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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

Antique hand-fans. All of these from a current Sotheby’s auction catalogue. Please note that the first one which dates to the 18th century has elephant sticks and guards. To my mind that makes it all right to use here. If it bothers you please look at the other two.

Hand-fan with a painted vellum leaf depicting various scenes of agricultural labor, contained by broad decorative borders depicting flora, fauna and chinoiserie figures. Elephant ivory sticks and guards, the sticks finely pierced with foliate patterns and and creating silhouette scenes against the mother-of-pearl ground of an elegant group with a horse-drawn carriage. The pierced guards with a ground of colored foil. 1760-1770. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/hotel-lambert-une-collection-princiere-volume-v-lecrin/an-ivory-and-painted-vellum-fan-1760-1770?locale=en

Hand-fan with the vellum leaf depicting a mythological scene, possibly Diana and Actaeon. Pierced horn sticks with stylized foliate patterns. The pierced guards with a central medallion of a vase of flowers surmounted by a ribbon and a plaque containing the number “662”. Early 19th c. French. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/hotel-lambert-une-collection-princiere-volume-v-lecrin/a-horn-and-vellum-fan-french-early-19th-century?locale=en

Horn and silk hand-fan. Pierced and sequined silk leaves the horn sticks and mounts studded with silver. 19th c. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/hotel-lambert-une-collection-princiere-volume-v-lecrin/a-horn-and-silk-fan-19th-century?locale=en

Victorian centerpieces by Elkington of Birmingham. So much more fun than a plastic bowl of fruit.

Centerpiece with two entwined palms sheltering two dogs or greyhounds, modeled after Pierre-Jules Mène’s Two Whippets at Play. Villeroy and Boch plate in blue and white ceramic, above a shaped bronze base, with two entwined palms sheltering two dogs or greyhounds. Undated, 19th c. Possibly made by the British Elkington and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/villeroy-boch-plate-elkington-co-centerpiece-after-pj-mennes-two-whippets/id-f_20456382/
Silverplate centerpiece comprised of elk and palm trees with a mirrored tableau. 19th c. English. Possibly made by Elkington. Image
© 2022 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/3446202/19th-century-elkington-style-silverplate-centerpiece

.Silvered bronze centerpiece with standing figures of a young hunter, a friar and a fish monger with a spaniel and game at their feet, mounted with plaques with 1859 and 1941 inscriptions. The inscriptions reading: “Presented to William Johnson Esq. as a token of respect & esteem by the workpeople in the employ of Messrs Richard Johnson & Brother, Manchester, January 28, 1859”, and “Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, Alias Wire Workers of the City of London, Presented by Arthur Laurence Johnson M.A., Grandson of William Johnson, both Wire Workers, with his Daughter Eleanor Morton Johnson, a Freeman of the Company, to commemorate his Mastership 1941-42.” The company founded by the Johnsons supplied galvanized armored wire for the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1857. Original glass bowl. 1859. English. Made by Elkington, Mason and Company. Image
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Parcel-gilt silver centerpiece, the base supported on winged dolphin head feet and wide border decorated with panels of bacchic putti centered by female masks. Fitted with two removable kidney-shaped porcelain bowls with gilt scroll borders. The ends of the base with twin-tailed figures of Neptune supporting detachable shell-form dishes above their heads and flanked by rearing mer-horses. The central support decorated with flowerheads and lotus leaves and flanked by two joyous putti under an openwork basket pierced with panels of cherries spaced by beaded tendrils and hung with swags of chains, the central basket with a removable cut-glass bowl and the shell-form dishes with removable glass liners. 1866. British. Design attributed to Auguste Adolphe Willms. Elkington and Company, maker. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/19th-century-furniture-sculpture-ceramics-silver-and-works-of-art-n08627/lot.45.html

Images of Byzantine and Old Russian Ornaments that were collected and drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Prince Gagarin was a Major General in the Russian army but he was an artist, too. Stieglitz. 1887. Taken from a post on cmhnir.ortox.ru. All beautiful.





Russian religious ornament, drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749
Detail taken from a 12th century Greek manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s.. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749
Detail taken from a 12th century Greek manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s.. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749
Detail taken from a 12th century manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s.. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749

Detail of the facade of the Church of Saint Mark in Venice. drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s.. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749

Detail of Saint Mark’s in Venice. drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s.. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749
Marble ornaments from the Church of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy. Drawing that is part of a collection that belonged to and was presumably drawn by Prince Gagarin of Saint Petersburg, Russia that was assembled in the 1880s. via http://cmhnir.ortox.ru/muzeon/view/id/1185749.

Imagery from the “Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey” made under the direction of the secretary of the Interior for the 34th Congress in 1858 by William H. Emory.

Noco-Shimatt-Tash-Tanaki, Grizzly Bear. Seminole Chief. 1858. American. Page 76. Chromolithograph. Arthur Schott, artist. Sarony and Company, New York, lithographers. Collections of the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/91674#page/76/mode/1up

Falls of the Rio Salado. 1858. American. Page 93 of a Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey done by William H. Emory for the 34th Congress. Sarony and Company, New York, lithographers after a drawing by J. E. Weyss. Collections of the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/91674#page/93/mode/1up

Lipan Warrior. 1858. American. Page 108 of a Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey done by William H. Emory for the 34th Congress. Sarony, Major, and Knapp, New York, lithographers after a drawing by A Schott. Collections of the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/91674#page/108/mode/1up

Conch shell vases by Loetz. A fun conceit.

Conch shell vase. Optically ribbed mold blown clear glass with an outer case in white opal and an inner case in diminished bright “Kaiser-Rot” (Emperor Red). ca. 1880s. Loetz, made in what is now Czechoslovakia. Image © 2007–2022 Auctions Online USA Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/307759-an-early-loetz-conch-shell-vase?in=activity

LOETZ PAPILLION CONCH SHELL VASE.



“Papillon” conch shell vase with a stylized seaweed foot with runners extending up the side of the shell. The shell finished in gold iridescent oil spots with pink highlights. The foot and runners are finished in gold iridescence. Undated and unsigned. Attributed to Loetz. Image © 2022 Morphy Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.morphyauctions.com/jamesdjulia/item/1093-389/

“Candia Papillon” conch shell vase. ca. 1896. Loetz, made in what is now Czechoslovakia. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/loetz-conch-shell-vase-candia-papillion-ca1896/id-f_1037842/

Some interesting Egyptian Revival items. Mostly by WMF, not all.

Centerpiece/fruit dish in silver plate with a carved and decorated crystal glass bowl. The bowl being carried by the wings of four winged sphinxes. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau/Egyptian Revival. German. Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF), maker. Maker’s marks: stamp for WMF and I/O. Original patina and crystal glass bowl. This fruit dish figures in the catalog of WMG for the year 1913, item number 1004. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/antique-wmf-art-nouveau-centerpiece-silver-plated-crystal-glass-egyptian-revival/id-f_25032302/

Silver plate holloware tea set. Egyptian Revival with sphinx head handles, pharaoh mask bracket feet, and lotus blossom finials. Each piece with etched accents of wheat and grasses with a medallion shield for personalized engraving. Undated. American. Simpson Hall Miller and Company, maker. Maker’s marks: stamp for Simpson Hall Miller and Company treble plate on the underside. Image © 1995-2022 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/165277564235

Silver plate inkwell centered with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor who was the goddess of love, dance, music, and fertility with an inkpot on either side that are surmounted by crescent moons and would have had glass liners which are missing. ca. 1900. German. Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF), maker. Maker’s marks: stamped WMF, IO, and OX. Image ©1998-2022 trocadero.com. Fair use license. via https://www.trocadero.com/stores/periodpieces/items/1461915/Egyptian-Revival-Silver-Plate-Inkwell-WMF

Native Americans from just a little bit back. Lithographs from George Catlin’s “North American Indian Portfolio” which was printed in London in 1844.

Catching the wild horse. Lithograph number 4 from George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. 1844. American but printed in London, England by C. and J. Adlard. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(AMERICAN-INDIANS)-George-Catlin-Catlins-North-American-Indi?saleno=2615&lotNo=1&refNo=799840

North American Indians. Lithograph from George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. 1844. American but printed in London, England by C. and J. Adlard. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(AMERICAN-INDIANS)-George-Catlin-Catlins-North-American-Indi?saleno=2615&lotNo=1&refNo=799840

Buffalo hunt and chase. Lithograph from George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. 1844. American but printed in London, England by C. and J. Adlard. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/(AMERICAN-INDIANS)-George-Catlin-Catlins-North-American-Indi?saleno=2615&lotNo=1&refNo=799840

An Indian ball-play. Buffalo hunt and chase. Lithographic plate number 23 from George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. 1844. American but printed in London, England by C. and J. Adlard. Collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/2000978

The first three of these lithographs are part of one lot that is currently up for bid by Swann Auction Galleries. “An Indian Ball-Play” is in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Down to the water with American landscape painter Winckworth Allan Gay. Living from 1821 to 1910, he was part of the Barbizon School.

Cohasset Landscape. 1864. American. Oil on canvas. Winckworth Allan Gay, painter (1821-1910). Signed and inscribed Cohasset. Dated in oil on the lower left. Image  © Swann Auction Galleries. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/WINCKWORTH-ALLAN-GAY-Cohasset-Landscape?saleno=2614&lotNo=5&refNo=798483

Sailing off the Seashore, Cohasset, Massachusetts. 1872. American. Oil on wood panel. Winckworth Allan Gay, painter (1821-1910). Image source: Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sailing_off_the_Seashore,_Cohasset_by_Winckworth_Allan_Gay.jpg

Mackerel Fleet. 1872. American. Oil on wood panel. Winckworth Allan Gay, painter (1821-1910). Signed and dated on the lower left. Collections of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mackerel_Fleet_by_Winckworth_Allan_Gay,_1872.jpg

Paintings of the First Nations in the Canadian West. A buffalo too but he fits right in. Frederick Arthur Vener, artist (1836-1928).

Ojibwa Camp, Northern Shore of Lake Huron. 1873. Canadian. Oil on canvas. Frederick Arthur Vener, painter (1836-1928). Image source; National Gallery of Canada. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1927. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frederick_A.VernerOjibwa_Camp,_Northern_Shore_of_Lake_Huron(1873).jpg

Indian encampment. 1891. Canadian. Watercolor on cardboard. Frederick Arthur Vener, painter (1836-1928). Image source; Sotheby’s Toronto. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1927. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frederick_Arthur_Verner_-Indian_Encampment(1891).jpg




Sold Buffalo by the River. 1906. Canadian. Watercolor. Frederick Arthur Vener, painter (1836-1928). Image © Mayberry Fine Art. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://mayberryfineart.com/artist/frederick-arthur-verner/



Indian and Canoe. By 1928. Canadian. Watercolor on paper, Image © Mayberry Fine Art. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://mayberryfineart.com/art/indian-and-canoe-frederick-arthur-verner-3799/

Make your powder room look like William Morris did the decorating. Imagery from Lewis F. Day’s 1888 work “The Application of Ornament.” Published in London by B. T. Batsford.

Plate 1. Page 7 of Lewis F. Day’s The Application of Ornament. Published in London in 1888 by B. T. Batsford. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924031282076/page/n7/mode/1up?view=theater

Identical figures reversed: 16th century German. Plate 2. Page 26 of Lewis F. Day’s The Application of Ornament. Published in London in 1888 by B. T. Batsford. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924031282076/page/n26/mode/1up?view=theater

Variety in Creatures symmetrically disposed – German. Plate 3. Page 30 of Lewis F. Day’s The Application of Ornament. Published in London in 1888 by B. T. Batsford. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924031282076/page/n30/mode/1up?view=theater

Portion of a Tree of Jesse; Ivan Mecken. end of 15th century. Plate 3. Page 32 of Lewis F. Day’s The Application of Ornament. Published in London in 1888 by B. T. Batsford. Collections of the Cornell University Library. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/cu31924031282076/page/n32/mode/1up?view=theater