Art Nouveau antiques can add pizazz to any room

Our expert dug deep and discovered unique finds all around New York. From a 1910 Drophead Dragonfly hanging shade to a 1916 rosewood and amboyna vanity French-made table.



5: courtesy of Jason Jacques


1 ALL AFLUTTER
Of all the decorative objects to emerge from the workshops of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), the company’s trademark stained-glass lamps are the most coveted. Every element of leaded glass on this circa-1910 Drophead Dragonfly hanging shade (22" diam.) was individually cut and fitted. $165,000, Lillian Nassau, 220 E. 57th St., 212-759-6062, lilliannassau.com.


2 BERRY NICE
America, too, embraced Art Nouveau, but mostly favored small-scale decorative objects, such as this 
circa-1900 cranberry glass perfume bottle (4" high, 3" diam.), encased in a sterling-silver sheath decorated with flowering buds and branches. $775, Tudor Rose, 28 E. 10th St., 212-677-5239, tudorroseantiques.com.

3 BON VISAGE
This poudreuse, or 
vanity table, made in France in 1916, incorporates both Art Nouveau and Art Deco motifs: The spider-like legs and sinuous cabinet profile suggest the former, and the winged white-gold-leafed mirror the latter. The mirror seamlessly folds down into the fabric-lined cabinet, which is made of exotic rosewood and amboyna. $25,000, Conjeaud & Chappey, 61 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, 718-383-7213 or 917-676-6428, conjeaud.com.

4 CABINET DE BEAUTÉ
The Art Nouveau period lasted from about 1890 to 1915 and championed the use of natural, organic forms. In addition to Paris, the French town of Nancy was a locus of creativity during this era, with furniture designer Louis Majorelle (1859–1926) among its most prolific practitioners. Around 1900 he designed this two-door serpentine cabinet (65" high, 29" wide, 15½" deep), which features walnut, palisander, and tulip wood embellished with floral carvings. $79,000, Macklowe Gallery, 667 Madison Ave., 212-644-6400, 
macklowegallery.com.

5 ON FIRE
Hector Guimard (1867–1942), Art Nouveau’s best-known architect, was commissioned in 1900 to design this monumental fireplace and chimneypiece (6'3" high, 4'7" wide). Made of polished enameled stone and reconstituted lava, it once stood in the grand, still extant Parisian residence known 
as Maison Coillot. $500,500, Jason Jacques, 29 
E. 73rd St., 212-535-7500, jasonjacques.com.