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

Places that look mythical but probably weren’t from the Dutch Golden Age. Frans de Hulst, artist (1610-1661). Studying under Pieter Mulier I, he later became a member of the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke.

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Landscape. ca. 1640. Dutch. Oil on panel. Image © Kollenburg Antiquairs. Fair use license. via https://www.kollenburgantiquairs.com/Paintings/Frans-de-Hulst-1606-1661

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Village by a River. 17th c. Dutch. Oil on panel. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/frans-de-hulst/village-by-a-river-Apu8iFJKpyuaCc44RXZsCw2

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A river landscape with fishermen and a church in the background. 17th c. Dutch. Oil on oak panel. SIgned “F. D. HULST” on the lower left. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-rafael-valls-sale-online/frans-de-hulst-a-river-landscape-with-fishermen

Children riding donkeys on the beach. A standard thing on European beaches, not so common in America. Dutch. Isaac Israels, artist. Living from 1865 to 1934, he is associated with the Amsterdam Impressionist movement.

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“Donkey Rides on the Beach.” ca. 1890-1901. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/isaac-israels/objects#/SK-A-3597,0

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Boy and girl riding donkeys. No date. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/boy-and-girl-riding-donkeys-isaac-israels.html

People out and about on the ice in winter. Nicolaes (Klaes) Molenaer, Dutch Golden Age artist. Living from around 1626 to 1676, he was from a family of painters.

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Winter landscape with skaters. 1650-1676. Oil on panel. Private collection. Source: wga.hu. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Klaes_Molenaer_-_Winter_Landscape_with_Skaters_-_WGA16111.jpg

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A winter landscape. 17th c. Oil on panel. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/nicolaes-molenaer/a-winter-landscape-RDcOfqfQpr1-BpxEXdG9yA2

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A Winter Landscape with Numerous Figures on a Frozen River Outside the Town Walls. 17th c. A winter landscape with numerous figures on a frozen river outside the town walls. 17th c. Signed ‘K. Molenaer” on the lower left. Image © Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts. Fair use license. via http://www.steigrad.com/molenaer-winter-landscape

Have a cup of tea the Jugendstil way. The Eastern European version of Art Nouveau and dating from around 1900 to 1913.

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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. German. Copper and brass. F & R Fischer, maker. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.de/itm/273509832308

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Tea kettle with heater. Jugendstil. Brass and copper. Makers marks: Impressed “D” and “OED” with crossed swords on underside. Image © 2011-2020 Auctionet.com. Fair use license. via https://auctionet.com/en/925582-jugendstil-teekessel-mit-rechaud/images

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Teapot with heater and raffia wrapped handle. Jugendstil. Brass with the teapot having a tinned interior. Part hallmarked. Image © Kunst-Auktionshaus Wendl, Rudolstadt, and Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jugendstil-teekanne-aus-messing-mit-rechaud-240833

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Teakettle with heater. Jugendstil. ca. 1910. Brass and copper. Designed by Dutch designer Jan Eisenloeffel for F. & R. Fischer which was in Germany. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/727975242/jugendstil-tea-kettle-on-rechaud-brass?ref=listing_published_alert

Trompe l’oeil so well done you’ll think you hear a hunting horn being played in the next room. By Dutch Golden Age painter Christoffel Pierson who lived from 1631 to 1714.

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“Niche with Falconry Gear.” Probably 1660s. Oil on canvas. Collections of the National Gallery of Art,Washington, DC. Image © 2020 National Gallery of Art . Fair use license. via https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.124519.html

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A Trompe l’Oeil of Hawking Equipment, including a Glove, a Net and Falconry Hoods, hanging on a Wall. ca. 1650-1714. Oil on canvas. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christoffel_Pierson_-_trompe_l-oeil.jpg

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Stillleben mit Jagdwaffen und -gerät. 1699. Collections of the Germanisches National Museum, Nuremberg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1699_Pierson_Stillleben_mit_Jagdwaffen_und_-ger%C3%A4t_anagoria.JPG

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Trompe-L’oeil-Stillleben mit Jagdgerätschaften. No date. Oil on canvas. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/christoffel-pierson/trompe-loeil-stillleben-mit-jagdger%C3%A4tschaften-r8AH9bccQ208RC49EraabA2

People out and about after dark just a little while back. Johan Mongels Culverhouse, artist. Living from 1820 to 1894, he was born in the Netherlands.

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“Skaters before a Riverside Town.” 1879. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “J M Culverhouse 79” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020 . Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/johann-mongels-culverhouse-dutch-1820-1895-skaters-5601846-details.aspx

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“Moonlit Market.” 1874. Oil on canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://en.wahooart.com/@@/8YDGNQ-Johann-Mongels-Culverhouse-Moonlit-Market

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“Figures Skating by Moonlight.” 1858. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “JM.Culverhouse/1858” on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/15907/lot/5/