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Art Nouveau bronze table


A lovely French Art Nouveau gilt and patinated bronze side table. The table top features floral design around a central gilt bronze oval plaque depicting 2 ladies conversing by a lake, raised on four cabriole legs with male masks and joined by X-shaped stretcher decorated with flowers.

Circa 1900

Height: 30"     (76 cm)
Width: 29.5"   (75 cm)
Depth: 28.5"  (72 cm)

Art Nouveau, ornamental style of art that flourished between about 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe and the United States. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior deign, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration. It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design. About this time the term Art Nouveau was coined, in Belgium by the periodical L’Art Moderne to describe the work of the artist group Les Vingt and in Paris by S. Bing, who named his gallery L’Art Nouveau.
The distinguishing ornamental characteristic of Art Nouveau is its undulating asymmetrical line, often taking the form of flower stalks and buds, vine tendrils, insect wings, and other delicate and sinuous natural objects; the line may be elegant and graceful or infused with a powerfully rhythmic and whiplike force