The lives of the ancients seen through a French Neoclassical haze. François-André Vincent, painter. Living from 1746 to 1816, he was the son of the miniaturist François-Elie Vincent. Master of drawings to King Louis XVI.

Alcibiade recevant les leçons de Socrate. 1776. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of and image source the Musée Fabre, Montpelier. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alcibades_being_taught_by_Socrates,_Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9_Vincent.jpg
Zeuxis Choosing his Models for the Image of Helen from among the Girls of Croton. ca. 1791. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Image source: Google Arts and Culture. Collections of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9_Vincent_-Zeuxis_Choosing_his_Models_for_the_Image_of_Helen_from_among_the_Girls_of_Croton-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Belisarius. 1776. Neoclassical. French. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpelier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belisarius_by_Francois-Andre_Vincent.jpg
Arria and Paetus. 1784. Neoclassical. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Saint Louis Art Museum. In the public domain due to age. Image via https://www.amazon.com/Fran%C3%A7ois-Andr%C3%A9-Vincent-Arria-Paetus-Poster/dp/B01ERV1R68

Surtout de table or table centerpieces. French. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Surtout de table à la Pagode in finely chiseled vermeil. Composed of a large plate, covered by a mirror and surrounded by balustrades surmounted by covered urns running alongside four small removable basins opening onto two flights of steps flanked by dolphins and, on the sides, onto two fountains with mascarons in the middle of rushes. There is an open pagoda in the center with leafy uprights and an openwork roof with a Meissen porcelain musician in the center. 1873 to 1900. French. Boin Taburet, maker. Maker’s marks: Goldsmith’s signature BOIN TABURET à PARIS. Image © proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/magazine/surtout-de-table-a-la-pagode/
Surtout de Table in cast and gilt bronze with hand engraving, cut glass, and silver-mirrored glass. Similar to one used at the wedding banquet of Napoleon and Empress Marie-Louise. ca. 1810. French. Pierre-Philippe Thomire, maker (1751-1843). Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/09/05/surtout-de-table-sustenance-of-political-power/
Central section of a surtout de table of centerpiece for a table of a hundred guests with the theme of France distributing crowns of glory. Galvanic bronze and silver-plated bronze, electroplated. Originally silver-plated, its present color, rough areas, and blisters are due to the terrible fire that destroyed the Tuileries palace during the Commune in 1871. Neoclassical. 1852-1858, commissioned in 1852 by the future Napoleon III. French. François Gilbert, Georges Diebolt, and Pierre-Louis Rouillard, sculptors. Made in Paris by Christofle. Image © MAD, the  Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via https://madparis.fr/central-section-of-a-centerpiece-for-a-table-of-a-hundred-guests-france

People out and about and hopefully having fun. Illustrative work by French Art Deco illustrator Pierre Brissaud (1885-1964).

Playing croquet. Ah! Mon Beau Château – Gazette du Bon Genre. Pages 170 and 171. 1920. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Gazettedubongen00A/page/170/mode/2up?view=theater
Illustration of 1830s fashions that ran in the Gazette du bon genre Annee 3, no. 5-7. May, 1920. French. Image source archive.org In the public domain due to age. via Vhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1830_-_Gazette_du_Bon_Genre,_May_1920.jpg
“Deux modèles de Jeanne Lanvin”. Illustration from a 1922 issue of La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1922. Image source: ebay. In the public domain due to age via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Gazette_du_Bon_Ton_1922_Pierre_Brissaud.jpg

Redecorate your home with Georges Rémon’s 1907 “Intérieurs de style.” Printed in Paris by the Librairie centrale des beaux-arts. Digital Collections of the New York Public Library.

Escalier Louis XIII en chêne sculpté…. (Staircase, fountain, and Knight’s armor in vestibule.) Image 2. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec14-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Chambre a coucher Louis XIII (Style d’Abraham Bosse) (Bedroom with canopy bed).Image 3. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec15-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Chambre a coucher Louis XIII . Vue géométrale. (Bedroom fireplace, painting, and drapery). .Image 4. 1907. French. Digital collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-ec16-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Down to the water with French painter of marine subjects Henriette Gudin who signed her works as “Mme Fauchier” after she married in 1850. Living from 1825 to 1892, she was the daughter of the painter painter Jean Antoine Théodore de Gudin.

Scène de plage avec des pêcheurs de crabe au clair de lune. Before 1876. French. Signed on the lower left. Image source:
duesseldorfer-auktionshaus.de/
In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henriette_Gudin_Strandszene.jpg

Vessels on the Bosphorus. ca,. 1850. French. Image source: Christies. Signed on the lower left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henriette_Gudin_-_Vessels_on_the_Bosphorus.jpg
Marine scene. Undated, by 1876. French. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2008-2021 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license, via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/lots/1222828-henriette-herminie-gudin-oil-on-panel-signed

Portraits of Louise Françoise de Bourbon, Duchess of Bourbon (1673-1743) who was the eldest surviving legitimized daughter of the French king Louis XIV.

Louise Françoise, duchesse de Bourbon, “mademoiselle de Nantes”. ca. 1688-93. French. Oil on canvas. François de Troy, artist (1645-1730). Collections of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois_de_Troy_-Louise_Fran%C3%A7oise_de_Bourbon,_mademoiselle_de_Nantes-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Françoise-Marie de Bourbon known as Mademoiselle de Blois and Louise-Françoise de Bourbon known as Mademoiselle de Nantes. 1675-1700. French. Oil on canvas. Philippe Vignon, artist (1638-1701). Collections of the Palace of Versailles. Image in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_sisters_Mademoiselle_de_Blois_and_Mademoiselle_de_Nantes_by_Philippe_Vignon.jpg

Louise Francoise de Bourbon as a widow. 1734 or 1737, a copy of a painting ca. 1710. French. Oil on canvas. Pierre Gobert, artist (1662-1744). Collections of the Musée Condé. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louise_Francoise_de_Bourbon_as_widow_-_Mus%C3%A9e_Cond%C3%A9.jpg

Hard paste porcelain by Dihl et Guérhard. Empire from around the time of the French Revolution and Napoleon and Josephine. Maybe she owned one of their vases . .. . or a dinner service to use at Malmaison

Porcelain centerpiece modeled as two kneeling winged female figures holding wreaths, supporting a pierced navette-shaped basket, on an octagonal base. Gilt to simulate gilt-bronze and painted to simulate patinated bronze. ca. 1810. Made in Paris by Dihl et Guérhard. Maker’s marks: “Mf de Dihl et Guerhard à Paris” stenciled in red. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/gold-boxes-silver-and-ceramics/a-paris-dihl-et-guerhard-porcelain-centrepiece
Three-piece garniture de table in hard-paste porcelain. ca. 1807-1815. French. Dihl et Guérhard, maker. Image © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/three-piece-garniture-de-table/5AE28VDPcwHRZQ
Pair of hard-paste porcelain campana (campagna) form vases with upward-turned bell-shaped bodies which stand on splayed feet, set on square bases. Both being mounted with two small handles which take the form of classical masks. Gilt, the vases are decorated with colorful and intricate paintings. Their lower bands being encircled by red and white painted bands which frame gilt flower wreaths and the vases’ bodies featuring white, pink and gold paintings of lyres, which are topped by doves and flanked by griffins and swans with these paintings set against green grounds, within oval blue-banded borders. Stylized white and gold foliage banks, against green backgrounds, decorate the mouths of the vases. ca. 1810. Empire. Made in Paris, France by Dihl et Guérhard. Maker’s marks on the base. Image © 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-of-empire-period-porcelain-vases-by-dihl-et-guerhard
Hard-paste porcelain plate decorated with a marine subject showing seashells on a misty shore. ca, 1789-1791. Made in Paris, France by Dihl et Guérhard. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image in the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/774581

Views of Ancient Greece as seen in the mid 18th century. Plates from Julien David LeRoy’s 1770 work “Monuments de la Grèce, considérées du côté de l’histoire et l’architecture”. Printed in 1770 in Paris by Louis-François Delatour. Collections of the BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France but the Royal Academy in London has it too. The captioning here is an English translation of the original French and is taken from the Royal Academy website.

“View of some temple fragments, situated in a place in Attica called Thoricion.” 1758. Page II, view 36. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f36.item#
“Vue de Temple de Minerve à Athene.” Page IV, View 48. 1758. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f48.item#
“View of the Erechtheion, Athens.” Page V, View 52. 1758. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f52.item

Plates from the “Cabinet de Peiresc” which has two volumes and was published in Paris in 1620. Antique vases, mostly. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, gallica.bnf.fr.


Antique vases. Page 8r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f19.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc
Vase with a brown ground and polychrome decorations. Page 12r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f27.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 13r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f29.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom
Antique ceramics modeled as women’s heads, Page 14r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f31.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
“Alabaster Cochlearia XIIII” Page 15r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f33.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 16r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f35.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#

“Retour d’Egypte” candelabra with more than a touch of Egyptian motifs. Very fashionable after Napoleon returned from Egypt. And later. Some of them almost five feet tall.

Pair of Empire “Retour d’Egypt” seven light figural candelabra in gilt and patinated bronze, depicting an Egyptian king and queen clad in draped robes and wearing nemes, their heads supporting pedestal urns with each urn issuing a pair of scrolling candle arms with folate nozzles surmounted by a further scrolling arm and flanked by two crouching female figures, the standing figural supports each holding a further urn issuing four scrolling candle arms, the nozzles supported on ram’s head or wolf’s head cast terminals. The tapering shaped plinths raised on paw feet, and having applied figural relief plaquettes depicting Diana and Endymion. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26939/lot/37/?category=list&length=189&page=1
Pair of “Retour d’Egypte” candlesticks in gilded bronze. ca. 1850. French. Maker not given. Image © 2021 AnticStore and Mora Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.art/91399P

Pair of Regency “Retour d’Egypte” ormolu three-light candelabra, each with a flaming finial and three sphinx branches, the fluted column with a lion monopodia base and hoof feet. The lower section of each candelabra depicting a stylized anthemion flanked with florets scrolling zoomorphic supports with lion paw feet, almost certainly modeled on designs of 1799 by Tatham that were disseminated in his “Etchings representing Fragments of Grecian and Roman Architectural Ornaments”. George IV as Prince Regent purchased a very similar pair. 1800-1825. Probably British. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-6062724