Landscapes of a Mexico that isn’t coming back. José María Velasco, painter. Living from 1840 to 1912, he studied at the Academy of San Carlos. Exhibited at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889.

“Los volcanes, Valle de México,” 1905. Mexican. Oil on board. Signed “Velasco” and dated “México 1905” on the lower right. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/impressionist-modern-art-day-sale/los-volcanes-valle-de-mexico

“Hacienda de San Antonio Coapa.” Undated. Mexican. Image source: taringa.net. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Antonio_Coapa.jpg
“The Valley of Mexico (Valle de México),” 1877. Mexican. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City. Image: Steven Zucker. Cc0 License 2.0. via https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-americas/latin-america-after-independence
“Valley of Mexico seen from the Cerro de Guadalupe”. 1905. Mexican. Collections of the CDMX Government. Image source: Wikimedia Common. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://mymodernmet.com/es/jose-maria-velasco/

Various Minton designs with animals, two fish and one bird, taken from a folio entitled “Majolica Vases and Plates: designs by Alfred Stevens who worked for Minton. All of these dating to 1850-1860. Archival ID#SD 1705/MS1728.

Bird sitting on a branch. Design sketch. 1850-1860. British. Alfred Stevens for Minton. Archival ID#SD 1705/MS1728. Image © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-may-6/#more-12515
Fish. Design sketch. 1850-1860. British. Alfred Stevens for Minton. Archival ID#SD 1705/MS1728. Image © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-may-6/#more-12515
Fish. Design sketch. 1850-1860. British. Alfred Stevens for Minton. Archival ID#SD 1705/MS1728. Image © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-may-6/#more-12515

Wall-appliques (sconces) with a bit more than a little gilt bronze to put your best candles in. Each a little bit “different”, not the boring old kind your mother in law has.

Pair of two-light wall-appliques with burnished and matt gilding, each cast with a pair of winged sphinxes and garlands of flowers. Fitted for electricity. 1850-1875. Made in Paris. Gilt-bronze. after a design by Jean-Francois Forty. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/furniture-clocks-works-of-art/a-pair-of-louis-xvi-style-gilt-bronze-two-light
Pair of four-light wall-appliques. 19th c. Louis XVI. French. Gilt-bronze. After a model by Pierre Gouthière (1723-1813). Attributed to Henry Dasson (1825-1896). Maker’s marks: One light inscribed to one side “Henry Dasson 1879”. Image © 1996 – 2021 | Jan’s & Company Fine French Antiques Inc, Fair use license. via https://jansantiques.com/Lot/jac2421_2.php
Pair of French Empire style figural two branch wall appliques or sconces. Vintage. Gilt bronze. Made in England. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/sconces-wall-lights/rare-pair-of-empire-style-figural-two-branch-wall-appliques-sconces-gilt-bronze/id-f_17168302/
Gilt and patinated bronze ormolu two light wall-appliques (sconces). ca. 1770-1775. Louis XV/Louis XVI. Attributed to Jean-Louis Prieur. Image © Auction Technology Group Germany GmbH 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.lot-tissimo.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/rena/catalogue-id-renasc10000/lot-914b2400-44b9-4f60-bc6d-abc400864aec

Antique fans in chiffon and lace. Perfect to flirt with in the heat of summer.

Hand-fan with a silk chiffon and lace leaf that is embroidered with sequins. Wooden sticks and guards. Image © Fans d’Eventail. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2993-chiffon-fan-late-19th-century.html
Large balloon hand fan. Tortoiseshell sticks and guards with a leaf made from needle and bobbin lace applied on black tulle with the lace in an iris and fuschia motif. Art Nouveau.. Image © Fans d’Eventail. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2988-iris-and-fuchsias-art-nouveau-fan.html
Hand-fan with a silk chiffon leaf with lace appliqué and metal sequins. Incised and stained mother-of-pearl sticks and guards. 1900-1910. American. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collection/object/208541

Views from an old Ecuador, these all being of the volcano Cotopaxi. Painted by American artist Frederic Edwin Church who lived from 1826 to 1900. Church made two trips to South America, in 1853 and 1857 so these were painted in real time not riffed from a book illustration.

“Cotopaxi.” 1855. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Image © 2021 Terra Foundation for American Art. Fair use license. via https://picturingtheamericas.org/painting/cotopaxi/
“View of Cotopaxi.” 1867. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Yale University Art Gallery. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://interactive.britishart.yale.edu/critique-of-reason/389/view-of-cotopaxi
“Cotopaxi.” 1853. American. Brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard. Collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cotopaxi_church.jpg

Paintings of interiors with people who may not have been that dressed up. Belgian. David de Noter, artist. Living from 1818 to 1892, he was the son of artist Jean Baptiste de Noter. Exhibited at the Salon de Paris and the Brussels Salon.

“The Artist’s Studio.” 1845. Belgian. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “David de Noter, 1845,” on the lower right. Image source: Bonhams. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_de_Noter_-_The_artist%27s_studio.jpg
“Taking Tea.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed “David de Noter”. Image © 2021 Mark Murray Fine Paintings. Fair use license. via https://www.markmurray.com/de-noter-david-taking-tea
“Preparing the Banquet.” 19th c. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1st-art-gallery.com. Artwork itself in the pubic domain due to age. via https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/David-Emil-Joseph-De-Noter/Preparing-The-Banquet.html

People living in an England that isn’t coming back. Painted by William Shayer Senior. Living from 1787 to 1879, he was a self taught artist. Exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution. All of these from a current Dreweatts catalog.

“Waiting for the Herring Boats.” Undated. British. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Dreweatts 1759 Ltd. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7820/drewea1-10227/lot-details/ef7f07ec-b4b2-4a3e-85d7-ad180124abe6
“A Gypsy Encampment by a Track.” One of a pair. 19th c. British. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2020 Dreweatts 1759 Ltd. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7820/drewea1-10227/lot-details/eb679c8b-b103-46f6-be15-ad180124b73d
“A Gypsy Encampment by a Dead Oak Tree.” One of a pair. 19th c. British. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2020 Dreweatts 1759 Ltd. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7820/drewea1-10227/lot-details/eb679c8b-b103-46f6-be15-ad180124b73d

Hand-fans with painted scenes. Fans d’Eventail of Paris.

Hand-fan painted with what may be a scene from the opera ballet “Ophelia.” ca. 1880-1890. Gauze and silk leaf with wooden sticks. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2992-ballet-to-ophelia-fan-circa-1880-90.html
En plein coeur hand-fan. ca. 1880-1895. Mother of pearl sticks and guards carved and applied with golden and silver foils. Pointe de Gaze cream colored needle lace leaf embroidered with two skin cartels painted and signed “G. Lasellaz.” Comes with its Duvelleroy fan box. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2989-en-plein-coeur-fan-by-lasellaz-circa-1880-95.html

Hand-fan with the leaf painted with a mythological scene depicting Hercules and Omphale. ca. 1730. Painted paper leaf with ivory sticks and guards, the guards applied with mother of pearl and painted under mica. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2987-hercules-and-omphale-fan-circa-1730.html

Visions of an India that isn’t coming back. One of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). English. Henry Salt, artist. Living from 1780 to 1827, he was also a diplomat and collector of antiquities.

“Ruins of the fort at Juanpore on the River Goomtee,” taken from “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source bl.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Salt-05.jpg
“View near Point de Galle, Ceylon” from “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source: bl.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years agovia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Salt-08.jpg
“Riacotta in the Baramahal,” Plate 12 of Henry Salt’s “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source: europeana.eu. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riacotta_in_the_Baramahal.jpg

Depictions of very old book bindings that were in the British Museum in 1889. Taken from Henry B. Wheatley’s “Remarkable bindings in the British Museum, selected for their beauty or historic interest.”

“Commission from Venerio, doge of Venice, In dark red leather, Venetian, A.D. 1554. Plate XIV, Page 30. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/30/mode/1up
“English and Italian songs, English binding, with Arms of Queen Anne.” Plate XXII. Page 46. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/46/mode/1up
“Description de Toute la terre saincte. Embroidered binding from the Library of Henry VIII.” Plate XXIII. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/n114/mode/1up
“H. Petrarcha, Embroidered binding belonging to Queen Katharine Parr.” Plate XXIV, page 52. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/remarkablebindin00whea/page/52/mode/1up