Geometrical figures and perspective drawings, 16th century watercolors preserved at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony. No artist or author’s name but beautiful.

Image 63. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 69. Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs

Mirror frames that were old in 1836, one coming with its own furniture. Not your average Ikea kind of thing. Plates from Samuel Rush Meyrick’s “Specimens of Ancient Furniture.” Published in London by William Pickering. The illustrations drawn by Henry Shaw from existing authorities.

“Looking glass, of the time of Queen Elizabeth, in the possession of Sir Samuel Meyrick, Goodrich Court, Hertfordshire.” Page 26. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/26/mode/1up
“French looking glass, from Willimen’s ‘Monuments français inédits.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n39/mode/1up
“Silver furniture, at Knole Park, a seat of the Countess of Plymouth, date the time of James II.” page 41. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n41/mode/1up

Ornamental designs by Jean-Bernard Honoré Turreau (Bernard Turreau). French, he lived from 1672 to 1731. A sculptor and ornamentalist.

Water Fantasy with Neptune and sea horses. ca. 1729. French. Graphite under pen and black ink with wash on cream laid paper affixed to triple ply cream laid paper mount. Bernard Turreau, artist. Image ©2021 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Fair use license. via https://art.famsf.org/jean-bernard-honore-turreau/ornamental-design-water-fantasy-neptune-and-sea-horses-196324285
Tomb. ca. 1716. French. Bernard Turreau, artist. Digitalized collection of the Library of the National Institute of the History of Art (INHA), Paris. Inage source: INHA>.Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernard_Turreau_tombeau_p106.jpg
Arabesques. ca 1716. French. Bernard Turreau, artist. Charles Nicolas Cochin the Elder, engraver. Digitalized collection of the Library of the National Institute of the History of Art (INHA) Image source: INHA. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernard_Turreau_Cocin_p14.jpg
Coupe ou brasero. ca. 1716. Digitalized collection of the Library of the National Institute of the History of Art (INHA) Image source: INHA. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernard_Turreau_-Brasero-_p118.jpg

Designs to fancy up everything. Why live boring if you can use these? Taken from Samuel Leith’s work “The Tradesman’s Book of ornamental Designs” which was published in London in 1847.

Title page. Page 3. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n3/mode/1up?view=theater
“Iron Work.” Page 7. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n7/mode/1up?view=theater
“Flemish.” Page 11. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n11/mode/1up?view=theater
‘Italian: from a rare etching by Guido Reni after Lucas Cambiaso.” Page 13. Collections of the Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalizing federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/tradesmansbookof00leit/page/n13/mode/1up?view=theater

Artwork from various Finnish artists, that illustrate “The Kalevala,” the national epic poem of Finland. Collections of the State of Finland and very pretty.

“The defense of the Sampo.” Sketch for the cupola frescoes of the Finnish Pavilion at the  1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. 1899. Finnish. Gouache on paper. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, artist (1865-1931). Collections of the National Board of Antiquities of the State of Finland. Photo credit: Finnish National Gallery. Cc0 license, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/389962
Aino myth triptych. 1891. Finnish. Oil on canvas. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, artist (1865-1931). Collections of the State of Finland. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/392351
“Väinämöisen’s call.” 19th c, before 1873. Finnish. Oil on canvas. Robert Wilhelm Ekman, artist (1808-1873). Collections of the Ateneum Art Museum. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/400334
“Ilmater.” 1860. Finnish. Oil. Robert Wilhelm Ekman, artist (1808-1873). Collections of the Ateneum Art Museum. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/402262

Designs featuring animals, sketches done for Minton Pottery. A selection from the archives of Minton Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Bird with golden plumage. Undated. Image ©  Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/some-further-folio-frivolity/
Butterfly. Undated. Image ©  Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/some-further-folio-frivolity/
Bird with a blue background. Undated. Image ©  Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/some-further-folio-frivolity/
Insect with a red and black body. Undated. Image ©  Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/some-further-folio-frivolity/

Pochoir prints from Eugène Grasset’s 1896 portfolio “La Plante et ses Applications Ornementales sous la Direction.” Make your hallway look like heaven.

“Snowdrop.” Plate 31, page 59. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries.  Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/n59/mode/1up

“Solomon’s Seal.” Plate 34, page 65. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries.  Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/n65/mode/1up

“Nasturtium.” Plate 40, page 77. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries.  Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/n77/mode/1up

Roundels, mostly in black and white. A few that are merely circular. Designs for pottery from the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Bird. Undated design sketch created for Minton Pottery which was in business from 1793 to 1968. Thinking this is from around 1900. Image © Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/another-helping-of-folio-frivolity/#more-12685
Detail of a larger design, possibly for a jug or pitcher. Undated design sketch created for Minton Pottery which was in business from 1793 to 1968. Thinking this is from around 1900. Image © Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/another-helping-of-folio-frivolity/#more-12685
Butterfly. Undated design sketch in black and white created for Minton Pottery which was in business from 1793 to 1968. Thinking this is from around 1900. Image © Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/another-helping-of-folio-frivolity/#more-12685

Fish. Undated design sketch in black and white created for Minton Pottery which was in business from 1793 to 1968. Thinking this is from around 1900. Image © Minton Archives. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/another-helping-of-folio-frivolity/#more-12685

Floral designs from Minton Pottery, taken from a looseleaf notebook labeled “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries ” Archival ID#SD 1705-MS1769.

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Design with flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with purple and yellow flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with white and red flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Design with white and red flowers and butterflies from the folio “Recueil d’Ornemens et d’Armoiries.” Undated. Minton Pottery. Image © Mionton Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-june-6/

Promotional ephemera connected with the l’Exposition Internationale de Paris which happened in 1937.

Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris, 1937 showing the German (Nazi) pavilion and the Eiffel tower in the background. 1937. Image source lartnouveau.com. In the public domain in its country of origin and other countries where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paris-1937Expo.jpg
Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris, 1937. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.paris-unplugged.fr/1937-lexposition-universelle/
Colored sketch of the proposed Soviet pavilion with a statue of Lenin on the top. 1930s. Boris Iofan, architect. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via http://www.expositions-universelles.fr/1937-exposition-internationale-urss.html
 Exposition de 1937, Vue de la Tour Eiffel. 1937. French. Oil on canvas. André Devambez, painter. Signed and dated “André Devambez – Tour Eiffel – 1937.” Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes. In the public domain in its country of origin and other countries where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Devambez_-_Exposition_1937.jpg

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