Art Nouveau Chair, ca. 1900
I love Art Nouveau, and about 17 years ago, when I went into an antique show, I saw this chair and I thought, "Oh, my goodness, it's gorgeous"-- I had to have It.
It's a fantastic chair, and in a lot of ways, it's perfectly representative of Art Nouveau. At the end of the 19th century, the idea came up to use nature as inspiration. People loved it. People used it in glass, they used it in furniture, they used it in lighting, and it became a very popular thing. It was very short-lived. By 1910, it was in steep decline. It was actually taken over by Modern, which was even a more radical idea at the time. As a single chair, it's worth about $3,000 to $4,000 in today's market.
As a set...
Oh, that would've been nice, yeah.
A set of eight would probably be worth between $20,000 and $25,000.
Okay, well, I paid $1,000, so I think $3,000 to $4,000 is good.
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