All About Vintage Art Deco for Collectors

by TessaSchlesinger

Vintage Art Deco Antiques. Art Deco Glass, Art Deco Style, and Art Deco Furniture!

Possibly, one of the most elegant periods in history was that short period of time when Art Deco flourished. The style started in Paris during the 1920's and 1930's. The Art Deco style is unique in that it focused entirely on elegance, and opulence. The geometrical shapes that form the basis of art deco are different to the geometrical shapes of modernism in that where modernism is sparse, Art Deco is highly decorative. There are Art Deco buildings,Art Deco jewelry, Art Deco furniture, Art Deco homes, Art Deco clothing, and Art Deco soft furnishings. Vintage Art Deco is highly sought after. As it is nearly a century since the advent of the Art Deco style, it is rapidly moving from vintage to antique status.

Glass Work by Rene Lalique

Rene Lalique
Rene Lalique

Vintage Art Deco Room Dividers

Room dividers came into their own during the roaring twenties. They were highly decorative and equally highly sought after. It was the norm for single young woman to stay in one room apartments and so they sectioned off part of their rooms with room dividers. Vintage room dividers from the art deco period sell for enormous amounts of money and are not only fabulous to look at, but are a sound investment. Most vintage art deco screens are highly lacquered and richly decorative. Art Deco designer Eileen Gray’s room dividers cost nearly $3000 currently.

Art Deco Window Patterning

Pattern on Art Deco Window
Pattern on Art Deco Window

Vintage Art Deco Glass

Vintage art deco glass, whether mirrors, lamps, windows, or anything that had some kind of glass in it was almost cathedral like in its design and color. Tiffany lamps abounded. Homes had multicolored windows. The stained vintage art deco glass window below is typical of the period.

Black and white also went well with the geometrical styles that dominated the era. So while some windows were opulent and rich, others like this one owed their elegance to an ornate style so typical of the era.

Rene Lalique’s glass work is highly sought after. His work is mostly in collections. Some of his vintage pieces sell between $30,000 and $60,000.

Art Deco Windows

Art Deco Windos
Art Deco Windos

Art Deco Buildings

t is probably true that Art Deco buildings are still much in demand. They change hands for top dollar. The rich geometric patterning took skill, time, and excellent materials. Below are some art deco buildings.

Most people will probably recognize the geometrical patterning of all Art Deco Buildings. The Empire State Building is a classic example of the style, and is still impressive after all these years.

Art Deco Entrance to Building

Art Deco Building
Art Deco Building

Another Art Deco Building

Art Deco Building
Art Deco Building

Vintage Art Deco Clothing

It’s a rare find indeed to find an item of clothing from the roaring twenties, or even the thirties. Still, there are good imitations around, and if it isn’t quite vintage art deco, at least, it’s sets the mood of opulence, elegance, and luxury. While many websites specialize in vintage clothing, to find genuine flapper dresses is difficult. One suspects that the price would be a tad high as well.

The vintage cloche hat is more easily come by. It has recently started making a comeback and while there are genuine vintage items to be found, if not, the hatted vintage art deco look of the thirties can be easily be imitated.

Vintage Art Deco Dress

Vintage Art Deco Dress
Vintage Art Deco Dress

Flapper Style Cloche Hats from the 20s

Vintage Cloche Hats
Vintage Cloche Hats

Art Deco Vintage Print

Art Deco Vintage Print
Art Deco Vintage Print

Vintage Art Deco Jewelry

For the first time, costume jewelry was not frowned on and became every flapper’s friend. Vintage art deco jewelry is more easily found than other items of this era. The look is refined, opulent, and geometric. Filigree was everywhere.

Vintage Art Deco Furniture
Like vintage jewelry, vintage furniture is more easily found than some of the clothing that is now approaching almost a century in age. Jacques Ruhlman’s furniture was one of the best designers of the period.

Vintage Art Deco Furniture

Vintage Art Deco Furniture
Vintage Art Deco Furniture

Vintage Art Deco Watch

Vintage Art Deco Watch
Vintage Art Deco Watch

Flappers Music

Flappers Music
Flappers Music

How the Flappers Lived

How to Buy Vintage Pieces from the Roaring Twenties and Thirties

Vintage pieces from this era would generally be found at auctions so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for auctions about town. Never think that good pieces can only be found at Sotheby’s and other leading auctioneers. Baby boomers probably have pieces that they inherited from their parents and might be thinking of selling. At this point, if you have a little extra money to invest, it’s not a bad idea to invest in vintage art deco. The workmanship was exquisite and, like anything that is beautiful, it has stood the test of time, and will continue to stand the test of time.

Price Range of Vintage Pieces
It’s probably going to be higher than vintage pieces of other eras. However, good pieces during that time were well made with intricate handiwork. These are pieces that will not lose their value and will increase in value as time passes.

Updated: 09/19/2012, TessaSchlesinger
 
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TessaSchlesinger on 10/04/2012

Katiem - just takes time finding them! :)

katiem2 on 10/04/2012

Very cool, love what you've done vintage here, who knew you could access vintage music like that. Gotta love YouTube The airplane footage is so cool reminds me of watching my great grand fathers old family films:)K

TessaSchlesinger on 09/20/2012

Brenda, no, I'm sorry. I have to look some more for Art Deco posters. A lot of this was done during the days I studied towards my interior design degree. I have an entire book (project) of all the pictures and stuff I collected, and what I'm doing is scanning from them. Right now, I'm not so much focusing on the ad section because I have quite a bit to learn about that. I'm focusing on just getting them up. I'll go look for art deco posters later this week. :)

BrendaReeves on 09/20/2012

Tess, I love that art deco pink print. Is it on All Posters? When I click it, it doesn't go anywhere.

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