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Art Nouveau is a style characterised by naturally inspired forms and structures, which take inspiration from the curved lines of flowers and plants. Sharp, 'whiplash' curves, female silhouettes and patterned stained glass were all common features of Art Nouveau design.
In decorative pieces, Art Nouveau was associated with names like Emile Galle, Daum, and Francois-Raoul Larche. Even celebrated designers known for working with older styles, such as Francois Linke, started to take inspiration from the Art Nouveau aesthetic by the later part of the 19th Century.
Art Nouveau was a style popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as a reaction to the academic and rigid forms of 19th century art. Internationally favoured, this style spread from Belgium and France and across Europe. With the beginning of World War One, however, the Art Nouveau was exhausted and was soon replaced with the Art Deco and Modernism movements.
The legacy of this design lives on, however, our own collection showcasing the finest examples of Art Nouveau antiques. You can read more about Art Nouveau in our blog: What was the Art Nouveau movement?.