Characters in “Mascarade à la Greque,” a parade of fantastical architectural outfits envisioned up by French artist Ennemond Alexandre Petitot who lived from 1727 to 1801 and was also Court Architect at Parma when he wasn’t dreaming things up. Etched and published by Benigno Bossi (1727–1792). Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. via publicdomainreview.com.

“Bergere a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Berger a la Grecque.” ca 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
La Mariée à la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“L’Epoux a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Sacerdotesse a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Jeune Moine à la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade

Stylized up flowers and other pretty things from a little over a century ago. Cover art for “Mayflower” magazine from the 1890s. American.

Issue of December 18, 1897. Collections of magazineart.org. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python library 1.8.1. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Mayflower189712
August, 1893. Volume IX, Number VIII. Collections of magazineart.org. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python library 1.8.1. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Mayflower189308
February, 1893. Volume IX, Number II. Collections of magazineart.org. Scanned by the Internet Archive Python library 1.8.1. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Mayflower189302

Egyptian Revival neckwear. From different points in the 20th century but all fun. Egyptian Revival is one of the ones that never really goes away.


Scarab motif pendant necklace modeled as a pair of mirrored stylized lotus leaves, their stems intertwining underneath, sandwiching a scarab enameled in shades of blue, ochre, and green. Suspended on two short lengths of chain from a pair of side attachments embellished with plique-à-jour enamel. Early 1900s. Possibly German. Jugendstil with an Egyptian Revival flavor. Clearly marked on the back with a dragonfly. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.nouveaudecoarts.com/Jewellery/Arts-Crafts-Egyptian-Revival-Pendant-Necklace.Html#main
Egyptian Revival pendant modeled as a seated pharaoh. 1960s. American. Kenneth J. Lane, maker. Maker’s marks: © mark for Kenneth Lane on the reverse. © 2020 Poshmark, Inc. Fair use license. via https://poshmark.com/listing/1960s-Kenneth-Lane-Egyptian-Revival-Necklace-5c0db5428a2ff67283ef7071
Pendant modeled as the god Horus with a figure in the center. ca. 1920. Art déco. Enamel. Maker not known. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/egyptian-revival-necklace-art-deco-1734934718

Women being dramatic and waving their arms around. Very dramatic. Karl Bryullov, artist (1799-1852). The son of an engraver, he also studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts. A key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism.

Girl, gathering grapes in the vicinity of Naples.” 1827. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_02.jpeg
“A Dream of a Girl before Sunrise.” 1830-1833. Watercolor. Image source tamsquare.com. Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Briullov,Karl-_A_Dream_of_a_Girl_Before_a_Sunrise.jpg
“The Last Day of Pompeii.” 1833. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_-The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

History pictures of people living in crowds. French. Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel, artist. Living from 1839 to 1929, he studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme. Specialized in historical genre paintings.

“Baptism of the Condé.” 19th c. French. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolphe_Alexandre_Lesrel_Baptism_of_the_Conde.jpg
“A Musical Interlude.” 1903. French. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lesrel_Adolphe_Alexandre_A_Musical_Interlude.jpg
“The Swallows Leaving.” Undated. French. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower right. Image © Galerie Ary Jan, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.galeriearyjan.com/en/lesrel-adolphe-alexandre.htm

People getting out and having a bit of fun. Olga Sacharoff, artist. Living from 1889 to 1967, she was a Spanish artist of Russo-Persian origin. Influenced by Henri Rousseau.

“The Newyweds.” ca. 1929. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/newlyweds/olga-sacharoff/207737-000
“A Wedding.” 1919-1923. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/wedding/olga-sacharoff/071952-000
“Le Pétit Café.” 20th c. Signed in Latin on the lower right. Verso inscribed in black “Number 12 O Sacharoff” and in white “Number 40.” The stretcher inscribed with the title. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21105/lot/41/

Domestic scenes painted by Charles Joseph Grips (1825-1920). All of these women being textile workers, a favorite subject, it seems. Born in the Netherlands, he spent much of his career painting in Belgium.

“A Woman at a Loom.” 1879. Oil on canvas. Signed  “C J Grips. F 1879” on the bottom left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Joseph_Grips_-_A_Woman_at_a_Loom,_1879.jpg
“Interior Scene with Lacemaker.” 1862. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “C J Grips 1862” on the lower left. Image © 2020 Grogan & Company, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.groganco.com/auction-lot/charles-joseph-grips-belgian-1825-1920-interior-s_3C340A08AC
“The Spinner’s Favorite.” 1866. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “C J Grips f.1866” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/charles-joseph-grips-belgian-1825-1920-the-5647147-details.aspx

Flower pictures from just a little while ago, at least if you are a flower. French. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, artist. Living from around 1533 to 1588, he served as official artist on Jean Ribault’s expedition to what became North Florida.

A Sheet of Studies of Flowers: A Rose, a Heartsease, a Sweet Pea, a Garden Pea, and a Lax-flowered Orchid. 16th c. French. Watercolor and gouache, over black chalk. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/364533
Apple. ca. 1575. French. Watercolor and bodycolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267Y-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O25872/watercolour-le-moyne-de/
Two narcissi and a columbine, a dragonfly and a stag beetle. 16th c. French. Black chalk, watercolor, bodycolor on an old album sheet. Inscribed in ink , probably by the artist. Watermark crescents with a crown. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-dieppe-ca-6188314-details.aspx
Red currant. ca. 1565. French. Watercolor and gouache on paper prepared as vellum. Image © 2020 Arader Galleries, Philadelphia. Fair use license. via https://aradergalleries.com/products/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-french-ca-1533-1588-bullace-2
Stavesacre. ca. 1575. French. Bodycolor and watercolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267FF-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1136622/stavesacre-watercolour-le-moyne-de/

More drawings of marginalia for the prayer book of Maximilian I. Done in 1515 by Albrecht (Albert) Dürer, who lived in Nuremberg in what is now Germany. Copied from lithographic copies of the originals made by J. N. Strixner and published by R. Ackermann in 1817.

Page 48 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/48/mode/2up
Page 48 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/48/mode/2up
Page 50 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/50/mode/2up
Page 50 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/50/mode/2up

More pochoir prints from “Relais 1930,” a posthumous collection of designs by Édouard Benedictus who lived from 1878 to 1930 and designed textiles and wallpaper. Digital collections of the New York Public Library.

Multicolor tulip shapes; on purple field. 1930. Image ID# 1556172. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Multicolor rounded and angled shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556174. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e250-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
Multicolor angled and rounded shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556171. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90