Origins of Antique Art Deco Bookcase
This lovely Antique Art Deco Bookcase was made in Denmark in the 1920s.
Art Deco took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Parisian Exposition Internatlionale des Arts Decoratifs of 1925, The term arts décoratifs was first used in France in 1858; published in the Bulletin de la Société française de photographie.
In 1868, Le Figaro newspaper used the term objets d’art décoratifs with respect to objects for stage scenery created for the Opera.
It was evident though, that the diverse styles that characterize Art Deco had already appeared in Paris and Brussels before World War I. Though in essence, Art Deco was a jazz-age design aesthetic and architectural style that emerged somewhere between 1920 and 1940.
History of Antique Art Deco Bookcase
By 1910, Art Nouveau was already considered to be out of style as it was replaced as the dominant European architectural and decorative style first by Art Deco and they by Modernism. Today this style is still considered to be an important transition between the eclectic revival styles of the 19th and 20th centuries and, as such, still has total relevance today.
In the 1920s, many of these ancient cultures were just being discovered by the archeologists of the day. An international craze for exploration into these areas was in full fervour, thanks largely in part to the advent of the motorized engine, which allowed much broader transport and brought previously inaccessible countries to the fore.
Early Art Deco drew heavily from ancient Babylon, Assyrian and Islamic art.
Later Art Deco morphed into Art Moderne, a more streamlined style that featured straight lines and smooth curves.Art Moderne was less concerned with the hieroglyphic details and highly stylized aesthetic of early Art Deco.
More about the Art Deco Movement at Encyclopedia Brittania.com