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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date: 1900–1904Accession Number: 1988.287.2a, b
Attributed to Jean-Désiré Muller (French, 1877–1952)
Date: ca. 1900Accession Number: 2010.406a–c
Ébéniste: Charles-Guillaume Diehl (French, 1811–ca. 1885)
Date: 1867Accession Number: 1989.197
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Three-dimensional works of art from the second half of the nineteenth century are the focus of this gallery within The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Galleries. They reflect the many stylistic currents that were fashionable during this period, when very different historical styles were not only popular simultaneously but also sometimes combined in a single work of art. The Renaissance continued to provide inspiration for artists throughout the second half of the century, but this period also witnessed the development of new artistic movements such as Arts and Crafts, which focused on fine workmanship and high-quality materials. The Art Nouveau style, characterized by sinuous curves and motifs from nature, reached its peak of popularity about 1900.
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