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

Do up the sofa cushions so they match the wallpaper. Ideas taken from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London. A. Goater, lithographer.

“Ornament somewhat Indian in style; to stand on top of a dado-rail, falling upon a dark maroon wall.” Plate X. Image VIX 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIX/mode/2up
“Two plates for dadoes, or the walls of small lobbies.” Plate XII, Image XII. 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/XII/mode/2up
:”Ornament in the Arabian style, intended to be painted in the centre of a ceiling.” Plate XIII. Image XIII. ” 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/XIII/mode/2up

Fix up your home the Gothic Revival way before the Prince Regent comes for the weekend. Ideas from “Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture,” which was published in London in 1816 and was written by H. Repton with the help of his son J. Adey Repton. Collections of the University of Wisconsin.

“Luxury of Gardens.” Page 289. Published in London by J. Taylor on February 1, 1816. Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/ARTXV3M5KE2V7R8F
“Park Keeper’s Lodge, Cobham.” Page 291, Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/AMXKD4SDYKMZAD8M
“The School House at Longnor, Shropshire.” Page 293. Published in London by J. Taylor on February 1, 1816. Collections of the University of Wisconsin. Image
© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/AL2VWEKJZWD5RV83

Decorate every room in your home in Gothic Revival with no faux pas. Go shopping with “Pugin’s Gothic furniture” put out by Augustus Pugin in 1830 and published by R. Ackermann in London. Pugin did work at the Palace of Westminster, too.

“Group of Gothic Furniture.” Frontispiece. 1830. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n5/mode/1up
“Decorations and Furniture of a Room.” Title page. 1830. Page 6. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n6/mode/1up
“Horizontal Grand Piano Forte.” 1830. Page 10. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n10/mode/1up

More coming.

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Decorate your foyer the ancient way. Plates printed in gold and 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.

“Egyptian: Painting and Plastic Art.” Page 14. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n14/mode/1up?view=theater
“Egyptian: Architecture and Painting.” Page 16. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n16/mode/1up?view=theater
“Assyrian: Painting, Polychrome, Sculpture, Pottery.” Page 20,. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n20/mode/1up?view=theater .