Biedermeier mantel clocks to channel your inner Queen Victoria. Very stylish when she and Albert married in 1840.

Biedermeier mantel clock, with a square case with a concave top surmounted by turned white marble and a scrolling gilt bronze finial, supported by a semi circular support studded with roundels and pierced decoration on a rectangular plinth base with four marble bun feet. The gilt engine turned dial with a white enamel chapter ring with Arabic numerals and white enamel date dial. Pendulum with silk suspension. ca. 1820. Probably Austrian. Walnut, marble, enamel and gilt bronze. Maker not known. Image © Chiswick Auctions, London and lotsearch.de. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/an-ealry-19th-century-gilt-bronze-mounted-walnut-biedermeier-mantel-clock-50698272?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktio
Biedermeier mantel clock. Eagle finial over an enameled and painted clock face over an inlaid portico with mirror back and alabaster columns on a plinth base. 1825. Austrian. Pearwood with bronze mounts. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/biedermeier-pearwood-bronze-mounted-mantle-clock/id-f_8607803/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwk8b7BRCaARIsAARRTL5ma-NHIJiePpjcgzWN56J4CmnoVR_pFK_JT9bHD2E2YBTWA6cUA9EaAvh8EALw_wcB&g
Biedermeier bronzed and gilt carved figural striking mantel clock with an Arabic “Augenwender” figure with blinking eyes. The standing male Arabic figure is depicted playing bagpipes, flanking the clock case on rockwork. White Arabic enamel chapter ring with an engine turned gilt-brass center and moon hands. ca. 1820. Austrian. Bronze and gilt carved wood with enamel. Maker not known. Image © Van Dreven Antique Clocks and artlistings.com. Fair use license. via https://www.artlistings.com/Clocks/Table-Clocks/An-Austrian-Arabic-Augenwender-figure.-Biedermeier-mantel-clock.-ca.-1820

Renaissance calligraphy and botany all in one place. More from the illuminated manuscript “Mira calligraphae monumenta”. Calligraphy done in 1561 and 1562 by Georg Bocskay, secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. Flora and fauna added 30 years later by Joris Hoefnagel at the request of Ferdinand’s grandson Rudolph II.

“Common Apple, European Wild Pansy, and Giant Filbert.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 18. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2298/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-common-apple-european-wild-pansy-and-giant-filbert-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Sweet Violet and Spanish Broom.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 20, Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2300/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-sweet-violet-and-spanish-broom-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Dianthus and Almond.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 21. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2302/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-dianthus-and-almond-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
“Gesner’sTulip, Ichneumon Fly, Kidney Bean, and Scarlet Runner Bean.” 1561-1562 with illumination added 1591-1596. Flemish and Hungarian, created in Vienna. Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Ms. 20 (86.MV.527), fol. 23. Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay, creators. Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. No copyright, part of the Getty Museum’s Open Content program. via http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2304/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-gesner’stulip-ichneumon-fly-kidney-bean-and-scarlet-runner-bean-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/

Jugendstil desk decor. So much more fun than the office supply store. Peter Tereszczuk, designer. Living from 1875 to 1963, he was born in what is now part of the Ukraine but was then Austria. Known for his bronze Art Nouveau figurines.

Inkstand in the form of a couple in a rowing boat. Late 19th-early 20th c. Austrian. Gilt patinated cast bronze. Maker’s marks: Shaped base bearing signature and “A.R'” foundry stamp. Image © Tooveys, West Sussex. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/429255/peter-tereszczuk-a-late-19thearly-20th-century-austrian-gilt
Bronze sculptural aquarium in patinated bronze with glass sides featuring at one end a finely modeled figure of a bathing maiden with a young boy, standing on a rocky outcrop at the water’s edge. ca. 1920. Austrian. Maker’s marks: Partial signature “ZUK” for Peter Tereszczuk and foundry mark “AR” for Arthur Rubenstein, Vienna. Image © Adrian Alan Fine Art & Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.adrianalan.com/object-detail/835573/0/peter-tereszczuk-an-unusual-art-nouveau  

Pair of bronze table maps with glass lampshades. Jugendstil. Austrian. Maker’s marks: Marked and signed on the base. Image © proantic.com and Antique and Gallery Mignon. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/en/display.php?mode=obj&id=604620

Paintings with interesting skies and a few people. More going on there than in the rest of the picture. Austrian. Josef Püttner, artist. Living from 1821 to 1881 he was born in what is now the Czech republic.

“Venedig, Reges Treiben am Markusplatz.” 1859. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated signed, dated “J. C. B. Püttner.” Image © Dorotheum GmbH & Co. KG and lotsearch.de. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/fileadmin/lot-images/38B200908/normal/josef-carl-berthold-puettner-6844336.jpg
Die Bucht von Valparaiso in Chile.” 1859. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “J.C.B. Püttner / 1859 Valparaiso” on the bottom right. Image source Van Ham Kunstauktionen, In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josef_Carl_Berthold_P%C3%BCttner_Die_Bucht_von_Valparaiso_in_Chile_1859.jpg
“Mündung der Maas bei Rotterdam in Holland,” 1859. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “J. B. C. Püttner, 1859” on the lower right. Image source: Dorotheum. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josef_Carl_Berthold_P%C3%BCttner_M%C3%BCndung_der_Maas_1859.jpg

Fan leaves that never did get turned into fans. From the website of Europeana which is a website with items from museums in the European Union.

Painted fan leaf with a landscape of mountains and a rising moon. Intended as a design for a fan. Silk and watercolor. 1850-1900. Dutch/Flemish. Maker not known. Collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image in the public domain. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/90402/RP_T_1951_70.html?utm_source=new-website&utm_medium=button
Fan leaf made from Halas lace. 1910-1914. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1093.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=5
Lace fan leaf in the motif of two soldiers and a seven-headed monster. 1915. Lace. Anna Rucsinszki, designer. Staatliche Spitzenschule in Körmök Banya, manufacturer. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1075.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=8

Bric a brac to put out around the house that you’ll have to do your best to live up to. Maybe it’s impossible. The bric a brac has won. Leopold Weininger, goldsmith. Living from 1854 to 1922, Weininger was listed in the Branchenverzeichnis der Meisterlisten als Spezialist, as a specialist for enameled pieces imitating the antique, starting in 1909. He worked in Vienna, Austria but his pieces were sold to customers all over Europe.

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Silver gilt and painted enamel nef, the cup and cover formed as a three-masted galleon, the hull, base and sails painted with Neptune and sea nymphs enclosed within arabesques, with the deck inhabited with enamel sailors and hippocamps, surmounted by armorial pennants and supported by a handsome melusine. ca. 1890. Austrian. Silver-gilt and enamel. Makers mark and Austrian control mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Faif use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.197.html/2013/arts-of-europe-l13302

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Silver-gilt and enamel standing clock, set within an enamel case with classical scenes mounted by three enameled and gilt figures, resting upon enameled and gilt figural grouping of tribal warriors standing on the heads of intertwined fish, rising from enamel base on four winged feet. Back cover of the clock case opens to reveal a mechanism labeled Colling. ca. 1883-1900. Makers marks: marked “JW” on Diana’s head within the hexagon. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/hollowware/a-viennese-silver-gilt-and-enamel-standing-clock-leopold-weininger-vienna-austria-circa-1883-1900marks-jw-/a/5051-68043.s

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Rock crystal drinking horn with jeweled silver-gilt and enamel mounts, the domed head crowned by an enameled figure of a hunter holding an associated turquoise-set hat pin. Silver-gilt bands applied with pierced vignettes of chased and colourfully enameled equestrians hunting bears and stags, divided by scrolls set with emeralds within red enamel petals, terminating in a dragon’s tail in green and white enamel, supported by a rearing stag on a similarly decorated domed foot. Made after 1872. Rock crystal, silver-gilt and enamel. Makers marks: Maker’s mark and post-1872 Vienna standard mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-furniture-silver-clocks-ceramics-and-vertu/an-impressive-rock-crystal-drinking-horn-with

Art glass by Viennese firm A J & L Lobmyer. All of these in the Persian style that was quite popular in the late 19th century. Founded in 1823 they are still in business.

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Piriform green glass vasegreen glass of with two curvilinear handles, decorated in enamel in various colors in a lush floral design with outlines and details in gold. Late 19th c. Austrian. Makers marks: Monogram in white enamel on the underside. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/arts-of-the-islamic-world-india-including-fine-rugs-carpets/a-j-l-lobmeyr-gilded-and-enamelled-two-handled

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Flattened oviform vase with applied loop handles and the bod richly decorated in enamel and gilt in the motif of foliage and flowers. ca. 1878. Georg Rehländer, designer. Makers marks: White enamel monogram on the underside. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-j-l-lobmeyr-two-handled-enameled-5885393-details.aspx

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Clear glass vase with a slightly flat-sided drop form with wide tubular neck and flaring mouth. Decorated on each face, enamelled with a central Iznik-inspired tulip and carnation spray flanked by similar panels below a gold band of white enamelled naskh inscription, a band of meandering carnations and tulips above. Two loop handles and a short flaring foot. ca. 1878. Makers marks: White enamel monogram on the underside with a German inscription reading “Der Wille Gottes geschehe” in a circle around the monogram. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-lobmeyr-enamelled-clear-glass-vase-vienna-5188311-details.aspx

Austrian landscapes with interesting trees and cattle. Only a hop, skip and jump back in time. Friedrich Gauermann, artist. Living from 1807 to 1862, exhibited at the Vienna Exhibition of 1824. Early representative of the Veristic style.

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“The Return of the Herd from the High Pastures” (The Dachstein Mountains seen from Altaussee). 1855. Source: artnet.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Friedrich_Gauermann_The_Return_of_the_Herd_from_the_High_Pastures_1855.jpg

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“Gemälde der Niederen Holzmeisteralm an der Gosaulacke in Österreich.” 1846. Source: gosaunet.at. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Die_Gosau-Alm_mit_dem_Dachstein_Friedrich_Gauermann_1846.jpg

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“The Farmer’s Rest.” 1847. Oil on cardboard. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/friedrich-gauermann/the-farmers-rest-MtsWyMuzNoY4xNrrl4LtNA2

More beautiful fans from the website of Fan d’éventails in Paris. All of these decorated in an animal theme.

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Red silk leaf fan painted in the design of three swallows returning to Brittany. Late 19th c. French. Red silk leaf with a wood frame. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2844-breton-swallows-late-19th-century-fan.html

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Dance fan for the 12th swallow’s ball. Swallow’s ball, inscribed “12ter Buchberger Schwalbenball 1879” in German. Fabric leaf with a painted decoration of three swallows and applied with printed fabric. 1879. Austrian. Fabric with a wooden frame. Signed “Eduard Tanzer, Wien (Vienna)” on one of the sticks. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2839-swallow-s-ball-dance-fan-1879.html

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Silk leaf fan decorated with a golden peacock spread among the bamboos. The ivory guards are in high relief with richly sculpted dahlias, peonies and roses weeping willows and figures in front of temples or pagodas. 19th c. Chinese. Silk and 19th century ivory. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/oriental-fans/2837-great-chinese-asymmetry-19th-century-fan.html

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Fabric leaf painted with a small field rat design. 1890-1900. French. Fabric leaf with a wooden frame. Signed “Willette” by Adolphe Willette who was a French painter and illustrator (1857-1926). Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2846-small-field-rat-fan-by-willette-circa-1890-1900.html

Floral designs by Maria Likarz-Strauss who lived from 1893 to 1971. Born in what is now Poland she was an Austrian designer who studied at the Applied Arts School in Vienna. She worked for theWiener Werkstätte from 1912 to 1932. Collections of the MAK Museum, Vienna.

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Design. Before 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12362-42. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235619

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Design. ca. 1923. Inventory ID #KI 12356-15. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235408

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Design. ca. 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12353-25. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235352

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Design. Before 1927. Inventory ID #KI 12472-2. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-236147