Lace designs from back when making lace was popular with aristocratic ladies who were always in need of new patterns. Taken from Isabella Parasole and Elisabetta Catanea’s 1616 work “Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne, dove si reppresentano varii disegni di lavori novamente inventatidisegnati de Elisabetta Catanea.”

‘Lavori a punto reticella.” Number 7. Page 5. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n5/mode/2up
‘Lavori a punto reticella.” Number 8. Page 5. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n5/mode/2up
“Lavori de Maglia.” Number 44. Page 37. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n37/mode/2up

Mascots for your Rolls Royce from the olden days of fine motoring. Selections from a current Bonhams catalog for an on line auction that is ending January 21, 2021.

“Basilea” mascot depicting the mythical Queen of Atlantis riding on a dolphin, on a period radiator cap. 1920s. French. Bronze. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/2/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Globe carrier mascot modeled as a nickel plated figure holding a glass globe with etched design, mounted with an integral radiator cap. 1920s. Probably French. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/11/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Nickel plated “Speed Nymph” mascot with spinning draperies, mounted on a later chrome plated radiator cap (nymph detail). 1920s. L. V. Aronson, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/15/?category=list&length=12&page=2
Chrome plated “Hurdle Racing Greyhound” mascot, on a radiator cap. 1930s. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/23/?category=list&length=12&page=2

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Feather fans. Not your average kind. All fun and guaranteed to make you sneeze.

Bird flies away fan, Various feathers with synthetic sticks and guards and the head of a bird applied on the master guard. ca. 1900. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2940-bird-flies-away-fan-circa-1900.html
Antique ostrich feather fan on a tortoise shell color base. ca. 1930. Image  © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Ostrich-Feather-Fan-Orange-Ombre-on-Tortoise-Shell-Base-/184562809443
“X-Colorful” folding hand held flapper marabou feather fan. Roaring Vintage style. Plastic staves and feathers. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VJMLLM2/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?pd_rd_i=B07F28C3Z4&pd_rd_w=McZZh&pf_rd_p=f0355a48-7e73-489a-9590-564e12837b93&pd_rd_wg=4qS4V&pf_rd_r=ECJMYSWTJG91X7GRBHSV&pd_rd_r=8f70fb18-dfbd-4250-9b5f-453bc6aec233&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVkNVUERUUjEyQzEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxMzc0NzEzOUlUSTlTRVQwVVI2JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4MTA0MjkyTUg2MzBORDc2TExVJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsX3RoZW1hdGljJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

Gilt-bronze candelabra by French masters of the art. All from around 1800

Pair of gilt and patinated bronze figural three light candelabra, one with the figure of cupid and the other with a nymph, both seated on naturalistic rock-work bases, the elaborate acanthus and scrolling rosette candle arms with Egyptian head terminals. The arms with foliate and lotus tapering nozzles and flared palmette and leafy beady swept collars and issuing from central naturalistic acanthus wheatsheaf and flowering lily naturalistic finials. Bow fronted plinths with applied frolicking putti friezes in the manner of Clodio and milled side panels above fruiting laurel garlanded pendant mounts on acanthus and beaded bases. ca. 1785. French. Gilt and patinated bronze with rouge griotte marble bases. Gilt bronze mounts attributed to Francois Réymond. After models by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791). Image
© Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25946/lot/48/?category=list&length=108&page=1

Pair of gilt bronze figural candelabra, each being styled with two nymphs covered with floral swags raising three candle sconces formed of buds and open flowers of carnations ‘tied’ at the base with drapes. Standing on oval bases with olive branch border mounts and acanthus leaves, on corresponding reeded toupie feet. ca. 1820. French. In the manner of Étienne-Maurice Falconet after a design by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Image © 2019 Lyon & Turnbull. Fair use license. via https://www.lyonandturnbull.com/news/article/in-the-manner-of-tienne-maurice-falconet/

Arts Déco vases in enamel over copper. All of these designed by Camille Fauré for Limoge.

Vase with raised polychrome enameled geometric decorations on metal. ca. 1925-1935. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge” in gold above the stand. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/1279027/

Pear-shaped vase copper vase with polychrome and gilt enamel with flaming decoration. Undated. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: Signed Limoge on the rim. Image © en.expertissim.com. Fair use license. via https://en.expertissim.com/camille-faure-limoges-pear-shaped-enameled-copper-vase-12195842
“Ocean Waves” copper vase decorated with waves of enamel in blue, green, and pink. ca. 1925. Arts Déco. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge France.” Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/ocean-waves-vase-camille-faure/id-f_20637572/

Ornaments from a while back. A little something to adorn the sofa cushions should French King Louis XIV and his current mistress appear for dinner. Various creators. From a folio in the collections of the BnF Gallica, the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Image 5 inscribed “S – C- F”. Collections of the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bibliotheque-numerique.inha.fr/viewer/36599/?offset=#page=5&viewer=picture&o=download&n=0&q=
Inscribed “8 C-F.” Image 9. Collections of the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bibliotheque-numerique.inha.fr/viewer/36599/?offset=#page=9&viewer=picture&o=download&n=0&q=
Image 11. Collections of the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bibliotheque-numerique.inha.fr/viewer/36599/?offset=#page=11&viewer=picture&o=download&n=0&q=
Image 17. Collections of the BnF Gallica. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bibliotheque-numerique.inha.fr/viewer/36599/?offset=#page=17&viewer=picture&o=download&n=0&q=

Dinner dishes each with a different animal motif. Meissen. The style being closely related to the Hanbury-Williams service which was produced in the Meissen factory between 1748 and 1750 and gifted by Augustus III to Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams, British Envoy to the Saxon Court. Later it belonged to the Duke of Northumberland. Some of these from the Hanbury-Williams service itself.

Plate from the Hanbury Williams/Duke of Northumberland service, painted with a seated wolf in a landscape vignette, enclosed by a flower wreath tied at the base by a yellow ribbon with a beetle and an insect overhead. Gilt-edged wavy rim with three flower specimens. ca. 1748-1750. Made in Saxony. Decorated porcelain. Meissen, maker. Maker’s marks: crossed swords in underglaze-blue, mark for Meissen. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17977/lot/89/
Stand which was probably meant to sit under a small tureen, decorated with a camelid, possibly a llama, in a style very closely related to the so-called ‘Hanbury-Williams’, or Duke of Northumberland, service. Mid 18th c. Made in Saxony. Decorated porcelain. Meissen, maker. Image © National Gallery of Victoria. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/meissen-porcelain-factory-pair-of-stands/
Stand which was probably meant to sit under a small tureen, decorated with a mountain goat eating foliage, in a style very closely related to the so-called ‘Hanbury-Williams’, or Duke of Northumberland, service. Mid 18th c. Made in Saxony. Decorated porcelain. Meissen, maker. Image © National Gallery of Victoria. Fair use license. via https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/meissen-porcelain-factory-pair-of-stands/

Fans painted with coronations from the website of Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Can’t get grander than that.


Fan with a skin leaf painted with the coronation of Joseph II of Austria, Holy Roman Emperor. Ivory with pierced, carved, painted and varnished sticks and guards, applied with mother of pearl. ca. 1765. Image  ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2927-coronation-of-joseph-ii-holy-roman-emperor-fan-circa-1765.html


Fan with a silk leaf painted with the coronation of Charles IV of Spain and embroidered with sequins and golden thread. Ivory sculpted, pierced and carved sticks and guards with applied gold foils and burgau. ca. 1788. Image  ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2597-coronation-of-charles-iv-of-spain-fan-circa-1788.html

Letter openers from the old days. So much prettier than an email account.

Gilt-metal and agate letter opener, with a shaped blade pierced with masks and foliate motifs below a cast dragon and a tapering handle inset with agates below gilt-metal beasts. ca. 1880. Scottish. Attributed to Hamilton, Crichton and Company of Edinburgh. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/stone-ii/a-scottish-gilt-metal-and-agate-letter-opener
Silver-gilt and jeweled letter opener in the motif of a dagger in a decorative sheath. Silver-gilt mounts, teal guilloché enamel in the sheath. Large agate beads, seed pearls a turquoise color cabochon on the top of the hilt with applied scrolling decorations, engraving and tiny bits of nephrite or green glass. Antique. No marks found. Image © Aspire Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/340/1665/lot/66074
Guilloché enamel and silver letter opener. Agate blade with the horse head shaped top having pearl, ruby and gilt highlights. Before 1917. Russian. Maker’s marks: “MHI” and “88”. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/russian-guilloche-enamel-and-agate-letter-opener-139-c-0b4493d9b6#

Vases made by Tiffany Studios. All of these taken from a recent Sotheby’s auction catalog.

“Jack-in-the-Pulpit” vase. ca. 1910. American. Favrile glass. Maker’s marks: engraved “776E L. C Tiffany-Favrile.” Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/dreaming-in-glass-masterworks-by-tiffany-studios/jack-in-the-pulpit-vase
“Jack-in-the-Pulpit” vase. ca. 1900-1903. American. Favrile glass. Maker’s marks: engraved “L.C.T./Y4993.”
Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/dreaming-in-glass-masterworks-by-tiffany-studios/jack-in-the-pulpit-vase-2
“Morning Glory” paperweight vase. 1907. American. Favrile glass. Maker’s marks: engraved “L.C. TIFFANY/FAVRILE/L.H. NASH” in red enamel. Also engraved “Paris/gold medal/Louis C. Tiffany Favrile ex 1274.” Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/dreaming-in-glass-masterworks-by-tiffany-studios/morning-glory-paperweight-vase

“Morning Glory” paperweight vase. ca. 1914. American. Favrile glass. Maker’s marks: engraved “8062H L.C. Tiffany-Favrile.” Image Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/dreaming-in-glass-masterworks-by-tiffany-studios/morning-glory-paperweight-vase-2