A French Art Nouveau gilt and patinated bronze vase "Emerging From the Sea" by, Gugny in the form of swirling waters with fish, shells, turtles, and seaweed with a gilt bronze nude siren blowing a conch. The vase is signed, "Gugny"
The Art Nouveau Period (1890-1914) is an international movement of architecture and the decorative arts at the turn of the 20th century. It is characterized by non-geometric plant and floral-inspired motifs, as well as highly-stylized, sinuous lines. It was a reaction to mass production and a return to handcraftsmanship and the human imagination. Designers in the movement include Charles Rennie Mackintosh, René Lalique, and Louis Comfort Tiffany,