Turn of the last century jewelry from the studios of Tiffany and Company, New York. A little something for opening night at the opera. Collection of the Morse Museum, Winter Park, Florida.

Necklace. ca. 1915.
Necklace. ca. 1915. Lapis lazuli, jadeite, enamel and gold. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/blue-necklace
Brooch. ca. 1910.
Brooch. ca. 1910. Peridot, enamel and gold. Julia Munson, designer for Tiffany and Company. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/green-brooch
Bracelet. ca. 1915.
Bracelet. ca. 1915. Lapis lazuli, enamel and gold. Meta K. Overbeck, designer for Tiffany. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/blue-bracelet
Brooch. ca. 1910.
Brooch. ca. 1910. Lapis lazuli and gold. Julia Munson, designer for Tiffany and Company. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/blue-brooch
Brooch. ca. 1910.
Brooch. ca. 1910. Enamel, zircon, opal, and gold. Julia Munson, designer for Tiffany and Company. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/gold-brooch
Peacock and flamingo necklace. ca. 1903-1906.
Peacock and flamingo necklace. ca. 1903-1906. Société des Artistes Français, Paris in 1906. Enamel, opal, amethyst, ruby, sapphire, demantoid garnet, emerald, chrysoberyl, pearl and gold. Julia Munson, designer for Tiffany and Company. Image ©2018 Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of the museum. via http://www.morsemuseum.org/collection-highlights/jewelry-enamels-and-metalwork/peacock-necklace
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The Kremlin in a vanished time by watercolorist E. Gilbertson. Given to the Chairman of the USSR Supreme Council by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.

"Tsar bell in the Moscow Kremlin." 1838.
“Tsar bell in the Moscow Kremlin.” 1838. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://endlesspaintings.blogspot.com/2014/10/tsar-bell-in-moscow-kremlin-e-gilbertson.htmlhttps://endlesspaintings.blogspot.com/2014/10/tsar-bell-in-moscow-kremlin-e-gilbertson.html.
"Ivan the Great Bell-Tower and Archangel Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin." 1838.
“Ivan the Great Bell-Tower and Archangel Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.” 1838. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://endlesspaintings.blogspot.com/2015/01/ivan-great-bell-tower-and-archangel-cathedral-in-the-moscow-kremlin-e-gilbertson.html
"Boyar Ground and the Church of Our Saviour behind the Gold Railing in the Moscow Kremlin." 1838.
“Boyar Ground and the Church of Our Saviour behind the Gold Railing in the Moscow Kremlin.” 1838. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://endlesspaintings.blogspot.com/2015/01/boyar-ground-and-church-of-our-saviour-behind-the-gold-railing-in-the-moscow-kremlin-e-gilbertson.html

More aspirational decor, this time from Ackermann’s Repository which was published in Britain between 1809 and 1829. Because why not a country manse with a parlor that looks like a clone of the one at the Prince Regent’s Carlton House. All it takes is money.

An Egyptian chimney front. Plate 33. 1822.
An Egyptian chimney front. Plate 33. 1822. In the public domain.
Sofa, sofa-table, candelabra and footstool. Plate 9. 1822.
Sofa, sofa-table, candelabra and footstool. Plate 9. 1822. In the public domain. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
Dining room chandelier. Plate 3.
Dining room chandelier. Plate 3. 1822. In the public domain. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
Gothic furniture. Plate 21. 1819.
Gothic furniture. Plate 21. 1819. In the public domain. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
Drawing room curtains. Plate 32. 1818.
Drawing room curtains. Plate 32. 1818. In the public domain. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html

Landscapes with water by American artist Sanford Robinson Gifford. Living from 1823 to 1880 he was a Luminist as well as part of the Hudson River School.

"Indians at sunset/Sunset in the Wilderness." ca. 1859.
“Indians at sunset/Sunset in the Wilderness.” ca. 1859. Image © Sotheby’s. Fair use license. Artwork in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/american-art-n08996/lot.12.html
"Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore." 1871.
“Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore.” 1871. Image © 2000–2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. Artwork in the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/21.115.1/
"Wilderness." 1860.
“Wilderness.” 1860. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://leprincelointain.blogspot.com/2018/02/sanford-robinson-gifford-1823-1880.html
"An October afternoon." 1871.
“An October afternoon.” 1871. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/download/51838

A few sparkly bits found drifting by from French master designer René Lalique from the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. Living from 1860 to 1945 there wasn’t anything a Lalique reworking did not improve.

Female figure neck collar. 1900.
Female figure neck collar. 1898-1900. Chiseled gold, chrysoprase and enamel. Image ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/female-figure-neck-collar/
Centerpiece. 1903-1905.
Centerpiece. 1903-1905. Silver and glass. Design of a a female figure, appearing amid aquatic flora and fauna. Image ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/centrepiece/
Chalice with motifs and figures. ca. 1899-1901.
Chalice with motifs and figures. ca. 1899-1901. Glass, silver and bronze. ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/chalice-with-vine-motifs-and-figures/

Sketches of Intérieurs Moderne decor options from “Intérieurs Modernes par MAM”, which appeared in “Gazette du Bon Ton”, Volume 1, Number 1, which was published in Paris in January 1921.

"Black and gold lacquered dressing table."
“Black and gold lacquered dressing table.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain in the United States. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/download/321890
"Salle à manger appartenant à Mme. P."
“Salle à manger appartenant à Mme. P.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/download/321888

Home decor that only an empress could set her eyes on, at least till now. From the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922.
Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922. Gold alloy with silk tassels. Imperial workshops, Beijing. ©The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20181227/peabody-essex-museum-explores-history-of-three-women-who-ruled-china
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period.
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period. Gold and silver alloy with coral and other precious and semi precious stones. Imperial workshops, Beijing. Palace Museum, Gu11866. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides.
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides. Probably 1760’s-1770’s. Probably made in Beijing. Qianlong period. Cloisonné and painted enamel, copper and gold alloy with enamel and precious and semi precious stones. Palace Museum, Gu11450. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period.
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period. Gold alloy. Probably made in Beijing in the Imperial workshops. Palace Museum, Gu11455. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://america.cgtn.com/2018/09/19/the-empresses-of-china#foobox-1/6/EMP-363-Full-JPG.jpg

This is the second post from this wonderful exhibition. The first was of jewelry; the third is upcoming and has robes, hats and other items of attire. All as wonderful as these. The empresses were lucky indeed to be able to surround themselves with these enchanting items . . .