Ornamentation from back when buildings got decorated up like a Christmas tree. American. Mostly doorknobs. Amazing what they did with them. So much more fun to use when they are shaped like the family pet.

Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c.
Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c. Cast brass. Mallory & Wheeler Manufacturing, New Haven, Connecticut, maker. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/67644751_rare-mw-eagle-knob-with-triangle-plate
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Late 1920's.
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Would have been set flush against a wooden door casing. Late 1920’s. Neoclassical in style. Cast bronze. Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe, architects. Bronze fabricator not known. Image © 2019 Urban Remains. Fair use license. via https://www.urbanremainschicago.com/one-of-two-historically-important-ornamental-cast-bronze-flush-mount-petaled-floral-rosette-or-medallion-salvaged-from-the-cook-county-criminal-courthouse-building.html
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869.
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869. Brass. Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, maker, New Britain, Connecticut. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/98567352/antique-salvage-1869-russell-erwin

Pretty things to make the house smell nice even if its winter and you can’t open the windows. Not used at Versailles but pretty enough that the Queen of France would have liked them too.

Pot pourri bowls.
Pot pourri bowls. Porcelain ca. 1660-1680. Mounts ca. 1750. Hard-paste porcelain, celadon ground color and polychrome enamel. Gilt-bronze mounts. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Fair use license. via https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/froth-and-folly-nobility-and-perfumery-at-the-court-of-versailles/
Porcelain bouquet given to the Duke of Saxony by his daughter Marie Josèphe. 1749. Made in  Vincennes, France. Porcelain, gilded brass and copper. Has 470 artificial flowers with the porcelain underneath made to store perfume so the flowers could spread the scent.
Porcelain bouquet given to the Duke of Saxony by his daughter Marie Josèphe. 1749. Made in Vincennes, France. Porcelain, gilded brass and copper. Has 470 artificial flowers with the porcelain underneath made to store perfume so the flowers could spread the scent. Jean-Claude Duplessis and Claude le Boitteux, goldsmiths. Image © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. Fair use license. via https://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/Details/Index/119334
"Royal Bleu" Louis Philippe pot pourri urn. 1846.
“Royal Bleu” Louis Philippe pot pourri urn with pierced ormolu mounts and feet. 1846. French. Sèvres, maker. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/porcelain/antique-sevres-royal-bleu-porcelain-pot-pourri-urn-stamped-1846-19th-century/id-f_12459063/

Sunflowers with an Aesthetic Movement spin. Thomas Jeckyll, designer (1827-1881). Pioneer of the Japonaiserie that was so popular at the time.

Fireplace insert (detail).
Fireplace insert (detail). ca. 1873. but Anglo-Japanese in style. Gilded cast brass. Designed by Jeckyll and made by Barnard, Bishop and Barnard. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fair use license. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O129227/fireplace-surround-jeckyll-thomas/
Andirons (sunflower detail). ca. 1878-1884.
Andirons (sunflower detail). ca. 1878-1884. Cast brass. Designed by Jeckyll. Manufactured by Barnard, Bishop & Barnard. Image © Copyright Toovey’s 2017-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/295285/a-rare-pair-of-late-victorian-aesthetic-period-cast-brass-sunflower-andirons/

Sunflower gates, main entrance, Heigham Park  Norwich, England.
Sunflower gates, main entrance, Heigham Park Norwich, England. Contemporary gates made with reclaimed ironwork from the Chapel Field pagoda which was heavily damaged by bombing during World War II having been originally designed by Thomas Jeckyll to be used as the gates to the Heigham Park tennis court. In this location since 2004. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/2330430271

Inkwells with a Jugendstil twist. One you can keep letters in until you get around to sending them.

Inkwell. ca. 1900.
Inkwell. Ca. 1900. Jugendstil. Monogramed “WD.” Silver with glass inserts. Bruckmann & Söhne, Heilbronn, maker. Image © Lempertz Auction House, Germany. Fair use license. via https://www.lempertz.com/en/catalogues/lot/1039-2/554-a-heilbronn-jugendstil-silver-inkwell-with-original-glass-insets-monogrammed-wd-marks-of-br.html
Inkwell. Jugendstil.
Inkwell. Jugendstil. Bronze and ceramic. Abel Landry, designer. Adrien Pierre Dalpayrat, ceramicist. Image © 1995-2019 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.de/itm/DALPAYRAT-Jugendstil-Art-Nouveau-Bronze-Keramik-Schreibzeug-Design-Abel-Landry-/382740314045?nma=true&si=U9ul73rJf46DOFZoAvSv7p1jrsA%253D&orig_cvip
Pyramid-shaped inkpot. ca. 1900-1903. Jugendstil.
Pyramid-shaped inkpot. ca. 1900-1903. Jugendstil. Sang-de-boeuf red stoneware mounted in gilded brass. Abel Landry, designer. Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, ceramicist. Image © La Gazette Drouot. Fair use license. via http://catalogue.gazette-drouot.com/ref/lot-ventes-aux-encheres.jsp?id=2360682
Letter holder with inkwell. Jugendstil.
Letter holder with inkwell. Jugendstil. German. Brass. Maker not known. Image © instaghub.com. Fair use license. via https://www.instaghub.com/post/BxVME9bHRN5

Ormolu sphinxes, some Egyptian Revival and others not, any of which would lend your front hall an imposing air. Probably all French.

Sphinx table lamp. 19th c.
Sphinx table lamp (detail). 19th c. Brass reeded column with the sphinx in a seated position upon a circular plinth. Wired for electricity at a later date. Image © Antiques Atlas, 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/egyptian_revival_ormolu_sphinx_table_lampshade/as237a864
Center table having three winged caryatids and a pietra dura marble top. Undated.
Center table having three winged caryatids and a pietra dura marble top. Undated. Bronze mounting. Image © iCollector.com Online Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.icollector.com/Egyptian-Revival-Center-Table_i24462303
Mantel clock garniture set. Vintage.
Mantel clock garniture set, the clock surmounted with a winged Sphinx raised by two female figures in ancient Egyptian kilts (with two more as part of the garniture) flanked by columns standing on plinths raised on fluted brass toupie feet Vintage. French. Yellow Siena marble and brass. Maker not known. Image ©2019 C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom, San Francisco. Fair use license. via http://cmarianiantiques.com/item-3970/
Andirons or statues in the form of sphinxes.
Stunning pair of French Empire andirons or statues in the form of sphinxes. Early 19th c. Maker not known. Image © 2019 – Canonbury Antiques – Redwell Wood Farm, Herfordshine. Fair use license. via https://canonburyantiques.com/p/pair-empire-sphinx-ormolu-andirons-figurines-statues-1310667794/
Pair of chenets (firedogs). French Empire. Early 18th c.
Pair of chenets (firedogs), each in the form of a recumbent female-headed sphinx, raised on shaped bases decorated with masks and scrolls and terminating in claw feet. French Empire. Early 18th c. Gilded later. Image © Toovey’s 2017-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/330754/a-pair-of-french-empire-cast-ormolu-chenets/

Brass teapots by German metalworker/designer Hans Przyrembel (1900-1945). Bauhaus School.

Teapot and cover. 1930's.
Teapot and cover. 1930’s. Brass. Design attributed to Przyrembel and probably made by him. Image © Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Fair use license. via https://collections.rom.on.ca/objects/282809/teapot–cover?ctx=147e623c-f203-43d7-b064-85a2ffb42a3f&idx=24
Teapot. Undated.
Teapot. Undated. Brass. Image © 1999 – 2019 Skinner, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2257/lots/253
Teapot. ca. 1930.
Teapot. ca. 1930.Brass with tin-plated ridge and faux leather wrapped handle. Teekanne Hayno Focken and Hans Przyrembel, makers. Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/teekanne-hayno-focken-und-hans-przyrembel-132675

Candlesticks or holders to gleam up any library or dining table by Dutch master J. C. Stoffels (1878-1952). Nieuwe Kunst in style, the Dutch take on Art Nouveau.

Candleholder for three candles. Undated.
Candleholder for three candles. Undated. Brass. Made by Stoffels. Image courtesy of his grandson, Peter de Rijcke. Used with permission. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/55495120_1407806349356390_6879256234764009472_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&oh=fb47169c7daec73de607ae03d28546f6&oe=5D43963C
Two light candleholder. ca. 1904.
Two light candleholder. ca. 1904. Brass with an engraved decoration with a cabochon cut amethyst. Designed by Stoffels and made by Onder den Sint Maarten. Image © 2006-2019 by Botterweg Auctions Amsterdam BV. Fair use license. via https://www.botterweg.com/Stoffels_J_C/Onder_den_Sint_Maarten/tabid/234/lotid/17114/Lot-17114.aspx?language=en-US
Candleholders. 1904.
Candleholders. 1904. Brass. Designed by Stoffels and made by Onder den Sint Maarten. Image © 2006-2019 by Botterweg Auctions Amsterdam BV. Fair use license. via https://www.botterweg.com/Stoffels_J_C/Onder_den_Sint_Maarten/Lot-17115.aspx?tabid=59&lotid=17115&language=en-US&auctionid=29