Art Nouveau
145 Fantastic Lithographs and Maquettes

A revolt from the Paris Academy of the mid-19th century, Art Nouveau delighted in the curviness of natural forms and the florid ornamentation of wild gardens. An idea of the world across all arts, Art Nouveau differentiated itself among purposes and nations and schools of thought, but with one unifying principle: a fusion of elegance and wildness. It overwhelmed the popular arts in Europe from 1890 to 1910.

222. Job. 1896.
Artist: Jane Atché (1872-1937)
42 1/2 x 56 7/8 in./107.3 x 144.5 cm
Est: $8,000-$10,000.

Of Atché’s half dozen known posters, this one for the cigarette paper firm is her most iconic. We get the lyricism of Art Nouveau in the handling of the green dress and the smoke, combined with a compelling Lautrec-esque management of the solid black cape as it slashes through the design. This is the larger format version of the poster.

336. La Cigale/L’Enfer. 1902.
Artist: Jules-Alexandre Grün (1868-1938)
15 1/4 x 23 1/2 in./38.7 x 79.7 cm
Est: $1,700-$2,000.

The devil takes the hindmost – quite fetchingly – in this snapshot of the Montmartre demimonde for La Cigale, a theater and cabaret near Place Pigalle. Tonight’s entertainment: “The Inferno,” because everybody is going to hell: including Jean Bloch, Prince, Rigadin and Mistinguett, according to Grün, p. 44. La Cigale, on the other hand, refuses to rest in peace: closed and reopened over the years, renovated and classified a historical monument, it remains a Paris venue even today.

245. Evening Hydrangea. ca. 1904.
Artist: Gaspar Camps (1874-1942)
13 5/8 x 28 3/4 in./34.6 x 73 cmon silk.
Est: $1,700-$2,000.

Hydrangeas were first identified in Japan, and the flower’s name means “water vessel.” Camps’ maiden, in Japanese adornment, clasps the flowers across her shoulders while smiling with an enigmatic directness. She appears the embodiment of the hydrangea’s symbolism: a touch of vanity, perhaps, but she’s grateful that you understand her, her sincere and heartfelt affection for you beyond the vanity. That’s why the hydrangea is the traditional 4th wedding anniversary flower: the softening of vanity into an enduring grace and beauty.


Browse all six decorative panels by Gaspar Camps in our June 26 auction.

This is one of 6 decorative flower-maiden panels by Camps on auction.
39. Automobile Club de France/5me Salon. 1902.
Artist: Privat Livemont (1861-1936)
39 1/8 x 51 1/8 in./99.3 x 130 cm
Est: $4,000-$5,000.

Personifying the 5th Paris Auto Show is a regal-looking Art Nouveau goddess, proudly sitting at the helm of the latest open-air automobile. According to the side panel, bicycles, boats, and hot air balloons were also on view.

191. Anemici. 1909.
Artist: Anonymous
49 1/2 x 64 1/2 in./125.7 x 163.8 cm
Est: $4,000-$5,000.

That scarlet blush of health you see on the lady’s cheeks and gown, and the strength of the dog she carries with her – all to promote iron pills to combat anemia, with a 15-day regimen. Available at all the best pharmacies.

352. Elixir de Spa. 1897.
Artist: Raff Lagye
43 1/4 x 32 7/8 in./109.8 x 83.5 cm
Est: $2,000-$2,500.

A rapturous profusion of Art Nouveau majesty attends this splendid poster for Elixir de Spa, the original aperitif from Spa, Belgium, where the word and the idea of “spa” comes from, after a curative natural spring was found there in the 14th century. Capuchin monks distilled the liqueur from aromatic plants, barks and herbs – but the recipe was nearly lost during the French Revolution, when the Capuchin library burnt down. Luckily, a book collector discovered the lost manuscript, leading to the restoration of the liqueur, and its Grand Prix award in 1897. It continues to be distilled today, and sold in the very same elegantly-shaped bottles as seen in the poster.

329. 1e Exposition d’Art Décoratif. 1894.
Artist: Eugene Grasset (1841-1917)
32 3/8 x 50 1/2 in./82.2 x 128.2 cm
Est: $3,000-$4,000.

Grasset created the first poster for the first annual show of decorative arts. It was the beginning of a movement that culminated in 1925 with a widely acclaimed exhition that introduced Art Deco as a major trend in a wide field of applied arts. At this early stage, Grasset represents the new art as a lightly draped nude, manipulating flowering branches, hinting at Art Deco’s preoccupation with themes from nature as ornamental elements.

142. Lyane et Gek's. 1901.
Artist: Fernand Garric
34 3/4 x 23 3/8 in./88.2 x 59.2 cm
Est: $1,200-$1,500.

This turn-of-the-century couple, gone fishing, knows the old saying: “Truth is in the well, one must fish it out, and Lyane’s fishing rod beats all records for flexibility.”

414. Rayon d’Or. 1895.
Artist: Pal (1860-1942)
31 1/8 x 47 5/8 in./79 x 121 cm
Est: $2,000-$2,500.

Kerosene lamps were old technology by the time Pal was commissioned for Rayon d’Or; but that didn’t dissuade him. Instead, for “the last word in lighting,” he attracts us like moths to a flame – and what a flame! What a moth!

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