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Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau blossomed from Great Britain in around 1890 and spread throughout Europe and the United States up until World War I. The emergence of this style, characterised by curled, flowing designs reflecting shapes in nature affected art, architecture and design. Influenced by Japanese graphic art, Art Nouveau designs were swiftly incorporated into everyday items, such as jewelry, furniture, wallpaper, textiles and ceramics. Whilst Art Nouveau jewelry switched from precious gems to materials like opal and ivory, furniture became intricate in design and thus expensive to produce. The movement is well reflected by the glass art produced during this period, with experimentation in color and transparency, as well as bold new shapes. Some of the most important artists of this style include painter Gustav Klimt, textile designer William Morris, silversmith Georg Jensen and glass designer René Lalique.

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A brief history of Design

Finding a piece of furniture and wondering if it would suit your living room is one thing, but to truly comprehend the era and influence of the style of the item is another. To aid you in better understanding the different styles and origin of items on auction, we have provided a brief history of styles and trends of each era starting from the 16th century until the present day.