|Title:||Art Nouveau Pair of Vases|
|Description:||Pair of vases with green aventuriine? coating inside-I think the outer layer may be clear, but hard to determine. Either gold guilded or enameled on the outside with enamel highlights. Vases are 12" tall.|
|Condition:||Some minor wear to the gold; some small flakes on the rim.|
|Origin:||Purchased from a lady who inherited it from an uncle who told her they would be valuable some day.|
|Provenance:||Not sold at auction, nor to my knowledge listed in any book.|
|Appraised By:||Valerie Hammond|
|History Of The Item:||Hello there and thank you for your request for appraisal . The Art Noveau movement was one of the most influential in 20th century design. The fluid lines , delicate designs and elegant styles began to take the international forefront between 1890 and 1905 . It was a dramatic move away from the more formal Victorian styles seen until that time . One of the major elements seen in Art Noveau was the use of style and form which was representative of " organic " design . The use of flowers , leaves, seaweed , shell motifs, other plant representation in fluid flowing lines and pastel colours was typical of true French Art Noveau ( and the movement began in France ). It was seen more strongly in Europe than in North America, where it was often referred to as " Tiffany " style, because Louis C Tiffany and his designers embraced the look and began to make decor items fashioned after the French originals .|
|Appraiser Tips:||Hand wash if required, do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes which may further scratch the gilding . Warm water only , avoid excessive heat or cold which could cause the glass to shatter or crack .|
|Research Sources:||I have been dealing with 19th century and early 20th century fine antiques for over 35 years now, and always have a great selection of Art Noveau items in my inventory . I am familiar with the European as well as the North American design styles, having been in this business with my family in London England ,|
|Appraiser Comments:||This is a truly lovely pair of vases . The gilding with its depiction of a forest scene lends itself to a noveau style known as " japonisme " which refers to the rather Oriental influence which was a big part of the noveau culture . The style dates back to earlier times, but it was adopted by the French Artists of the day who appreciate the delicacy and fluidity of the Japanese style and incorporated into their designs . This can clearly be seen in art work . As you can see in these vases , the trees appear to be cherry blossom and in the background we see a mountian which strongly resembles Mount Fuji. These vases are of European origins, and may possibly be Loetz, although it would require a much more personal examination to be certain . Even if we are unable to attribute these to a particular maker, it really doesn't make an enormous difference, because the sheer quality of these is enough to allow the values to be in line with signed pieces. ( other than Tiffany but this is not Tiffany ). They are stunning, with all of the attributes of fine Art Noveau artistry as seen in Europe . Despite buying and selling similar items for decades, every time I see something I haven't seen before, it is a thrill . These are truly beautiful , and you did very well with your purchase . The values below are in keeping with the values you would expect at a good antique shop or antique show . While a single vase is wonderful , a pair of vases, is always a bonus . It has been my pleasure to assist you today and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to appraise these for you . Valerie Hammond|
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