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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Four Theresienthal Liane Pattern Glasses c1910

Four Theresienthal Liane Pattern Glasses c1910

Four Theresienthal Liane Pattern Glasses c1910

£320.00

Set of Nine Theresiental Grapevine Enamelled Wine Glasses c1905

Set of Nine Theresiental Grapevine Enamelled Wine Glasses c1905

Nine Theresiental Grapevine Enamelled Wine Glasses c1905

£650.00

Bohemian Iridescent Vase c1920

Bohemian Iridescent Vase c1920

Bohemian Iridescent Vase c1920

£285.00

A Fine Silver Overlay Loetz Silberiris Candia Vase c1905

A Fine Silver Overlay Loetz Silberiris Candia Vase c1905

A Fine Silver Overlay Loetz Silberiris Candia Vase c1905

£2,850.00

Kralik Iridescent Glass Inkwell c1910

Kralik Iridescent Glass Inkwell c1910

Kralik Iridescent Glass Inkwell c1910

£350.00

Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask c 1905

Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask c 1905

Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask

£1,850.00

An Ehrenfeld Acid Cameo Clematis Flower Liqueur Glass c1905

An Ehrenfeld Acid Cameo Clematis Flower Liqueur Glass c1905

An Ehrenfeld Acid Cameo Clematis Flower Liqueur Glass c1905

£390.00

A Theresienthal Liqueur Glass c1905

A Theresienthal Liqueur Glass c1905

A Theresienthal Liqueur Glass c1905

£110.00

Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) Liqueur Glass c1905

Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) Liqueur Glass c1905

Early 20th century German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) Liqueur Glass c1905

£100.00

Engraved WMF Claret Jug c1910

Engraved WMF Claret Jug c1910

Tapered. Engraved with cornflowers. Silver plated Britannia metal cover. The diamond shaped lozenge mark WMF and G was only used between 1900 and 1918

£425.00

Stuart and Sons Amethyst Peacock Trails Posy Vase c1910

Stuart and Sons Amethyst Peacock Trails Posy Vase c1910

A highly decorative example with amethyst and clear trailing. Stuart and Sons are renowned for this style of decoration with many documented examples. They were based in Stourbridge with other well-known factories such as Stevens & Williams, Thomas We

£165.00

Large Legras Enamelled  Bowl  c1925

Large Legras Enamelled Bowl c1925

This piece received the full "5 wow" rating in the office.

£350.00

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

A very fine Thomas Webb Filamentosa vase from c1880 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a wide range of Victorian vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Rare Thomas Webb Filamentosa Dimples Vase c1880

Rare Thomas Webb Filamentosa Dimples Vase c1880

A very fine Thomas Webb Filamentosa flask from c1880 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a wide range of Art Nouveau vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£155.00

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

A beautiful Victorian Art Nouveau vase by Thomas Webb. For more art glass including Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as a wide range of antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

A Pair of Loetz Crete DEK Crimped Vases c1900

A Pair of Loetz Crete DEK Crimped Vases c1900

A pair of Loetz Crete DEK crimped vases from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£320.00

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.

£525.00

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