Still lifes with lobsters, all of them cooked and bright red. Different artists and countries along with different times.

Still life with lobster. 1826-1827. French. Oil on canvas. Eugène Delacroix, painter (1798-1863). Collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-Still-Life_with_Lobster-_WGA6170.jpg
Still life with a lobster. 17th c. Dutch. Willem Claesz. Heda, artist (1593/1594-ca. 1680/1682). Image © National Gallery, London. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/willem-claesz-heda-still-life-with-a-lobster
“A lobster with grapes and a peach in a Wan-li ‘kraak’ porselein bowl, a silver-gilt cup and cover, a façon-de-Venise wine glass, a melon, a knife, and a pewter platter with a partly peeled lemon on a partly draped table ledge with a curtain.” 17th c. Dutch. Oil on canvas. Abraham van Beyeren, painter (1620/1621-1690). Signed with the initials “A B F” on the lower right. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4038651

Time travel back to the ancient world through Victorian rose colored glasses. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, painter (1836-1912). Born in the Netherlands and studying art in Belgium he lived and painted in Great Britain after moving there in 1870.

“The Women of Amphissa.” 1887. Dutch. Oil on canvas. Image © Courtesy of Clark Art Institute, Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Article/Sir-Lawrence-Alma-Tadema-s-Chronicling-o/43B3A682345BCCDC?utm_source=MutualArt+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5f7e0e1952-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_Magazine_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0a9ce6ca24-5f7e0e1952-447839371
The Roses of Heliogabalus“. 1888. Dutch. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Belvedere Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.artsy.net/artwork/sir-lawrence-alma-tadema-the-roses-of-heliogabalus
“Spring.” 1894. Dutch. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Getty Institute. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Alma_Tadema_Spring.jpg

Antique cow creamers in various materials, one with its own calf and another with its own fly.

Creamer realistically modeled in the form of a cow. Plain body embellished with details reproducing the fine details of the cow’s facial and anatomical features, including a hinged cover surmounted with an impressive cast and applied finial realistically modeled as a fly. Loop handle modeled as a cow’s tail. 1898. Victorian. English, made in London. Cast silver. Maurice Freeman, maker. Maker’s marks: full hallmarks struck to the underside and part hallmarks struck to the interior of the cover. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/1898-antique-victorian-sterling-silver-cow-creamer/id-f_19027152/
Whieldon-type cow and calf creamer with cover. Rectangular scalloped shaped base with a floral knob. 1760s. British. Ceramic. Label for Boswell and Ward, London on the underside. Image © polkadotantiques.com. Fair use license. via http://www.polkadotantiques.com/cow-creamers-1

 Cow creamer with simple figuring and a naive expressive face. The flap with a bee on the cow’s back lifts to fill the jug with cream which is poured out of the cow’s mouth. ca. 1920. Continental, probably made in the Netherlands. Silver. Maker’s marks: marked on the body underneath the flap with continental maker’s marks. Image © Wax Antiques, London. Fair use license. via https://www.waxantiques.com/antique-continental-silver-cow-creamer.html
Cow creamer, ceramic with a floral pattern and horns which are pointing upwards and out. ca. 1900. Possibly European. No marks. Image © Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto. Fair use license. via https://www.cynthiafindlay.com/decor-and-dining/collectibles/cow-creamers/antique-cow-creamer.html

Animals in art, painted by Roelant (Roelandt) Savery who was Flemish born but is considered part of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. Living from 1576 to 1639, he was court painter to Rudolph II in Prague for a time.

“Landscape with swans near a waterfall.” Undated. Oil on panel. Signed “ROELANDT SAVERY FE” on the rock on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/master-paintings-part-ii/landscape-with-swans-near-a-waterfall
Landscape with birds. 1628. Oil on panel. Collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roelant_Savery_-Landscape_with_Birds-_WGA20885.jpg
Landscape with wild animals. 1600-1639. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Rockox House, Antwerp. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roelant_Savery_-Landscape_with_Wild_Animals-_WGA20886.jpg

Golden Age portraits of Dutch children. Dirck Dircksz van Santvoort, painter. Living from 1609 to 1680, he lived and worked in Amsterdam.

Portrait of a girl, full-length, in a black dress, holding a glove and some buttercups, with a dog. 1632. Oil on panel. Dutch. Inscribed and dated ‘Ætatis. Sua .6· / Anno · 1632 ·’ on the upper right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-paintings-sculpture-online/dirck-dircksz-van-santvoort-amsterdam-c-1610-1680-156/110566 and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dirck_dircksz_van_santvoort_portrait_of_a_girl_full-length_in_a_black_121556).jpg
Boy in white. ca. 1641. Dutch. Oil on panel. Private Collection. Image source pubhist.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dirck_Dircksz_Santvoort_-Boy_in_White-_c._1641.jpg
Portrait of Elizabeth Spiegel. 1639. Dutch. Oil on panel. Collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dirck_Dircksz.SantvoortPortrait_of_Elizabeth_Spiegel1975.81-_Cleveland_Museum_of_Art.tiff

Domestic scenes painted by Charles Joseph Grips (1825-1920). All of these women being textile workers, a favorite subject, it seems. Born in the Netherlands, he spent much of his career painting in Belgium.

“A Woman at a Loom.” 1879. Oil on canvas. Signed  “C J Grips. F 1879” on the bottom left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 95 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Joseph_Grips_-_A_Woman_at_a_Loom,_1879.jpg
“Interior Scene with Lacemaker.” 1862. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “C J Grips 1862” on the lower left. Image © 2020 Grogan & Company, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.groganco.com/auction-lot/charles-joseph-grips-belgian-1825-1920-interior-s_3C340A08AC
“The Spinner’s Favorite.” 1866. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “C J Grips f.1866” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/charles-joseph-grips-belgian-1825-1920-the-5647147-details.aspx

Coconuts mounted in silver to drink from that will add a bit of panache to your next dinner party. From that point in time when coconuts were new and exotic. Not thinking anyone would pair them with sterling silver nowadays.

Silver mounted coconut cup with a circular base resting on four turtles, with dolphins and shells. Stem shaped as a siren on a dolphin holding shells and the coconut shell body shaped as a fish. Spout cast as a monkey’s head and a finial shaped like Neptune. 1607. Dutch, made in Amsterdam. Silver and coconut shell. Frederiks Andries, silversmith. Maker’s marks: Maker’s mark of Frederiks Andries. Image © Koopman Rare Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.koopman.art/objdetail/834021/0/an-exceptional-dutch-silver-mounted
Silver mounted coconut cup and cover. Oval shaped coconut bowl with strap mounts engraved with foliage and geometric motifs, the coconut carved with four portraits depicting Emperor Peter I, Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna and Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick. The cover being similarly decorated and surmounted by a pine cone finial. Domed spreading circular foot engraved in Russian with the inscription “Wine gladdens man’s heart“. Gilt interior. 1799. Made in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Silver, coconut and gilding. Maker’s marks: marked on the foot. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-and-cover-st-5953017-details.aspx

Plain coconut bowl with three silver straps supporting the rim with a band of engraved foliage. Plain domed foot with a baluster stem. Engraved with the initial “H” over “GM.” Probably 17th c. Not marked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-apparently-unmarked-probably-17th-5520652-details.aspx

Streetscapes from the Netherlands that don’t look that way exactly anymore. Gerrit Berckheyde, painter. Living from 1638 to 1698, he was part of the Dutch Golden Age. A member of the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke. His brother painted, too.

The Great Market in Haarlem.” 1696. Painting. Collections of the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berkheyde-Haarlem.jpg
“The Town Hall of Amsterdam.” 1670s. Oil on panel. Collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Image source: http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-town-hall-of-amsterdam-5420. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gerrit_Berckheyde_-_The_Town_Hall_of_Amsterdam_CAM_CCF_44.jpg
“The Grote Markt and Town Hall, Haarlem, seen from the East.” 1691. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “Gerrit Berck Heyde. 1691” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/gerrit-adriaensz-berckheyde-haarlem-1638-1698-the-5765876-details.aspx 

Fan leaves that never did get turned into fans. From the website of Europeana which is a website with items from museums in the European Union.

Painted fan leaf with a landscape of mountains and a rising moon. Intended as a design for a fan. Silk and watercolor. 1850-1900. Dutch/Flemish. Maker not known. Collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image in the public domain. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/90402/RP_T_1951_70.html?utm_source=new-website&utm_medium=button
Fan leaf made from Halas lace. 1910-1914. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1093.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=5
Lace fan leaf in the motif of two soldiers and a seven-headed monster. 1915. Lace. Anna Rucsinszki, designer. Staatliche Spitzenschule in Körmök Banya, manufacturer. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1075.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=8

Paintings of a North America that isn’t coming back. Landscapes by painter Alexander Loemans (1816-1898). Born in the Netherlands, Loemans created most of his paintings in New York, Minnesota, and Canada.

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“Encampment on the Columbia River below Mount Hood.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed ‘A. F. Loemans” on the lower left. Image © Uno Langmann, Vancouver. Fair use license. via https://www.langmann.com/paintings/landscape-with-encampment-by-alexander-francois-loemans

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“On the Hudson near West Point.” ca. 1870. Oil on canvas. Image © Calabi Gallery. Fair use license. via https://calabigallery.com/artists/alexander-francois-loemans/

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“Harvesters in a River Landscape.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/artists/l/lom-lov/alexander-francois-loemans/harvesters-in-a-river-landscape