Paintings with some interesting things going on by New Zealand born creative type Felix Runcie Kelly (1914-1994). Kelly also did graphic, stage, and interior design. He lived for most of his life in Great Britain.

 White house painted from the garden. 20th c. Oil on board laid to board. Signed “Felix Kelly” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26492/lot/213/?category=list&length=452&page=1
“Steamer.” 1946. Print. © Estate of the artist. Image © Tate Galleries. Fair use license. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/felix-kelly-1392
“Path to the River Steamer.” 20th c. Oil on board. © Estate of the artist. Collections of and image © Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/path-to-the-river-steamer-107212
“New Zealand River Scene.” 1962. Oil. © Estate of the artist. Image © Radio New Zealand 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/galleries/twiss-and-kelly

Bird tureens in porcelain from Meissen. If you stare at them long enough maybe they will start to chirp. German.

Porcelain partridge form tureen and cover mounted on a rococo gilt bronze base, the bird seated on its nest in front of a spray of bulrushes. Early 19th c. German. Porcelain and gilt bronze. Meissen, maker. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/true-connoisseurship-the-collection-of-ezra-cecile-zilkha/a-meissen-porcelain-partridge-form-turren-and

Partridge tureen and cover modeled as a partridge seated on a basket weave nest. Quail box and cover modeled as a quail perched on a grassy mound. The pheasant perched astride a high mound with three speckled chicks at her feet. Mid 18th c. German. Meissen, maker. Maker’s marks: each with blue crossed swords marks for Meissen. The tureen with an indistinct impressed “D”. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-meissen-partridge-tureen-and-cover-a-5722294-details.aspx
Partridge tureen. ca. 1748. German. Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding. Meissen, maker. Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cc0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/22409/partridge-tureen

Paintings of the Alps from just a little while back. Swiss. Alexandre Calame, artist. Living from 1810 to 1864, Calame exhibited his landscapes in Paris and Berlin. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school.

Alpine mountain scene. 19th c. Swiss. Alfred O. Deshong Collection, Widener University Art Museum, Chester, Pennsylvania. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alpine_Mountain_Scene_by_Alexandre_Calame.jpg
Blick auf den Genfer See – Vue sur le Lac Leman.” 1849. Swiss. Oil on wood. Collections of the Villa Vauban, Luxembourg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Calame_-_Lac_Leman_1849.jpg
“Boulders by a Lake.” 1857-1861. Swiss. Oil on paper on canvas. Signed “A. Calame f.” on the lower left. Image © 2020 KUNSTHANDEL MÜNCHEN. Fair use license. via https://test.daxermarschall.com/en/portfolio-view/alexandre-calame-sold-5/

Gothic Revival candelabra to make your home look more baronial. 1850 and later, all in brass.

Pair of Gothic Revival brass nine-light floor candelabra. Twisted cylindrical stems with quatrefoil rims and a central light with two graduated tiers with four lights each, on spiral fluted stem with four fleur-de-lis uprights on four domed legs. 20th c. Continental. Brass. Maker not known. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2475/lots/617
Pair of brass Gothic Revival candle holders. ca. 1850. Continental. Brass. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/brass-gothic-revival-candelabra/id-f_913303/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAqdP9BRDVARIsAGSZ8AksJR0amZYnCLEHDg_1PDkTWV7XChFVbOtOEcgz2RHb4aVAKri5PMcaAt-cEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Pair of large brass Gothic Revival candelabra, each with seven sconces. Hooped frame on arched supports embellished with clover leaves, on knopped stem and dome base with three feet. Late 19th c. Brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-large-pair-of-gothic-revival-brass-5825649-details.aspx

Paintings of the Grand Gallery in the Louvre in Paris with a fair number of people milling around. French, painted by Hubert Robert who after managing to escape the guillotine ended up as the first “keeper of paintings” at the Louvre.

“Projet d’aménagement de la Grande Galerie du Louvre.” 1796. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hubert_Robert_-Projet_d%27am%C3%A9nagement_de_la_Grande_Galerie_du_Louvre(1796).JPG
“The Grand Gallery in the Louvre, between 1801 and 1805.” Early 19ith c. French. Collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris. Image © Photos.com/Jupiter Images. Fair use license. via https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hubert-Robert

Still lifes with fruit, just one piece of fruit. Born in Mainz in the Rhineland-Palatinate district. Justus Juncker, painter (1703-1767).

“Stilleven met peer en insecten.” 1765. Collections of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Justus_Juncker_-Stilleven_met_peer_en_insecten1615-_St%C3%A4del_Museum.jpg
“Stilleven met appel en insekten.” 1765. Collections of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Justus_Juncker_-Stilleven_met_appel_en_insekten1614-_St%C3%A4del_Museum.jpg

Paintings of palm houses. The perfect place to hibernate. Prussian (German). Carl Blechen, artist. Living from 1798 to 1840, Blechen taught landscape painting at the Berlin Academy and worked as a decorator at the Royal Theatre on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

Das Innere des Palmenhauses auf der Pfaueninsel.” 1832. Oil on paper mounted on canvas. Collections of the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carl_Blechen_-Das_Innere_des_Palmenhauses-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
The Interior of the Palm House on Peacock Island.” 1832-1834. Prussian. Collections of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg. Image © Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Fair use license. via http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_image.cfm?image_id=2873
“The Interior of the Palm House on the Pfaueninsel Near Potsdam.” 1834. Prussian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cc0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/144969/the-interior-of-the-palm-house-on-the-pfaueninsel-near-potsdam

These works are all of the Palm House near Potsdam, Germany that had been designed by noted architect  Karl Friedrich Schinkel to house the collection of palm trees that belonged to King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia.

Victorian flowers, lithographic plates from “A monograph of the genus Lilium.” Written by John Henry Elwes and illustrated by W. H. Fitch, it was published in London in 1877.

“Lilith Philippenense.” Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n31/mode/2up
“Lilium Hanson.” Page 34. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n33/mode/2up
“Lilium Pomponium.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n37/mode/2up

Some of the first images of tropical fish published in London. Taken from John Whitchurch Bennett’s 1830 work “A selection from the most remarkable and interesting of the fishes found on the coast of Ceylon.” These plates are from the 1834 edition.

“Scorpaena Volitans or Gini Maha.” Page 16. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n15/mode/2up
“Acanthurus Vittatus or Seweyah.” Page 19. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n19/mode/2up
“Gomphosus Fuscus or Koppara Girawah.” Page 23. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n23/mode/2up
“Holocentrus Ruber or Ratoo Pahayah.” Page 27. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n27/mode/2up

Animals to make your dinner table resemble a sterling silver zoo. Novelty silver made by James Barclay Hennell who was a son of Robert Hennell who started the London firm Robert Hennell & Sons. Robert Hennell & Sons was in existence before 1851. It was sold in 1887. Two claret jugs and a smoker’s companion for when the gentlemen light their cigars.

Claret jug modeled as a bear with removeable head. 1876. English. Silver. Image © http://www.karaffensammler.at. Fair use license. via http://www.karaffensammler.at/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5970
Claret jug formed as a kneeling performing elephant with a hinged head forming the cover. Originally it would have had tusks. 1881. English. Silver. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group) 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2020/january/2425/feature/performing-elephant-silver-novelty-sells-well-above-predictions/
Toad-form smoker’s conpanion modeled as an elegant toad carrying a cane and top hat. 1885. Victorian. Silver. Maker’s marks on base and head. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/collections-silver-vertu-ceramics-russian-works-of-art-n09491/lot.180.html