Tag Archives: Art Nouveau

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Designer Spotlight: Demetre Chiparus

Demétre Haralamb Chiparus (also known as Dumitry Chipārus) is a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris until his death. Chiparus was born September 16, 1886 in Dorohoi, Romania to Haralamb and Saveta Chiparus. When he was 23 Chiparus traveled to Italy where he studies under Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli. Three years later Chiparus traveled to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts to pursue his artistic endeavors. While in Paris he studied under Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher.

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Style Files: Hood Ornaments

At AntiquitiesWeb we like to shake things up from time to time. Sure, we love settees and chaise lounges, but we also enjoy unique antiques and love to offer our clients a variety of vintage wares. Some of our latest finds are amazing antique hood ornaments. We found some great American made hood ornaments dating from 1941-1954, which we mounted on custom wood, stands for easy display. The ornaments are a timeless piece of automobile history and pure Americana. Continue reading

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Style Files: Bars

What better way to celebrate Friday than with a round up of our gorgeous bars? Whether you’re entertaining for 20 or unwinding for one, your bar is a central feature of your home. It’s where gossip is whispered, belly laughs are bellowed, and fun is had throughout the year. Your bar is a reflection of your entertainment style—are you cool and relaxed like a margarita on the rocks or are you dark and sophisticated like an Old Fashioned? AntiqutiesWeb has bars for every type of home—modern, elegant, Art Deco and more. Once you take a look at our bars (and decide to take one home) use these helpful tips for making your bar a fun and beautiful place to hang out and have a drink (or three…don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!) Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: Louis Marjorelle

Louis-Jean-Sylvestre Majorelle, known professionally as Louis Majorelle, was a decorator and furniture designer born September 26, 1859 in Toul, France. He designed and manufactured his own designs in the French tradition of ébéniste (traditional French cabinetry). He was (and remains) one of the most prominent Art Nouveau style furniture designers, and formally served as one of the vice-presidents of the École de Nancy, a museum devoted to the Art Nouveau style. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to add depth and decor to a space without taking up too much floor area. Professional designers often recommend using mirrors to hang on the wall above a dining room to reflect a chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a piece of beautiful art. Just be careful when hanging up mirrors and remember that they reflect everything and you want to use your mirrors to reflect light and highlight a nice piece of furniture, not a junk drawer or mail pile. Continue reading

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Antiquities Is Turning 10!

Antiquities is practically an antique! This month Antiquities is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you, our valued reader (and hopefully shopper!) We can hardly believe that ten years have passed since we first opened our doors. But here we are, with stores across the country and antiques in the homes of some very stylish clients.  Continue reading

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Style Files: New (Old) Antiques from AntiquitiesWeb

Now that the holidays are over and the in-laws are out of the guest room it’s time to sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some “me” time (and some “me” presents!) You’ve done your share of gift giving and now it’s time for some gift getting. Luckily AntiquitiesWeb has scoured the globe and come back with exciting new pieces to ring in the New Year with style. So keep your resolution to treat yourself right with a new beautiful antique from AntiquitiesWeb. Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: La Verre Francais

La Verre Francais is a special line of art glass made by Schneider Glassworks between 1918 and 1932. Brothers Charles and Earnest Schneider created the company which created exquisite two to three layers glass bowls, vases, lamps, cameos, and more in a style which combined both Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Daum Studio

Daum crystal studio is based in Nancy, France and was founded in 1878 by Jean Daum. His children, Auguste Daum and Antonin Daum headed production during the Art Nouveau period after their father passed away. Their method of glassmaking remained the same throughout the company’s history. They are the only company that uses the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for their crystal and art glass sculptures. Pâte verre is a technique where crushed glass is packed into a refractory mold and then fired and fused together in a kiln. The technique gives Daum pieces their unique and beautiful style. Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: Émile Gallé

Émile Gallé was a French artist who worked primarily in glass and came to be known as one of the major artists during the French Art Nouveau movement. Gallé was born in Nancy, on May 8, 1846. He was the son of a faience and furniture maker and as a youth Gallé studied drawing, philosophy, and botany. He learned the art of glassmaking at Meisenthal and then worked at his father’s factory before launching his own career. He began by using clear glass decorated with enamel but soon developed his own style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs. The natural motifs in his work would become extremely popular during the Art Nouveau movement. His later work featured elements like metallic foils and air bubbles and revitalized the glass industry by building a workshop that was able to mass reproduce his and other artists’ designs. Continue reading