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Tiffany Studios New York "Tel el Amarna" Glass Pedestal Vase

A Tiffany Studios New York Art Nouveau Favrile glass pedestal vase. Iridescent sepia body with iridescent gold shoulders featuring a sage-green and beige Egyptian-inspired ''Tel el Armana" motif. A similar vase is pictured in: "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.," by John Loring, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, p. 160.

Tiffany Studios New York 'Tel el Amarna' Glass Pedestal Vase

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Selmersheim

A French Art Nouveau rosewood two-tiered pedestal by Anthony Selmersheim. While the top tier is circular, the lower shelf has four symmetric lobes. The four supports are sinuous and carved. A similar pedestal is pictured in: "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1996, p. 464.

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Selmersheim

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Majorelle

A French Art Nouveau two-tier wooden pedestal by Louis Majorelle, featuring a triangular top, a clover-shaped second tier and three sinuous, carved supports. A similar table is pictured in "Majorelle - Nancy: décorations d''intérieurs: meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries" (the 1906 Majorelle catalogue).

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Majorelle

French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture by Savine

A French Art Nouveau sculpture, "Four Peacocks," by Léopold Savine, depicting the bust of a woman surrounded by four peacocks whose tails form the pedestal on which her bust sits. Executed in patinated and silvered bronze. Pictured in: "Art Nouveau" by Judith Miller, p. 201; "Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders 1830-1930" by Berman, p. 775 # 2854; "Art Nouveau The French Aesthetic" by Victor Arwas page 249; and in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris" by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p.236.

French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture by Savine

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Jacques Gruber

A French three tier sellette in walnut with floral motifs by Jacques Gruber. This gracefully carved round sellette has three curving legs.

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Jacques Gruber

A French Art Nouveau Wooden Pedestal by Emile Gallé

A French Art Nouveau two-tiered square pedestal with carved and marquetry decoration by Emile Gallé. The pedestal has two marquetry shelves depicting leaves. Its four sinuous legs are enhanced with carved arch supports. A similar selette is pictured in: "Gallé Furniture," by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 2012, p. 253, plate 18.

A French Art Nouveau Wooden Pedestal by Emile Gallé

French Art Nouveau Triangular Table by Louis Majorelle

A triangular French Art Nouveau table by Louis Majorelle. This two-tiered triangular table is made of mahogany. Its carved legs are finished with gilt bronze sabots. A similar table is pictured in: "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1996, p. 413 (Pedestals, La Société des Artistes Décoratuers, 1910).

French Art Nouveau Triangular Table by Louis Majorelle

Art Nouveau Sellette by Gaillard

A French Art Nouveau walnut wood selette by Eugène Gaillard. The selette has three shelves. The middle shelf extends beyond the carved, curving legs in two directions. It is supported by four sinuous bronze arms. There is decorative carving below the top shelf, and the legs end in gently curving feet.

Art Nouveau Sellette by Gaillard

Art Nouveau Pedestal Table by Louis Majorelle

A French Art Nouveau pedestal table by Louis Majorelle. The circular two tier table in beech and walnut wood features carved vegetal motifs in bas-relief. Both the table top and the lower shelf are made of beautifully grained wood.

Art Nouveau Pedestal Table by Louis Majorelle

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by André

A French Art Nouveau walnut pedestal attributed to Emile André, featuring sinuous legs with understated organic carvings. A similar pedestal is pictured in "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1996, p. 40 (Exposition de l''Ecole de Nancy, Paris, 1903).

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by André

A French Art Nouveau Wooden Pedestal by Emile Gallé

A French Art Nouveau selette by Émile Gallé. Gallé made very few selettes of this quality and design during his career, and even fewer of those with curved lower pieces that reunite in the middle, culminating in a gorgeous flower in full bloom. This model is very similar to the famous version with banana leaves, called Bananie. The marquetry on the top and middle sections of the selette, depicting flowers and leaves, is extremely bright and detailed. The variations of color emphasize the differences between the brighter lilies of the valley and the darker background. The curves and flowing details of the wood carving surrounding the top shelf come to challenge the stricter straight lines used for the contour of the piece. The balance between curves and straight line work in perfect harmony and together underline the subject matter. A similar selette is pictured in: "Gallé Furniture," by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 2012, p. 245, plates 4 & 4a.

A French Art Nouveau Wooden Pedestal by Emile Gallé

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Louis Majorelle

A French Art Nouveau walnut three-tiered pedestal by Louis Majorelle, featuring a rotating tray on the top. Leaves and berries adorn the upper portion of the legs. The gently curving legs are also deeply carved. Firmly rooted in the craft of woodwork and furniture-making, Louis Majorelle''s furniture subtly recalled the splendors of furniture from the 1700''s. Majorelle often ornamented his pieces with gracefully-sculpted sumptuous organic natural forms, like the grape bunches featured here. Using a new vocabulary of natural motifs and flowing lines of Art Nouveau, Majorelle''s furniture merged old and new in a tantalizing way. The sinuous natural forms of his works, like those sumptuous accents, were inspired by the C-scrolls of the Louis XV era. In an age when France was still humiliated by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, and when luxury production in other countries was threatening the cultural hegemony the French saw as their birthright, Majorelle''s ability to suggest the nation''s glory days was paramount. Pictured in, "Louis Majorelle, Master of Art Nouveau Design," by Alastair Duncan, 1991, p. 202.

French Art Nouveau Pedestal by Louis Majorelle