Art Nouveau Glass

The "New Art" of Art Nouveau reflected the brilliance of the Belle Époque in Europe at the end of the 19th century. Characterized by the masterful designs of Emile Gallé as well as Daum, Art Nouveau glassware celebrated the beauty of the natural world and infused its richness into each of their designs.

The Art Nouveau movement was in many regards a natural extension from the earlier 19th-century English Arts and Crafts movement. This group emphasized the importance of the artist's hand, and so they sought in their production to keep some aspect of hand-hewn sensibilities in their pieces. The artists of the Art Nouveau, wishing to abandon the aesthetics of Victorian era design, embraced the Arts and Crafts premise by relying on organic motifs, which they subsequently accentuated with ample artistic embellishments.

Art Nouveau glassware designers all shared a focus on smooth surfaces so as to not distract from the piece's organic patterns or rhythms, which enveloped their vessels in rich color and, seemingly, texture. The luminescent, and sometimes almost dewy, appearance of the surface of these pieces, complemented by whiplash swirls and exaggerated curves, resulted in a body of production that left a lasting influence on design.


Quick Facts

  • The Art Nouveau approach influenced all aspects of design, from small decorative glassware to monumental architecture, such as the iconic "La Pedrera" residential complex in Barcelona, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí
  • An Emile Gallé glass vase sold in November 2015 set a record price for a damaged work: more than $58,000. Had it not been damaged, experts suggest the final hammer price could have easily been six times as much
  • So essential was the Art Nouveau movement that its pieces are represented in museums around the world. The city of Riga, Latvia, opened an entire museum dedicated to Art Nouveau design in 2009

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2 small Art Nouveau vases, Fritz Heckert Petersdorf
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
2 small Art Nouveau vases, Fritz Heckert Petersdorf
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Art Nouveau pot, France, probably Kralik, around
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Art Nouveau pot, France, probably Kralik, around
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €140- €220
€1200 Bids
Jug, German, around 1900, Art Nouveau, corpus colorless
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
Jug, German, around 1900, Art Nouveau, corpus colorless
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Jugendstil-Vase mit Landschaftsdekor.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Jugendstil-Vase mit Landschaftsdekor.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
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Jugendstil-Vase mit Disteldekor.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Jugendstil-Vase mit Disteldekor.
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Est: €0- €0
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Art Nouveau vase, France, c. 1
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Art Nouveau vase, France, c. 1
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Est: €0- €0
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Pair of large Art Nouveau vase
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Pair of large Art Nouveau vase
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
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Anonymous glass painter of the Ar
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Anonymous glass painter of the Ar
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Sellers Who Sell Art Nouveau Glass


Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl