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Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s until World War II. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. It also found its way into ceramics, pottery, glass and home furnishing. The term "art deco" was first used widely in 1926, after an exhibition in Paris, 'Les Années 25' sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. At its best, art deco represented streamlined elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. Art deco's linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style, art nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early twentieth century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism and futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. Although many design movements have political or philosophical beginnings or intentions, art deco was purely decorative.
The art deco collection is a great place to start if you are looking for something special for one who appreciates this style. An art deco piece makes a stunning statement in any room. Collectors will find some interesting and unusual items for their collection.