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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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Fritz Heckert Gilded and Enamelled Art Nouveau Wine Glass c1900

Fritz Heckert Gilded and Enamelled Art Nouveau Wine Glass c1900

A stunning Fritz Heckert enamelled Art Nouveau wine glass from c1900 in excellent condition. For more Art Nouveau glass as well as a wide range of other antique wine glasses please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£200.00

Art Nouveau Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Wine Glass c1900

Art Nouveau Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Wine Glass c1900

A magnificant selection of Art Nouveau hock wine glasses from our online antique store

£150.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Wine Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Wine Glass c1905

A Theresienthal enamelled hock wine glass from the early 20th century in excellent condition

£110.00

Stuart Crystal for Liberty & Co Peacock Vase c1910

Stuart Crystal for Liberty & Co Peacock Vase c1910

These were produced for Liberty and Co. Excellent example with both green and turquoise trainling. Stuart and Sons are reknowned known for this style of decoration with many documented examples. They were based in Stourbridge where other well-known glassm

£265.00

A Pair of Kralik Purple Strap Vases c1900

A Pair of Kralik Purple Strap Vases c1900

A pair of Kralik purple strap vases from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£220.00

A Rare Copper Lidded Signed Art Nouveau WMF Glass Cigar Box c1920

A Rare Copper Lidded Signed Art Nouveau WMF Glass Cigar Box c1920

A signed art nouveau WMF copper lidded glass cigar box from c1920. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Loetz Silver Overlay Vase c1898

Loetz Silver Overlay Vase c1898

A very fine Loetz silver overlay vase from c1898 . For more Bohemian art glass, including a wide range of Art Nouveau and Secessionist vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Six James Powell - Whitefriars Wine Glasses c1910

Six James Powell - Whitefriars Wine Glasses c1910

An iconic design by Philip Speakman or Thomas Jackson. The same style may be observed in the home of William Morris, arts and crafts masterpiece the Redhouse

£185.00

Pair Tall Harrach Glass Vase With Cabochons c1905

Pair Tall Harrach Glass Vase With Cabochons c1905

These are a very striking pair of vases. Excellent decorators pieces.

£625.00

Pallme-Konig Vase With Brass Mounts 1900-05

Pallme-Konig Vase With Brass Mounts 1900-05

The influence of Josef Hoffman and brass mounted "rocket" vases produced by Loetz is most evident.

£475.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

The flower glasses, those enamelled with floral designs by Theresienthal are amongst the most decorative glasses ever produced

£175.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Cornflower Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Cornflower Wine Glass c 1905

Amongst the most stunning wine glasses ever produced

£175.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

The most decorative of all art nouveau wine glasses ever produced

£175.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Art Nouveau Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Art Nouveau Wine Glass c 1905

just stunning.Amongst the finest wine glasses even made

£175.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Amongst the most decorative of all antique glasswares and a joy to use

£175.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Floral Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Floral Wine Glass c 1905

Amongst the most highly desirable of all nouveau inspired wine glasses. Inspired by nature and in both decoration and form

£175.00

A Fine Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase c1900

A Fine Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase c1900

A Galle cameo vase that is almost edible. Chestnut brown over lime green and a peach ground

£790.00

Large Stuart Chrysanthemum Pattern Crystal Bowl By Reg Everton

Large Stuart Chrysanthemum Pattern Crystal Bowl By Reg Everton

This is a modern interpretation of the Stuart Crystal chrysanthemum pattern. Reg Everton has taken the floral element and expanded this and in doing so removed the prismatic bands and cross cut diamponds that are usually associated. The result is elegant

£325.00

Tall WMF Silver Plated Claret Jug Made to Export To France 1909-1914

Tall WMF Silver Plated Claret Jug Made to Export To France 1909-1914

This is marked beneath the handle. B, hatched beehive with ostrich lozenge above letter G, IO OX The B denotes this has a rare Britannia metal base ( pewter with a high level of tin). This specific "lozenge in beehive" mark ws used between 1909

£525.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c1905

A very fine Theresienthal enamelled wine glass from c1905 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Art Nouveau wine glasses, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Pair of Riedel Lithyalin Cameo Glass Mirror Vases c1895

Pair of Riedel Lithyalin Cameo Glass Mirror Vases c1895

A very fine pair of Riedel lithyalin cameo mirror vases from c1895 in excellent condition. For more Czech / Bohemian art glass, and a wide range of Art Deco and Art Nouveau vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£775.00

French Art Nouveau Enamelled Silver Claret Jug c1900

French Art Nouveau Enamelled Silver Claret Jug c1900

A very fine Art Nouveau claret jug from c1910 in good condition. For more antique glassware and silverware including Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century drinking and table glass please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£350.00

WMF Secessionist Crystal-Lined Polished Pewter Biscuit Box 1906

WMF Secessionist Crystal-Lined Polished Pewter Biscuit Box 1906

A very fine WMF secessionist pewter and glass biscuit box from c1906 in excellent condition. For more 20th century glass including Lalique, Loetz, and Galle as well as a wide range of antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£625.00

Legras "Lamartine" Anemone Enamelled Vase c1900

Legras "Lamartine" Anemone Enamelled Vase c1900

A Legras "Lamartine" vase enamelled with anemone decoration c1900 in excellent condition

£195.00

An Art Nouveau Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked 1903

An Art Nouveau Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked 1903

A very fine Art Nouveau decanter with a silver neck ring from 1903 in excellent condition. Available from scottishantiques.com

£375.00

WMF Art Nouveau Claret Jug c1907

WMF Art Nouveau Claret Jug c1907

A WMF claret jug with Art Nouveau decoration and a silver plated stopper from c1907 in excellent condition. For more silver wine antiques as well as a wide range of other antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

Very Tall Enamelled Daum Vase Signed Leune c1925

Very Tall Enamelled Daum Vase Signed Leune c1925

An enormous enamelled Daum vase signed by the decorating shop Leune in excellent condition

£395.00

Stuart & Sons Trailed Rose Bowl c1910

Stuart & Sons Trailed Rose Bowl c1910

A beautiful Stuart & Sons trailed c1910

£250.00

Art Nouveau WMF Liqueur Set c1915

Art Nouveau WMF Liqueur Set c1915

A silver plate WMF Liqueur set with four glasses in excellent condition

£450.00

Kralik Art Nouveau Shell  Vase c1900

Kralik Art Nouveau Shell Vase c1900

Kralik shell vase frosted glass with green decoration . Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

A Steuben Aurene Three Finger Stump Rustic  Vase c1910

A Steuben Aurene Three Finger Stump Rustic Vase c1910

A stunning art nouveau Steuben Aurene three finger Stump Rustic vase made in New York c1910

£650.00

German Miniature Dolls House Decanter Set And Glasses 1/6th Scale c1925

German Miniature Dolls House Decanter Set And Glasses 1/6th Scale c1925

There was a whole industry in germany from the mid 18th century to the 1930s which specialised in items for dolls houses. Everything in miniature. I doubt that this set was ever played with, it does not have a scratch !

£90.00

A Legras Vase Enamelled with Poppies c1910

A Legras Vase Enamelled with Poppies c1910

A beautifully decorated vase by Legras. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£925.00

Rare Hermann Pautsch Decorated Mulhaus Glass Decanter Set c 1920

Rare Hermann Pautsch Decorated Mulhaus Glass Decanter Set c 1920

A rare decanter set by Hermann Pautsch for Haida Glass. Stunning enameling on the decanter and glasses. From the 1920's.

£460.00

Rare VDA Mark Rene Lalique Chicoree Bowl Designed 1921

Rare VDA Mark Rene Lalique Chicoree Bowl Designed 1921

A rare R Lalique Chicoree Bowl signed VDA FRANCE and R Lalique. Eric Knowles comments : the first wares produced in the early 1920's were relief moulded with the relatively small VDA monogram. I remember only too well that for many years collectors and de

£450.00

Signed Arsall Cameo Glass Vase c1930

Signed Arsall Cameo Glass Vase c1930

an arsall cameo glass vase made by Vereinigten Lausitzer Glaswerke (VLG), Germany

£1,175.00

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