The large display cases in the first room present different aspects of the research conducted by Art Nouveau artists. The second room contains works that illustrate the virtuosity of Émile Gallé, Hector Guimard and Eugène Grasset.
This room is organized in three sections. The first presents a selection of furniture dating from around 1904-1905 that reflects the virtuosity of the cabinetmaking workshops of Emile Gallé, the figurehead of Art Nouveau in Nancy. The pieces came from the mansion of Edouard Hannon, an engineer who worked for the Brussels-based Solvay company which had a factory near Nancy. The second section shows a suite of bedroom furniture made around 1903 by the architect Hector Guimard; produced for the wedding of the daughter of wealthy industrialist Léon Nozal, it was designed for the Hôtel Nozal built by Guimard from 1904 to 1906 at 52, Rue du Ranelagh in Paris. Léon Nozal commissioned Guimard on several occasions: for his warehouses at La Plaine Saint-Denis; for an artist’s studio on Avenue Perrichont; for the villa La Surprise in Cabourg; and for a boundary stone erected to the memory of his son Paul who died in a car crash in 1903. The Nozal family and Hector Guimard seem to have had a very trusting relationship, which would explain the architect’s absolute control over the construction of the Hôtel Nozal, considered one of the finest accomplishments of his career.
Finally, the works to the right of Eugène Grasset’s stained glass window called Spring are by Armand Point, Edmond Henri Becker and Henri Bellery-Desfontaine, artists close to the Symbolists and the English Arts and Crafts movement.