Art Nouveau designers, no matter where they practiced, often tapped exotic, “Orientalist” themes as well as local historical, literary or cultural references. Both of these influences come across (loud and clear) in this Gouda Danish Art Nouveau bud vase from the 1910’s. The shape of the vase—a genie bottle—has Middle Eastern origins. And the tulip, hand-painted here in a simple, stylized manner, has for centuries been a symbol of The Netherlands. Columns of hand-painted circles lend a Secessionist flavor to the piece which you may see in-person in the shop. You may also click upon the photo above to learn more about it.
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