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Art Nouveau

The art nouveau movement was another all-encompassing design precept which influenced painting, ,sculpture, jewellery, architecture, interior design, clothing and manufacturing and which mushroomed in the latter part of the 19th century. It was, essentially, an expression of artistic freedom from convention following decades during which more formal schools of thought had set the boundaries – broad constraints under the aegis of academic art which drew on classical and historical sources for inspiration and trumpeted the human condition in all its forms, facets and foibles.
 
Art Nouveau – although more than willing to take on board new and innovative creative processes – followed naturalistic muses;  non-geometric free-flowing shapes and the form and movement of flora and fauna. In Italian it is known as both “stile liberty” and “stile floreal” which perhaps better encapsulate it’s unregimented and organic persuasion.
 
Art Nouveau glass would often feature opalescent finishes and gradual, sometimes iridescent, shifting gradations in tone to evoke the subtleties of natural texture and colouration – there were few hard edges, regularly facetted, cut or ground surfaces or highly coloured elements involved.


As it was a relatively short-lived movement – barely some thirty years from 1880 onwards – there are few, if any, manufacturers whose output solely consisted of Art Nouveau material. Lalique, Loetz, Tiffany, Daum and Richardson all explored the movement’s opportunities for expression, but you will note that their names all feature in other categories, illustrating their willingness to follow the latest fashions and try to keep their work absolutely “a la mode” and at the forefront of popular culture – never feeling obliged to stay loyal to one particular  movement or another.
 
Given the proximity of the two timelines, it is no surprise that Art Nouveau and Art Deco production shared common techniques; Loetz’s Cretan Rusticana material and uranium glass ranges were echoed by Davidson’s opalescent jade work a decade or so later, and the iridescent vases, bowls and tumblers of Poschinger and Kralik’s German and Bohemian manufactories used techniques which would still be current when the Art Deco movement came to hold sway. Kralik was probably one of the foremost artists to work with what were unambiguously floral forms, using applied decorations to augment basically simple vessels and on which to model moulded and drawn vases, while the likes of Rindskopf and Palme-Koenig tended to suggest organic growth by festooning again fairly uncomplicated vases and bowls with vinous tendrils, serpentine coils and interwoven lattices made up of stems and stalks – a more abstract approach, but still within Art Nouveau’s naturalistic spirit.
 
Kralik’s other main signature pieces were those made from opalescent glass which was intended to replicate mother of pearl, an obvious allusion to a natural material and perhaps - given it’s recurring use in the creation of many vases and vessels with smoothly curved profiles, rippled surfaces and undulating lips and rims – such pieces constitute the epitome of Art Nouveau glassware.

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Rare Stuart and Sons Amethyst Peacock Trails Glass Vase c1910

Rare Stuart and Sons Amethyst Peacock Trails Glass Vase c1910

A very collectable Stuart and Sons peacock trails vase

£270.00

Very Rare Large Daum Nancy Smoke Glass Bowl c1900

Very Rare Large Daum Nancy Smoke Glass Bowl c1900

Large Daum Nancy smoked glass bowl, decorated with acid etched and cut back technique glass roses

£1,850.00

Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vase c1905

Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vase c1905

A Legras vase depicting a summer forest scene for sale

£480.00

Pair of Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vases c1905

Pair of Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vases c1905

A pair of Legras vases depicting a summer forest scene by using a combination of acid cameo to give depth and enamels to add increased detail

£550.00

Early Powell Whitefriars Opalescent Vaseline Glass Rose Bowl

Early Powell Whitefriars Opalescent Vaseline Glass Rose Bowl

An early Powell piece for Whitefriars, a collectors piece

£80.00

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Plate c1895

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Plate c1895

John Walsh glass plate, a collectors piece

£60.00

Green Monochrome Trailed Glass Bowl c1910

Green Monochrome Trailed Glass Bowl c1910

A green glass bowl made in Stourbridge England for sale

£80.00

Large Stuart and Sons Art Nouveau Glass Peacock Vase

Large Stuart and Sons Art Nouveau Glass Peacock Vase

A collectable Stuart and sons vase in the Art nouveau

£280.00

Rare Large Stuart and Sons Art Nouveau Glass Peacock Vase

Rare Large Stuart and Sons Art Nouveau Glass Peacock Vase

A very collectable Stuart and sons vase from the Art nouveau period

£330.00

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Bowl c1895

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Bowl c1895

An antique John Walsh opalescent glass bowl with a crimped rim

£78.00

Rare Large Loetz Olympia Glass Vase c1900

Rare Large Loetz Olympia Glass Vase c1900

Loetz glass vase, this example is not well documented but is unmistakably Loetz. The prunts alone tell us the origin. The term 'Creta' is merely the colour, green.

£265.00

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