Decorate every room in your home in Gothic Revival with no faux pas. Go shopping with “Pugin’s Gothic furniture” put out by Augustus Pugin in 1830 and published by R. Ackermann in London. Pugin did work at the Palace of Westminster, too.

“Group of Gothic Furniture.” Frontispiece. 1830. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n5/mode/1up
“Decorations and Furniture of a Room.” Title page. 1830. Page 6. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n6/mode/1up
“Horizontal Grand Piano Forte.” 1830. Page 10. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n10/mode/1up

More coming.

Birds from William Swainson’s “Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals : selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged on the principles of Cuvier and other modern zoologists”, Published in London between 1820 and 1823.

“Carduelis cucullata: Hooded seed-eater”. Plate 7, page 54. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/54/mode/1up
“Merops urica: Javanese bee-eater”. Plate 8, page 60. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/60/mode/1up
“Platyrhynchus ceylonensis: Ceylonese flat-bill.” Plate 13, page 93. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/93/mode/1up
“Picus rubiginosus: Brown woodpecker.” Plate 14, page 96. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/92614#page/96/mode/1up

Novelty silver cruet sets, all of these with animal themes. Different times but all fun.

Pair of Novelty silver cruets with glass liners. The peppers and mustard pots modeled as riding boots, the salt as upturned jockey caps, the handles as spurs, and the spoons as riding crops. 1871. English. Made in London by Richard Hodd and Son. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26963/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver plate cruet salt and pepperpot and egg cruet set with all four piece standing on a silver-plated tray with a central handle and reeded edge. The salt and pepper pots which have lids that screw of so they can be refilled are in the form of baby chicks with the two egg cups modeled as broken egg shells standing on chicken legs. Undated. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/324001949513
Cast novelty table cruet in silver-plate with glass liners modeled as a dog standing on a naturalistic base with the open salt in his mouth in the form of a handled basket with the mustard and pepper held on either side of the dog. Registered on April 4, 1871. Victorian. Cast and signed by the manufacturer on the underside. Maker’s marks: diamond shaped English registration mark on the base. Image © Antiques Atlas, 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/novelty__figural_dog_cruet_in_silver_plate_-_1871/as584a1768

Decorated spoons in enamel and silver decorated in ice cream colors from just a little while back. English.

Set of six silver spoons with guilloché enamel decoration to the outside of their bowls with each adorned with enamel in a different color, and the end of the handle of each with a ball of a conforming color affixed. 1933. Made in Birmingham, England. Turner and Simpson, silversmiths. Maker’s marks: hallmark for the silversmith; Birmingham date mark of 1933. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/set-of-six-birmingham-coloured-enamel-silver-spoons/id-f_24066812/#skuId=f_24066812S1
Set of six cymric silver and enamel coffeespoons, each with tendrils issuing from the bowl forming the handle with stylized floral decoration in blue and green enamel to the terminal end in an original Liberty and Company fitted leather case. 1904-1905. British. Archibald Knox (1864-1933), designer for Liberty of London. Maker’s marks: (lion passant), (anchor), “Liberty and Company, e, CYMRIC”. Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/flatware/a-set-of-six-liberty-and-co-cymric-silver-and-enameled-coffee-spoons-designed-by-archibald-knox-/a/5212-75041.s


Set of six silver and enamel teaspoons each with a green and blue enameled design on the handle that come in their original fitted case. 1927. Made in Birmingham, England. Liberty and Company, makers. Image © 2021 John Bull (Antiques) Ltd. Fair use license. via https://antique-silver.co.uk/john-bull-antiques/arts-crafts-art-nouveau-art-deco/6-liberty-co-arts-crafts-silver-enamel-tea-spoon-teaspoon-set-birm-1927

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Time for a seaside holiday with English born artist Charles Conder who later immigrated to Australia and then went back to Britain and the Continent. Living from 1868 to 1909, he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales.

“A holiday at Mentone.” 1888. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated on the lower right. Collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Conder_-A_holiday_at_Mentone-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
“Swanage.” ca. 1901. English.OIl on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Collections of the Tate Galleries.Cc0 License 3.0. via http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04407
“Bronte Beach.” 1888. English. Oil on paper on cardboard. Signed and dated “Chas Conder – Bronte Beach / 1888” on the lower left in pen and ink. Collections of the National Gallery of Australia. Artwork itself in the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago., via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=89097

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More cards from “Astronomia,” a deck of educational astronomy cards pertaining to the solar system. 1829-31. Published by F. G. Moon, Threadneedle Street, London. Collections of the Yale University Library, New Haven.

“Ceres: diameter 1024 miles.” Image 2. Cary Collection of Playing Cards, Yale University Library. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/10995117
“Juno: diameter 1,425 miles.” Image 3. Cary Collection of Playing Cards, Yale University Library. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/10995117
“Pallas: diameter 2,099 miles,” Image 4. Cary Collection of Playing Cards, Yale University Library. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/10995117

Decorate your foyer the ancient way. Plates printed in gold and colors from “Historic Styles Of Ornament containing 1,500 examples from all countries.” Translated from the original German of H. Dolmetsch and published by B. T. Batsford in London in 1898.

“Egyptian: Painting and Plastic Art.” Page 14. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n14/mode/1up?view=theater
“Egyptian: Architecture and Painting.” Page 16. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n16/mode/1up?view=theater
“Assyrian: Painting, Polychrome, Sculpture, Pottery.” Page 20,. British. Collections of Ohio State University. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/HistoricStylesOfOrnament/page/n20/mode/1up?view=theater .

Portraits of African animals, hand colored aquatints (watercolors), taken from Samuel and William Daniell’s 1804 work “African Scenery and Animals”. From a family of landscape artists, Samuel Daniells traveled extensively in Africa with his brother William where they drew as they went, publishing their work after. All of these being offered in one lot by Doyle Auctions in New York.

“The African Rhinoceros.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Hippopotamus.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Klip-springer.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The African Hog.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the

Regency era ladies painted by portraitist John James Masquerier who lived from 1778 to 1855. British, he was of Huguenot descent. Studied art in Paris and in London.

Portrait of Frances Mary Richardson Currer  of Eshton Hall. 1807. British. Image source: ncbpt.org.uk. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frances_Mary_Richardson_Currer_1807.PNG
Portrait of Eliza, Lady Becher (1791-1872). ca. 1815. British. Oil on canvas. Given to the National Portrait Gallery in 1877. Collections of the National Portrait Gallery. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eliza,_Lady_Becher_by_John_James_Masquerier.jpg
Full length portrait of Lady Hamilton, sitting by the window on a couch, directed to the left, looking upwards at the moon, window overlooking the ocean. 1806. Mezzotint made by William Say after John James Masquerier. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/image/949834001
Half-length portrait of Miss O’Neill, sitting, directed to the front, facing and looking to the left, arms at her side, sharl partly covering her right arm. 1816. British. Mezzotint printed in colors. Print made by William Say after John James Masquerier. Daniel Cox, publisher. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1837-0513-189