Images of birds with wonderful tails taken from “Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,” published in 1872 by American zoologist Daniel Giraud Elliot. Lithographs after artwork by Joseph Wolf. Taken from a current Sotheby’s auction catalog.

“Phasianus Deccollatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Euplocomus Praelatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Temmincki.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Blythii.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en

Candlesticks with coral and agate.

Wooden 18th century Florentine church candlestick with fossil agate coral and an agate base added in 2019. Italian. Agate elements added by Interi. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/abstract-sculptures/18th-century-italian-candlestick-fossil-agate-coral-on-agate-base/id-f_20203252/
Pair of 18th century hand-carved Tuscan silver leaf candlestick tops that stand on the candlesticks’ original metal drip pan trays with agate coral and baroque pearls added by Interi in 2020. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/mounted-objects/pair-of-18th-century-italian-candlestick-tops-agate-coral-baroque-pearl/id-f_20639612/

Neo-Impressionist landscapes with beautiful colors painted by French artist Henri-Edmond Cross (Henri-Edmond-Joseph Delacroix). Living from 1856 to 1910, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Écoles Académiques de Dessin et d’Architecture.

“The Pink Cloud.” 1896. French. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2021 Etsy, Inc. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/935621619/henri-edmond-cross-the-pink-cloud-1896?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ps-a-art_and_collectibles-prints-giclee&utm_custom1=k_Cj0KCQjwyZmEBhCpARIsALIzmnIfqTJ4jFMtYLmmmldF-5ES1pNrJRfeq_8czErwZfi55qewluIGta4aAlq6EALw_wcB_k&utm_content=go_12565614185_119519594637_507283729856_pla-354814757658_c__935621619_113769537&utm_custom2=12565614185&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyZmEBhCpARIsALIzmnIfqTJ4jFMtYLmmmldF-5ES1pNrJRfeq
“Étude pour La baie de Cavalière.” Undated. French. oil on paper laid down on canvas. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-6185917
“Paysage avec le Cap Nègre.” Painted in June to November of 1906. French. Oil on canvas. Signed “Henri Edmond Cros” on the lower right. Image ©Duhamel Fine Art 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.duhamelart.com/henri-edmond-cross-paysage-avec-le-cap-n%C3%A8gre/

Victorian paintings of dogs painted by British artist George Armfield (1808-1893). Exhibited nearly one hundred paintings at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists between 1830 and 1875.


“Hunting Dogs.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left and lower right “G A.” Image © Uno Langmann Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.langmann.com/paintings/hunting-dogs-by-george-armfield?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=606e392f0ecd3c6d386d3c8c&ss_email_id=6084ac857d3f9e48faa5e60b&ss_campaign_name=Equestrian+Newsletter&ss_campaign_sent_date=2021-04-24T23%3A41%3A09Z
“How was your day?” 19th c. British. Oil on panel. Image © 2019 by J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art. Fair use license. via https://www.jmstringergallery.com/george-armfield
“Terrier Chasing a Rat.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Initialed “G. A.” on the bottom right. Image © 2016 – 2021 The Swan Gallery & SWD. Fair use license. via https://www.swangallery.co.uk/view-item.php?sid=68eaefd323ed2373754d22d379ebf058&itemid=1000794
Standing English Setter holding a pheasant standing around ferns and bramble. ca. 1860. British. Image © Hamshere Gallery. Fair use license. via http://www.hamsheregallery.co.uk/directory_individual.php?artist=18&search=1&table=artist

Plates taken from an 1883 edition of “Histoire des quatre fils Aymon” illustrated by Eugène Grasset and printed in the “Gillotage” color method.

Page 6 (flora detal). Image 19. Digitalized by Google. Public domain, Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoireDesQuatreFilsAymon1883/page/n18/mode/1up
Page 9, Image 21. Digitalized by Google. Public domain, Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoireDesQuatreFilsAymon1883/page/n21/mode/1up
Page 14, image 26. Digitalized by Google. Public domain, Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoireDesQuatreFilsAymon1883/page/n26/mode/1up

Portraits of Renaissance ladies, painted by painter and draughtsman Nicolas Neufchatel or Neufchâtel known as “Lucidel” (ca. 1527-c.1590). Flemish but he mostly painted in Germany. A leading portraitist of the 1560s.


Portrait of a lady, possibly Margaretha Mertha, wife of Hendrik Pilgram, three-quarter length, wearing black with gold chains. 16th c. Oil on panel. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/old-master-paintings/portrait-of-a-lady-possibly-margaretha-mertha-wife
Portrait of Susanna Stefan (died in 1594), Wife of Wolfgang Furter of Nuremberg. ca, 1561. Oil on canvas. Collections of the National Gallery, London. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nicolas_de_Neufch%C3%A2tel_-Portrait_of_a_Young_Lady-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Portrait of a noblewoman. 1567. Oil on canvas. Unsigned. Titled on the upper right and dated 1567. Image © Brady Hart Gallery. Fair use license. via http://www.bradyhart.com/nicolas-neufchatel-royal-beauty

Gilded up Art Nouveau ladies forever stuck in the art. Sculptures and a vase by French artist Maurice Bouval who lived from 1863 to 1916.

Gilt bronze vase with nude and leaves. 1910. Art Nouveau. French. Maurice Bouval, creator. Cast at the Colin Foundry in Paris. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/art-nouveau-gilt-bronze-vase-nude-leaves-maurice-bouval-france-1910/id-f_23311902/
“Obsession et rêve” suite of four candelabra. ca. 1898. French. Chased gilt bronze on marble plinths. Maurice Bouval, artist. Maker’s marks: Signed “M. Bouval” in the bronze. Foundry mark for Thiebaut Frères, Paris. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5488859
Gilt bronze lidded vessel. ca, 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Maurice Bouval, artist. Marker’s marks: Stamped “M. BOUVAL.” Circular “JOLLET ET CIE stamp to base. Image © 2021 Bidsquare Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/rago/maurice-bouval-art-nouveau-vessel-602151

A selection of portraits of Native Americans painted by Henry Inman. Living from 1801 to 1846, Inman was first vice president of the National Academy of Design. Studied under John Wesley Jarvis.

No-Tin (Wind).” 1832-1833. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Inman_-No-Tin(Wind)_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
“Pes-Ke-Le-Cha-Co.” 1832-1833. American. Oil on canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/813594
“Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka (Little Elk).’ 1832. American. Oil on canvas. 1832. Whitney Western Art Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/museum-minute-national-indian-gallery#stream/0

These are from a set of portraits painted by Inman in 1832 and 1833 in preparation for the production of hand-colored lithographs for Thomas L. McKenney’s “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America.” These leaders had originally been painted from life by Charles Bird King, when invited to Washington by the United States government and greeted by President James Monroe in 1822. King’s portraits were destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian Museum in 1865 but Inman’s have survived. (The above referenced information is taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art description of the portrait of “Pes-Ke-Le-Cha-Co.” above.

Children painted by French artist Edmond Louyot who lived from 1861 to 1920. A member of the circle of the Düsseldorf School of Painting.

Dutch girl with chickens and turkey. Undated. Oil on canvas. Attributed to Louyot. Signed “Laudon (partly overwritten; originally signed “Louyot”). Image © 2021 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/579992/
“The Little Beggar.” Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://iamachild.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/edmond-louyot-1861-1920-french/
“Pierrot And Pierrette.” Undated. In the public domain due to age. via https://iamachild.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/edmond-louyot-1861-1920-french/
“Children feeding ducks.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image source.kollerauktionen.ch. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edmond_Louyot_(1861-1920)_-_Children_feeding_ducks.jpg

Make your garden look ancient even if your house is brand new. Follies taken from “Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture,” which came out in 1816 and was written by H. Repton with the help of his son J. Adey Repton, F.A.S. Collections of the University of Wisconsin.

“This architectural entrance or door forms the Boundary between the dressed-pleasure Ground of the Menagerie at Woburn Abbey.” Page 273. Image © Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/A7D3GFASQV47YE8R
“At Woburn Abbey at the back of it, is this Pavilion, constructed with branches and cones of Fir trees.” Page 273. Image © Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/A7D3GFASQV47YE8R