Time travel the world with aspirational designs by lithographer/artist Félix Durin. Published by the Paris firm of Firmin-Didot in the 1870s. Collections of the New York Public Library.

XVII century mosaics and paintings, Versailles. Plate LXXXI. 1874. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-01d3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Persian (Iranian).Plate XXV. 1874. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-14be-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
XVII century painted furniture decorations. Plate XCI. 1874. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-01e3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Renaissance pottery designs. Plate LXVII. 1874. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-15de-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
17th century French jewelry. 1873. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-243c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

French design patterns. 1873. French. Félix Durin, lithographer. Firmin-Didot, printer. Collections of the New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-01f5-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Automotive mascots out of the Jazz Age. Some of these having been part of a Agfa Film brand advertising campaign. From a recent Bonham’s auction catalogue.

Mascot in silver-plated bronze and white and blue enamel. Mascot made for the Agfa Film brand for their important advertising campaign in the 1930s. Silver-plated bronze and blue and white enamel. Image © Bonhams 2001-2023. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27987/lot/415/agfa-film-h20-cm-et-l-20-cm/
Femme Papillon Automotive mascot signed V. Rossi and titled L’Art Allégorique, 17 rue Marois, Paris. Silver-plated bronze, mounted on a Citroën radiator cap.It appears in the catalogue of the magazine “L’Equipement Automobile” in 1922/23. Image © Bonhams 2001-2023. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27987/lot/417/v-rossi-butterfly-woman-h-95-cm-et-long-16-cm/
La Sirène, Automotive mascot in silver-plated bronze with a high quality marble base. Georges Colin, designer. Signed G. Colin, stamped Syndicat des fondeurs unis, numbered 10 and 1032. It was listed in the Hermès catalogue of 1925, award winner of l’Auto newspaper in 1922. Image © Bonhams 2001-2023. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27987/lot/418/georges-colin-1876-1917-the-mermaid-h-1655-cm-with-base-275-cm/
Automotive mascot in silvered-plated bronze, mounted on a red enameled Panhard radiator cap. embossed on the wings “Avions Voisin“. Created by a dealer of the brand to decorate his customers’ vehicles. ca. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2023. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27987/lot/421/avions-voisin-mascot/

Images of algae all arted up and much prettier than what’s at the bottom of the pond. Taken from Kintaro Okamura’s 1911 work “Icones of Japanese algae”.

Ceratodictyon spongiosum Zanard. Plate LI from Icones of Japanese algae. Kintaro Okamura, author. Published in 1911. Collections of and digitalizing sponsor the Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/1251055#page/12/mode/1up
Martensia elegans Hering. Plate LIII from Icones of Japanese algae. Kintaro Okamura, author. Published in 1911. Collections of and digitalizing sponsor the Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/1251055#page/20/mode/1up
Herpopteros Zonaricola Okam. Plate LV from Icones of Japanese algae. Kintaro Okamura, author. Published in 1911. Collections of and digitalizing sponsor the Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/1251055#page/32/mode/1up

Dress like the Empress Josephine. Watercolors by Adam Buck. Living from 1759 to 1833, he was principally active in London. His patrons included George IV and the Duke of York.

An Elegant Couple Admiring Lely’s Venus. 1801. Irish/British. Watercolor heightened with white over black chalk. Signed and dated Adam Buck/1801 on the lower left. Adam Buck, watercolorist (1759-1833). Image  © 2023 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2023/old-master-and-british-works-on-paper/an-elegant-couple-admiring-lelys-venus

Tambarina. A young girl lying on a step beneath a railing, resting on a striped cushion and shaded by the tambourine lying over her head. 1799. Hand-colored aquatint. After Adam Buck. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/image/452247001
First Steps. 1808. Irish/British. Watercolor. Adam Buck, watercolorist (1759-1833). Private collection. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://enfilade18thc.com/2015/07/18/exhibition-an-elegant-society-adam-buck-artist-in-the-age-of-austen/

Figural lamps from my new blogging friend Rick Hornwood who sent me the link to his website. These lamps are all to be found in his ebay store “CalLamps”. The last is a great dane porcelain figurine so not a lamp but also fun and then too my dog loving grandmother owned a pair of pedigreed great danes that my mother and her brother loved.

Light blue miniature figural Victorian oil lamp in the form of a French house. 1880s with the handle added later. Porcelain. Maker not given. Image © 1995-2022 eBay Inc. and Rick Hornwood. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/195378977201?hash=item2d7d7e99b1:g:Oy8AAOSw~6NjmTCB

Miniature figural patit oil lamp modeled as a snail in blue porcelain. Victorian. Maker not given. Image © 1995-2022 eBay Inc. and Rick Hornwood. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/195045738577?hash=item2d69a1c851:g:yOMAAOSwEJtie~kN

Jacob petit great dane figurine ink well in white porcelain. 19th c. French. Maker not given. Image © 1995-2022 eBay Inc. and Rick Hornwood. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/194508737315?hash=item2d499fcb23:g:nWcAAOSwJkBihwmO

Wallpaper samples from R. C. Kedzie’s 1874 work “Shadows from the Walls of Death.” Lovely colors but filled with arsenic which was used in the green dyes.

Pale green wallpaper with gold motifs. 1874. Image 23 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows
Wallpaper. 1874. Image 31 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows
Wallpaper. 1874. Image 35 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows
Wallpaper design with pink and white flowers. Wallpaper. 1874. Image 37 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows
Wallpaper with white flowers and mauve leaves.Wallpaper. 1874. Image 59 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows
Star design wallpaper in red and green. Wallpaper with white flowers and mauve leaves.Wallpaper. 1874. Image 111 of R. C. Kedzie’s, Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers which was published in Lansing, Michigan by the State Board of Health. Internet Archive via the Public Domain Review. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kedzie-shadows

Images taken from an album of watercolor drawings of plants, insects and fruit, nineteenth century. Chinese school. Some are captioned in Chinese.

Melon. Part of a 19th century Chinese school album of watercolor drawings of plants, insects and fruit. Artist not known. Image © 2022 Sotheby’s. Artwork itself in the public domain to age. https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-library-of-henry-rogers-broughton-2nd-baron-fairhaven-part-ii-2/chinese-school-album-of-watercolour-drawings-of-2
Part of a 19th century Chinese school album of watercolor drawings of plants, insects and fruit. Artist not known. Image © 2022 Sotheby’s. Artwork itself in the public domain to age. https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-library-of-henry-rogers-broughton-2nd-baron-fairhaven-part-ii-2/chinese-school-album-of-watercolour-drawings-of-2

Part of a 19th century Chinese school album of watercolor drawings of plants, insects and fruit. Artist not known. Image © 2022 Sotheby’s. Artwork itself in the public domain to age. https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-library-of-henry-rogers-broughton-2nd-baron-fairhaven-part-ii-2/chinese-school-album-of-watercolour-drawings-of-2
Part of a 19th century Chinese school album of watercolor drawings of plants, insects and fruit. Artist not known. Image © 2022 Sotheby’s. Artwork itself in the public domain to age. https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-library-of-henry-rogers-broughton-2nd-baron-fairhaven-part-ii-2/chinese-school-album-of-watercolour-drawings-of-2

The album was in the collections of Winifred Bois. Winifred Bois was the daughter of Frederic William Bois, (1848-1921). Frederic was an amateur photographer who exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, and whose family had held a prominent place in the mercantile life of Ceylon since the 1860s. Winifred traveled extensively in the Far East. She collected Chinese school watercolors.

The gardens at Trentham Hall, seat of the Duke of Sutherland. 1858. Taken from Edward Adveno Brooke’s “The Gardens of England”. Printed in London by T. M. McLean.

The trellis window, Trentham Hall gardens; The seat of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland. Page 5 of Edward Adveno Brooke’s The Gardens of England which was published in 1858. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gardensEngland00Broo/page/n5/mode/1up

The lake Trentham Hall gardens; The seat of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland. Page 22 of Edward Adveno Brooke’s The Gardens of England which was published in 1858. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gardensEngland00Broo/page/n22/mode/1up
The terrace Trentham Hall gardens; The seat of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland. Page 24 of Edward Adveno Brooke’s The Gardens of England which was published in 1858. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gardensEngland00Broo/page/n24/mode/1up
The parterre Trentham Hall gardens; The seat of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland. Page 24 of Edward Adveno Brooke’s The Gardens of England which was published in 1858. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gardensEngland00Broo/page/5/mode/1up

Trentham Hall is an estate in Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire, England. It was one of the estates of the Duke of Sutherland. It was abandoned in 1905 after sewage and effluent from nearby potteries polluted the Trent River which fed the lake in the early 20th century, making life at the hall unpleasant. Most of it was demolished in 1912 but the gardens remain, probably not looking exactly like this.

Edward Adveno Brooke (1821–1910) appears to primarily have been a landscape painter who strayed into the realm of painting gardens.

Imagery from “Atlas Japannensis : being remarkable addresses by way of embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Emperor of Japan, containing a description of their several territories, cities, temples and fortresses, their religions, laws and customs, their prodigious wealth and gorgeous habits, the nature of their soil, plants, beasts, hills, rivers and fountains, with the character of the ancient and modern Japanners.” Published in London in 1670.

Aneract Portatura of the Castle and Citty Batavia, lying on the great Ilant Java Anno 1669. Image 9310 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9310

The Lodge before Nangasaki on the ? (name of island is not legible). Image 9329 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9329

The city of Osacco. Image 9339 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9339

Miako, (Honshu, Japan). Image 9346 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9346
Tempel met Duysend Beelden. Image 9372 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9372

Jedo. Image 9378 from Arnoldus Montanus and John Ogilbie’s 1670 work Atlas Japannensis . . . Gleeson Library Digital Collections, University of San Francisco. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/digital/collection/p264101coll7/id/9378

Plates from Anton Seder’s 1896 work “Das Thier Der Decorativen Kunst.” Decorative arted up animals doing odd things.

Title page. Page 2, Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Anton Seder, author. Published in 1896 in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenk. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125013920190/page/n2/mode/1up

Page 6, Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Anton Seder, author. Published in 1896 in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenk. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125013920190/page/n6/mode/1up
Page 8, Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Anton Seder, author. Published in 1896 in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenk. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125013920190/page/n8/mode/1up
Page 10, Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Anton Seder, author. Published in 1896 in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenk. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125013920190/page/n10/mode/1up