What to buy before the King stops by for that all important visit. Aspirational decor from French designer and architect Daniel Marot (1661-1752). Leaving France after Louis XIV tossed out the Huguenots he moved on to the Netherlands and then Britain taking his exquisite taste along.

Print, Design for a State Bedchamber, from Second Livre dAppartement (Second Book on Interiors), ca. 1702
Design for a state bedchamber, from “Second Livre d’Appartement” (Second Book on Interiors). ca. 1702. Etching on white laid paper. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2020/01/21/a-bed-for-a-king-copy/?utm_source=Cooper+Hewitt+Master+List&utm_campaign=1217dae42d-OOTD_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_%2A%7CDATE%3Ad%2Fm%2Fy%7C%2A&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_461c6416c0-1217dae42d-308516337
Title page from "Oeuvres du Sr. D. Marot" which was published in The Hague by  Pierre Husson in 1703 or 1712.
Title page from “Oeuvres du Sr. D. Marot” which was published in The Hague by Pierre Husson in 1703 or 1712. Etching. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/353702
"Décor végétal d'un théâtre éphémère." No date.
“Décor végétal d’un théâtre éphémère.” No date. Black stone, pen and black ink, and gray wash. Entourage of Daniel Marot, makers. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/entourage-de-daniel-marot-1663-1752-decor-vegetal-5884713-details.aspx
"Liber Statuarum: Jupiter, Juno, Pluto, Proserpina," from the "Liure de Statues" series. No date. Etching.
“Liber Statuarum: Jupiter, Juno, Pluto, Proserpina,” from the “Liure de Statues” series. 1703-1752. Etching. Collection of the Rijksmuseum. In the public domain. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/90402/236914949A53D8A8E129F1FF0D48666472B08BE8.html

Plates from Maurice Pillard Verneuil’s “Le Décor Floral.” 50 Color collotype plates after original photographs. Published by the Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1904. These being a selection from the website of antiquarian book seller Michael Laird.

Title. Plate 27.
Title. Plate 27. Image © 2020 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/2754/maurice-pillard-verneuil/le-decor-floral-50-planches-bordures-et-panneaux-semis-fonds-ornes-etc-cover-title
Plate with stylized leaves.
Plate with stylized leaves. Image © 2020 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/2754/maurice-pillard-verneuil/le-decor-floral-50-planches-bordures-et-panneaux-semis-fonds-ornes-etc-cover-title
"Fougere Polypode." Plate 2.
“Fougere Polypode.” Plate 2.Image © 2020 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/2754/maurice-pillard-verneuil/le-decor-floral-50-planches-bordures-et-panneaux-semis-fonds-ornes-etc-cover-title
'Glaïeul Sauvage." Plate 4.
‘Glaïeul Sauvage.” Plate 4. Image © 2020 Michael Laird Rare Books. Fair use license. via https://www.michaellaird.com/pages/books/2754/maurice-pillard-verneuil/le-decor-floral-50-planches-bordures-et-panneaux-semis-fonds-ornes-etc-cover-title

Decorative little people stuck sitting on the bric-a-brac and wanting to go out to dinner. All of these by Maison Denière of Paris. An important manufacturer of decorative bronze, their work appeared at the Exposition Universelle of 1855.

"Sappho"(detail)
“Sappho”(detail). Silvered and gilded bronze statuette of Sappho, the Greek poetess of antiquity which surmounts a mantle clock. Pierre Alexandre Schoenewerk, sculptor. Image © 2007 Galerie Marc Maison. Fair use license. via https://www.marcmaison.com/objets-d-art-19th-century-paintings-and-furniture/clocks-garnitures/maison-deniere-napoleon-iii-style-fireplace-insert-in-gilded-silver-bronze-and-onyx-11646
Marble figural jardinière. ca. 1870.
Marble figural jardinière. Rouge marble top supported by four git bronze putti after Clodion or Pigalle with foliate foliate garlands, on a stepped circular marble base.ca. 1870. in the Manner of Maison Denière, circa 1870. Marble and gilt bronze. In the manner of Maison Denière. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/building-garden/garden-ornaments/marble-figural-jardiniere-manner-maison-deniere-circa-1870/id-f_13807282/
Satyr and female figure, both of whom are engaged in Bacchic revelry (clock detail). Part of a set that also includes a pair of candelabra.
Satyr and female figure, both of whom are engaged in Bacchic revelry (clock detail). Part of a set that also includes a pair of candelabra. ca. 1880. Patinated bronze. Signed “Clodion,” for Claude Michel. Likely after an original marble by the 18th century French sculptor. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/ormolu-patinated-bronze-mounted-clock-set-deniere/id-f_17530611/

Still lifes, this time of food, not flowers by French realist artist Antoine Vollon (1833-1900). Starting out to do engravings, he taught himself to paint. A friend of Alexandre Dumas.

"Mound of Butter." 1875-1885. Oil on canvas.
“Mound of Butter.” 1875-1885. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Antoine_Vollon_-_Mound_of_Butter_-_National_Gallery_of_Art.jpg
"Still Life with Fish and a Copper Jug." ca. 1860-1890. Oil on canvas.
“Still Life with Fish and a Copper Jug.” ca. 1860-1890. Oil on canvas. Image © Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Fair use license. via https://www.boijmans.nl/en/collection/artworks/3133/still-life-with-fish-and-a-copper-jug
"Still life with Onions." ca. 1875-1880. Oil on canvas.
“Still life with Onions.” ca. 1875-1880. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Still_Life_with_Onions_by_Antoine_Vollon.jpg

Wallpaper and textile designs from Atelier Martine, the wallpaper and textile arm of fashion designer Paul Poiret’s fashion empire. Atelier Martine started up in Paris around 1910 with shops in Berlin, London, and Philadelphia. They closed around 1929.

eucalyptus
“Eucalyptus.” Black background with six colors, white, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, two tones of verdigris and dark green. Wallpaper design. ca. 1912. Impression from a cylinder. Collection of the Bibliothèque Forney, Paris. Image © Bibliothèque Forney, Paris. Fair use license. via http://archive.printeresting.org/2012/05/02/atelier-martine-wallpapers-paris-1911-1929/
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“Iris.” Pearl gray background with grass green, pink, light blue, purple, yellow, and black. Wallpaper design. ca. 1912. Impression from a cylinder. Impression from a cylinder. Collection of the Bibliothèque Forney, Paris. Image © Bibliothèque Forney, Paris. Fair use license. via http://archive.printeresting.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Iris1.jpg
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Panel of dress or furnishing fabric. 1920-29. Block printed cotton and linen with a plain weave. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Image © Art Institute of Chicago. Fair use license. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/86367/panel-dress-or-furnishing-fabric
Panel, block printed cotton and linen with a plain weave. 1920-1925.
Panel, block printed cotton and linen with a plain weave. 1920-1925. Possibly by Atelier Martine. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Image © Art Institute of Chicago. Fair use license. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/86403/panel

Out at twilight with French artist François Charles Cachoud. Living from 1866 to 1943, he painted landscapes, many of them lit by the moon. A pupil of Elie Delaunay and Gustave Moreau.

Nocturnal scene with figures in front of an inn. No date.
Nocturnal scene with figures in front of an inn. No date. Oil on board. Signed “F Cachoud” on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22469/lot/5021/?category=list
"Rue Saint Vincent in Montmartre at Night."
“Rue Saint Vincent in Montmartre at Night.” No date. Oil on canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.tumblr.com/search/fran%C3%A7ois%20charles%20cachoud
"Aix-les-Bains/les marais." 1906.
“Aix-les-Bains/les marais.” 1906. Signed “F Cachoud.” Image © Auction Zip 2003 – 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/FRANCOIS-CHARLES-CACHOUD-1866-1943_100412CAEE/

“Cahier d’ecriture ~ et d’ornements dedié aux Elèves de la Visitation d’Ornans. Ornans: 18 July 1857.” Blank ornamental borders designed for use by the convent girls of the monastery of the order of the Visitation at Ornans in Eastern France. Probably meant to be used as models for notecards and letters. Probably destined for use as models for notecards and letters. Taken from the website of antiquarian bookseller Justin Croft.

Title page. 1857.
Title page. 1857. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/7064/cahier-decriture/et-dornements-dedie-aux-eleves-de-la-visitation-dornans/
Grape vines with leaves. 1857.
Grape vines with leaves. 1857. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/7064/cahier-decriture/et-dornements-dedie-aux-eleves-de-la-visitation-dornans/
Purple flowers.
Purple flowers. 1857. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/7064/cahier-decriture/et-dornements-dedie-aux-eleves-de-la-visitation-dornans/
Fruit.
Fruit. 1857. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/7064/cahier-decriture/et-dornements-dedie-aux-eleves-de-la-visitation-dornans/
Pink.
Pink. 1857. Image © 2020 Justin Croft. Fair use license. via https://www.justincroft.com/book/7064/cahier-decriture/et-dornements-dedie-aux-eleves-de-la-visitation-dornans/