Art Deco, which takes its name from the French “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes”, is a beautiful modern style which started in the 1920s and became popular in the 1930s:
“The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances (plastics, especially Bakelite; vita-glass; and ferroconcrete) in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, ivory, obsidian, chrome, and rock crystal). Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity of the machine and for the inherent design qualities of machine-made objects (e.g., relative simplicity, planarity, symmetry, and unvaried repetition of elements).”
You’ll find many incredible art deco pieces in our galleries.
Lacloche Art Deco Diamond Sapphire Agate Coral Silver and Enamel Desk Clock
French Art Deco Carved and Painted Wood Zebra Stools
1973 Cartier Rock Crystal Black Jade Diamond Earclips and Ring
Pair of Art Deco Lalique Style Glass and Polished Steel Standing Lamps
Stop by The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center at 1050 2nd Avenue (at 56th Street) to visit these galleries -and many more.
Open to the public daily: Monday – Saturday 10:30AM to 6PM, Sunday noon – 6PM.