On-line Gallery specialized in French Art Nouveau & Art Deco Antiques You’ll find, coming directly from France, authentic lighting, glass, sculpture, metalwork, from the 1900’s to the 1930’s
Art Deco rode in on the jazz age of the 1920s and played through the bebop era of the ’40s. You can almost hear the renegade rhythms of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in the lines and spirit of these pieces: an impressive burled wood bed frame with sculpted corners and inlaid decorations, cloud-shaped ceramic plates, clear glass goblets with black amethyst stems, and a wallpaper sample whose circles flirt with squares — just the way a flapper might.
On 2 August 1914, military authorities took control of the French rail network for what would become four and half years, as rail equipment and personnel were requisitioned to transport soldiers. The French rail network had become a strategic asset during the Crimean campaign of 1855 and the Italian campaign of 1859, and a commission had defined the obligations of the French State and the nation’s rail companies after the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. By government decree, all enclosed wagons that could be used for military transport were required to display a panel showing the number of soldiers or horses they could carry: “40 Men – 8 Horses Lengthwise”. Many soldiers deployed from the Gare de l’Est. Today a huge painting by artist Albert Herter hangs in the station, commemorating the rail network’s vital role in World War I.
Art Deco design is a modern re-interpretation of classicism: pieces in this style are symmetrical, rectilinear and clean-lined. Art Deco furniture carving and ornament is relatively subdued; the look is pared-down and streamlined; wood is detailed with refined geometric shapes — spheres, trapezoids, chevrons. Works in the Art Deco style mainly achieve visual delight via their rich and exotic materials. These were luxury goods, produced for a new class of wealthy manufacturers who wanted a new look, all their own.