At the close of the 19th century, the Belle Epoch emerged as a movement synonymous with avant-garde taste. The main style of this period became known as Art
Nouveau. The expression was coined by the entrepreneur Siegfried Bing after his Maison L ’ Art Nouveau gallery in Paris.
The Art Nouveau style is identified by its sinuous whiplash lines and the use of natural floral motifs and flowing images of maidens.
The style spread internationally and was prevalent throughout Europe the US and Japan.
Many progressive manufacturers and workshops produced items in this style, notably, Majorelle, Galle, Daum, Tiffany Studios, Kayserzinn, WMF and Loetz.
The Art Deco style emerged between the wars and was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. The style was crisper and more geometric then Art Nouveau. Typical motifs were ziggerats influenced by skyscrapers and Egyptian detail elaboratley decorated in silver and enamel. Influential makers were Hagenauer, Wiener Werkstatte, Cartier, Camile Faure, R. Lalique, Christofle, Gallia, Dunand, Edgar Brandt and Andre Arbus among others.
Auction Atrium is mounting its first specialist sale of Art Nouveau and Art Deco ending on Thursday 25 October. Online bidding starts on the 15 October.
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