Down to the water not so long ago. English. Robert Salmon, painter. Living from 1775 to 1845, he was British but came to the United States in 1828 and painted there for several years. Painting maritime scenes and seascapes, he is considered the father of American Luminism.

“British and German Vessels in a Stiff Breeze at the Mouth of a Harbor.” 1840. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. SALMON/1840” on the lower right. inscribed “No 53/Painted by R. Salmon/1840” on the reverse. Inscribed on the reverse with provenance information in a later hand. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/40
“View of Palermo.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_View_of_Palermo.jpg
“Ferryboat.” 1835. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. S. 1835” on the lower right. Image source: Heritage Auctions. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_Ferryboat.jpg

Jugendstil copper and brass by Carl Deffner (1856-1948). The Deffner firm having been located in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. A family firm dating back to the early 19th century, Carl Deffner took it over with his brother in 1900.

Candleholder with a square base with a pierced design of holes on all four sides with a concave cured handle that slots into the drip tray. The four candle uprights have a ball inset and are square on the top. ca, 1900. Jugendstil. Copper and brass. Maker’s marks: Impress mark of a shield with crossed swords & CDE in between. on the base. Image ©  2006-2020 by Botterweg Auctions Amsterdam. Fair use license. via https://www.botterweg.com/Defner_Carl/tabid/59/lotid/38397/Kavel-38397.aspx?language=nl-NL




Two bottle wine cooler. Copper with polished brass handles, rim and ball-shaped feet. Originally it had a fitted perforated zinc insert with two tubes that lifted out for cleaning and prior insertion of the bottles if preferred. ca. 1890-1900. Copper and brass. Maker’s marks: Marked on the underside with Carl Deffner initials and crossed halberds inside a shield. Also showing the number 8. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.nouveaudecoarts.com/Metalware/Carl-Deffner-Wine-Cooler.Html
Brass box with a wood lining. ca. 1910. Brass and wood. Maker’s marks for Carl Deffner to the base. Image © Levels Antiques and antiques-atlas.com. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/carl_deffner_art_nouveau_brass_box_c1910/as289a648

Domestic scenes filled with men doing things, mostly sitting in chairs. English. John Arthur Lomax, genre painter. Living from 1857 to 1923, he studied at the Munich Academy and in Stuttgart, but returned to Britain to paint.

Oil. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_018_(38734146554).jpg
Artwork. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_016_(38563681655).jpg
Artwork. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_055_(39411482122).jpg

20th century novelty silver wheelbarrows. Some to push salt around the dinner table, some just fun to look at if you don’t want to eat your peas.

Novelty wheelbarrow with elaborate scroll pierced sides, the wheel with arched spokes. 1981. English. Silver. Made in London by Asprey and Company. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26041/lot/300/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver wheelbarrow and cover. 1924. Silver. Maker’s marks: Import mark for Sheffield 1924. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Eastbourne Auctions Rooms. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/novelty-silver-wheelbarrow-box-and-cover-import-1237-c-ac7a53140b
 Novelty silver table salts formed as garden wheelbarrows with silver plated spoons formed as trowels. 1998. Maker’s marks: Wheelbarrows hallmarked London 1998, CCP, maker. Image © Auction Zip 2003 – 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/A-pair-of-novelty-silver-table-salts-formed-as-ga_1124911A14/

Landscapes with sheep here and there from just a little while ago. Belgian. Frans Van Severdonck, painter. Living from 1809 to 1889, he mostly painted landscapes inhabited by poultry, cows and sheep.

“Sheep and Lambs in a Landscape.” 1886. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “Fr. Van Sverdonck f. 1886” in the lower corner. Identified and signed “Francois Van Severdonck” in an inscription on the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/29
“Landscape with sheep.” 1865. Oil on panel. Signed and dated `1865 on the lower left. Image © Simonis & Buunk Art Gallery. Fair use license. via https://www.simonis-buunk.com/art/severdonck-f-van/18292/
Sheep scene. Undated. Oil on board. Faintly signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Cottone Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.cottoneauctions.com/lots/2489/frans-van-severdonck-1809-1889-sheep-scene

Cat and kitten art. Very popular in the Victorian era so a lot of it around. These being French, painted by Alfred-Arthur Brunel de Neuville who lived from 1852 to 1941. Did still lifes, too.

Kittens in a Sewing Basket. Undated. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2012-2020 The Great Cat. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.thegreatcat.org/the-cat-in-art-and-photos-2/cats-in-19th-century-art/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-1852-1941-french/
“Playmates.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “Brunel-Neuville” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-french-1852-1941-5762901-details.aspx
“Kittens with Ball of Wool.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/5692222/

Jugs and teapots that will make even powdered limeade and instant tea taste fancy. French. Victor Saglier, creator. Living from 1809 to 1894, he made some wonderfully decorated up tableware.

Orangeade pitcher. Baluster shaped frosted glass decorated with flowers of the field, engraved with acid and enhanced with gold. Gilt bronze mount decorated with bas relief plant motifs. Has a cylinder that fits inside and can be closed with a screw cap that would be filled with ice. Undated. French. Maker’s marks: signed “VS sailing boat” in gold under the base. Image © Galerie Michel Pont and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/en/display.php?mode=obj&id=454606


Teapot with chest collar and belly with rococo decoration in the Louis XV style. 19th c. French. Silver. Maker’s marks: hallmark for Victor Saglier. Image © Estim Nation. Fair use license. via https://www.gazette-drouot.com/en/lots/8756535

Decanter. ca. 1900. French. Decorated glass with silver plate mount and cap. Image  © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/lots/992912-victor-saglier-a-glass-decanter-france-ca-1900

Animals in art, these by French illustrator Jean Louis Pauquet (1759-1824). Taken from the first edition of “Jardin des Plantes: La Ménagerie et la Vallée Suisse ” which was published in 1857. From the website of abesbooks.com

Lithographic plate with birds. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with two hyenas and a fox. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with a panther, a tiger and two lions. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with bears. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Landscapes of the American West, Utah to be exact. Alfred Edward Lambourne, painter. Living from 1850 to 1926, Lambourne came to America when he was 16.

“Rio Virgen – Southern Utah.” 1877. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “AL. 1877 on the lower right. Titled, signed and dated on the verso. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Jackson Hole Art Auction. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/88553668_rio-virgen-southern-utah-by-alfred-william-lambourne
“Cliff at Promotory Great Salt Lake Utah.” Undated. Collections of the Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City. Artwork itself in the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago. via http://www.seasonsofsalt.org/2014/09/14/the-alfred-lambourne-prize-celebrating-great-salt-lake-through-the-arts/
Lake Blanch, Wasatch Mountains, 1886. ca. 1886. Oil on canvas. In the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago. via http://orsonprattbrown.org/Romney/lambourne-alfredEd1850-1926.html

Etruscan majolica for a dinner party with a seaweed and shell theme. Very stylish in the late 19th century.

Etruscan majolica lidded jar with shell and seaweed decorations. Late 19th c. American. Ceramic. Griffin, Smith and Hill, makers. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/19th-century-shell-seaweed-etruscan-majolica-lidded-jar/id-f_5653623/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4_H6BRALEiwAvgfzq_TQn3HyABzkzLED-OzTciDIxORGZ7r4JmdmclgTWpKHB2RjAw6VTBoCsCsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Etruscan majolica seaweed and shell motif platter in pink/peach, turquoise, tan, green, gray, black and soft yellow. 19th c. Ceramic. Image © 2020 Chairish, Inc.  and Toadleigh Hall. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2434369/19th-century-etruscan-majolica-seaweed-shell-platter
Plates and cuspidor in the Etruscan majolica shell pattern. 19th c. Ceramic. Etruscan Works of Phoenixville, maker. Image via http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2017/10/shell-plates-fruit-dish-and-cuspidor.html