A few sparkly bits found drifting by from French master designer René Lalique from the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. Living from 1860 to 1945 there wasn’t anything a Lalique reworking did not improve.

Female figure neck collar. 1900.
Female figure neck collar. 1898-1900. Chiseled gold, chrysoprase and enamel. Image ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/female-figure-neck-collar/
Centerpiece. 1903-1905.
Centerpiece. 1903-1905. Silver and glass. Design of a a female figure, appearing amid aquatic flora and fauna. Image ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/centrepiece/
Chalice with motifs and figures. ca. 1899-1901.
Chalice with motifs and figures. ca. 1899-1901. Glass, silver and bronze. ©2018 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Fair use license. via https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/works_museu/chalice-with-vine-motifs-and-figures/
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Home decor that only an empress could set her eyes on, at least till now. From the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922.
Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922. Gold alloy with silk tassels. Imperial workshops, Beijing. ©The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20181227/peabody-essex-museum-explores-history-of-three-women-who-ruled-china
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period.
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period. Gold and silver alloy with coral and other precious and semi precious stones. Imperial workshops, Beijing. Palace Museum, Gu11866. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides.
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides. Probably 1760’s-1770’s. Probably made in Beijing. Qianlong period. Cloisonné and painted enamel, copper and gold alloy with enamel and precious and semi precious stones. Palace Museum, Gu11450. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period.
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period. Gold alloy. Probably made in Beijing in the Imperial workshops. Palace Museum, Gu11455. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://america.cgtn.com/2018/09/19/the-empresses-of-china#foobox-1/6/EMP-363-Full-JPG.jpg

This is the second post from this wonderful exhibition. The first was of jewelry; the third is upcoming and has robes, hats and other items of attire. All as wonderful as these. The empresses were lucky indeed to be able to surround themselves with these enchanting items . . .

More Fabergé preciousness from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collected by Lillian Thomas Pratt after the revolution for me to share with you.

Loving cup. 1899-1908.
Loving cup. 1899-1908. Russian. Fedor Rücker workmaster for Fabergé. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Fair use license. via http://www.okmag.com/blog/2015/06/15/faberge-jeweler-to-the-tsars/
Miniature Easter egg pendant. Undated.
Miniature Easter egg pendant. Undated. Russian. Chalcedony, gold and diamond. Mikhail Perkhin, workmaster for Fabergé. chalcedony, gold, diamond. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://detroit.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/12/12/dia-hosts-faberge-the-rise-and-fall/
Bratina. Undated.
Bratina. Undated. Russian. Silver gilt, enamel and gemstones. Julius Rappoport, workmaster for Fabergé. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://detroit.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/12/12/dia-hosts-faberge-the-rise-and-fall/

American oak fretwork from the turn of the last century. For sure it’s beyond the technical reach of most anyone alive now but back then if you looked up it was what you saw.

Archway. 1885.
Archway. 1885. Stick and ball fretwork. Architectural salvage. Image ©1998-2019 Harp Gallery Antique Furniture. Fair use license. via https://www.harpgallery.com/shop/item26582.html
Interior residential fretwork. 1880's.
Interior residential fretwork. 1880’s. Chicago, Illinois. Architectural salvage. © 2019 Urban Remains. Fair use license. via https://www.urbanremainschicago.com/original-1880-s-victorian-era-salvaged-chicago-solid-oak-wood-architectural-stick-and-ball-interior-residential-fretwork.html
Ball and stick fretwork. Victorian.
Ball and stick fretwork. Victorian. © 2016 Lefflers Antiques, Toledo . Fair use license. via http://lefflersantiques.com/wp-content/uploads/imported/2/Antique-Victorian-Oak-Ball-And-Stick-Fretwork-24-x-38-12-192404489052.jpg

Partyware that glimmers and can make even moonbeams bounce right back. American. Lurelle Guild, industrial designer. Living from 1898 to 1985 he also designed vacuum cleaners for Electrolux but those are for another day.

Set of 4 stacking cocktail or canape plates.
Set of 4 stacking cocktail or canape plates, each with an indented ring to hold a cocktail glass and an aerodynamic wing. 1934-1941. Chrome. Designed by Guild for the Chase Company who advertised them saying “With this smart looking canape plate, you can hold a cocktail, a canape and a cigarette in one hand and shake hands with the other”. Image © 2019 Chairish, Inc. All rights reserved. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/375490/lurelle-guild-chase-art-deco-canape-plates-s4
Machine age candlesticks. 1930's.
Machine age candlesticks. 1930’s. Silver plate. Designed by Guild for International Silver. Image © 2019 Decaso Inc. All rights reserved. Fair use license. via https://www.decaso.com/product/1012939/machine-age-art-deco-silver-candlesticks-lurelle-guild-for-international-silver
Coldchester cocktail shaker and tray. 1935.
Coldchester cocktail shaker and tray. 1935. Aluminum and brass. Designed by Guild for Alcoa. Image © Wright Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.wright20.com/auctions/2013/10/design/185
Chafing set with a Saturn frame. ca. 1930.
Chafing set with a Saturn frame. ca. 1930. Silver plate. Designed by Guild for International Silver. Image © 2019 MutualArt Services, Inc. /Sothebys New York. Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Lurelle-Guild/0195607C426E36FD
Gift Ware Contemporary Group “His Royal Highness” coffee service. Coffee pot, creamer and sugar. 1934.
Gift Ware Contemporary Group “His Royal Highness” coffee service. Coffee pot, creamer and sugar. 1934. Silver plate over brass and ebony. Designed by Guild for International Silver. Image © Hamel20, LLC, Kingston, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.hamel20.com/in-stock-1/lurelle-guild-coffee-service

Fans to flirt with and others to stay cool with . . .a fashion I hope is coming back. Very pretty. 19th century and all from China.

Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880.
Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880. Black lacquered bamboo frame with gold decoration of Chinese characters in gardens painted on both side with scenes from palaces. Silk tassel. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525784&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860.
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860. Chinese. Collection of the Fan Museum Trust. Image © 2019 The Fan Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan919598
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880.
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880. Ivory and silk. Ivory stand with tortoiseshell, enamel, mother-of-pearl and gold filigree. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525794&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=

Viking boats in rainbow glass mosaic in a network of gilt threads and things to go with them. Useful if the Norsemen of the North ever return and pretty just to keep around the herregård. Norwegian. Goldsmith Marius Hammer, maker (1847-1927). Roughly contemporary with Gustav Gaudernack whose work we saw a bit back with more coming.

Cup and saucer. ca. 1900.
Cup and saucer. ca. 1900. Gilded silver and plique-a-jour enamel. Almost certainly made by Marius Hammer. Image © John Atzbach Antiques. Fair use license. via http://atzbach.com/product/a-norwegian-gilded-silver-and-plique-a-jour-enamel-cup-and-saucer/
Bordoppsats (Jardiniere). 1898-1902.
Bordoppsats (Jardiniere). 1898-1902. Filigree silver with window and mirror enamel over guilloche. Collection of the Nasjonal Museet. Fair use license. via http://samling.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/object/NMK.2008.0732
Creamer (detail). ca. 1898-1910.
Creamer (detail) . Gilt silver and enamel. ca. 1898-1910. Image © Heritage Auctions, HA.com. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-holloware-continental/a-russian-gilt-silver-and-enamel-sugar-bowl-with-marius-hamm
Tesil Sil (tea strainer). ca. 1900.
Tesil Sil (tea strainer). ca. 1900. Molded and filigree silver and gilding with window enameling and perforation. Image © Nasjonal Museet, Oslo. Fair use license. via http://samling.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/object/OK-1990-0068#
Skål. ca. 1895.
Skål. ca. 1895. Filigree work in gold-plated silver, with mirror enamel and window painting. Image © Nasjonal Museet, Oslo. Fair use license. via http://samling.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/object/OK-1995-0086#