Saturated colors and amazing designs to lose yourself in for a November Sunday . . . . . .not a minimalist one in the bunch . . . .all from “L’Ornement Polychrome”, which covered two millennia of the enchanting world of decorative arts. Albert-Charles-Auguste Racinet (1825–1893), maker.

Greco-Roman. Plate IX. 1869.
Greco-Roman. Plate IX. 1869. Chromolithograph. Collection of the Grand Valley State University. via https://artgallery.gvsu.edu/Detail/objects/2828.
Egyptien. 1888.
Egyptien. 1888. From a scan by Raw Pixel. via https://links.fluate.net/index.php/?OMhVQA.
Primitif. 1888.
Primitif. 1888. From a scan by Raw Pixel. via https://links.fluate.net/index.php/?OMhVQA.
Moyen Age. ca. 1900.
Moyen Age. ca. 1900. via https://www.topsimages.com/images/byzantine-ornament-racinet-04.html.
Assyrien. Plate IV. 1869.
Assyrien. Plate IV. 1869. Collection the Grand Valley State University. via https://artgallery.gvsu.edu/Detail/objects/2561.

All images in the public domain in the United States and elsewhere because the maker died over 100 years ago.

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Having been begged for more Koloman Moser reappears . .. .these he must have rolled up and stuck in the chandelier just for you and me.

Illustration for a child's picture book. 1904.
Illustration for a child’s picture book. 1904. Collage, ink, pencil and colored pencil on paper. Private collection. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Bilderbuch11_-_1904.jpeg
Cover design for the 1898 founder's edition of Ver Sacrum.
Cover design for the 1898 founder’s edition of Ver Sacrum. Letterpress in metallic blue on red. Private collection. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Kolo_Moser_-_Tanzende_Mädchen_-_1898.jpeg/983px-Kolo_Moser_-_Tanzende_Mädch
Design for a 50 kroner banknote. 1911.
Design for a 50 kroner banknote. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cc/Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1911.jpeg/1280px-Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1911.jpeg
Design for a 100 kronen note. 1910.
Design for a 100 kronen note. 1910. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Port%C3%A4t-Entwurf_-1910.jpeg
"Vogel Bülow" textile design. 1899.
“Vogel Bülow” textile design. 1899. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Designed for Backhausen. Fa. Backhausen Interior Textiles Archives. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Kolo_Moser_-_Vogel_B%C3%BClow_-_1899.jpeg/820px-Kolo_Moser_-_Vogel_B%C3%BClow_-_1899.jpeg.
Design for a mosaic for the main altar, Church Am Steinhof. 1905.
Design for a mosaic for the main altar, Church Am Steinhof. 1905-06. Pencil, ink and gouache on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Kirche_am_Steinhof_-_Hauptaltar.jpeg.

All artwork is in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years.

Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of Saint Clement’s . . . . . vintage orange and lemon labels from sunny California USA.

Oranges. High Ball Brand.
Oranges. High Ball Brand. via http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2014/02/citrus-fruit-crate-labels-part-3.html.
Lofty Brand. Fallbrook Citrus Association.
Lofty Brand. Fallbrook Citrus Association. UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives . via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2319v74/.
Redlands best oranges. 1930's.
Redlands best oranges. 1930’s. via http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2014/02/citrus-fruit-crate-labels-part-3.html
Desert Dream lemons. ca. 1900-1940.
Desert Dream Lemons. 1900-1940. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2tm79g8/
Sunkist oranges. Arlington Heights Brand. ca. 1940-70.
Sunkist oranges. Arlington Heights Brand. ca. 1940-70. Schmidt Lithography, maker. Collection of Institution UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2dn44ds/.
Sunset brand lemons. 1900-1940.
Sunset brand lemons. 1900-1940. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2n29w9r/
Red Circle oranges. ca. 1900-1940.
Red Circle oranges. ca. 1900-1940. Western Lithography, maker. Collection of UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives. via https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2571bcc/

Copyright on all images not known. Fair use license.

 

Vintage polar bears . . . . . . none hibernating, not nipping and suitable to be petted by those of any age. . .

Stalwart brand valencia orange crate label.
Stalwart brand valencia orange crate label. Santa Paula Orange Association, California. Undated. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stalwart-Valencai-Orange-Crate-Label-Art-Print-Polar-Bear-Santa-Paula-Ventra-Ca-/151659370723.
Poster showing a polar bear holding a bar of Frigor chocolate. 1929.
Poster showing a polar bear holding a bar of Frigor chocolate. 1929. Lithograph. Leonetto Cappiello, maker. via https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665788/.
Poster for Cordial Campari. Undated.
Poster for Cordial Campari. Undated. via https://www.amazon.com/CORDIAL-CAMPARI-DRINKING-ALCOHOLIC-LIQUEUR/dp/B001VN1EV4.

 

All images in the public domain.

Japanese firework designs ready to explode in the sky outside your window. From early 20th century catalogs published the English fireworks firm C. R. Brock.

“Illustrated catalogue of night bomb shells.” Front cover.
“Illustrated catalogue of night bomb shells.” Front cover. Hirayama Fireworks.
#78 and 79.
#78 and 79.
#29.
#29.
#14 and 15.
#14 and 15.
#78.
#78.

Night shells.

These are taken from here https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/11/japanese-firework-illustrations/?mc_cid=0af526bb1f&mc_eid=869a5459f2. The library in Yokohama, Japan has made PDFs of several of these catalogs available for free download on their website http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kyoiku/library/digitalarchive/hirayama.html. You can find the links at the bottom of their website. Enjoy!

Design sketches at least partially colored in by Austrian creative genius Koloman Moser (1868-1918). Some turned into something . . . .others left resting in the back of the drawer for me to show to you . . .

Textile design  4418. `1902.
Design 4418. 1902. Made for the textile manufacturer Joh. Backhausen & Söhne. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koloman_Moser_%E2%80%93_Dessin_4418.svg.
Post card design made for  Ver Sacrum. 1898.
Post card design made for Ver Sacrum. 1898. Source zeller.de. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koloman_Moser_Postkarte_Ver_Sacrum_1898.jpg.
"Lindenbüten." 1898.
“Lindenbüten.” 1898. Design for upholstery fabric.. Made for Backhausen to be used in the Hotel Bristol in Bolzano. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Archives of Fa. Backhausen Interior Textiles. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Lindebl%C3%BCten_-_1898.jpeg.
Poster sketch. ca. 1904.
Poster sketch. ca 1904. Done for the Wiener Werkstätte. Pencil and gouache on paper. Collection of the Leopold Museum, Vienna. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Plakatentwurf_-_ca1904.jpeg
Design for a 50 kronen bank note. 1902.
Design for a 50 kronen bank note. 1902. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1902.jpeg.

All artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years.

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Seldom seen landscapes by early African American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821-1872). Well known in his time but then forgotten. Self taught but considered a second generation of the Hudson River School which explains their bucolic serenity.

"Scots Highlands." ca. 1848-52.
“Scots Highlands.” ca. 1848-52. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RobertDuncanson-Scotch_Highlands_c1848_1852.jpg.
"Mount Oxford." mid 19th c.
“Mount Oxford.” mid 19th c. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because it was painted before 1923. via https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Scott_Duncanson,_Mount_Oxford.jpg
"Loch Long." 1865.
“Loch Long.” 1865. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Smithsonian Art Museum. Cc 0 license. via https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q20487956
"Land of the Lotos Eaters." 1861.
“Land of the Lotos Eaters.” 1861. Oil on canvas. Swedish Royal Collection, Stockholm. In the public domain in the United States because it was painted before 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Duncanson_-_Land_of_the_Lotos_Eaters.JPG.
"Woodland Stream, an Idyll." ca. 1865.
“Woodland Stream, an Idyll.” ca. 1865. Collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woodland_Stream,_an_Idyll_by_Robert_S._Duncanson,_c._1865,_High_Museum_of_Art.jpg.