Portraits of women and children taken from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” which consists of thirteen watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau), one by Eduard Hau and fifteen photographs. Russian. ca. 1840, it was auctioned by Christies London in 2018.

Woman with dark hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in a blue and white dress with earrings. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two women. Thinking the one on the right is named “Sophia.” ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing on a balcony. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark hair and a black shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman standing or sitting at a table. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a blue and red shawl. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with flowers in her hair. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. Ader Nordmann Auctions. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with dark bracelets. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a black dress. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Little girl in a white dress with red beaded necklace, sash and ribbons. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman wearing a brooch. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Three children. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Children with their dog. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman in pink. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Boy wearing a jacket. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Two small girls in white dresses with dark green sashes. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Girl and boy. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Woman with a striped sash. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5
Young woman in a white dress with pink ribbon decorations. ca. 1840. Watercolor from a leather covered album titled “Portraits” with watercolor portraits by Vladimir Gau (Hau) and Edouard Hau. From a Christie’s auction. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://forum.artinvestment.ru/blog.php?b=346856&nojs=1&langid=5

Please note that some of these are signed and that others identify the sitter. The handwriting is quite faded out so I can’t read it. I’m sorry. The Haus were very well known watercolorists in Saint Petersburg and did many commissions for the tsar, the Imperial family and the court.

Out and about and going to parties. Théodore Cériez, Belgian genre painter. Living from 1832 to 1904, he also painted animals and children.


After the party – Commedia del’Arte characters sleeping on a stairway. Undated. Belgian. Oil on panel. Signed T. Ceriez on the lower right. Image © Christies 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-1544276?ldp_breadcrumb=back&intObjectID=1544276&from=salessummary&lid=1
Interior scene with a seated Pierrot. Undated. Belgian. Oil on panel. signed. Image © Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers Ltd. (Trading as Wilson55.com). Fair use license. via https://www.wilson55.com/auction/lot/12-theodore-ceriez-belgian-1832-1904/?lot=141329&sd=1#

Living a sort of exciting life back a bit . . .maybe it looked like that, maybe it didn’t. Crowd scenes painted by Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret who lived from 1782 to 1863. Studied with Jacques-Louis David.

Découverte du Laocoon. Undated, by 1863. French. Oil on canvas. Signed PBergeret on the center right, on the pedestal. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale-part-ii-2/decouverte-du-laocoon-the-discovery-of-the-laocoon
Saint Louis à Damiette. ca. 1819. French. Oil painting. Image source: Paris Musées. Collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre-Nolasque_Bergeret_-Saint_Louis%C3%A0_Damiette_-PDUT1793-_Mus%C3%A9e_des_Beaux-Arts_de_la_ville_de_Paris.jpg
La Morte d’Henri IV. Undated, by 1863. French. Image © 1996 RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / René-Gabriel Ojéda. Louvre Museum. Fair use license. via https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ark:/53355/cl010057789

 



Women out and about just a little while ago. Genre scenes, painted by George Dunlop Leslie RA who lived from 1835 to 1921. His father and his uncle were artists, too.

The Goldfish Seller. Undated. British. Oil on canvas mounted to panel. Signed G. D. Leslie on the lower right. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale/the-goldfish-seller
The Convent Garden/In A Convent Garden . ca. 1857-1859. British. Oil on canvas. Image source; The Athenaeum. Located at Sudley House, Collections of the National Museums Liverpool. artuk.org. Artwork in the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-_The_Convent_Garden.jpg
 Girl in a Punt. 1859. British. Watercolor and pastel on medium, moderately textured, cream wove paper. Collections of and image source the Yale Center for British Art. CC0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-Girl_in_a_PuntB1993.30.104-_Yale_Center_for_British_Art.jpg




Fortunes. Undated. British. Oil on canvas. Image source: Christies. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Dunlop_Leslie_-_Fortunes.jpg

The lives of the ancients seen through a French Neoclassical haze. François-André Vincent, painter. Living from 1746 to 1816, he was the son of the miniaturist François-Elie Vincent. Master of drawings to King Louis XVI.

Alcibiade recevant les leçons de Socrate. 1776. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of and image source the Musée Fabre, Montpelier. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alcibades_being_taught_by_Socrates,_Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9_Vincent.jpg
Zeuxis Choosing his Models for the Image of Helen from among the Girls of Croton. ca. 1791. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Image source: Google Arts and Culture. Collections of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9_Vincent_-Zeuxis_Choosing_his_Models_for_the_Image_of_Helen_from_among_the_Girls_of_Croton-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Belisarius. 1776. Neoclassical. French. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpelier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belisarius_by_Francois-Andre_Vincent.jpg
Arria and Paetus. 1784. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Saint Louis Art Museum. In the public domain due to age. Image via https://www.amazon.com/Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9-Vincent-Arria-Paetus-Poster/dp/B01ERV1R68

Views of Venice at mid century, the 19th century, that is. All of these with interesting sky treatments. Ippolito Caffi, artist. Living from 1809 to 1866, his first works were produced at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. 

Venezia, veduta notturna con la Piazzetta San Marco e il Molo, con vista sull’Isola di San Giorgio. Undated, by 1866. Italian. Oil on paper, laid down on board. signed Caffi on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale/venezia-veduta-notturna-con-la-piazzetta-san-marco
Snow and Fog on the Grand Canal. ca. 1840. Italian. Oil on canvas. Signed Caffi on the lower right. Image source: Web Gallery of Art. Collections of the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venice. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ippolito_Caffi_-Snow_and_Fog_on_the_Grand_Canal-_WGA03744.jpg


Eclips of the Sun in Venice in July 8, 1842 at Fondamenta Nove. 1842. Italian. Image source flikr.com. Private collection. Artwork itself in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ippolito_Caffi,Eclisse_di_sole_alle_Fondamenta_Nove(1842).jpg







Views of Ancient Greece as seen in the mid 18th century. Plates from Julien David LeRoy’s work “Monuments de la Grèce, considérées du côté de l’histoire et l’architecture”. Printed in 1770 in Paris by Louis-François Delatour. Collections of the BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Vue sur les ruines des Propylées, ou la porte de la citadelle d’Athènes. Page VI, Plate VI. 1770. French. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. © Collections of and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f55.item#
Vue du Théâtre’ d’Athènes. Page VII. 1770. French. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. © Collections of and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f60.item#
Vue de Temple de Thésée à Athene. Page NP. 1770. French. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. © Collections of and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f64.item#

Plates from the portfolio of prints “Meister der Innen-Kunst: Haus eines Kunstfreundes” which has artwork by various people. Designed in 1901, it was published in Darmstadt, Germany in 1092. Part of a contest by Zeitschrift für Innendekoration

Image of the dining room, as proposed by Hugh Baillie Scott“. From the 1902 portfolio “Master of Interior Decoration: House of an Art Lover.” Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES 2022. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/175367
House interior, as proposed by the Austrian architect Leopold Bauer. From the 1902 portfolio “Master of Interior Decoration: House of an Art Lover.” Collections of the Wolfsonian-FIU Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Image © Wolfsonian-FIU Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Artwork itself in the public domain. Fair use license. via https://wolfsonianfiulibrary.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/from-whiplash-lines-through-utopia-to-skyscrapers-built-and-unbuilt-landmark-architectural-designs-in-the-wolfsonian-library/
Empfangs – Raum und Musik – Zimmer (Reception room and Music Room). Panels by Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, artist.” From the 1902 portfolio “Master of Interior Decoration: House of an Art Lover.” Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/important-manuscripts-continental-books-and-music-2/mackintosh-baillie-scott-and-bauer-meister-der

Lying around pretending to be one of the ancients when you are a Pre-Raphaelite person. Art by Sir William Ernest Reynolds-Stephens. Living from 1862 to 1943, he was born in America but painted in Great Britain. Studied at the Royal Academy School.

Roman Courtship. ca. 1900. American/British. Collections of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://jazzerstenhdr.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/roman-courtship-at-the-john-and-mable-ringling-museum-of-art/
In the arms of Morpheus. Undated. American/British. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.greeklegendsandmyths.com/morpheus.html
Summer.1891. External Link: 
http://www.italialiberty.it
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/summer-william-reynolds-stephens/3AHzTLJ0BahnYw

More from Percy MacQuoid’s work “History of English Furniture: Age of Satinwood.” Published in Edinburgh by T. and A. Constable, printers to His Majesty (Edward VII). Collections of the Society of the Four Arts.

Amboyna-wood writing cabinet (left); inlaid mahogany pole-screen (right). Both pieces being the property of Alfred Littleton, Esquire. Plate VIII, page 170. Signed Shirley Slocombe artist, 1908. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n170/mode/1up

Figure 124 – Painted wood pedestal; Figure 125 – Carved wood lantern. Both pieces being the property of the Earl of Harewood. Page 173. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n173/mode/1up
Figure 131 – Robert Adam’s design for bed. Page 180. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n180/mode/1up
Satin-wood commode. Property of Alfred Littleton, Esquire. Plate X, page 224. Signed Shirley Slocombe artist, 1908. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n224/mode/1up