Antiquarian Traders Mid Century Modern Auction on April 18th

Antiquarian Traders will be having a Mid-Century Modern auction April 18th on Live Auctioneers.  We have a Huge selection of art deco furniture and lighting being sold at greatly reduced prices.  You can check the auction link here and bidding begins at 10:30 AM.  http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/53949_antiquarian-traders-20th-century-auction/page

Some of the Spectacular Items Offered:

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Stunning Art Deco chrome and alabaster chandelier with chrome mounts. A nicely scaled statement making fixture circa 1930.

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A small Art Deco bar in mixed exotic woods circa 1925. What this bar lacks in size it more than makes up for in on style and personality. Truly a unique and fabulous piece which is bound to make you start drinking again.

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Stunning French Art Deco “Noverdy” chandelier circa 1930’s in clear and frosted glass and chrome mount.

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Beautiful pair of rosewood Art Deco torcheres with an interesting sidelight detail that creates a waver effect when viewed.

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Set of four beautiful silkscreen illustrations printed by Champenois who published Alphonse Mucha the famous Czech artist who was the premier poster artist. These four beautiful women in their gowns were painted by Gaspar Camps (1874-1931). Camps was a Spaniard who spent most of his career in France. He was one of a number of artist hired by the Champenois printing house to fill the void when Mucha left for America in 1904. There is no market for Camps work simply because not enough of it has been discovered but compared to Mucha it is far superior.

Fabulous Art Deco sculpture “Eternal Friend” by Demetre Chiparus. Today three quarters of a century later the finest pieces in the Art Deco style have been brought back to life. A select grouping of masterpiece chryselephantine sculptures has been lovingly and painstakingly recreated by expert craftsmen using the original molds by the artists of that time period. Not a curve a glance a nuance is lost. It presents a marvelous opportunity for anyone who appreciates the ultimate in Art Deco to possess a classic work of art for a price that is affordable. Today in the world of rarities any one of these pieces would sell at a minimum of $50,000-$100,000 if you could find them.

View the auction link here and bidding begins April 18th 2014 at 10:30 AM.  http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/53949_antiquarian-traders-20th-century-auction/page

or Visit our website to see our complete collection www.antiquariantraders.com

Art Deco furniture has the ability to complement practically every modern style and make an interesting addition to any home. Exotic woods such as ebony were frequently used in 20th Century Art Deco furniture, and sometimes rare materials such as ivory were also used. Stained glass, inlays and enamel are other elements that were also commonly incorporated. 20th Century Art Deco furniture designers took advantage of modern transportation methods to import exotic woods such as teak and ebony for use in their furnishings. Marble was frequently used for cabinet and table tops. However, by the mid-1920′s the demand for such flamboyant furniture was decreasing and Art Deco furniture makers began to embrace new materials such as stainless steel, Bakelite, chrome and plastic which were more functional. With the introduction of these materials came a new style that emphasized geometric forms and symmetrical patterns. These elements typify what we consider to be quintessential Art Deco furniture today.

French Antique Empire Furniture

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Magnificent 19th C. three-piece French Empire office ensemble. The set includes a desk, bookcase and matching chair all done with heavy bronze ormolu trim.

French empire furniture styles followed the first stage of Neoclassicism or the style known as “Louis XVI” in France. It began in the early 19th century and was named after Napoleon’s rule of France, which was called the First French Empire.

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Napoleon Print – “Apotheose De Napoleon”

Empire furniture styles were found in other countries as well, and they all derived their name from this same reference.  However, it was in France that the Empire furniture style really gained prominence.

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19th C. French Inlaid Bombay Cabinet with Porcelain Plaques & Verde Green Marble Top

The style was created to showcase both Napoleon and the growing influence of France throughout the world. This style was not only aesthetically pleasing, but actually became a state-sponsored design that not only influenced furniture designers, but architects and artists as well.

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Beautiful 19th C. French 8-Light Bronze & Cut Glass Chandelier

French empire furniture styles rely heavily on symbols and ornamental design. It uses many of the same designs that were used in ancient Greece and Rome.

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Beautiful antique 19th C. giltwood marble top center table with carved figural ladies.

One of its most famous uses is in the Blue Room of the White House. This room was done in French Empire style, and looks similar to how it did prior to the burning of the White House by the British in 1814. When President Monroe ordered the French empire style furniture, he ordered mahogany pieces. However, the company sent gilded pieces, which they believed were more appropriate. Some of these original pieces remain in the room today.

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The Blue Room in the White House

One interesting thing to note about French Empire furniture styles is the use of the letter “N” throughout the design. This, of course, is in tribute to Napoleon. The style is very classical. Supports are often done in a scroll or column design. Some of the symbols found in this design are wreaths, eagles, torches, the Sphinx, and honeysuckle.  There is a distinct Egyptian influence to these pieces as well. Mahogany was the wood of choice in this design, and it often was embellished with brass inlays. Wood was usually covered with veneer.

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Wonderful 11-piece walnut and mahogany Empire dining suite circa 1920. This set includes a large table, eight matching leather chairs, sideboard and china cabinet with etched glass, beveled mirrors and bronze hardware.

French empire furniture styles look best in more formal settings due to their ornate nature. Colors are typically bold, with use of reds, blacks, and golds throughout. These pieces can make an attractive addition to a library or study.

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Antique French Gilt Bronze & Marble Figural Garniture Clock Set

They go well in formal living rooms and dining rooms. Those who prefer a more casual environment will usually find this style to be too fussy.  One possible solution is to consider an American Empire piece, which combines many of the features which make French Empire furniture attractive, but in a way that is more functional and durable.

Antiquarian Traders has been an established dealer in rare and unusual antiques and pianos for over 35 years.  If you are looking for Antique French Empire furniture, look no further than ANTIQUARIAN TRADERS.

Magnificent 19th C. Layered Stained Glass Windows by Tiffany Studios.

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Magnificent 19th C. layered stained glass windows with beautifully done angels colored sky and foliage from Tiffany Studios. 96″H x 45″W These large windows will grace any room and come with an oak frame light box. A glorious example of some of the best work by Tiffany Studios.

Tiffany glass refers to the many and varied types of glass developed and produced from 1878 to 1933 at the Tiffany Studios, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a team of other designers, including Clara Driscoll.

In 1865, Tiffany traveled to Europe, and in London he visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, whose extensive collection of Roman and Syrian glass made a deep impression on him. He admired the coloration of medieval glass and was convinced that the quality of contemporary glass could be improved upon. In his own words, the “Rich tones are due in part to the use of pot metal full of impurities, and in part to the uneven thickness of the glass, but still more because the glass maker of that day abstained from the use of paint”.

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Tiffany was an interior designer, and in 1878 his interest turned towards the creation of stained glass, when he opened his own studio and glass foundry because he was unable to find the types of glass that he desired in interior decoration. His inventiveness both as a designer of windows and as a producer of the material with which to create them was to become renowned.  Tiffany wanted the glass itself to transmit texture and rich colors and he developed a type of glass he called Favrile.

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Tiffany patented Favrile glass in 1892. Favrile glass often has a distinctive characteristic that is common in some glass from Classical antiquity: it possesses a superficial iridescence. This iridescence causes the surface to shimmer, but also causes a degree of opacity. This iridescent effect of the glass was obtained by mixing different colors of glass together while hot.  According to Tiffany:

“Favrile glass is distinguished by brilliant or deeply toned colors, usually iridescent like the wings of certain American butterflies, the necks of pigeons and peacocks, the wing covers of various beetles.”

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The term “opalescent glass” is commonly used to describe glass where more than one color is present, being fused during the manufacture, as against flashed glass in which two colors may be laminated, or silver stained glass where a solution of silver nitrate is superficially applied, turning red glass to orange and blue glass to green. Some opalescent glass was used by several stained glass studios in England from the 1860s and 1870s onwards, notably Heaton, Butler and Bayne. Its use became increasingly common. Opalescent glass is the basis for the range of glasses created by Tiffany.

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Magnificent antique 19th C. layered stained glass window with beautifully executed angel, colored sky and foliage. This spectacularly large window may grace any room. Attributed to Tiffany Studios circa 1890. 54″H x 54″W

Ripple glass refers to textured glass with marked surface waves. Tiffany made use of such textured glass to represent, for example, water or leaf veins.

The texture is created during the glass sheet-forming process. A sheet is formed from molten glass with a roller that spins on itself while traveling forward. Normally the roller spins at the same speed as its own forward motion, much like a steam roller flattening tarmac, and the resulting sheet has a smooth surface. In the manufacture of rippled glass, the roller spins faster than its own forward motion. The rippled effect is retained as the glass cools.

Antiquarian Traders has been an established dealer in rare and unusual antiques and stained glass for over 35 years.  If you are looking for antique stained glass, look no further than ANTIQUARIAN TRADERS.

Visit Antiquarian Traders for best quality stained glass and Religious windows from the most extraordinary makers such as Lafarge and Tiffany Studios.  Visit our Store.

Antique Art Deco Furniture & The Art Deco Period

Click here to view larger imageFabulous Inlaid Art Deco Console Table c. 1920

Art Deco is an influential design style which first appeared in France after World War I, flourishing internationally in the 1930’s and 1940’s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.Click here to view larger image

Pair of Art Deco Wrought Iron Entry Gates

Art Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.

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Large Scale Art Deco 11-Pc. Dining Suite in Ebony de Macassar

Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style that ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material and the requirements of mass production”.

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Pair of Art Deco/Machine Age Stainless Titanium Table Lamps

The stylistic influences of Art Deco continued on after the war, evidenced in many ways in 1950s design and what we now call mid-century modern. Art deco had a substantial impact in most all fields of design including jewelry, sculpture, furniture, glass, architecture, and graphic design. Artists from this period such as Demetre Chiparus were influenced by Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and far eastern themes and historical objects.

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Spectacular Art Deco Sculpture “Aristocrat” by Otto Poertzel

Art Deco also coupled these classical influences with modernism, evidenced in the design of automobiles and trains, and these industrial expressions of Art Deco made their way into consumer goods as well.

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Beautiful 3-Pc. Art Deco Couch Set Upholstered in Black Leather with Red Pinstriping c. 1930

Antiquarian Traders specializes in quality antique art deco furniture of all types including antique art deco seating, antique art deco bedroom sets, antique art deco cabinets, deco nightstands, antique art deco lighting, bronze art deco sculpture, antique art deco bars, and more.

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Beautiful French 4-Pc. Mahogany Art Deco Bed Set

Antiquarian Traders has been an established dealer in rare and unusual antiques and pianos for over 35 years.  If you are looking fo Art Deco furniture, look no further than ANTIQUARIAN TRADERS.

Antiquarian Traders at the Los Angeles Art & Antique Show

Antiquarian Traders will be at the Los Angeles Art & Antique Show from January 15th-19th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth #1520.

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Antiquarian Traders has been a dealer in rare antiques for over 30 years. We specialize in mint condition antique furniture from the 19th to 20th century.

19th C. Oil on Canvas Napoleon Painting: The Revolt at Pavia – 1796

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116″H x 156″W 19th C. Oil on Canvas Napoleon Painting by Paul-Émile Boutigny: The Revolt at Pavia – 1796

Antiquarian Traders is proud to offer this fabulous painting, by the listed French artist Paul-Émile Boutigny. This artwork, depicting Napoleon at a key point in history, is a truly a rare find. The painting is of great historical significance, high artistic quality, and rich in the symbolism that made Napoleon a great hero and icon worldwide. It makes a grand statement, measuring an impressive 10 feet high by 13 feet wide. Painted in oil on canvas, the artist’s talent and skill is clearly of high museum quality. The painting provides the rich ambiance of the finest of royal settings. It reminds the viewer of the great museums of Europe or a fabulous Royal Palace. In fact this painting could have graced the walls of the famous Palace of Versailles where the Kings of France, including Napoleon, resided in splendor.The artist, Paul-Émile Boutigny was born in Paris on March 11, 1854. He studied under Cabanel at the important Académie des Beaux Arts (School of Beautiful Arts). The academy is well known as a center for the finest artists of the era, and attendance there was of high significance. The school began as the 17th-century Royal Academies of Painting and Sculpture, receiving its official title, Académie des Beaux Arts in 1803. Paul-Émile Boutigny’s paintings were presented in many of the Great Exhibitions of the late 19th century and the early 20th century, winning numerous awards and metals. His artwork was displayed in the Halls of Paris until the year of his death in 1929. Boutigny is a known listed artist with his name found in the important records and listings of artists of collectable significance. His artworks are primarily historical French military subject matter, with an emphasis on the period of Napoleon. His paintings have brought numerous high sales figures in both Europe and the United States. Major auction houses have been contacted and this painting was given estimates that coincide with our offering.

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The painting ‘Napoleon: The Revolt at Pavia’ depicts an actual historical event in Pavia’s history and the career of the great Napoleon, who is known as the greatest military genius of his time and perhaps the greatest general in history. Napoleon was a young man of just 27, when only six months earlier on October 26, 1795, was appointed the Commander In Chief of the French Military. Pavia, Italy had been an important historical city for centuries, fought over and changing rule numerous times. During the Roman Empire it was a municipality and an important Roman military site. It became a fortified citadel of the Goths and the Byzantines. Pavia then became the capital of the Longobard Kingdom and later of the Regnum Italicum until the 12th century. Conquered by the Visconti family which ruled over Milan, it became an intellectual and artistic center and the seat of the University, which attracted students from many countries. After the Franco-Spanish war and the battle of Pavia in 1525, the town fell under Spanish occupation until 1713. It was taken over by the Austrians until 1796. At this time the French Army under Napoleon arrived at Pavia. The painting depicts the precise event in which Napoleon is about to seize the city of Pavia.

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Antique engraving of Pavia, Italy

The Catholic Church headed by Pope Pius VI was fearful that Napoleon’s new rule would overthrow the Papacy if they overtook Pavia, so the eighty year old Pope Pius VI made a desperate gamble and ordered the priests of the area to rouse the peasants and stand up against the French Army and Napoleon. The church bells were rung in all the surrounding areas and on May 23 and 24 in 1796, 10,000 peasants led by their priests surrounded Pavia, capturing the small French garrison located there.Pope Pius VI and his followers pleaded with Napoleon not to overthrow their city.

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This scene with the Pope can be seen in the center of the painting. What the Pope did not know was that Napoleon fully intended to firmly respect the Papacy and that additionally, Napoleon had the power to overthrow the oppressive Austrian Directorate.Napoleon instantly understood the gravity of the situation and descended on Pavia the second day, May 24, 1796 with the brigade of Colonel Lannes. Napoleon took the city by storm, reestablished order, and reiterated his desire to respect and defend the Catholic religion.

Portrait of Empress Joséphine of France by François Gerard

Napoleon went on to become the great Emperor of France, ruling over Pavia and his Empire until 1815.Considered one of the most brilliant individuals in history, Napoleon was a masterful soldier, grand tactician, sublime statesman and exceedingly capable administrator. He is also known for his passionate romance with Josephine, known as the Queen of Hearts. Napoleon and Josephine were newly wed only months at the time depicted in the painting ‘Napoleon at the Revolt at Pavia’.

The love letters Napoleon and Josephine both wrote while Napoleon was away at battle are legendary, and their relationship is known as one of the great love stories of history. Josephine was a socialite without equal and mistress to several leading political figures. She left a young Napoleon completely smitten on their first meeting. They married on March 9, 1796. Josephine had regular dalliances with other men and her affairs almost led to a divorce in 1799. However, despite Napoleon’s love for her, the Emperor needed children of his own to secure succession to the crown and when she was unable to give him any he finally divorced her in 1809. Painful though it was, divorce allowed Josephine to devote time to gardens and her love of botany and her last years were productive.She died in 1814, a woman much loved by the people. Napoleon never got over having to divorce her and his last words were, “France, the army, Josephine.”

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The painting is dated 1895 and signed P.E. Boutigny. The provenance is exceptional. It was originally commissioned to hang in the city hall in Pavia by a wealthy patron who died before the painting was completed. The artist had not been paid for his work and subsequently “The Revolt at Pavia” was sold to the Liverpool and London and Globe insurance Company with the proviso that it be displayed and shared with the public. In 1901, the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company gifted this magnificent piece to the N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art where it was exhibited from 1901-1927 (see image 9 above). In his will, Boutigny asked that the painting be displayed in a French museum after his death.

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It was purchased by Mr. J.G. Pepper in 1927 and given to the Isaac Delgado Museum in New Orleans, a city that has always kept its French heritage. The Delgado, now known as the New Orleans Museum of Art, displayed Revolt from 1928-1981. It was then purchased by Dr. Howard Knohl of Los Angeles, California and subsequently sold to Antiquarian Traders, Beverly Hills, California in 2000. The painting is in remarkable condition. Complete restoration was a two year project, recently completed to perfection by a top quality restorer with credentials from both The Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Art Museum. This painting is a truly rare offering, as important artworks depicting Napoleon are recently more scarce. Perhaps, it is the first “find” of the 21st Century. Antiquarian Traders is including a fabulous frame, the necessary rolling crate, and assistance to protect the painting during shipping.

Antique Art Nouveau Furniture and The Art Nouveau Period

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Pair of Antique Royal Dux Art Nouveau Ceramic Figural Vases

From the 1880s until the First World War, western Europe and the United States witnessed the development of Art Nouveau (“New Art”). Taking inspiration from the unruly aspects of the natural world, Art Nouveau influenced art and architecture especially in the applied arts, graphic work, and illustration. Sinuous lines and “whiplash” curves were derived, in part, from botanical studies and illustrations of deep-sea organisms such as those by German biologist Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834–1919) in Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms in Nature, 1899). Other publications, including Floriated Ornament (1849) by Gothic Revivalist Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852) and The Grammar of Ornament (1856) by British architect and theorist Owen Jones (1809–1874), advocated nature as the primary source of inspiration for a generation of artists seeking to break away from past styles. The unfolding of Art Nouveau’s flowing line may be understood as a metaphor for the freedom and release sought by its practitioners and admirers from the weight of artistic tradition and critical expectations.
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Beautiful antique Art Nouveau mirror with figural lady by Fiances.

Additionally, the new style was an outgrowth of two nineteenth-century English developments for which design reform (a reaction to prevailing art education, industrialized mass production, and the debasement of historic styles) was a leitmotif—the Arts and Crafts movement and the Aesthetic movement. The former emphasized a return to handcraftsmanship and traditional techniques. The latter promoted a similar credo of “art for art’s sake” that provided the foundation for non-narrative paintings, for instance, Whistler’s Nocturnes. It further drew upon elements of Japanese art (“japonisme”), which flooded Western markets, mainly in the form of prints, after trading rights were established with Japan in the 1860s. Indeed, the gamut of late nineteenth-century artistic trends prior to World War I, including those in painting and the early designs of the Wiener Werkstätte, may be defined loosely under the rubric of Art Nouveau.

Click here to view larger imageBeautiful antique Art Nouveau oval bronze plate with grapes and leaves signed by A. Bouny.

The term art nouveau first appeared in the 1880s in the Belgian journal L’Art Moderne to describe the work of Les Vingt, twenty painters and sculptors seeking reform through art. Les Vingt, like much of the artistic community throughout Europe and America, responded to leading nineteenth-century theoreticians such as French Gothic Revival architect Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814–1879) and British art critic John Ruskin (1819–1900), who advocated the unity of all the arts, arguing against segregation between the fine arts of painting and sculpture and the so-called lesser decorative arts.

Click here to view larger imageIncredible antique inlaid walnut Art Nouveau “Chicoree” buffet server decorated with inlaid backboard and marquetry front doors with flowering poppies and inlaid abalone and bronze ormolu handles.

Deeply influenced by the socially aware teachings of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau designers endeavored to achieve the synthesis of art and craft, and further, the creation of the spiritually uplifting Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”) encompassing a variety of media. The successful unification of the fine and applied arts was achieved in many such complete designed environments as Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde’s Hotel Tassel and Van Eetvelde House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald’s design of the Hill House, and Josef Hoffmann and Gustav Klimt’s Palais Stocklet dining room.

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Fabulous 15-Pc. Mahogany Art Nouveau Dining Suite by Giambatti Gianotti. Fabulous 15-piece mahogany Art Nouveau dining suite by Giambotti Gianotti. This set is a very rare and important Italian dining set documented and published in a book listing the most important Italian cabinetmakers. A contemporary and equal of Majorelle in France Giannotti worked with metal and wood and designed high style Art Nouveau furniture. Recognized in the more important auction houses in the world, Giannoti furniture is rare and harder to find than Majorelle and thus has more value. This set may be the top of the line for Gianotti and was therefore published in the research books relating to Italian cabinetmakers. It has the best brass metalwork strap hinges and curved corners with inset panels with maidens and allover Mucha type women and figures in the metalwork. Really SUPERB!!! It has an excellent original gilt and acid etched glass work. It dates from the late 1800s and is in a terrific style. The detail to the glass and metalwork is exceptional and some of the matching pieces with this set are very unique and rare. Set includes a 12′ table with fully skirted leaves and two pedestals a very unusual curio with china in the middle a great server ten side chairs and two arm chairs.

Painting styles such as Post-Impressionism and Symbolism (the “Nabis”) shared close ties with Art Nouveau and each was practiced by designers who adapted them for the applied arts, architecture, interior designs, furnishings, and patterns. They contributed to an overall expressiveness and the formation of a cohesive style.

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The Arts – “Dance” Art Print by Alphonse Mucha

In December 1895, German-born Paris art dealer Siegfried Bing opened a gallery called L’Art Nouveau for the contemporary décor he exhibited and sold there. Though Bing’s gallery is credited with the popularization of the movement and its name, Art Nouveau style reached an international audience through the vibrant graphic arts printed in such periodicals as The Savoy, La Plume, Jugend, Dekorative Kunst, The Yellow Book, and The Studio. The Studio featured the bold, Symbolist-inspired linear drawings of Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898). Beardsley’s flamboyant black and white block print J’ai baisé ta bouche lokanaan for Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé (1894), with its brilliant incorporation of Japanese two-dimensional composition, may be regarded as a highlight of the Aesthetic movement and an early manifestation of Art Nouveau taste in England. Other influential graphic artists included Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose vibrant poster art often expressed the variety of roles of women in belle époque society—from femme nouvelle (a “new woman” who rejected the conventional ideals of femininity, domesticity, and subservience) to demimonde. Female figures were often incorporated as fairies or sirens in the jewelry of René Lalique, Georges Fouquet, and Philippe Wolfers.

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Spectacular antique two-tier inlaid Art Nouveau table by Louis Majorelle. Art Nouveau furniture began in France around 1890 often taking its motifs from plant life and the human female form. The wood carvings and bronze hardware generally matched each other in terms of motif.

Art Nouveau style was particularly associated with France, where it was called variously Style Jules Verne, Le Style Métro (after Hector Guimard’s iron and glass subway entrances), Art belle époque, and Art fin de siècle. In Paris, it captured the imagination of the public at large at the 1900 Exposition Universelle, the last and grandest of a series of fairs organized every eleven years from 1798. Various structures showcased the innovative style, including the Porte Monumentale entrance, an elaborate polychromatic dome with electronic lights designed by René Binet (1866–1911); the Pavillon Bleu, a restaurant alongside the Pont d’Iena at the foot of the Eiffel Tower featuring the work of Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (1858–1910); Art Nouveau Bing, a series of six domestic interiors which included Symbolist art; and the pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, an organization dedicated to the revival and modernization of the decorative arts as an economic stimulus and expression of national identity which offered an important display of decorative objects. Sharing elements of the French Rococo, including stylized motifs derived from nature, fantasy, and Japanese art, the furnishings exhibited were produced in the new taste and yet perpetuated an acclaimed tradition of French craftsmanship. The use of luxury veneers and finely cast gilt mounts in the furniture of leading cabinetmakers Georges de Feure (1868–1943), Louis Majorelle (1859–1926), Édouard Colonna (1862–1948), and Eugène Gaillard (1862–1933) indicated the Neo-Rococo influence of François Linke (1855–1946).

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Unusual and extremely unique bronze Art Nouveau table lamp with translucent, multi-colored chunk jewels.

The Exposition Universelle was followed by two shows at which many luminaries of European Art Nouveau exhibited. They included the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901 that featured the fantastical Russian pavilions of Fyodor Shekhtel’ (1859–1926) and the Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna at Turin in 1902 that showcased the work of furniture designer Carlo Bugatti of Milan.

Click here to view larger imageThe finest and most desired WMF silver plate Art Nouveau tea set. This is the premier WMF tea set and it is world famous. We come across a set like this only once every 10 years.

As in France, the “new art” was called by different names in the various style centers where it developed throughout Europe. In Belgium, it was called Style nouille or Style coup de fouet. In Germany, it was Jugendstil or “young style,” after the popular journal Die Jugend. Part of the broader Modernista movement in Barcelona, its chief exponent was the architect and redesigner of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) cathedral (Barcelona, begun 1882), Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). In Italy, it was named Arte nuova, Stile floreale, or La Stile Liberty after the London firm of Liberty & Co., which supplied Oriental ceramics and textiles to aesthetically aware Londoners in the 1870s and produced English Art Nouveau objects such as the Celtic Revival “Cymric” and “Tudric” ranges of silver by Archibald Knox (1864–1933). Other style centers included Austria and Hungary, where Art Nouveau was called the Sezessionstil. In Russia, Saint Petersburg and Moscow were the two centers of production for Stil’ modern. “Tiffany Style” in the United States was named for the legendary Favrile glass designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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Magnificent Dumas designed Art Nouveau dining suite consisting of 17 perfectly matched pieces all with Dore bronze gooseberry clusters. The table has a race track edge with rare combinations of woods. The gracefully curved sideboard and unusual china cabinet have the original soft colored marble top and splash. The fourteen chairs are upholstered in rich red damask.

Although international in scope, Art Nouveau was a short-lived movement whose brief incandescence was a precursor of modernism, which emphasized function over form and the elimination of superfluous ornament. Although a reaction to historic revivalism, it brought Victorian excesses to a dramatic fin-de-siècle crescendo. Its influence has been far reaching and is evident in Art Deco furniture designs, whose sleek surfaces are enriched by exotic wood veneers and ornamental inlays. Dramatic Art Nouveau—inspired graphics became popular in the turbulent social and political milieu of the 1960s, among a new generation challenging conventional taste and ideas.

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