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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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Six Powell & Sons Spiral Ribbed Glasses c1890

Six Powell & Sons Spiral Ribbed Glasses c1890

James Powell & Sons, Harry Powell, Whitefriars Glass at online store and shop Scottish Antiques

£220.00

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

£320.00

A Set of Six Very Tall  Engraved and Enamelled Secessionist Wine Glasses c1910

A Set of Six Very Tall Engraved and Enamelled Secessionist Wine Glasses c1910

Josphinenhutte or Theresienthal art nouveau, Secessionist enamelled, wine glasses . Shop at Scottish Antiques online and save a bloody fortune this Christmas

£465.00

Stuart Claret Jug Peacock Trails c1905

Stuart Claret Jug Peacock Trails c1905

The peacock trail design is predominantly associated with Stuart Crystal. Functional and beautiful, see more at the Scottish online antique store.

£95.00

A Modernist Silver and Glass Dresing Table Set Birmingham 1904

A Modernist Silver and Glass Dresing Table Set Birmingham 1904

The Austrians and Bohemians had lead the way in painted and enamelled glass for almost a century before these were made and were the first to blend the the naturalistic curves of nature with the strong geometry and bright colours of the Deco. This is is a

£750.00

A Jobling Jade Glass Fircone Pattern Bowl and Stand c1925

A Jobling Jade Glass Fircone Pattern Bowl and Stand c1925

We would usually associate the fircone patterns with Greener and Co which became Jobling. However, the mould used for this design has multiple differences with that used by Jobling. Furthermore the jade or jadeite glass was developed by Davidsons

£85.00

Signed Galle Solifleur Cameo Glass Vase c1900

Signed Galle Solifleur Cameo Glass Vase c1900

Acid cut back cameo with wheel engraved detail. Signed Galle in relief

£775.00

Julius Muhlhaus Decorated Vase c1910-15

Julius Muhlhaus Decorated Vase c1910-15

There were a number of glass decorating businesess based in and around Haida such as Muhlhaus and Herman Pautsch . The glass blanks were manufactured by Meyr's Neffe, Harrach and others.

£280.00

Pallme-Konig Green Veined Biscuit Barrel c1900

Pallme-Konig Green Veined Biscuit Barrel c1900

The recesses into which the coloured veins are sunk on pallme Konig glass is a distinguishing feature. Kralik also produced similar designs

£230.00

A Tall Continental Art Nouveau Vase c1910

A Tall Continental Art Nouveau Vase c1910

This has decorative attributes of many Kralik pieces and they also used metal mounts on bases and rims extensively.

£280.00

An Enamelled Glass Vase in The Art Nouveau c1910

An Enamelled Glass Vase in The Art Nouveau c1910

We have faied to identify a manufacturer. The bold secessionist decoration was utilised by the Wiener Wekstatte, J and L Lobmyr, Moser, Rozenburg and others from 1880 to 1920. We would like to thank Nouveau specialist John Masters for his guidance and and

£275.00

Meyr's Neffe Enameled Wine Glass c1900

Meyr's Neffe Enameled Wine Glass c1900

If you have ever wondered who was Johann Meyr's nephew then look no further than Wilhelm Kralik. This is one of the prettiest "Jugenstil" glasses

£360.00

A Thresienthal Hock Glass 1901-02

A Thresienthal Hock Glass 1901-02

Germany and Austria lead the way in the development of glasswraes in the art nouveau- the Jugendstil

£135.00

Pair of Large Baccarat Enamelled Vases c1900

Pair of Large Baccarat Enamelled Vases c1900

Pair of the most beautiful Baccarat enamelled vases that you may ever see. Its free to look

£1,400.00

WMF Art Nouveau Bud Vase c1900

WMF Art Nouveau Bud Vase c1900

WMF bud vase in the art nouveau, Art glass and antique silver collectibles at our online antique store

£350.00

Gilded Hock Glass  with Jewells c1900

Gilded Hock Glass with Jewells c1900

Take a look at a magnificant selection of Art Nouveau glassware from our online antique store

£95.00

Art Nouveau Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1900

Art Nouveau Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1900

A magnificant selection of Art Nouveau glassware from our online antique store

£210.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1905

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

£160.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Liqueur Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Liqueur Glass c1905

An Art Nouveau Theresienthal enamelled liqueur glass from the early 20th century in excellent condition

£185.00

Josephinehutte Enamelled Hock Glass c1910

Josephinehutte Enamelled Hock Glass c1910

A wonderful Art Nouveau Theresienthal enamelled hock glass from the early 20th century in excellent condition

£170.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Flower Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Flower Glass c1905

An Art Nouveau Theresienthal enamelled hock glass from the early 20th century in excellent condition

£185.00

James Powell Ribbed Pedestal Bowl c1890

James Powell Ribbed Pedestal Bowl c1890

A harry Powell designed bowl for the whitefriars glassworks

£40.00

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

A beautiful, decorative and organic Cairngorm vase for sale

£95.00

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

£50.00

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