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Art Deco, a popular design style of the 1920s and 1930s, symbolized luxury, glamour, and exuberance, emerging as a response to the austerity of World War I. It blended modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, influencing the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, and everyday objects. Characterized by its geometric shapes, bold colors, and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco combined a variety of styles, from the exotic to the machine-age.

Originating in France, it gained worldwide prominence and became emblematic of the Roaring Twenties and the pre-Depression era. Art Deco's impact was vast, touching architecture (like New York's Chrysler Building), visual arts, and even influencing the emerging fields of industrial and graphic design.

In contemporary art, Art Deco's influence persists, especially in graphic design, architecture, and fashion. Its aesthetic, with its emphasis on symmetry, streamlined shapes, and modern look, continues to be revisited and reinterpreted.

For art collectors, Art Deco offers a slice of history encapsulating the optimism and innovation of the early 20th century. Its pieces are often seen as iconic symbols of elegance and sophistication. Collectors might appreciate the craftsmanship, the distinctive style, or the cultural significance of the era it represents. The bold yet refined aesthetic of Art Deco makes it a visually striking and historically meaningful addition to any collection. Collecting Art Deco is not only an investment in a style but also in a momentous period that shaped modern design.