A place to be in your dreams. Marianne Stokes, artist. Living from 1855 to 1927, she was born in Austria but moved to England after marrying landscape painter  Adrian Scott Stokes.

Angels Entertaining the Holy Child. 1893. Austrian/English. Oil on canvas. Marianne Stokes, artist (1855-1927). Image source: Christies. In the public domain in the Unites States because the artist died over 80 years ago. via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Stokes#/media/File:Marianne_Stokes_-Angels_Entertaining_the_Holy_Child(1893).jpg

The Queen and the Page. 1896. Austrian/English. Oil on canvas. Marianne Stokes, artist (1855-1927). Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marianne_Stokes_-The_Queen_and_the_Page(1896).jpg

Marianne Stokes. 1855-1927. Mélisande. 1895. Austrian/English. Marianne Stokes, artist (1855-1927). Collections of the Cologne Wallraf Richartz Museum. Fair use license due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/mazanto/28471920340

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

Watercolors of the West Indies done between 1828 and 1938 by Canadian John Herbert Caddy who was a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery who was stationed in the West Indies during those years.

Topographical View of the West Indies, depicting the Pitons or Sugar Loaves, Saint Lucia. One of a set of topographical views of the West Indies.1828-1838. British. Watercolor on paper. . Lieutenant John Herbert Caddy of the British Royal Artillery, artist. Image  © 1999 – 2022SKINNER, INC, Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3100B/lots/238
Brimstone Hill, Saint Kitts. One of a set of topographical views of the West Indies.1828-1838. British. Watercolor on paper. . Lieutenant John Herbert Caddy of the British Royal Artillery, artist. Image  © 1999 – 2022SKINNER, INC, Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3100B/lots/238

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

Depictions of the Great Hall inside London’s Guildhall. Various artists and times.

Guildhall, London: The Great Hall, facing East. 1864. British. Watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite. Sir Horace Jones, artist (1819-1887). An old label on back reads: Restoration of the Guild Hall/ of London/ Carried out from the Designs & under the/ superintendance of / Horace Jones/ 13 Victoria …. SW. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363827
Interior of the Great Hall, Guildhall, London. 1921. English. Oil on canvas. Daisy Radcliffe Beresford, artist (1879-1939). Collections of the Guildhall Art Gallery. Photo credit: City of London Corporation. CC BY-NC license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/interior-of-the-great-hall-guildhall-london-51324
The Coronation Luncheon to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Guildhall, London, 12 June 1953, 1953. English. Oil on canvas. Terence Tenison Cunio, painter (1907-1996). Collections of the Guildhall Art Gallery. Photo credit: City of London Corporation. Image © reproduced with kind permission of the Cuneo estate / Bridgeman Images. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-coronation-luncheon-to-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii-in-the-guildhall-london-12-june-1953-51352/search/keyword:tere

Lithographs of Victorian cats, taken from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s “A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats” which was printed in London by Taylor and Francis between 1878 and 1883. All of these being part of one lot in a current Sotheby’s sale.

Felis Domestica, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Lynx, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Caracal, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi
Felis Chaus, lithographic plate from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidæ or Family of Cats. 1878-1883. English, printed in London. J. Smit, lithographer after Josef Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/books-and-manuscripts-from-the-collection-of-jay-i-kislak-sold-to-benefit-the-kislak-family-foundation/elliot-daniel-gi

Arts and Crafts era silver by Omar Ramsden who was born in Sheffield but worked in London. He was one of England’s leading designers and makers of silverware and collaborated with Alwyn Carr. 

Hammered silver mounted wooden mazer with an everted rim, a girdle above a shaped apron with punched beads, the base castellated and pierced with a quatrefoil band, a cable band, and spreading foot. 1939. Arts and Crafts. English. Omar Ramsden., maker. Engraved Omar Ramsden me fecit on the underside. Maker’s marks: number 117 scratched above marks on foot. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/past-auctions/drewea1-10283/lot-details/f073a9d4-b13a-4b87-bf3a-ae370126e93b
Solid silver set of three spoons in their original fitted wooden box. The tops of the spoons have designs with one having a rose, one a thistle and one a clover representing England, Ireland, and Scotland. 1925. Arts and Crafts. English, made in London. Omar Ramsen, maker. Hallmarked. Image ©  2022 Edinburgh Silver. Fair use license. via https://www.edinburghsilver.co/antique-silver-gifts/omar-ramsden-spoons-1925/
Sterling silver tazza with a circular tapering bowl, having spot-hammered decoration, on a cast baluster stem with pierced shields and scroll motifs, sitting on ah spread shaped circular foot. 1926. English. Arts and Crafts. Maker’;s marks: stamped OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/arts-crafts-sterling-silver-tazza-omar-ramsden-london-1926/id-f_20973022/
Shaped oblong form centerpiece suggestive of a boat with central projections featuring the arms of Baron Hyndley of Meads, Sussex. The body of the centerpiece features applied insignia for a Knight Bachelor, a Baronet, a knighthood of the Order of the Crown of Italy and the 1935 jubilee medal for George V. At each end of the centerpiece is a mermaid on rope support. The bowl has a removable flower grille, allowing for its use as a rose bowl. 1934-1935. Arts and Crafts. English, made in London. Omar Ramdsden, maker. Maker’s marks: Stamped OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT to the base. Came with a hand written note signed by Omar Ramsden written to Lord Hyndley promising delivery of the completed work in a hand addressed envelope. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/rare-omar-ramsden-sterling-silver-arts-crafts-centrepiece-rose-bowl-1934/id-f_15591952/
Solid silver cup and cover. Lidded cup featuring an ornate graduated column with a shield shaped monogram above a wreath applied to the one side with the cup having a domed fitted lid with a curved finial. the exterior of the cup and lid are both embellished with a hammered finish and the interior of the cup and lid are both gilded. 1923. Arts and Crafts. Made in London, England by Omar Ramsden. Maker’s marks; hallmarked. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/omar-ramsden-sterling-silver-arts-crafts-cup-cover-1923-centrepiece/id-f_15592302/

Plates in gorgeous colors from Mary Gartside’s 1808 work “The Rainbow for their Guide:  New Theory of Colours.”

Yellow. Page 56. English. Printed in London by J. Barfield. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125015119437/page/n56/mode/1up
Orange. Page 60. English. Printed in London by J. Barfield. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125015119437/page/n60/mode/1up
Scarlet. Page 64. English. Printed in London by J. Barfield. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125015119437/page/n64/mode/1up

Historical people painted by English historical painter Frank Moss Bennett. Living from 1874 to 1952, he also painted portraits and architecture. Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Liverpool Art Gallery.

A hearty lunch. Undated, by 1952. English. Oil on canvas. Signed FM Bennett on the lower left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27A_hearty_lunch%27.Oil_on_canvas._Signed%27FM_Bennett%27_(lower_left).jpg
Discussing Strategy. 1932. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated FM Bennett 1932 on the lower right, In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Discussing_strategy%27.Oil_on_canvas._Signed_and_dated%27FM_Bennett_1932%27_(lower_right).jpg
Another fine vintage. 1935. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated FM Bennett 1935 on the lower right. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Another_fine_vintage%27.Oil_on_canvas._Signed_and_dated%27FM_Bennett_1935%27_(lower_right).jpg
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Scholars taking tea. 1920s. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and indistinctly dated FM Bennett 192- on the lower left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. Sold at Bonham’s Auctions on March 9, 2022. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Scholars_taking_tea%27.Oil_on_canvas._Signed_and_indistinctly_dated%27FM_Bennett_192-%27_(lower_left).jpg

Birds and a fish rendered in cameo glass as scent bottles in various colorways. English and made by Thomas Webb & Sons, the “Crystal King of England.” They received a Grand Prix for their exquisite colored glass at the 1889 Paris Exposition where they were part of the Tiffany exhibit.




 Yellow cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers, the glass having been carefully etched from white to brilliant yellow to accentuate the detailing and silver gilt cap. Late 19th c. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, makers. Maker’s marks: Underside carved with registration number Rd 11109; etched mark WEBB in a square. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-yellow-cameo-glass-swans
 Red cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, over laid in white and finely carved with feathers. ca. 1885. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, makers. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number Rd 11109. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass-swans-head
Red cameo glass scent bottle,, naturalistically modelled as a falcon’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers, ca. 1885. English. Tomas Webb and Sons. makers. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number RD 16828. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-rare-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass

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Red cameo glass fish-form scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a fish, overlaid in white and finely carved with scales. ca. 1885., English. Thomas Webb and Sons, maker. Maker’s marks: the underside carved with registration number Rd15711. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-red-cameo-glass-fish-form
Blue cameo glass scent bottle, naturalistically modeled as a swan’s head, overlaid in white and finely carved with feathers. ca. 1885. English. Thomas Webb and Sons, maker. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/european-furniture-silver-ceramics/a-thomas-webb-and-sons-blue-cameo-glass-swans-head