Art Nouveau, Paris metro shield designed by Hector Guimard for the Paris metro. Original design is circa 1900, France.

Although the Paris metro is still in existence, over the years, the city of Paris and the metro authorities have changed many of the station entries, to more modern designs. The original station entries still feature these wonderful designs by Hector Guimard. When the original stations were dismantled, they were given to long time employees as retirement gifts. To our knowledge, they have never been offered publicly for sale and
would now be considered as a ‘national treasure’ and not allowed to leave France. You may never have the opportunity find another for sale. The patina is original and untouched. The wing on the bottom right looks to have been professionally repaired. The shield is heavy cast iron and comes with a custom museum display stand. There are well made cast copies out there but you will never find an original.

Bio : Hector Guimard (1867-1942)
Architect, Furniture Designer and Crafts Artist.
Born in Lyon, France. Hector Guimard is revered to be one of the prominent designers of the Art Nouveau era. Studied in Paris, where he began his design practice. He helped to create French Art Nouveau design by advocating a style based on organic forms and exuberant ornamentation. Inspired by some of the new Architectural theories in the late 1800’s, he produced some exceptional avant-garde designs, including the iconic Paris Metro, which he designed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle.

Hector Guimard was one of the first Art Nouveau and Art Deco designers of the period, who, along with designers Eugene Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Folllot, Maurice Dufrene and Emile Decoeur, joined together to create ‘The Societe Des Artistes Decorateurs’. They planned and created an exhibit of forward thinking modern design known as the 1925 Paris Exposition.

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