Novelty scent bottles made from porcelain but decorated up to look like bird eggs. For a minute I thought they were real birds’ eggs. Very Victorian. Staffordshire. James Macintyre & Company, manufacturers

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Egg-shaped scent bottle with a screw-off white metal top in the motif of an owl’s head. Late Victorian. Makers marks: “Rd. Number 20772” to base of egg, and “Rd. Number 27414” to base of cover. Image © Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/424151/a-late-victorian-james-macintyre-porcelain-egg-shaped-scent-bottle
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Miniature bird’s egg scent bottle, formed and decorated as a realistic speckled bird’s egg with a silver chick’s head top. ca. 1800. Porcelain and silver. Makers marks Base of the bottle with the painted registery number “20772” assigned to James Macintyre, Washington China Works, Burslem. Image © 2001 – 2020 Sellingantiques Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/513002/c1880-macintyre-miniature-porcelain-birds-egg-scent-perfume-bottle-silver-chicks-head-top/
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Porcelain egg form scent bottle with decorations probably modeled on a song thrush egg. Victorian. Registration marks for Macintyre on the base. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/james-macintyre-birds-egg-porcelain-1827584260
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Egg form scent bottle hand-painted with the coloration of a seagull egg with a sterling silver cap. ca. 1885. Porcelain and silver. Maker’s marks; base of bottle marked with “20772” which was issued to James Macintyre, Washington China Works, Burslem. Silver cap and collar hallmarked for Sampson Mordan. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/704791-QS-F0571/Charming-Circa-1885-James-Macintyre-Egg

A selection of plates from “The Iliad Of Homer Engraved from The Compositions Of Iohn Flaxman RA Sculptor, London” which was published on March 1, 1805. Engravings by Tommaso Piroli, who lived ca. 1752 – 1824.

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“Sleep and Death Conveying the Body of Sarpedon to Lycia.” British. Tommaso Piroli, engraver after John Flaxman. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/sleep-and-death-conveying-the-body-of-sarpedon-to-lycia-1
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“Vulcan and Chares Receiving Thetis.” British. Tommaso Piroli, engraver after John Flaxman. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/vulcan-and-chares-receiving-thetis
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“The Descent of Discord.” 1805. British. Tommaso Piroli, engraver after John Flaxman. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/the-descent-of-discord-1

More designs, all in shades of blue, taken from Owen Jones’ “Examples of Chinese Ornament Selected from Objects in the South Kensington Museum and other Collections,” published in London in 1867.

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Plate II, Page 25. Design taken from a vase of blue and white china. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n24/mode/2up
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Plate III, page 31. Arranged from a blue and white china basin with decoration in the Indian manner. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n25/mode/2up
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Plate IIII, page 35. Design taken from a large vase. Collections of the Library at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/examplesofchines00jone/page/n27/mode/2up

Medieval women seen through a Pre-Raphaelite eye. English. John Melhuish Strudwick, artist. Living from 1849 to 1937, he worked as a studio assistant to Edward Burne-Jones in his youth.

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“Evensong, Saint Cecilia.” 1897. Source: er artmagick.com. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Melhuish_Strudwick02.jpg

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“Oh Swallow, Swallow.” Inspired by lines from Tennyson’s “The Princess” about a swallow flying south with a message from the poet to his beloved. 1894. Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Melhuish_Strudwick17.jpg
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“The Ten Virgins.” ca. 1884. Oil on canvas. Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1884. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/victorian-pre-raphaelite-british-impressionist-art-l15133/lot.8.html

A selection from an album that contains drawings and counterproofs of Etruscan vases, jugs and amphorae. Graphite, red chalk and pen and ink with various watermarks and created by an associate of the artist Sir William Hamilton (1703-1803). Currently up for bid at Christies from whose website these are taken. Auctioned off by Christies in 1809.

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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911
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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911

Paintings of the Fairies Kettle Cliffs up in Cumbria in northeastern England. 19th century. James Shotton, artist. Living from 1824 to 1896, he also designed what is thought to have been the first Victorian Turkish bath in England in 1857. A close friend of William Holman Hunt. One of a different cliff but it fits right in.

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“Cliffs of the Fairies’ Kettle, Cumbria.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/cliffs-of-the-fairies-kettle-cumbria-57550
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“A Bit of Frenchman’s Bay, Tyne and Wear.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-bit-of-frenchmans-bay-tyne-and-wear-57569/search/actor:shotton-james-18241896/page/1/view_as/grid
Shotton, James, 1824-1896; Fairies' Kettle Rocks, Cumbria
“Fairies’ Kettle Rocks, Cumbria.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/fairies-kettle-rocks-cumbria-57563/search/actor:shotton-james-18241896/page/1/view_as/grid

Wedgwood “Fairyland” lustre melba cups with pretty decorations, all different. British. 1920s. Any of them will make your dessert taste ten times better.

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Pair of Fairyland lustre melba cups, each decorated with the “Leapfrogging Elves” pattern reaching to a flaming sky with a green washed interior with the “Elves on a Branch” pattern. ca. 1925. British. Wedgwood. Printed marks. Image ©Skinner Auctions. Fair use license. via https://skinnerlive.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/catalog/id/577/lot/238764/?url=%2Fview-auctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F577%3Fpage%3D5%26items%3D100
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Fairyland lustre melba cup decorated with the “Leapfrogging Elves” pattern in blue and green. ca. 1925. British. Daisy Makeig-Jones, designer for Wedgwood. Makers marks: mark for Portland Vase, pattern number Z4968. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25085/lot/292/?category=list
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Fairyland lustre melba cup in the “Dragon” pattern. 1922. British. Daisy Makeig-Jones, designer for Wedgwood. Marked on the underside. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/620688738/wedgwood-fairyland-lustre-dragon-melba

Dining the Frederick William Elwell way. One where they are eating later but it fits right in. Living from 1870 to 1958, Elwell was an English artist who painted portraits when he wasn’t busy painting interiors. Studied at the Académie Julien in Paris.

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“The Squire.” 1931. Signed on the lower right. Collections of the Glasgow Museums. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://en.wahooart.com/@@/AQUHDH-Frederick-William-Elwell-The-Squire
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“Birthday Party.” 1936. Collections of the Beverley Art Gallery. © Estate of the artist. Image © East Riding of Yorkshire Council 2016. Fair use license. via https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/culture/museums/collections/detail.php?module=objects&type=related&kv=5967
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“Harvest Festival Gifts.” Undated. © Estate of the artist. Collections of the Beverley Art Gallery. Image © East Riding of Yorkshire Council 2016. Fair use license. via https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/culture/museums/collections/detail.php?module=objects&type=related&kv=1119

People with wings on their heads and some with wings on their backs. Pre Raphaelite. Sir William Blake Richmond, English artist (1842-1921). Also taught art at the University of Oxford and created decorative mosaics for Saint Paul’s in London.

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“Icarus.” 1887. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/icarus-by-richmond-william-blake-richmond.html
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“Hermes,” illustration in the 1886 “Magazine of Art.” Image capture and formatting by George P. Landow. Collections of the University of Toronto Library and the Internet Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/richmondwb/paintings/3.html
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“Saint Joan of Arc.” No date. Pencil and pastel on buff paper. signed with the initials “WBR” on the reverse on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/sir-william-blake-richmond-ra-1842-1921-4516729-details.aspx
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“The Hun and the Crucifix.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallerix.org/storeroom/792413141/N/706/

Some Edwardian silver odds and ends to keep around on the sideboard for your next banquet. Charles Stuart Harris & Sons Ltd. British silversmiths. Starting in 1817, they merged with I. Freeman and Company in 1933.

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Flared cylindrical trophy vase on a domed foot with gently waved gadrooned lower body. 1900. Made in London. Silver. Image © Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/421599/a-late-victorian-silver-trophy-vase-of-flared-cylindrical-form-on-a-domed-foot
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Pair of bon bon dishes. 1886. Silver. Chased decoration with gilding. Makers marks: Full hallmarks struck to the surface of each dish. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Victorian-Sterling-Silver-Bon-Bon-Dishes-By-Charles-Stuart-Harris-1886-/283742268922
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Bachelor three piece tea set. 1886. Silver. Maker’s marks: Fully hallmarked. Image © 2020 catawiki.com. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/30900695-a-fine-victorian-bachelor-3-piece-tea-set-charles-stuart-harris-london-925-silver-charles-stuart-harris-london-england-1886
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Presentation bowl with applied and chased decoration. 1895. Silver. Maker’s marks: full hallmarks. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Victorian-Sterling-Silver-Presentation-Bowl-by-Charles-Stuart-Harris-/312855205475
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Openwork bread basket decorated with a pearl rim. 1900. Silver. Maker’s marks: Hallmarks for Great Britain, London, and Charles Stuart Harris. Image © 2020 catawiki.com. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/12698545-bread-basket-in-solid-silver-london-charles-stuart-harris-1900