Paintings of horses. Having your horse painted the way you would get a professional photograph of your cat used to be very fashionable. John Nost Sartorius, British artist. Living from 1755 to 1828, he was the son and grand son of horse artists.

“A Close Finish.” Undated. British. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/john-nost-sartorius-1755-1828-a-close-5640725-details.aspx
“The Earl of Darlington Fox-Hunting with the Raby Pack: Full Cry.” 1804. British. Oil on canvas. Inscribed Inscribed “J N Sartorius pinxit 1804” on the bottom left. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/sartorius-the-earl-of-darlington-fox-hunting-with-the-raby-pack-full-cry-t02370
Captain O’Kelly’s “Eclipse”. 1780. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years, via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Nost_Sartorius_-Captain_O%27Kelly%27s%22Eclipse%22_-1933-1-2-_Auckland_Art_Gallery.jpg

Plates of bird eggs detailed up enough that you feel like you are peeking in their nest. Victorian. Taken from Francis Orpen Morris’ 1853 work “A natural history of the nests and eggs of British birds.”

White Spoonbill and Ibis. Plate CLXIII. Page 4. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/4/mode/2up
Curlew and Whimbrel. Plate CLXIV. Page 10. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/10/mode/2up
Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Plate CLXV. Page 16. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/16/mode/2up

Down to the water not so long ago. English. Robert Salmon, painter. Living from 1775 to 1845, he was British but came to the United States in 1828 and painted there for several years. Painting maritime scenes and seascapes, he is considered the father of American Luminism.

“British and German Vessels in a Stiff Breeze at the Mouth of a Harbor.” 1840. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. SALMON/1840” on the lower right. inscribed “No 53/Painted by R. Salmon/1840” on the reverse. Inscribed on the reverse with provenance information in a later hand. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/40
“View of Palermo.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_View_of_Palermo.jpg
“Ferryboat.” 1835. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “R. S. 1835” on the lower right. Image source: Heritage Auctions. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_Ferryboat.jpg

Domestic scenes filled with men doing things, mostly sitting in chairs. English. John Arthur Lomax, genre painter. Living from 1857 to 1923, he studied at the Munich Academy and in Stuttgart, but returned to Britain to paint.

Oil. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_018_(38734146554).jpg
Artwork. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_016_(38563681655).jpg
Artwork. Undated. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Arthur_Lomax_055_(39411482122).jpg

20th century novelty silver wheelbarrows. Some to push salt around the dinner table, some just fun to look at if you don’t want to eat your peas.

Novelty wheelbarrow with elaborate scroll pierced sides, the wheel with arched spokes. 1981. English. Silver. Made in London by Asprey and Company. Image  © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26041/lot/300/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver wheelbarrow and cover. 1924. Silver. Maker’s marks: Import mark for Sheffield 1924. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Eastbourne Auctions Rooms. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/novelty-silver-wheelbarrow-box-and-cover-import-1237-c-ac7a53140b
 Novelty silver table salts formed as garden wheelbarrows with silver plated spoons formed as trowels. 1998. Maker’s marks: Wheelbarrows hallmarked London 1998, CCP, maker. Image © Auction Zip 2003 – 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/A-pair-of-novelty-silver-table-salts-formed-as-ga_1124911A14/

Tableware from under the sea. Majolica with fishy themes from Joseph Holdcroft and Company which was active in the 1870s and early 1880s. English.

Lobster pate tureen with a lid decorated with a lobster on seaweeds. 1870-1879. Victorian. English. Makers marks: signed “Joseph Holcroft.” Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/19th-english-majolica-lobster-tureen-joseph-holdcroft/id-f_7586773/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjhe_VRH1_x6Sitb_0c7UYXvUs5yCwUYwWO3dwbP45AFGpo9lTCNesEaAo5tEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Oyster plate glazed in robin’s egg blue, with a deep pink central well, each well separated by flowering lotus, trimmed in yellow. 1875. English. Maker’s marks: Impressed “J HOLDCROFT” on the reverse. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/joseph-holdcroft-majolica-oyster-plate-english-circa-1875/id-f_17992792/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjjSl8J0NyM9qrKZx35V1Scr4TVcP80BGn3T4KVKTP5zt04J-JOuazAaAmxLEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Seven piece salmon service including a platter that is molded as a salmon on a bed of seaweeds on a molded ground simulating moving water with shell form handles modeled in high relief. Glazed in turquoise blue with six matching plates. 1875. Majolica with a turquoise glaze. Makers marks: Plates and platter all impressed “J HOLDCROFT” on the underside. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/platters-serveware/holdcroft-majolica-7-piece-salmon-service-turquoise-english-circa-1875/id-f_19690282/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjhi0KQktoV-V_FyScNzFKkSbGetvZsgic-SR0GYKV3VVnLr5s7p8cgaAookEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Oyster plate in the “Pond Lily” pattern, the wells glazed in deep pink with a hue of lavender. ca. 1875. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/holdcroft-majolica-pink-oyster-plate-english-circa-1875-pond-lily-pattern/id-f_18906402/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjgNbH0uCCAeDkoZo9RcSDdejq7P_KmDiB2iGVlugVFrWn1HdUxxiQUaAnR1EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Sea shells, plates from William Swainson’s “Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals : selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged on the principles of Cuvier and other modern zoologists” which was published in London between 1820 and 1823.

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Designs done for British ceramics firm Minton, all with Classical themes. Folio 10, SD 1705/MS1895 with no class letter. The legend on original cover reading “Decorated Pieces; How: chiefly vases. Paintings, drawings, tracings, etc; mostly coloured.” (Smith, Moyr). Collections of the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

Gaudy Welsh milk and cream jugs and jugs with bright decorations. Cottage ware, it was made for sale in Britain between 1820 and 1860.

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“Swansea Cottage” Gaudy Welsh cream jug in the “Tulip” pattern with a scrolling dragon handle. ca. 1840. British. © Premier Antiques quality ceramics and glass. Fair use license. via https://www.premierantiques.co.uk/lovely-gaudy-welsh-swansea-cottage—tulip-pattern-bone-china-cream-jug-c1840-4448-p.asp

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Octagonal Gaudy Welsh cream jug, hand painted in a splash of colors all over with an array of floral designs with a decorative scrolled handle. ca. 1820-1860. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/766141810/early-gaudy-welsh-octagonal-cream-jug?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=Gaudy+Welsh&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&frs=1

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Gaudy Welsh “Swansea Cottage” milk jug in the “Cambrian Rose” pattern. 1820-1860. British. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ebay/313129436832

Close your eyes and you will be in India if you daydream long enough. Travel posters from the 1930s by British commercial artist Gerald George Wynne Trevredyn (Gerald T. Tait) who lived from 1891 to 1954.

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Indian State Railways, Kashmir. 1930s. Image © Swann Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/GERALD-GEORGE-WYNNE-TREVREDYN-TAIT–1891-1954–INDIAN-STATE-?saleno=2545&lotNo=240&refNo=769101

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“See India/jute boats on the Brahmaputra.” 1930s. Image © Swann Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/LotDetails?salename=GERALD-GEORGE-WYNNE-TREVREDYN-TAIT-%281891-1954%29.-SEE-INDIA—-2524%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B14%2B-%2B%2B764353&saleno=2524&lotNo=14&refNo=764353