What to put in the living room if you just struck it rich on the stock market. Plates from the 1926 second edition of “Interiors Deluxe: Illustrated with Twenty Original Designs by Leaders in the Art of Home Decoration.” These taken from the Facebook page of Thomas Hastings who also blogs on 1920s American mansions at https://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/

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“California Living Room. Designed in Spanish-Italian influence it is informal and very livable. The walls are rough plaster in soft color tones. The rug is a hand-tufted carpet and also soft in tone. Hangings are copper-colored mohair damask. This shade is picked up in the mohair upholstered davenport and again in the table scarf. A contrasting and cooler color, “blue,” has been introduced to balance the warmer copper tones. ” John Breuner Company, San Francisco designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90548101_2725627734331507_534210562012217344_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=xAiPIrfc3SsAX-g1sFg&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=8e82f98db86a8447839531272d65d5b2&oe=5E9D141A
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“A Massing of color tone values. A room showing how period furnishings may be correct in detail and still thoroughly comfortable to live with, when care is taken to harmonize present day needs with old ideas of architecture and design. Note the subdued and restrained elegance of the one-toned mohair velvet on the furniture.”California Furniture Company, Los Angeles, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90449510_2723805567847057_7795137669670895616_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=cZRWGmqgtvUAX-nTJ3E&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=bbc14bdab0c3313c174f448fbb314d6e&oe=5EA01A00
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“A pretentious living room – Graced with a touch of Spanish renaissance, this room embodies all the elements of comfort and dignified elegance. Note the elaboration of the cornice and the imposing dignity of the sculptured fireplace. Draperies are of antique brocade and the coverings on the furniture are mohair velvet in patterns and colors which harmonize with the air of medieval ornateness.” Plate in the public domain due to age. J. L. Strassel Company, Louisville, Kentucky, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90391670_2721996351361312_8250736809609265152_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=Mr2CeSJoSxkAX8yiPfG&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=69f672d07b22b2eabfdce8509a609e35&oe=5E9C5458
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“Living hall in country house – Tudor with Elizabethan influence. The eight-foot oak paneling with pierced gallery, the tapestry richness at the back, makes a good background to show the fine carving. The stone mantel is of Tudor design and the furniture, covered with mohair velvet, is of a modern adaptation for comfort with the exception of the table which is Elizabethan. The oriental rug is of later date. (and the garden view).”Stanton Studios, New York, designer and renderer. Plate in the public domain. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/89981533_2721180938109520_7208650629747572736_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=7SUoWBTERmUAX_T_XuO&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=c2b26c98aba60f68938b96e59999727c&oe=5E9F382B
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“Italian Renaissance Living Room – The walls of this room are intended to be paneled in walnut, finished in soft grey brown tones and the ornamental cornice treated in the effect of wood with the addition of color and gold. The pilasters are in marble effect, the caps harmonizing with the coloring of the cornice. The mantel is stone after an antique model. The curtains are in green velvet. The furniture is carved walnut, harmonizing with the woodwork, and the upholstery is mohair velvet.” Theo. Hofstatter and Company, New York, designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/84057196_2720320638195550_6866330728255193088_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=esonlQYBMcYAX9huz7f&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=0297047d6a9391aae00151e43e4037a1&oe=5E9CBA9B
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“Adaptable Spanish interior.This interior represents the livable Spanish type, with wood ceiling, rough plastered walls, furniture of dull walnut, upholstered with plain and figured mohair; window draperies of casement cloth and light mohair. Wrought iron lighting fixtures and accessories, with selected rugs of harmonious colors, should produce an artistic and enduring room at a reasonable cost.” Harry L. Moses, New Orleans, Louisiana designer and maker. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90442463_2722914257936188_1141395577615941632_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=9oNg7CNSjWgAX9Mv6_D&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=6c481338900b2ec3fbed93c1c7139c2b&oe=5EA01DC4

Artwork done for various magazines and their advertisers. J. C. Leyendecker, illustrator. Living from 1874 to 1951, he did work for the Saturday Evening Post. Norman Rockwell was a pallbearer at his funeral.

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Advertisement for Kellogg’s Cornflakes. ca. 1912. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/leyendecker-j-c/kelloggs-kid/
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Advertisement for Kuppenheimer & Company’s suits. No date. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/leyendecker-j-c/kuppenheimer-suits-advertisement/
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“Labor Day on the Beach.” Artwork for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post for September 3, 1932. 1932. In the public domain due to age. via https://jcleyendecker.tumblr.com/

Decorated ceramics by Edward Lycett who had at least one piece commissioned by the White House. Also did work for Tiffany. Living from 1833 to 1910, he started out painting china in Staffordshire before coming to New York at the age of 28. His son William decorated china too.

Vase. ca. 1883.
Vase. ca. 1883. American. Porcelain, overglaze enamel decoration and gilding. Edward Lycett, decorator. Fischer & Mieg, manufacturer. Image © 2000–2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/L.1991.74.1/
Ewer. 1886-1890.
Ewer. 1886-1890. American, made in Brooklyn, New York. Cream-colored earthenware. Edward Lycett, designer. Faience Manufacturing Company, manufacturer. Image © 2000–2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2004.95/
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Covered vase. ca. 1887. American. Cream-colored earthenware painted over ivory glazed and luster ground with polychrome enamels and flat gold decoration. Edward Lycett, designer. Faience Manufacturing Company, manufacturer. Image © Collection of the University of Richmond Museums. Fair use license. via https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/aesthetic_ambitions

Pieces in metal with detailing that makes them shine from the American rendition of the Arts and Crafts movement. Rebecca Cauman, artist. Living from 1872 to 1964, she studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design American, 1882–1964)born in Massachusetts in 1872, and educated at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Covered box. ca. 1905.
Covered box. ca. 1905. Hammered copper and enamel. Signed on the underside. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/82329473_rebecca-cauman-hammered-copper-and-enamel-covered-box
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Covered bowl or box with a planished finish resting on a spreading foot with hand chased, pierced and enamel decoration. Hand chased lid with a rock crystal final from which radiate 12 hand pierced, applied and enameled ovals. ca. 1927. Sterling silver, rock crystal and enamel. Exhibited at the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Tricennial Exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in March of 1927. Marked “STERLING/Cauman” underneath. Image © 2020 Spencer Marks Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.spencermarks.com/products/rebecca-cauman-rare-and-important-sterling-silver-enamel
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Box with lid. 1925. Pewter and glass. Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee. Photo credit: Sailko. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rebecca_cauman,_scatola_con_coperchio,_in_peltro_e_vetro,_1925_ca.jpg
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Bookends. ca. 1920. Hammered copper and enamel. Collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis. In the public domain. via https://collections.artsmia.org/art/29406/bookend-one-of-a-pair-rebecca-cauman

What to look for up in the sky, illustrations from Camille Flammarion’s “Astronomy for Amateurs,” taken from an American edition translated from the French by Frances A. Welby that was published in 1904.

“Sextuple star in the Nebula of Orion.” Figure 20. Page 74 (detail).

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“Sextuple star in the Nebula of Orion.” Figure 20. Page 74 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/74/mode/2up
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“Occultation of the Pleiades by the Moon.” Figure 26, page 85 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/85/mode/2up
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“Successive phases of Venus.” Figure 37, Page 124 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/124/mode/2up
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“Telescopic aspect of the planet Mars (February, 1901).” Figure 41. Page 138 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/138/mode/2up
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“Shooting Stars of November 12, 1799. From a contemporary drawing.” Figure 55. Page 196 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/196/mode/2up

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“The Star-Cluster in Hercules.” Figure 21. Page 79 (detail). Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/79/mode/2up
"Orion and his celestial companions." Figure 12. Page 48.
“Orion and his celestial companions.” Figure 12. Page 48. Collection of and digitalized by the Library of Congress. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/astronomyforamat00flam/page/48/mode/2up

A selection of Modernist landscapes of the American Southwest by Agnes Pelton (1881-1961). Born in Germany she moved to the United States as a child, studying art in several places.

"Ahmi in Egypt." 1931.
“Ahmi in Egypt.” 1931. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Whitney Museum of American Art. Fair use license. via https://whitney.org/exhibitions/agnes-pelton
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“Idyll.” 1952. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image © JLW Collection and artforum.com. Fair use license. via https://www.artforum.com/print/202003/chloe-wyma-on-the-art-of-agnes-pelton-82217
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“Fires in Space.” 1938. 1938. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Image © Artnet World Corporation. Fair use license. via https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/hilma-af-klints-occult-spirituality-makes-perfect-artist-technologically-disrupted-time-1376587
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“Sea Change.” 1931. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Whitney Museum of American Art. Fair use license. via https://whitney.org/exhibitions/agnes-pelton

Colored lithographs from the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair held in 1864 during the American Civil War. Loving the way the streamers and bunting are shown. Three lithographs, each one a little different.

Interior view of the Academy of Music during the 1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, as seen from the dress circle.
Interior view of the Academy of Music during the 1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, as seen from the dress circle. 1864. American. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Collection of the Library of Congress, ID #2011647801. http://www.LOC.gov. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.loc.gov/item/2011647801/
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Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. Lithograph on wove paper. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Collection of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain due to age. vai https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/243
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1864 Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, view of the Academy of music, as seen from the stage. 1864. A. Brown and Company, lithographer. Image © Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Fair use license. via https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll4/id/1952/rec/18