Frequently asked questions
The most common question is how to recognize a real antique from a copy:
Unfortunately the most coveted parts are still today the prey of counterfeiters, we can only advise you to protect yourself from a bad surprise by always demanding an invoice with a maximum of details and stipulating the year of manufacture.
In a few words, art nouveau is characterized by curved lines, sculptures of naturalist or animal inspiration, while art deco is characterized by geometrical, cubic and very pure lines.
Art Nouveau has its roots in the "Art and Craft" movement that emerged in England in the mid-19th century, in opposition to the growing industrialisation in Europe.
The first use of the term Art Nouveau appeared in the Belgian journal L'art moderne in 1884.
Although after 1905 the style tended to modernise, it was the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 that brought the period to an end.
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Art Nouveau is an artistic movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries based on the naturalist aesthetic often characterised by curved lines.
Born as a reaction against the excesses of industrialisation and the sclerotic reproduction of classical styles, it is a sudden, rapid movement that is developing internationally.
The Nancy school or provincial alliance of art industries is the spearhead of art nouveau in France.
The essential inspiration is to be found in plant and animal forms.
This alliance is based on a research of advanced use in glassware, furniture, painting, ironwork, sculpture and ceramics, to put beauty in the hands of all and thus bring art into the home.
Art Deco is an art movement that originated in the 1910s and flourished after the First World War before declining from the 1930s.
It is the first architecture-decoration movement of a worldwide nature.
The Art Deco style takes its name from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925.
In the heart of Lorraine, Longwy was a major ceramic centre in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Founded in 1798, the Faïencerie initially produced classical pieces such as dinner services.
Around 1870, in response to the French craze for cloisonné products from the Far East, the factory applied the principle of cloisonner or cerner for the decorations to earthenware.
The fame of the Faïencerie has attracted the greatest artists in love with the material and the technique create forms and decorations... until today!