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Art Nouveau
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Art Nouveau was a phenomenon with many faces. Between 1890 and 1910, artists developed a variety of styles from the plant-like forms of the Belgian-French Art Nouveau to the ornamentation of the Viennese Secession. They were all striving to create a new, modern style and pursued a comprehensive renewal of art and, in some countries, a renewed national identity.


                                   
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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

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In Search of the Controlled Curve
Flowers and insects, leaves and vines, and other natural motifs formed the basis for a Art Nouveau furniture. But underlying it all was the search for the controlled curve.
                     
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Forms from the Natural World
Clay was the perfect medium for the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Its malleable organic nature let turn-of-the-20th-century potters shape it into the sinewy lines, feminine curves, and scrolling vines so characteristic of this new style. The introduction of new glazing techniques added bright contrasting colors, which stood out from previous traditionally made works.

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The Gallery That Started It All
From the 1880s until the First World War, western Europe and the United States witnessed the development of a new style which became known as Art Nouveau or New Art.. Taking inspiration from the unruly aspects of the natural world, It influenced the applied arts, graphic arts, and illustration, as well as architecture.

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Nature Comes Alive in Glass
During the last two decades of the 19th century, French glassmakers became more perceptive and creative, expanding their artistic expression through nature. The result was some of the most beautiful art glass ever made. Five glass artists stood at the top of the Art Nouveau Movement----Emile Gallé, Auguste and Antonin Daum, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique.
 

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Poetic Jewels
The Art Nouveau style is perhaps best expressed in the delicate, imaginative, colorful, and poetic jewelry of the period. While Art Nouveau embraced all manner of decoration, it’s jewels best express its style. Their fragility and their infinite variations of size, color and shape made them ideal example of the new style.

                          
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Repairing Antique Glass
Everyone has experienced the heart-stopping moment when glass breaks. Maybe it’s a favorite glass that gets knocked off the table or an antique vase that’s been in the family for years. Until recently, there wasn’t anything to be done to repair these broken items. But thanks to modern adhesive technology, it’s possible to repair some glass pieces, whether it’s done by an ordinary person or a professional glass restorer.                     
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The Ecole de Nancy Museum is one of the few museums dedicated to an artistic movement----Art Nouveau. It’s located in the heart of Nancy, France, in the former residence Eugène Corbin, an important collector of artworks from the Ecole de Nancy.
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It's All in the Decoration
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The Art Nouveau style of architecture defined the transition between the 19th century and the 20th. It was a global sensation that spawned numerous designers from around the world. Hector Guimard, Charles Rennie, Mackintosh, and Victor Horta were three prominent architects whose work helped foster this movement.

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Beauty Holds the Fragrance Within

With their elegant shapes, brilliant facets, and creative presentations, vintage perfume bottles evoke the luxury and glamour of a bygone age.
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