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Artarmon's Art Nouveau Style Leadlights

What is Art Nouveau?

Art Nouveau refers to an international art movement developed in Europe that peaked in popularity between 1890 and 1905. It is named after an art gallery in Paris called the ‘L’Art Nouveau’ that exhibited modern art. The art is characterised by plant-inspired motifs and long flowing curved lines.

Artarmon’s Art Nouveau style leadlights

In Artarmon, Art Nouveau style leadlights typically feature in Federation style (c. 1900-1915) homes or Californian Bungalows built between 1916 and 1925. They are usually concentrated on the front door and its sidelights and fanlight but may also be in the casement windows of the front rooms.

Features of an Art Nouveau style leadlight:

  • Long, flowing curved lines
  • Plant motifs – flowers, leaves, stems
  • Large proportion is coloured glass
  • Australian flora and fauna

Artarmon Art Nouveau Style Leadlight Doors

Federation homes (c.1900-1915) and early Californian Bungalows (c.1916-1925) typically had high-waisted, three panel doors with leadlights.

Artarmon Art Nouveau Style Leadlight Windows

Some Artarmon Federation (c.1900-1915) homes and early Californian Bungalows (c.1916-1925) have leadlights in the double, triple or quadruple casement windows of the front rooms.

Artarmon’s Leadlights in Art Nouveau-Art Deco Transition Style

In Artarmon, many houses built before 1925 feature leadlights in designs representing a transition between the ornate and natural Art Nouveau and the simplified and geometric Art Deco styles. The designs are precursors to the final evolution of classical Art Deco.

Lines have more subtle curves than classical Art Nouveau. Flowers in a representational form are used. Coloured glass is sometimes limited to a border or a central design. Many leadlights feature the ‘Macintosh (or Scottish) Rose’, an almost circular, stylised rose designed by Rennie Macintosh as part of his interpretation of Art Nouveau.

This leadlight features gently curved lines and the stylised 'Macintosh or Scottish Rose'

Artarmon Art Nouveau-Art Deco Transition Style Leadlight Doors

Federation homes (c.1900-1915) and early Californian Bungalows (c.1916-1925) typically had high-waisted, three panel doors with leadlights.

Artarmon Art Nouveau-Art Deco Transition Style Leadlight Windows

Some Artarmon Federation (c.1900-1915) homes and early Californian Bungalows (c.1916-1925) have leadlights in the double, triple or quadruple casement windows of the front rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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