Women looking ethereal with some already in flight. French. Louis Janmot, painter. Living from 1814 to 1892, he studied painting under Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. These works are part of Janmot’s series “The Poem of the Soul.”

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From the series “The Poem of the Soul.” 1854. Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Cc0 License 2.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louis_Janmot_(Mus%C3%A9e_des_Beaux-Arts_de_Lyon)_(5469118055).jpg
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“The Flight of the Soul” from the series “The Poem of the Soul.” 1854. Oil on panel. Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_poeme_de_lAme-16-Louis_Janmot-MBA_Lyon-IMG_0499.jpg
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“The Golden Stairs” from the series “The Poem of the Soul.” 1884. Oil on panel. Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon. Source: Wikimedia Commons. In the public domain due to age. via https://eclecticlight.co/2016/12/08/the-story-in-paintings-louis-janmots-epic-le-poeme-de-lame-2/

Gothic Revival and Neo-Gothic inkstands and inkwells. Early and mid 19th century. So needed in case the archbishop wants to share a whiskey in the library.

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Patinated inkstand together with two similar spill vases. Mid 19th c. Gothic Revival. Molded with tracery. Image © 2020 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/12an01-estate-of-lee-b-anderson/catalogue/1247-gothic-revival-patinated-metal-inkstand
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Inkwell modeled as a medieval helmet with pierced visor with applied cut and chased steel scrolled acanthus ornaments that is raised on a concave shield form base with three ball feet. The hinged top opens to reveal the inkwell. 19th c. Gothic Revival. Probably German. Patinated steel. Image © Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/75224256254422550/
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Inkwell in a Neo-Gothic style with a top that lifts to reveal three round openings resting on a marble plinth base and raised on cast bronze feet. The three glass inkwells are missing. 1875. Neo-Gothic. Patinated bronze and marble. Maker not known. Image © 2020 ROBUCK. Fair use license. via http://robuck.co/collection/curiosities/italian-gothic-revival-period-patinated-brass-and-marble-architectural-model-inkwell-r6803.html
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Oval inkwell modeled with cathedral arcades and rosettes that houses two inkwells with lids, a pounce pot and four pen holders. Rectangular Sienna marble base. 1820-1829. Neo-Gothic. French. Gilt bronze and Siena Marble. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/gothic-revival-inkwell-gilt-bronze-sienna-marble-19th-century/id-f_16380242/
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Inkstand modeled with a Gothic tracery design with a pierced rose window gallery enclosing a sander, two ink wells and four pen holders. Rectangular base. Victorian. Gothic Revival. Brass. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/antique-victorian-gilt-brass-inkstand-with-gothic-tracery

People out and about in Paris just a little while ago. French Impressionist. Jean-Louis Forain, artist. Living from 1852 to 1931, he studied at the École des Beaux Arts.

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“The Buffet.” 1884. Source: https://www.kunstkopie.ch. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Forain_-_the_buffet.jpg
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“The Admirer.” 1872-1886. Oil on canvas, mounted on wood. Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean-Louis_Forain_-_The_Admirer_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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“After the Ball, or the Reveller.” 1881. Pastel on paper. Source: Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN. The Athenaeum. In the public domain due to age. via https://eclecticlight.co/2016/06/03/into-the-light-jean-louis-forain-nightlife-and-highlife/

Ancient Egyptians living forever on the walls of tombs. Stare at them long enough and you’ll think you are sitting under a palm tree staring at a pyramid. Plates from Giovanni Battista Belzoni’s 1821 work “Voyages En Égypte Et En Nubie”. Collections of the Heidelberg University Library.

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“From the Tomb of the Kings at Thebes, Discovered by G. Belzoni.” Plate 6, image 11. Collections of and digitalized by Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0011/image
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“From the Tomb of the Kings at Thebes, Discovered by G. Belzoni.” Plate 7, image 12. Collections of and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License. 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0012/image
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Plate 3, Image 9. Collections of and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0009/image
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“From the Tombs of the Kings at Thebes, Discovered by G. Belzoni.” Plate 8, image 13. Collections of and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0013/image
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“From the Tombs of the Kings at Thebes, Discovered by G. Belzoni.” Plate and image 19. Collections of and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0019/image
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“From the Tombs of the Kings at Thebes, Discovered by G. Belzoni.” Plate and image 17. Collections of and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/belzoni1821bd3/0017/image

Portraits of people very grandly attired by French artist Bernard Boutet de Monvel. Living from 1881 to 1949, he was an all around creative who also worked as an interior decorator.

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“H. H. the Maharajah of Indore.” 1934. Oil on canvas. Signed “BERNARD / B. DE MONVEL” on the lower left. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/collection-boutet-de-monvel-pf1639/lot.52.html
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The Maharani of Indore. 1934. In the public domain due to age. via http://godsandfoolishgrandeur.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-maharaja-and-maharani-of-indore.html
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Sylvie Boutet de Monvel. 1941. Image © 2020 MCH Group | Curiator. Fair use license. via https://curiator.com/art/bernard-boutet-de-monvel/sylvie-boutet-de-monvel

Majolica ware with a bird motif. Delphin Massier, makers. Starting in 1860 in Vallauris, France, their work has very vibrant colors due to their mastery of copper oxide flambé glazing. All of these taken from the website of Galerie Vauclair in Paris.

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Flamingo motif column vase. ca. 1890-1900. Image © Copyright – GALERIE VAUCLAIR. Fair use license. via http://galerie-vauclair.fr/GV/portfolio-item/flamingo-column-delphin-massier/?lang=en
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Parrot and grasshopper on a bamboo branch. ca. 1880. Signed on the underside. Image © Copyright – GALERIE VAUCLAIR. Fair use license. via http://galerie-vauclair.fr/GV/portfolio-item/parrot-and-grasshopper-delphin-massier/?lang=en
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Raging parrot. ca. 1890. French. Signed on the underside. Image © Copyright – GALERIE VAUCLAIR. Fair use license. via http://galerie-vauclair.fr/GV/portfolio-item/raging-parrot-delphin-massier/?lang=en

Feather fans from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Perfect for making pesky beaux sneeze.

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Ostrich feather fan. ca. 1890. American. Ostrich feathers with tortoiseshell sticks and guards and silk ribbon, cord and tassel. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/208608.html?mulR=391085298|6
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Feather fan. Early 20th c. French. Feathers and tortoiseshell. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/222861.html?mulR=513171259|36
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Ostrich feather fan with amber sticks. 1926. French. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/194926.html?mulR=2110526476|57
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Peacock feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks. Early 20th c. Possibly made in France. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/191186.html?mulR=1806677540|58
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Orange feather fan with plastic handle. ca. 1920s. American. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/90739.html?mulR=836025900|66

A selection of images from the “Recueil sur exercices des Franconi au Cirque Olympique” which is in the collections of the BnF Gallica, the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Starting out as an equestrian theatre company in 1782 Paris, it was run by the Franconi family for decades. Closed in the 1860s.

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View 7. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f7.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi
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View 10. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2
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View 13. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2
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View 12. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2

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View 18. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f18.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi
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View 28. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f28.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi

Vide-poche so fancy looking you’d better keep Princess Alexandra’s card in it by itself and put the ones from everyone else in something else. A vide-poche is a small container that you keep by the door to put your keys in when you get home.

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“An Embrace” vide poche with the design of the heads and torsos of a man and a woman, sweeping up from the sides of the dish with an arm around each other. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Gilt bronze. Max Blondat, designer. Makers marks: Signed, “MAX-BLONDAT”. Foundry mark fork “Siot Paris”. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/max-blondat-french-art-nouveau-gilt-bronze-vide-poche/id-f_1091822/
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Vide pouch in the form of a stemmed bowl with gilt bronze fringe. Napoleon III in style. Mother of pearl and gilt bronze in a floral motif with tassels. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-French-Palais-Royal-Mother-of-Pearl-Vide-Poche-Open-Salt-or-Jewel-Dish-/302988255346
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Trefoil shaped vide poche with a polychrome champlevé enamel dish and gilt brass winged dragon. ca. 1900. Chinoiserie. French. Enamel and gilt bronze. Image © Daelmans and antiek.com. Fair use license. via http://www.antiek.com/daelmans-106/champleve-enamel-vide-poche-in-chinoiserie-style-france-circa-1900-1320032

Art Nouveau era majolica glazed ceramics. Various makers and countries. All in wonderful colors.

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Candlestick. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Ceramic with multicolor stylized floral motifs with gilded bronze. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/candelabras/art-nouveau-ceramics-bronze-candelabra-majolica-circa-1900/id-f_18958052/
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Swan centerpiece in the form of a sleigh with a large shell on an ice skate with a swan at its head. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. Majolica/Barbotine art pottery. Signed “Eichwald”. Eichwald Company, maker. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. and My French Attic. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/1417236-487/Magnificent-Art-Nouveau-Majolica-Barbotine-Swan
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Tall vase with a tube-lined design of cranes in a marsh landscape Fitted in a gilt metal arrowroot motif stand. ca. 1900. Bohemian. Makers marks: “JCB” for Julian Dresser. Julian Dresser, maker. Image © catalog.quittenbaum.de. Fair use license. via https://www.quittenbaum.de/en/auctions/art-nouveau—art-deco/120/dressler-julius-biela-tall-vase-with-handles-c1900-80073/