Ceramic garden seats, mostly made by Minton Pottery of Stokes-on-Trent, England. So much more fun than the Amazon kind.

Majolica garden seat in the Chinese style with a circular seat on three feet in the shape of elephant trunks emerging from the mouths of lion or dragon masks. Decorated in turquoise, brown, yellow, gray, and cobalt blue. Early 20th c. Ceramic. In the style of Minton or Brown Westhead Moore and Company. Image © proantic.com and Le Brun Antiques and Works of Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=666026
Matching pair of garden seats in gilded and glazed cobalt blue, decorated with flowers and foliage. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic. Maker’s marks: Impressed marks for “MINTON” on the bases. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/stools/pair-of-garden-seat-minton-majolica-pedestals-interior-gardens-stools/id-f_15965261/
Majolica garden seat or stool in a faceted drum shape and brown ground decorated with large flowers bursting with golden buds that reveal white petals with pink tops along with green stems that intertwine in the same way as decorative scrolls. The upper part in a dark blue with raised tablets of the same color forming a pyramidical pattern. Perforated marine and two yellow trompe l’oeil handles, one on each side. Undated. English. Ceramic. Minton Pottery, maker. Maker’s marks: impressed mark for “MINTON” on the underside. Image © 2021 AnticStore and Galerie Vauclair. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.art/73946P

Ewers from various 19th century style revivals. Why not have something more visually interesting than the food at your next dinner party.

Pair of gilt bronze and crystal ewers in the Etruscan style, each with a gilded bronze handle terminated by a mask, the gadrooned body above a circular foot, centered by a blue enamel emblem with the letters “SAC”. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © Proantic.com and Le Brun Antiques and Works of Fine Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=805544
Pair of large Renaissance Revival ewers with black marble bases in chiseled, gilded and dark ocher patina bronze decorated in a theme of hunting under the Renaissance (greyhounds and falconry) with hunters with their dogs, an angel, on the beak of the ewer: a grotesque face. The handle with a complex pattern of bars, foliage and volutes and a hawk. Gilt pedestal adorned with acanthus leaves and a stack of moldings. 19th c. Maker not known. Image ©2017 | anticSwiss™ – P.IVA IT02292420482. Fair use license. via https://www.anticswiss.com/en/fine-art-antiques/pair-of-large-ewers-renaissance-style-xixth-14908

Pair of ovoid gilt bronze and patinated bronze ewers in the Louis XVI or Directoire style, the beak in the shape of a goat’s head, the body decorated with antique bas-reliefs and the handles decorated with intertwined reptiles. Round pedestal bases chiseled with canals and a laurel frieze. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © proantic.com and Une Autre Epoque. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?id=502841
Pair of bronze ewers with two patinas depicting bacchanal scenes after Clodion with the gilded bronze frame supporting the body with large stylized acanthus leaves and a circular pedestal base with channels adorned with a frieze of vines and a frieze of pearls. The medal patina body being decorated with bas reliefs after Clodion, depicting putti and child satyrs manhandling a dog and a goat while brandishing thyrsis with vines and friezes of gilded bronze beads adorning the upper part of the ewer and the weir being decorated with water leaves at the base as well as a decoration of vines and friezes of olives and coins. Gilt bronze guilloche handles, each straddled by a winged bacchic putto holding bunches of grapes and seated in front of a bird with vine leaves wrapping around each handle which is also decorated with grooves and foliage and finished with a ram’s head topped with leaves. 19th c. The scenes depicted are similar to bas-reliefs made by Clodion (1738-1814) at the request of the Princess of Bourbon-Condé in 1781. Clodion worked in the Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Image © JLF Antiquités,  Saint-Ouen. Fair use license. via https://www.jeanlucferrand.com/produit/objets-d-art/clodion-paire-daiguieres-en-bronze-a-deux-patines-fin-du-xixeme-siecle/

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Hand-fans from Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Not your standard shape or material. All fun and perfect for however many sultry afternoons remain to summer.

Blue butterfly fan. Early 20th c. Art Nouveau. Wood with a painted fabric leaf. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via  https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3036-blue-butterfly-art-nouveau-fan.html


,  February 1924 “Cat” fixed synthetic fan. Éventail Bte SGDG, patented by René de Garam in February, 1924. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fixed-fans/3031-cat-by-garam-fixed-fan-circa-1925-30.html
Crest and monograms fan in wood applied with some stickers in the style of arte povera. Late 19th c. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3028-crests-and-monograms-late-19th-century.html


“Paon” curiosity fan in wood and printed cardboard with advertising on the back for “A. Gambrinus Taverne de Bruxelles  Lille and Bière Lescornez.” ca. 1904. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/3030-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html
“Violets” curiousity fan in wood and printed cardboard. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/novelty-hands-fans/3029-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html

Decorate your foyer the ancient way. Plates printed in gold and 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.

“Egyptian: Painting and Plastic Art.” Page 14. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n14/mode/1up?view=theater
“Egyptian: Architecture and Painting.” Page 16. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n16/mode/1up?view=theater
“Assyrian: Painting, Polychrome, Sculpture, Pottery.” Page 20,. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n20/mode/1up?view=theater .

Soup tureens modeled as pheasants. I guess you could put stew in them too. Ceramic. Different makers and times. All fun.

Glazed ceramic pheasant tureen. 20th c. Italian. Maker’s marks: numbered “325168”, marked “Italy”; impressed “28” to the underside. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Hindmans Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/109173569_an-italian-glazed-ceramic-pheasant-tureen
Majolica ceramic trompe l’oeil pheasant covered tureen. ca. 1910. French. Digoin and Sarreguemines, maker. Image
© 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/3275843/antique-french-sarreguemines-majolica-trompe-loeil-pheasant-covered-tureen
Pheasant tureen. 1825. English. Pearlware ceramic enameled in bright colors. Staffordshire Pottery, maker. Image ©2021 Antique Pottery of John Howard at Heritage, http://www.johnhoward.co.uk. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquepottery.co.uk/staffordshire-pottery-pearlware-pheasant-tureen-in-bright-enamel-colours-antique-period-c1820/

Color lithographs of eighteenth century embroideries. From what I think must be a folio created by Justin Lievre who was born in 1828. Collections of the National Galleries of Australia.

Chasuble broderie. 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57650
‘”Broderie – 17th c.” 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57643
“Broderies du lit de parade.” 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57648

Decorate up the powder room walls with design possibilities taken from Robert Brook’s “Elements of Style in Furniture and Woodwork” which was published in London and came out in 1889. All of these with an Italian Renaissance theme in case the Medici stop by.

“Italian Renaissance.” Page 38. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n39/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 43. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n43/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 45. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n45/mode/1up

Beautiful textiles produced by Alexander Morton (1844-1923). Starting out selling muslins created in weavers’ homes, Morton established his own factory and produced fabrics with designs he bought from the Silver Studio and Bailie Scott, amongst others. His fabrics were carried by Liberty of London. Morton was born in Scotland but his factories were in Ireland.

Cotton textile with a design inspired by Sardinian peasant embroideries. 1926. British. Cotton in a plain weave with brocading in chenille yarns. Alexander Morton, designer. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18343651/
Wool and silk woven furnishing fabric, double cloth with silk pockets in an Italian style with floral and leaf tracery. ca. 1891. British. Alexander Morton and Company, maker. Courtaulds Design Library Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2021. Fair use license. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1434621/furnishing-fabric-alexander-morton/
Furnishing fabric woven with a tapestry effect with peacocks, flowers, tulips, vines, and leaves. 1890-1900. British. Wool and cotton. Alexander Morton and Company, maker. Courtaulds Design Library Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2021. Fair use license. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1434568/furnishing-fabric-alexander-morton/

Table lamps that are more interesting than the Home Depot kind. Art Deco, made by Maison Desny in Paris, France who were in business from 1929 to 1937.


Table light. ca. 1927. Made in Paris. Nickel plated-metal and glass. La Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5858664
Table lamp. ca. 1920s. La Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © Charme Antiques. Fair use license. via https://charmeantiques.com/6055/table-lamp-by-maison-desny/

Table lamp. ca. 1925-1930. Made in Paris, France. Nickel plated metal and glass. Maison Desny, maker. Maker’s marks: Stamped on the underside “DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE DEPOSE”. Image © 2021 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/18dd01-doyledesign/catalogue/224-maison-desny-nickel-plated-and-glass-table-lamp
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Table lamp. 1927-1937. French. Aluminum and glass. Attributed to Maison Desny. Collections of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia. Image © Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Fair use license. via https://collection.maas.museum/object/345311