ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE
Art Nouveau .US specializes in the art nouveau period. We sell authentic antique art nouveau furniture made by master craftsman of the period like Louis Majorelle, Galle, WMF, Old Paris, Giambotti Gianotti, and more. Find inlaid art nouveau tables, inlaid art nouveau beds, antique art nouveau dining sets, antique art nouveau silver tea sets, Mucha prints, art nouveau fashion prints, and bronze art nouveau hardware.
THE ART NOUVEAU PERIOD
The Art Nouveau period began in France around 1890, and quickly become the first truly original style in the decorative arts in almost a century. It was a consciously international movement, and it was also, from the beginning, intended to find expression across all media, in all forms of the fine, decorative and applied arts and architecture.
The Art Nouveau period has been reflected over the years in its French art nouveau furniture, art nouveau sculpture, art nouveau porcelain and ceramics, and art nouveau lighting.
Even in France, the style had many variant streams. Art Nouveau furniture selections have generally focused on sinuousness of line and designs adapted from nature.
Art Nouveau was a concerted attempt to create an international style based on decoration. It was developed by a brilliant and energetic generation of artists and designers, who sought to fashion an art form appropriate to the modern age. During this extraordinary time, urban life as we now understand it was established. Old customs, habits, and artistic styles sat alongside new, combining a wide range of contradictory images and ideas. Many artists, designers, and architects were excited by new technologies and lifestyles, while others retreated into the past, embracing the spirit world, fantasy, and myth.
ART NOUVEAU COLLECTOR KARIM ABDUL-JABBAR
In the photo below we see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seen with Mark Slotkin while shopping at Antiquarian Traders. Kareem is a Huge Art Nouveau collector and comes into the store often. The other photo was his famous sky hook that helped the Lakers win the NBA Championchip.
I first met Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976 when he came to an open house in Bel-Air on Stone Canyon a few doors down from the famous Bel-Air Hotel. Kareem owned a house a block away that was all done in the Art Nouveau style. Art Nouveau is his passion. He frequently vists Antiquarian Traders and is a repeat customer. Kareem's last purchase was A bronze Majorelle hardware that he used for his home in Harlem. This picture was taken in 2008. Read more about Celebrity Antique Collectors
HISTORY OF ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE
Art Nouveau was in many ways a response to the Industrial Revolution. Some artists welcomed technological progress and embraced the aesthetic possibilities of new materials such as cast iron. Others deplored the shoddiness of mass-produced machine-made goods and aimed to elevate the decorative arts to the level of fine art by applying the highest standards of craftsmanship and design to everyday objects. Art Nouveau designers also believed that all the arts should work in harmony to create a "total work of art," or Gesamtkunstwerk: buildings, furniture, textiles, clothes, and jewelry all conformed to the principles of Art Nouveau.
FRENCH ART NOUVEAU FURNITURE
Art Nouveau .US is proud to be associated with one of the finest antique furniture companies in the world, Antiquarian Traders, who have been an established dealer in rare and unusual antiques for over 35 years.