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Landscapes by American painter Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925). Various collections. Mostly with trees, one with just water.

"Morning." Undated.
“Morning.” Undated. Image courtesy Peabody Institute. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.urbanartantiques.com/2009/dwight-william-tryon-and-his-early-spring/
"After Sunset looking East." 1915. Painting.
“After Sunset looking East.” 1915. Painting. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:After_sunset_looking_east_dwight_william_tryon.jpeg
"Apple Blossoms." ca. 1895.
“Apple Blossoms.” ca. 1895. Painting. Signed D W Tryon 1805″ on the bottom right. Uploaded by and collection of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Apple_Blossoms_-_Dwight_William_Tryon_-_overall.jpg
"Before Sunrise, June 1905." 1905.
“Before Sunrise, June.” 1905. Oil on canvas. Image © 2019 Detroit Institute of Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.dia.org/art/collection/object/sunrise-june-63762
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Family portraits by American painter Eastman Johnson. Living from 1824 to 1906 he studied art in Düsseldorf, The Hague and Paris. One of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Portrait of the Brown family. Based on a Matthew Brady photograph.  1869.
Portrait of the Brown family. Based on a Matthew Brady photograph. 1869. Collection of the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Cc0 license 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portraits_(The_Brown_Family)_by_Eastman_Johnson,_1869,_oil_on_canvas,_based_on_a_Mathew_Brady_photograph_-_De_Young_Museum_-_DSC00950.JPG
Christmas Time: The Blodgett Family. 1864.
Christmas Time: The Blodgett Family. 1864. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/11258
Alfrederick Hatch Family. 1870-1871.
Alfrederick Hatch Family. 1870-1871. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/11263

Make your drawing room look just like Malmaison. Plates from “Recueil de décorations intérieures,” published for Napoleon and his Josephine. All of these from Cahier 2 which appeared in 1801. French. Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, creators.

Face latérale d’un petit Salon exécuté à Paris chez le C. C.” Plate 7. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0003&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier
Pendule éxécutée pour le C. G. en Espagne,” Plate 8. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0004&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier
Cheminée exécutée à Paris pour le C. D.” Plate 9. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0005&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier
Jardinière ou Table à Fleurs éxécutée pour le C. W. en Suede.” Plate 10. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0006&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier
Plan et Coupe de la Table indiquée à la Planche précédente.” Plate 11. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0007&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier
Lustre exécuté dans la Maison du C. Ch.——à Paris.” Plate 12. 1801. French. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx?type=article&did=DLDecArts.PercierII.i0008&id=DLDecArts.PercierII&isize=M&q1=Percier

Landscapes with mountains painted by German artist Carl Ludwig Hackert who also lived in Switzerland and made at least one trip to Italy. (1740-1796).

“An Italian palace, possibly The Reggia of Portici, Naples.” 18th c. German. Gouache within black ink framing lines. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/old-master-drawings/an-italian-palace-possibly-the-reggia-of-portici
“A view of Mont Blanc and Geneva.” 1796. German. Gouache on paper. Signed, inscribed and dated “Vue du Mont Blanc et Genève peint par Carl Hackert 1796” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5605563
“Vue de la Source de L’Arveron.” View of the Arve rising from a glacier, with men sitting on stones in the river. ca 1780. German. Hand colored etching. Inscription: Lettered with the title and signed “Carl Hackert f.” in the margin. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1958-0712-1351

Mascots for your Rolls Royce from the olden days of fine motoring. Selections from a current Bonhams catalog for an on line auction that is ending January 21, 2021.

“Basilea” mascot depicting the mythical Queen of Atlantis riding on a dolphin, on a period radiator cap. 1920s. French. Bronze. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/2/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Globe carrier mascot modeled as a nickel plated figure holding a glass globe with etched design, mounted with an integral radiator cap. 1920s. Probably French. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/11/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Nickel plated “Speed Nymph” mascot with spinning draperies, mounted on a later chrome plated radiator cap (nymph detail). 1920s. L. V. Aronson, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/15/?category=list&length=12&page=2
Chrome plated “Hurdle Racing Greyhound” mascot, on a radiator cap. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/23/?category=list&length=12&page=2

Enough for more than one post! More coming

Camels, all of these works having one or more. French, painted by Orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère (1814-1888). Studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, he later accompanied the Empress Eugénie and her party to Egypt in 1869.

An Arab Encampment.” 19th c. French. Oil on panel. Signed “TH. FRÈRE” on the lower left. Identified on a label from Mathaf Gallery, Ltd., London, affixed to the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-1KAOQJ/charles-thodore-frre-french-1814-1888
“Desert Encampment.” 19th c. French. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image source: Sotheby’s. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Desert_Encampment_by_Charles_Th%C3%A9odore_Fr%C3%A8re.jpg
Paysage d’Algérie.” 1838. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Narbonne. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles-Th%C3%A9odore_Fr%C3%A8re_-_Paysage_d%27Alg%C3%A9rie.jpg

Flower pictures from Ireland just a hop, skip and jump back. Andrew Nicholl, artist. Living from 1804 to 1886, he painted beaches in Ceylon too but I like the flower ones best.

“July Wildflowers.” 19th c. Irish. Watercolor on paper. Image © Irish Museum of Modern Art. Fair use license. via https://imma.ie/collection/july-wild-flowers/
“A flowerbank with poppies, harebells and marigolds.” 19th c. Irish. Pencil and watercolor, heightened with touches of bodycolor and with scratching out. Signed signed “A. Nicholl, R.H.A.” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4704754
“Wildflowers with a View of Dublin Dunleary.” 19th c. Watercolor on paper. Collections of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Image © bridgemanimages.com. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Andrew-Nicholl/126151/Wildflowers-with-a-View-of-Dublin-Dunleary-.html

Victorian horses (and a cow). Thomas Walker Bretland, English painter. Living from 1802 to 1874, he started out painting coaches and carriage with his father. Later he switched to horses and other animals.

“Hare Coursing.” ca. 1838. English. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4933836
“A black stallion in a landscape.” 1840s. English. Signed, inscribed and indistinctly dated on the lower left: “Bretland / Glasgow / 184[].” Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/royal-and-noble/a-black-stallion-in-a-landscape
“Longhorn Cow.” 1864. English. Oil on canvas. Collections of Shugborough Hall.. Image © Staffordshire Heritage & Arts. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/longhorn-cow-18555

Feather fans. Not your average kind. All fun and guaranteed to make you sneeze.

Bird flies away fan, Various feathers with synthetic sticks and guards and the head of a bird applied on the master guard. ca. 1900. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2940-bird-flies-away-fan-circa-1900.html
Antique ostrich feather fan on a tortoise shell color base. ca. 1930. Image  © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Ostrich-Feather-Fan-Orange-Ombre-on-Tortoise-Shell-Base-/184562809443
“X-Colorful” folding hand held flapper marabou feather fan. Roaring Vintage style. Plastic staves and feathers. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VJMLLM2/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?pd_rd_i=B07F28C3Z4&pd_rd_w=McZZh&pf_rd_p=f0355a48-7e73-489a-9590-564e12837b93&pd_rd_wg=4qS4V&pf_rd_r=ECJMYSWTJG91X7GRBHSV&pd_rd_r=8f70fb18-dfbd-4250-9b5f-453bc6aec233&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVkNVUERUUjEyQzEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxMzc0NzEzOUlUSTlTRVQwVVI2JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4MTA0MjkyTUg2MzBORDc2TExVJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsX3RoZW1hdGljJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

Hand colored lithographs taken from the first edition and subscriber’s copy of the 1844 “Views of Lansdown Tower, Bath. The favourite edifice of the late William Beckford Esquire.” Willis (Willes) Maddox, artist (1813-1853).

Beckford’s tower. 1844. British. Willes Maddox, artist. Lithographer not shown. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/spetchley-property-from-the-berkeley-collection/maddox-willes-lansdown-tower-bath-1844
Interior. 1844. British. Willes Maddox, artist. Lithographer not shown. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/spetchley-property-from-the-berkeley-collection/maddox-willes-lansdown-tower-bath-1844


Objets de vertu. 1844. British. Willes Maddox, artist. Lithographer not shown. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/spetchley-property-from-the-berkeley-collection/maddox-willes-lansdown-tower-bath-1844
Interior. 1844. British. Willes Maddox, artist. Lithographer not shown. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/spetchley-property-from-the-berkeley-collection/maddox-willes-lansdown-tower-bath-1844

Gilt-bronze candelabra by French masters of the art. All from around 1800

Pair of gilt and patinated bronze figural three light candelabra, one with the figure of cupid and the other with a nymph, both seated on naturalistic rock-work bases, the elaborate acanthus and scrolling rosette candle arms with Egyptian head terminals. The arms with foliate and lotus tapering nozzles and flared palmette and leafy beady swept collars and issuing from central naturalistic acanthus wheatsheaf and flowering lily naturalistic finials. Bow fronted plinths with applied frolicking putti friezes in the manner of Clodio and milled side panels above fruiting laurel garlanded pendant mounts on acanthus and beaded bases. ca. 1785. French. Gilt and patinated bronze with rouge griotte marble bases. Gilt bronze mounts attributed to Francois Réymond. After models by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791). Image
© Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25946/lot/48/?category=list&length=108&page=1

Pair of gilt bronze figural candelabra, each being styled with two nymphs covered with floral swags raising three candle sconces formed of buds and open flowers of carnations ‘tied’ at the base with drapes. Standing on oval bases with olive branch border mounts and acanthus leaves, on corresponding reeded toupie feet. ca. 1820. French. In the manner of Étienne-Maurice Falconet after a design by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Image © 2019 Lyon & Turnbull. Fair use license. via https://www.lyonandturnbull.com/news/article/in-the-manner-of-tienne-maurice-falconet/

Javanese flowers to make your hallway look like the tsarina’s winter garden. Taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Amherstia nobilis wall.” Page 20. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/20/mode/2up
Elettaria speciosa.” Page 36. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/36/mode/2up
Nephelium lappaceum.” Page 40. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/40/mode/2up