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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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A Fine Rock Crystal Cut Silver Topped Perfume Bottle 1912

A Fine Rock Crystal Cut Silver Topped Perfume Bottle 1912

A Fine Rock Crystal Cut Silver Topped Perfume Bottle 1912

£240.00

A Wittmann & Roth Hammered Finish Vase c1885

A Wittmann & Roth Hammered Finish Vase c1885

A Wittmann & Roth Hammered Finish Vase c1885. Glass vase with painted gilt decoration of a wren and moth amidst grasses and flowers. RD 39086 was registered by Sidney Wittmann of Wittmann & Roth London. They are described as 'Glass & China Ma

£395.00

Pair WMF Marked Silver Plate Secessionist Vases c1906

Pair WMF Marked Silver Plate Secessionist Vases c1906

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 nd 1914 on uitems intended for export to France. I/O denotes silver plating and OX an "oxidi

£475.00

A WMF Spirit Decanter Bottle c1895

A WMF Spirit Decanter Bottle c1895

It was never intended to be a bright polished finish. The OX indicates that it was oxidised to give an "antique finish" when new

£325.00

A Cameo Glass Claret Jug c1890

A Cameo Glass Claret Jug c1890

his has been a problematic "whodunnit". We still do not know. The citron colour glass was used by many producers , Webb, Stevens and Williams and Richardsons as well as Pantin and other cameo producers in France and Austria. The use of morning g

£425.00

Stuart & Sons for Liberty & Co Two Colour Peacock Trails Rose Bowl c1910

Stuart & Sons for Liberty & Co Two Colour Peacock Trails Rose Bowl c1910

The epitome of art nouveau in glass.

£375.00

Whitefriars ‘Poppy Head’ Wine Glass c1900

Whitefriars ‘Poppy Head’ Wine Glass c1900

Referred to as ‘flint’ glass by Whitefriars, designed by Harry Powell

£90.00

Large Legras Enamelled  Bowl  c1925

Large Legras Enamelled Bowl c1925

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

£425.00

WMF Schnapps or Spirit Jug c1910

WMF Schnapps or Spirit Jug c1910

WMF Schnapps or Spirit Jug c1910

£375.00

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.

£225.00

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.

£225.00

A John Walsh Walsh Vaseline Tricorn Vase c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Vaseline Tricorn Vase c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Vaseline tricorn vase from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

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.

£775.00

A John Walsh Walsh Tulip Vase c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Tulip Vase c1900

A John Walsh Walsh " Tulip " Vase from c1900, Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£395.00

Stuart Art Nouveau Green Trailed Bud Vase c1910

Stuart Art Nouveau Green Trailed Bud Vase c1910

A very fine Stuart Art Nouveau green trailed vase from c1910 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a wide range of Art Nouveau vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

Richardsons Madonna Lily Rich Cameo Vase c1920

Richardsons Madonna Lily Rich Cameo Vase c1920

A Richardsons Madonna lily rich cameo vase available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£475.00

French Cameo Glass Biscuit Barrel  Ormolu Butterfly Cover c1900

French Cameo Glass Biscuit Barrel Ormolu Butterfly Cover c1900

When made this would have had a paper label if Baccarat, they rarely survive, or a gilded mark if Mont Joye. We favour Baccarat

£450.00

Rare Hermann Pautsch Decorated Muhlhaus Glass Decanter Set c 1920

Rare Hermann Pautsch Decorated Muhlhaus 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.

£390.00

A Steuben Aurene Three Finger Stump Rustic  Vase c1920

A Steuben Aurene Three Finger Stump Rustic Vase c1920

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

£575.00

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

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.

£345.00

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

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.

£575.00

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 Cornflower Wine Glass c 1905

Theresienthal Enamelled Cornflower Wine Glass c 1905

Amongst the most stunning 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

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

Tall WMF Silver Plated Claret Jug Made For 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

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

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

Meyr's Neffe Enameled Hock Wine Glass c1900

Meyr's Neffe Enameled Hock 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" hock wine glasses.

£325.00

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