A better daydream is only one evening dress away. More from the 1930 brochure for the French ocean liner”L’Atlantique.” Compagnie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique, publisher. Collection of the Wolfsonian at Florida International University.

“Le Salon Ovale.” Page 19. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/19?search=Deco
“Le Grand Salon Carré des premières classes,” Page 20 .Page one of two. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/20?search=Deco
“Le Grand Salon Carré des premières classes,” Page 20 .Page two of two. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/21?search=Deco
“La Chapelle.” Page 22. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/22?search=Deco

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=

More portraits of Native Americans from before a lot of people decided to go out west and it was never the same again. From George Catlin’s work, “O-Kee-Pa; a Religious Ceremony; and other Customs of the Mandans,” an account of an annual religious ceremony practiced by the Mandan tribe. Published in 1867.

Page 47. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n47/mode/2up
Page 53. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n51/mode/2up
Page 57. Collections of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/okeepareligiousc00catl/page/n57/mode/2up

Note: there are 13 of these plates, there being one more post to come. These were published towards the end of Catlin’s life, but the images and the text refer back to a visit in July of 1832 when Catlin was joined by, among others, a J. Kipp who was agent for the Missouri Fur Company.

Life under the sea. Lithographs taken color pencil drawings made by Austrian artist Eugen Ransonnet-Villez while submerged in his diving bell. From the artist’s 1867 work “Sketches of the Inhabitants, Animal Life and Vegetation in the Lowlands and High Mountains of Ceylon.” Various archives. These images via publicdomainrevew.org.

“Submarine Rocks with Green Corals.” 1867. In the public domain due to age. Image source; commons.wikimedia.org, via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Corals.” 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Coral Reef near Pointe de Galle.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Alcyonidae.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez

Designs for kiosks from “Kiosques & pavillons urbains destinés à l’Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs modernes, Paris 1925.” How else to know which one to visit first.

‘”Les petits negoces un bureau de tabac.” (Tobacco shop). Page 11. Marcel Chappey, architect. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via http://wolfsonian.sobeklibrary.com/WOLF069157/00001/11
“Model de Kiosque, Type 1.” Page 13. Louis Penicaut, décorateur. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via http://wolfsonian.sobeklibrary.com/WOLF069157/00001/13
“Shoeshine, Liqueurs Biere, and Fleurs.” Page 14. Jean Burkhalter, architect. Robert Coquery, décorateur. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via http://wolfsonian.sobeklibrary.com/WOLF069157/00001/14

Garden designs for when His Majesty comes to dinner. Taken from Jean and Pierre Mariette’s 1720 work “L’Architecture a la Mode ou son les Nouveaux Dessins pour la Decoration des Batimens et Jardins.” Collections of the BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

“Plan d’un Maison Particuliere Dessin du S. leBlond” (Jardin detail). Page 1. Image source Gallica.bnf.fr/Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork in the public domain due to age. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525030725/f5.item
“Plan de jardin d’une autre Maison Particuliere Dessin du S. leBlond.” Page 7. Image source Gallica.bnf.fr/Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork in the public domain due to age. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525030725/f11.item#
“Elevation du Pavillion de l’Aurare” ( elevation detail). Page 12. Image source Gallica.bnf.fr/Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525030725/f16.item#

Flower pictures from just a little while ago, at least if you are a flower. French. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, artist. Living from around 1533 to 1588, he served as official artist on Jean Ribault’s expedition to what became North Florida.

A Sheet of Studies of Flowers: A Rose, a Heartsease, a Sweet Pea, a Garden Pea, and a Lax-flowered Orchid. 16th c. French. Watercolor and gouache, over black chalk. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/364533
Apple. ca. 1575. French. Watercolor and bodycolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267Y-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O25872/watercolour-le-moyne-de/
Two narcissi and a columbine, a dragonfly and a stag beetle. 16th c. French. Black chalk, watercolor, bodycolor on an old album sheet. Inscribed in ink , probably by the artist. Watermark crescents with a crown. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-dieppe-ca-6188314-details.aspx
Red currant. ca. 1565. French. Watercolor and gouache on paper prepared as vellum. Image © 2020 Arader Galleries, Philadelphia. Fair use license. via https://aradergalleries.com/products/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-french-ca-1533-1588-bullace-2
Stavesacre. ca. 1575. French. Bodycolor and watercolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267FF-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1136622/stavesacre-watercolour-le-moyne-de/

More drawings of marginalia for the prayer book of Maximilian I. Done in 1515 by Albrecht (Albert) Dürer, who lived in Nuremberg in what is now Germany. Copied from lithographic copies of the originals made by J. N. Strixner and published by R. Ackermann in 1817.

Page 48 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/48/mode/2up
Page 48 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/48/mode/2up
Page 50 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/50/mode/2up
Page 50 (detail). Collections of and digitalized by the Wellcome Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/b30455844/page/50/mode/2up

More pochoir prints from “Relais 1930,” a posthumous collection of designs by Édouard Benedictus who lived from 1878 to 1930 and designed textiles and wallpaper. Digital collections of the New York Public Library.

Multicolor tulip shapes; on purple field. 1930. Image ID# 1556172. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Multicolor rounded and angled shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556174. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e250-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
Multicolor angled and rounded shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556171. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90

The olden times seen through a Symbolist eye, nearly all of them with things fluttering like mad. American. Elihu Vedder, artist. Living from 1836 to 1923, He is best known for his illustrations for an 1884 translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” Also did design work for Tiffany.

“The Pleiades.” 1885. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elihu_Vedder_-_The_Pleiades,_1885.jpg
“Rome Representative of the Arts.” Done for the Walker Art Building at Bowdoin College. 1894. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain. via https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/2222

“Wedding Procession.” 1872-1875. American. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain. via https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/158
“Weirdness.” 1868. American. Pencil on paper. Signed with initials. Imaged by Heritage Auctions HA.com. Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/works-on-paper/elihu-vedder-american-1836-1923-weirdness-1868pencil-on-paper4-7-8-x-3-1-4-inches-124-x-83-cm-/a/5218-62818.s