A beautiful Art Nouveau gilt bronze letter opener and Seal. Decorated with a typical Art Nouveau design of rose flowers and leaves and in the original presentation box. The seal is approx. 7.5 cm and is signed E Urbain. The Letter Opener is signed A Gagnand. French c 1900. A delightful set in excellent original condition. It was probably made in Paris as a presentation piece.
The Art Nouveau style (c. 1880 to 1910) was a conscious attempt at modernism and the first departure for many artists from traditional Victorian design. Designers took inspiration from Japanese, Celtic and other folk art, moving away from classical European art instead influenced by the natural world.
Typical Art Nouveau motifs came from nature: flowers, insects and birds. There are two distinct looks within the style: curvy soft lines and more austere, linear designs from artists, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Date c 1900
Condition Excellent original condition
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