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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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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.

£450.00

Pair Harrach Art Nouveau Bottle Vases c1905

Pair Harrach Art Nouveau Bottle Vases c1905

Pair of Art Nouveau bottle vases, possibly Harrach or Moser, from c1905 in excellent condtion.

£70.00

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

£275.00

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

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Turn of the century Theresienthal polychrome enamelled wine glass in excellent condition

£190.00

Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked London 1899

Decanter with Silver Neck Ring Hallmarked London 1899

Glass decanter with silver stopper in excellent condition hallmarked 1899. Most probably Stevens and Wiliams

£375.00

A Stuart & Sons Bi-Colour Peacock Vase for Liberty & Co c1910

A Stuart & Sons Bi-Colour Peacock Vase for Liberty & Co c1910

A Stuart & Sons bi-colour peacock vase for Liberty & Co c1910. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

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.

£220.00

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

A Large Cenedese Enamelled Charger c1975 With Original Label

A Large Cenedese Enamelled Charger c1975 With Original Label

A stunning large Cenedese enamelled red glass charger from c1975 with original label. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

A Wrought Iron Mounted Glass Bowl Centrepiece By Andre Delatte c1925

A Wrought Iron Mounted Glass Bowl Centrepiece By Andre Delatte c1925

The small manufactory of Andrew Delatte was a thorn in the side ofthe local majors such as Daum and Galle. They were sued for plaigiarism and copyright infringements. The influence of the designs of Louis Majorelle for Daum is very evident in this item

£450.00

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 Pair of Loetz Silver Overlay Rubin Glass Vases c1898

A Pair of Loetz Silver Overlay Rubin Glass Vases c1898

A stunning pair of Loetz Rubin silver overlay glass vases as good as any to be found. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£2,250.00

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.

£475.00

A Baccarat Cameo "Tumble Up" c1900

A Baccarat Cameo "Tumble Up" c1900

baccarat crystal, tumble up, baccarat cameo,

£675.00

Baccarat Eglantier Cameo Trinket Dish c1910

Baccarat Eglantier Cameo Trinket Dish c1910

An antique Baccarat eglantier cameo overlay dish. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£220.00

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. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£750.00

James Powell & Sons - Whitefriars  Bottle Carafe -c1910

James Powell & Sons - Whitefriars Bottle Carafe -c1910

A James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars, arts and crafts bottle carafe from c 1910. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

A Steuben Webb Corbett Agate Glass Vase - c1920

A Steuben Webb Corbett Agate Glass Vase - c1920

Available from Scottish Antiques online store. A very similar style was produced by Steuben glass , moss agate

£180.00

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

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal enamelled wine glass c 1900. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

A Theresienthal enamelled wine glass from c1900. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Wine Glass c 1905

A Theresienthal enamelled wine glass from c 1905. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£160.00

A Set of Three Graduated John Walsh Walsh Cut Crystal Table Posy Bowls - c1925

A Set of Three Graduated John Walsh Walsh Cut Crystal Table Posy Bowls - c1925

A set of three graduated John Walsh Walsh cut crystal table posy bowls from c1920. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

An Iridised Kralik Solifleur Vase c1910

An Iridised Kralik Solifleur Vase c1910

An iridised Wilhelm Kralik Sohn Solifleur vase from c1910. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£725.00

A Delatte Nancy Bowl c1920

A Delatte Nancy Bowl c1920

A Delatte Nancy vase from c1920. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£260.00

Four Theresienthal Wine Glasses c1905

Four Theresienthal Wine Glasses c1905

Art nouveau glassware , four Theriesenthal wine glasses

£775.00

Pallme Konig Diana Oil Spot Glass vase c1900

Pallme Konig Diana Oil Spot Glass vase c1900

A Pallme Konig Diana oil spot glass vase from c1900

£120.00

An Early Loetz Jungendstil Glass Vase c1900 Pattern DEK IV/783 PN 11/242

An Early Loetz Jungendstil Glass Vase c1900 Pattern DEK IV/783 PN 11/242

A early Loetz Jungendstil Glass green gilded vase pattern DEK IV/783, PN 11/242 from c1900. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£230.00

Julius Muhlhaus & Co Haida Secessionist Vases c1905

Julius Muhlhaus & Co Haida Secessionist Vases c1905

A magnificent pair of Julius Muhlhaus & Co Haida 1910-1910 Secessionist lidded vases. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£1,100.00

A Tall Art Nouveau Harrach Enamel and Gilded Glass Vase c1905

A Tall Art Nouveau Harrach Enamel and Gilded Glass Vase c1905

A Tall Art Nouveau Harrach Enamel and Gilded Glass Vase from 1905. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£225.00

Six Powell & Sons Spiral Ribbed Glasses c1895

Six Powell & Sons Spiral Ribbed Glasses c1895

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

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