps and components. ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Art Nouveau Style French Iron Garden Benches
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid pair of wrought iron and wire French patio and garden benches made in the Art Nouveau taste. The benches or settees feature an iron frame decorated with gracefully curved wi...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Furniture

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Wrought Iron, Wire

12 Gilt Encrusted Antique Dinner Plates, Rare 2 Color Green with, England C 1910
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An unique two colorway pattern of light and dark green, with a profuse amount of raised tooled gilding on their collars. A nice clear center for use. The classic Robert Allen shape a...
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1910s English Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Gold, Enamel

Venetian Glass Chandelier, Amber with Red Details, Italy, 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 Furniture

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Art Glass

Empoli Optical Set
Located in Grantham, GB
Beautiful Empoli optical set of 4 pieces decanter with stopper (53cm tall 17cm width and 12cm deep), dish with stopper (41cm tall 16cm width and 12cm deep) bowl (22cm tall, 21cm widt...
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1970s Italian Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Art Glass

Mint Green Dessert Plates, Set of 11 Antique England with Enamel Decoration
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
From Royal Worcester England, a pretty set of mint or aqua green first course, salad or dessert plates with 24 karat gold trim and pretty raised enamel "jeweled" decorated collars. C...
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1910s English Vintage Art Nouveau Furniture

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Gold, Enamel

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 Furniture

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Murano Glass