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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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Otto Prutscher Meyrs Neffe Wine Glass c1910

Otto Prutscher Meyrs Neffe Wine Glass c1910

An antique drinking glass made by Meyr's Neffe in Bohemia. Otto Prutscher was an Austrian architect who designed glassware and furniture in the Jugendstil style

£1,150.00

Pair Art Nouveau Liqueur Glasses c1920

Pair Art Nouveau Liqueur Glasses c1920

Antique liqueur glasses with wonderful decoration. Vintage drinking glasses for the glass collector, to be used and appreciated

£140.00

Pair Art Nouveau Liqueur Glasses c1920

Pair Art Nouveau Liqueur Glasses c1920

A pair of antique liqueur glasses with wonderful decoration. Vintage drinking glasses for the glass collector of to be used and appreciated

£140.00

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

£1,850.00

Art Nouveau Green Trailed Glass Claret Jug Hallmarked 1901

Art Nouveau Green Trailed Glass Claret Jug Hallmarked 1901

A stylish claret jug for sale, still very usable. A fine example

£450.00

Legras Enamelled Landscape Stem Vase c1905

Legras Enamelled Landscape Stem Vase c1905

A Legras vase depicting a winter scene for sale

£270.00

Rare Pallme-König Glass Spider Trailing Claret Jug c1900

Rare Pallme-König Glass Spider Trailing Claret Jug c1900

A rare Pallme-König green glass claret jug with copper and brass fittings. Highly collectable antique green glassware.

£750.00

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Hock Glass c1905

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

£175.00

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

£225.00

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

£225.00

James Powell Ribbed Pedestal Bowl c1890

James Powell Ribbed Pedestal Bowl c1890

A harry Powell designed bowl for the whitefriars glassworks

£65.00

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

A beautiful, decorative and organic Cairngorm vase for sale

£125.00

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Plate c1895

John Walsh Opalescent Vaseline Glass Plate c1895

John Walsh glass plate, a collectors piece

£60.00

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

£240.00

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

£75.00

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