Volcano art, painted by Austrian landscape artist Michael Wutsky who painted in the Rococo style. Living from 1739 to 1822/1823, spent six years in Italy much of it spent in Naples painting Mount Vesuvius.

Versuv-Ausbruch.” ca. 1780s. Austrian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wutky_Vesuv-Ausbruch.jpg
A view of Vesuvius erupting with Sir William Hamilton observing from afar with his crew, the painter on the right. Undated, probably 1780s. Austrian. Oil on canvas. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-6117620
“Der Ausbruch des Vesuv über den Golf von Neapel gesehen.” ca. 1780s. Austrian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Albertina, Vienna. Image source:  WikiWriter123. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Der_Ausbruch_des_Vesuv_%C3%BCber_den_Golf_von_Neapel_gesehen,_%C3%96l_auf_Leinwand.jpg
“Lava Flow on Vesuvius.” 1780s. Austrian. Image source Twitter. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wutky-Vesuvius_lava.jpg

Sitting down to tea with Austrian still life painter Lea Reinhart. Living from 1877 to 1970, she probably studied at the Vienna Art School for Women.

“Still Life with Antiques,.” Undated. Austrian. Oil on panel. Signed “L. Reinhart.” © Estate of the artist. Image © 2021 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/580154/
“Still Life with Antiquities and Strawberries.” Undated. Austrian. Oil on panel. Signed “L. Reinhart.” © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2017/03/Lea-Reinhart.html and dorotheum.com.
Still life. Undated. Austrian. Oil on panel. Signed “L. REINHART” on the upper left. © Estate of the artist. © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22689/lot/309/

Designs for textiles with hints for which room to use them in by Koloman Moser of the Wiener Werkstätte. Selections from a 1902 portfolio in the collections of Harvard University. Archival ID#2009.10.

“Möbelstoff : Mondblume.” Plate 3. Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Fair use license. via https://harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/56214
“Donauwellen: Wandoekor fur ein Bádezimmer.” Plate 4. Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Fair use license. via https://harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/56214
“Wandoekor Scylla.” Plate 5. Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Fair use license. via https://harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/56214

Jugendstil/Art Nouveau Majolica porcelain centerpieces made by Eichwald of Bohemia in what is now Czechoslovakia. Lovely colors.

Oval Majolica ceramic centerpiece with the bowl adorned with small rose blossoms on two sides which sits on a great shaped base with two white blossoms and red accents. ca. 1910. Bohemian. Eichwald, maker. Maker’s marks: Impressed “Eichwald and the Model Number 3013 on the bottom. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/ceramic-centerpiece-eichwald-bohemia-circa-1910/id-f_13097751/
Large Majolica centerpiece with the top bowl surrounded by berries and leaves set on a gray background and floating on three beige columns. ca. 1910. Bohemian, assumed on the basis of various attributes to be Eichwald. Model number “4538” impressed on the bottom. Image © 2019 Vinterior Group Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.vinterior.co/home-decor/accessories/other-objects/majolica-centerpiece-by-eichwald-bohemia-circa-1910
Majolica ceramic garniture with two vases and a centerpiece or jardinière in white, blue and dark petrol tones. ca. 1915. Bohemian. Eichwald, maker. Maker’s marks: Each piece marked “EICHWALD”, the centerpiece showing the model number “4353” and both vases being model number “986/4.” Image © 2019 Vinterior Group Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.vinterior.co/art/ceramics/art-nouveau-ceramic-garniture-by-eichwald-bohemia-circa-1915

Life under the sea. Lithographs taken color pencil drawings made by Austrian artist Eugen Ransonnet-Villez while submerged in his diving bell. From the artist’s 1867 work “Sketches of the Inhabitants, Animal Life and Vegetation in the Lowlands and High Mountains of Ceylon.” Various archives. These images via publicdomainrevew.org.

“Submarine Rocks with Green Corals.” 1867. In the public domain due to age. Image source; commons.wikimedia.org, via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Corals.” 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Coral Reef near Pointe de Galle.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Alcyonidae.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez

Silver aquamanile, ewers modeled as animals or humans. Various countries and makers. All fun.

Aquamanile in the motif of a duck with engraved feathers and a thin belt and a handle modeled as a dragon with two intertwined serpents grasping the back of the duck’s head. Yellow glass eyes and crest. ca. 1800. Austro-Hungarian. Silver with yellow glass. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/an-austrian-hungarian-silver-aquamanile-circa-1880
Pair of silver aquamaniles modeled as standing lions wearing crowns with spots formed as protuding tongues. 19th c. Silver. Spanish Colonial, probably made in Peru. Apparently unmarked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-spanish-colonial-silver-aquamaniles-6135757-details.aspx
1600 Silver-gilt war elephant aquamanile with a removable plate on the head, two sinks at the trunk and the tail serving as a handle. The design based on the story of Hannibal who crossed the Alps with elephants. 1600. Made in Nuremburg, Germany. Silver-gilt. Christoph Jamnitzer gold worker (1563-1618). Photo © Karen Bartsch, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Fair use license. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/105696205539/christoph-jamnitzer-aquamanile-in-the-form-of-an

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