News-Antique.com - Feb 19,2008 - It was daring and distinctive… glamorous and sophisticated. It signaled change and ushered in a fresh spirit of modernity. Today, it is a testament to the fact that glamour never goes out of style. To love Art Deco – the luxurious design movement born out of the austerity of World War I – is to love it passionately. That is why Art Deco furnishings are snapped up by followers of the aesthetic as soon as they hit the market. With major pieces now scarce, everything Deco is in demand. From the smallest piece of stylized jewelry to framed architectural renderings, we just can’t get enough of Deco.
That is why Deco devotees are heading to the Modern Show, Feb. 29 and March 1 & 2 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, as it is a barometer for emerging trends and the resource for all of the fast-moving categories of 20th century design. The phenomenal growth in Art Deco has led to the opening of exciting collectible categories that go well beyond furniture. Over the past few years, a wealth of beautifully-crafted Art Deco items have entered the market, heralding a new wave of demand. After making major purchases of the perfect dining room or master bedroom set, and living room ensemble, design-conscious consumers are now turning to an ever widening range of decorative Art Deco items such as movie posters and architectural elements to give their rooms the distinctive excitement of the time.
So much of the romance of Art Deco can be found in the gorgeous nudes and lissome figures of ladies who dance through the designs,” says Kathryn Hausman, President of the Art Deco Society of New York, who concurs that there is a strong, viable new market opening up in smaller decorative pieces. “Such sensuous and sophisticated figures will always have an admiring and avid audience among aficionados of Art Deco.”
Porcelain and bronze figurines of graceful Art Deco nudes, ballerinas and Pierrettes are all the rage. The name to collect in this category is Goldscheider, an Austrian company best known for its porcelains and bronze artist-designed Art Deco figures – both exotically costumed and nude. Ms. Hausman notes that the market for Goldscheider figurines remains strong and is gaining interest due to a major exhibit at the Vienna Museum. The publishing firm, Arnoldsche, has also released a new , lavishly illustrated official book on Goldscheider ceramics, listing more than 4,000 models!
Rosenthal is another notable manufacturer of porcelain wares that Ms. Hausman observes her fellow Art Deco fanatics collecting with renewed enthusiasm. Svelte and stylized dancers and sleek animals including panthers were among the German firm’s Moderne designs and are considered the best produced in the Art Deco 1930s. Cowan pottery is also gaining in recognition and value, she adds.
The fascination with the architecture of the period continues to influence collecting trends, with the result that items such as a gate by important artist Edgar Brandt or a small metal plaque from a building,