Art Nouveau

Collection Description

Art Nouveau, which flourished in many countries around the turn of the twentieth century, was a decorative style emphasizing curvilinear forms inspired by nature, especially plant-life. The Wolfsonian’s collection is especially strong in the Dutch and Italian variants of this style, known respectively as Nieuwe Kunst and Stile Floreale. Among the highlights are entire period rooms designed by Theodoor Nieuwenhuis and Agostino Lauro, as well as a large collection of Dutch Nieuwe Kunst bookbindings.

Napkin: Lente pattern [Spring Pattern]
Kleinkinderen van het Ghetto | Children from the Ghetto
Knife rest: geometric motif
1ʼ Esposizione Internazionale di Cartoline Postali Illustrate, della città di Venezia, 15 luglio-3 settembre 1899 | International Exposition of Illustrated Postcards, in the city of Venice, 15 July-3 September, 1899
Urn: peach and foliate motif
The  Ault & Wiborg Co: makers of lithographic and letter press : printing inks
Curtain valance
Design for decoration for ceramics: floral motif
Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat: naar het Engelsch van Fitz-Gerald ; bandteekening van C.L. van Balen | Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat: from the English of Fitz-Gerald ; with illustrations by Jessie M. KIng ; and cover design by C. L. van Balen
Electric light sconce
Igiene: arch. Bongi | Hygiene: Bongi, architect
Camera obscura | Camera obscura
Napkin, No. 505, Vlinder [Butterfly]
De Heer & Mevrouw Gentisobereen hebben de eer U kennis te geven van het voorgenomen huwelijk hunner dochter Henriette | Mr. & Mrs. Gentisobereen have the honor of informing you about the proposed wedding of their daughter, Henriette
Fabric sample [chrysanthemum motif with insects]