Plates that illustrate the harmony and contrast of colors. From M. E. Chevreul’s work “The laws of contrast of colour and their application to the arts of painting, decoration of buildings, mosaic work, tapestry and carpet weaving, calico printing, dress, paper staining, printing, military clothing, illumination, landscape, and flower gardening.” Published in 1861 in London and New York by Routledge, Warne and Routledge, an English translation of the French.

Colours with white. Plate VIII, page 51, view 88 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n88/mode/1up

Plate XIII showing the modifications which black designs undergo upon different colored grounds. Page 120, image 120 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/120/mode/1up
In reference to colours for paper-hangings and borders. Plate XIV, page 123, image 170 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n170/mode/1up

Designs for the borders of paper-hangings. Plate XV, Page 124, view 174 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n174/mode/1up

Ornaments for borders. Plate XVI, page 130, view 182 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n182/mode/1up

Example of the effect of two colours, red and green. Plate XVII, Page 131, view 186 of M. E. Chevreul’s work The laws of contrast of colour with the plates engraved and printed in colors by Edmund Evans. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lawsofcontrastof00chev/page/n186/mode/1up

Make your new house look very old even if it is new. Decor ideas from back in time, taken from H. Davis Benn’s work “Style in furniture” which was illustrated by W. C. Baldock. Published in London in 1920.

Elizabethan I. Plate 1, page 3 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/n4/mode/1up

Henry-the-Eighth armoire. Now in the possession of Mr. J. Seymour Lucas, R.A.). Page 4 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/4/mode/1up

Elizabethan. Page 22 of H. David Benn’s Style in Furniture. W. C. Baldock, illustrator. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. MSN, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/styleinfurniture00bennuoft/page/22/mode/thumb

More plates in gold and pretty colors from “Historic Styles Of Ornament containing 1,500 examples from all countries.” Translated from the original German of H. Dolmetsch and published by B. T. Batsford in London in 1898. Maybe it looked like this in Ancient Greece, maybe not. Either way they are fun.

Greek: ornamental architecture and sculpture. Page 22. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n22/mode/1up
Greek: Polychrome architecture. Page 26. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n26/mode/1up
Greek: Pottery. Page 28. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n28/mode/1up

More pochoir prints from “Viñetas decorativas según el gusto del día. 30 láminas iluminadas a mano.” By Enrique Gillet, it was published by A. Morance of Paris in 1922.

Page 37, Plate 13 from Viñetas decorativas según el gusto del día. 30 láminas iluminadas a mano. 1922. French. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/vietasdecorativa00umbd/page/n36/mode/1up
Page 38, Plate 11 from Viñetas decorativas según el gusto del día. 30 láminas iluminadas a mano. 1922. French. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/vietasdecorativa00umbd/page/n39/mode/1up
Page 40, Plate 15 from Viñetas decorativas según el gusto del día. 30 láminas iluminadas a mano. 1922. French. Collections of and digitalized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/vietasdecorativa00umbd/page/n40/mode/1up

More Jugendstil stylized animals and plants, plates from Arnold Lyongrun’s 1899 work “Neue freie Dekorationsmotive entwickelt aus dem Tier- und Pflanzenreich : Eine Auswahl von Entwurfen in modernen Stil, mit Rucksicht auf die praktische Verwendung im Kunstgewerbe” which was published in Leipzig by B.F. Voigt. Pochoir prints.

Page 15. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n14/mode/1up
Page 17. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n16/mode/1up
Page 19. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n18/mode/1up
Page 21. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n20/mode/1up
Page 23. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n22/mode/1up

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

The insides of rooms, mostly in Vienna. If you stare at them long enough you can time travel back long enough to take a nap on the sofa. Austrian artist, Rudolf Ritter van Alt. Living from 1812 to 1905, he studied at the  Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. Part of a 19th century fashion for having watercolor portraits done of the rooms in your mansion.


The Morning Room of the Palais Lanckoronski, Vienna. 1881. Austrian. Watercolor heightened with white on paper. Private collection. Image source: the-athenaeum.org. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_Ritter_von_Alt_004.jpg
Salon in the Apartment of Count Lanckoroński in Vienna. 1881. Austrian. Watercolor heightened with white on paper. Collection of Thomas le Claire, art dealer, Hamburg as of 2003. Image source: Image source: the-athenaeum.org. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_Ritter_von_Alt_002.jpg
 Innenansicht des Palmenhauses von Schloss Eisgrub. 1842. Austrian. Watercolor. Collections of the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rudolf_von_Alt_011.jpg

Redecorate your home with Georges Rémon’s 1907 “Intérieurs de style.” Printed in Paris by the Librairie centrale des beaux-arts. Digital Collections of the New York Public Library.

Escalier Louis XIII en chêne sculpté…. (Staircase, fountain, and Knight’s armor in vestibule.) Image 2. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec14-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Chambre a coucher Louis XIII (Style d’Abraham Bosse) (Bedroom with canopy bed).Image 3. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec15-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Chambre a coucher Louis XIII . Vue géométrale. (Bedroom fireplace, painting, and drapery). .Image 4. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec16-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Plates from Percy MacQuoid’s 1907 work “History of English Furniture: Age of Satinwood.” Published in Edinburgh by T. and A. Constable, printers to His Majesty (Edward VII).

Red lacquer cabinet: Property of H. Percy Dean, Esquire.Plate I, page 20. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n20/mode/1up
Gilt mirror on Chinese wall-paper: Property of the Duke of Beaufort. Figure 10, Page 27. 1907. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n27/mode/1up
Inlaid commode: Property of Lady Russell. Plate II, page 50. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n50/mode/1up
Mahogany escritoire: Property of Messrs. Morant. Plate III, page 65. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n65/mode/1up
Satin and mahogany sideboard; Property of Percy MacQuoid, Esquire. Plate IV. Page 98. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n98/mode/1up
Gilt side table with inlaid top: Property of the Earl of Harewood. Figure 28,. Page 110. . 1907. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n110/mode/1up
Gilt table with marble top: Property of W. Ingham Whitaker, Esquire. Plate V. Page 116. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n116/mode/1up
Inlaid folding card table: Property of Lord Zouche of Haryngworth. Plate VI. Page 126. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n126/mode/1up
Painted chair: Property of the Honorable Mrs. Whitaker (right); Satinwood chair with caned seat: Property of Miss Scholfield. Plate VII. Page 152. 1907. Shirley Slocombe, artist. The Society of the Four Arts and other collections. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n151/mode/1up

More designs, all in shades of blue, taken from Owen Jones’ “Examples of Chinese Ornament Selected from Objects in the South Kensington Museum and other Collections,” published in London in 1867.

Page 33, Plate VI. Collections of the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing partners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n32/mode/1up
Page 35, Plate VII. Collections of the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing partners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n34/mode/thumb
Page 37, Plate VIII. Collections of the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing partners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n36/mode/1up
Page 38, Plate IX. Collections of the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing partners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n38/mode/1up