Cat and kitten art. Very popular in the Victorian era so a lot of it around. These being French, painted by Alfred-Arthur Brunel de Neuville who lived from 1852 to 1941. Did still lifes, too.

Kittens in a Sewing Basket. Undated. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2012-2020 The Great Cat. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. Fair use license. via https://www.thegreatcat.org/the-cat-in-art-and-photos-2/cats-in-19th-century-art/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-1852-1941-french/
“Playmates.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “Brunel-Neuville” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/alfred-arthur-brunel-de-neuville-french-1852-1941-5762901-details.aspx
“Kittens with Ball of Wool.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/5692222/

Jugs and teapots that will make even powdered limeade and instant tea taste fancy. French. Victor Saglier, creator. Living from 1809 to 1894, he made some wonderfully decorated up tableware.

Orangeade pitcher. Baluster shaped frosted glass decorated with flowers of the field, engraved with acid and enhanced with gold. Gilt bronze mount decorated with bas relief plant motifs. Has a cylinder that fits inside and can be closed with a screw cap that would be filled with ice. Undated. French. Maker’s marks: signed “VS sailing boat” in gold under the base. Image © Galerie Michel Pont and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/en/display.php?mode=obj&id=454606


Teapot with chest collar and belly with rococo decoration in the Louis XV style. 19th c. French. Silver. Maker’s marks: hallmark for Victor Saglier. Image © Estim Nation. Fair use license. via https://www.gazette-drouot.com/en/lots/8756535

Decanter. ca. 1900. French. Decorated glass with silver plate mount and cap. Image  © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/lots/992912-victor-saglier-a-glass-decanter-france-ca-1900

Still lifes with sea shells. One with flowers, too. French. Antoine Berjon, artist (1754-1843). Worked in watercolor and oils along with pastels. Designed silks in Lyon, too.

“Still Life With Flowers, Shells, a Shark’s Head, and Petrifications.” 1819. Oil. Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antoine_Berjon,Still_Life_With_Flowers,_Shells,_a_Shark%27s_Head,_and_Petrifications(1819).jpg
“Coquillages et Madreposes.” Undated. French. Collections of the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon. Image source: the Bridgeman Art Library. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berjon,Antoine%E2%80%94Still_Life_of_Shells_and_Coral.jpg and https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coquillages-et-Madreposes-Antoine-Berjon-1754-1843French-Musee-des-Beaux-Arts-Lyon-Canvas-Art-Antoine-Berjon-18-x-24/184454044?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0
“Still life of seashells.” Early 19th c. Oil on zinc. School of Antoine Berjon. Image source: © Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/eoskins/24787919558

Flower pictures. French. Louis Valtat, artist, Living from 1869 to 1952, he is associated with the Fauvist movement. Studied at the Académie Julian. A collaborator of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

“Les vases de fleurs.” Undated. French. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 TRINITY HOUSE PAINTINGS LTD. Fair use license. via https://www.trinityhousepaintings.com/art/valtat-vases-de-fleurs/
Anémones et marguerites au vase bleu.” 1933. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © artfrancais.com. Fair use license. via https://www.artfrancais.com/artists/78-louis-valtat/works/9424-louis-valtat-anemones-et-marguerites-au-vase-bleu-1933/
“Vase de Fleurs.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2020 MARK MURRAY FINE PAINTINGS. Fair use license. via https://www.markmurray.com/louis-valtat-paintings-for-sale

A few things to pick up that they don’t have at IKEA. Home decor in the French Empire style. Claude Galle, maker (1757-1815).

Pair of gilt-bronze ewers, the handles formed as satyrs and the body decorated with victories, masks of men, foliage and palmettes in applique. Pedestals resting on a quadrangular base. Empire. Gilt-bronze. Attributed to Claude Galle. Image ©  2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-french-touch-hommage-a-alain-et-catherine-bernard/a-pair-of-gilt-bronze-ewers-empire-attributed-to
Pair of “Aux Amours” vases with an elongated baluster form, both with handles formed as two winged putti resting their hands on the circular gadrooned rim of the vase with the handles arising from tapering acanthus leaves supporte on the back of a crouching winged griffin, each seated upon the head of a bearded Bacchic head. Anthemion band around the body of the vase above a fluted base above a spreading circular foot that rests upon a shaped plinth each side of which is mounted with alternate winged putto supporting a scrolled anthemion and a torchère surmounted by a griffin. 1805-1810. French. Attributed to Claude Galle. Image © 2020 RICHARD REDDING ANTIQUES LTD. Fair use license. via https://www.richardreddingantiques.com/artists/51-claude-galle-%28attributed-to%29/works/9997/
Pair of gilt-bronze two-light ormolu wall-lights (candle-holders). Each with an acanthus and palmette backplate issuing a winged harpy holding aloft in each hand a semi-circular foliate-wrapped trumpet-shaped branch supporting vase-shaped candle-holders. ca. 1810. French. Gilt-bronze and patinated bronze. Attributed to Claude Galle. Image © 2020 AnticStore and Galerie Philippe Guegan. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.art/79536P

Out into the fields with mounds of hay. French. Jules-Jacques Veyrassat, painter. Living from 1828 to 1893, most of his work features animals. Associated with the Barbizon School.

“After the Harvest.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed “J. Veyrassat” on the lower left. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-french-touch-hommage-a-alain-et-catherine-bernard/jules-jacques-veyrassat-after-the-harvest
Harvesting Hay (La Moisson”. 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed “J. Veyrasset” on the lower right. Image © 2020 William Doyle Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via https://doyle.com/auctions/18cn02-english-continental-furniture-old-masters/catalogue/87-jules-jacques-veyrassat
“Harvesting” 19th c. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower right. Image © Williams and Son, Richmond on Thames. Fair use license. via https://www.williamsandson.com/artwork-details/808241/18690/jules-jacques-veyrassat-1828-1893-harvesting
“Last Load of Wheat.” 1892. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacques_Jules_Veyrassat_-Last_Load_of_Wheat79.187-_Detroit_Institute_of_Arts.jpg

Fans, each with a happy theme, from Fans d’Eventail of Paris. Taken from their new for September, 2020 collection. And no I do not know them but the fans in their monthly emails are beautiful.



“Childhood Memories” fan with a silk leaf painted by the French painter and illustrator Edmond Malassis (1874-1944). 1899. French. Silk leaf with bone sticks and guards carved and painted with iris. Signed, dated and dedicated:  “A la meilleure des tantes, le plus irrespectueux des neveux E. Malassis 1899.” Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2856-childhood-memories-fan-by-malassis-in-1899.html

“Gallant Dance and Music” fan with the paper leaf painted and signed by Lasellaz. Late 19th c. Painted paper leaf, and mother-of-pearl sticks and guards that are pierced, carved and applied with golden foils. Painted skin back. Image Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2851-gallant-dance-and-music-fan-by-lasellaz-late-19th-century.html
“The Toilette” fan with a silk leaf painted and signed by French painter Gustave Noel (1823-1881 or 1895). ca., 1860-1865. Painted silk leaf with mother-of-pearl sticks and guards, delicately pierced, carved and applied with golden foils an burgau. Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2857-the-toilet-fan-by-gustave-noel-circa-1860-65.html

French Art Nouveau ceramics by Clément Massier who was born into a family of ceramicists. He was a collaborator Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, starting in 1887. His factory-gallery complex in Golfe Juan became a destination for the elite who summered in Monaco, Nice, and Cannes. Brother of Jérôme and Delphin Massier.

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Iridescent cauldron shaped planter/iardinière made for the Hôtel Ritz. 1885. Ceramic, iridescent glazed earthenware. Makers marks: Signed. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/planters-cachepots-jardinieres/iridescent-planter-clement-massier-hotel-ritz-1885/id-f_16586941/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhb36BRCfARIsAKcXh

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“Clematis” luster glazed vase. Undated. Ceramic, glazed earthenware.Signed “Clement Massier, Golfe Juan, A M”. Image ©2020 Tandem Gallery, Gendringen NL. Fair use license. via https://www.glass-artnouveau.com/object/faience/other-factories/clement-massier-vase/

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Iridescent vase with a squat baluster body raised on a coppery glazed ring foot. A wide tall neck with three additional smaller, parallel necks rising from the sides of the vessel. Overall iridescent glaze in dark purple and light blue green with flying bumble bees among leafy fronds. ca. 1900. Glazed earthenware, ceramic. Makers marks: “CLEMENT MASSIER/ GOLFE-JUAN/ [?]AM” painted on the bottom in green. Collections of the Brooklyn Museum. Creative Commons license. via https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/217912

People dressed in all manner of costumes but looking 19th century anyway. Paintings of the Academic School by French artist Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889). Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. One of Napoleon III’s favorite painters.

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“Phèdre.” 1880. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_Ph%C3%A8dre.jpg

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“The Evening Angel.” 1848. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_The_Evening_Angel.jpg

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“Death of Moses.” 1850. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_Death_of_Moses.jpeg

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“Saint Monica in a Landscape.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo credit: Jack Kilgore & Company Inc. Image © 2020 Milwaukee Art Museum Blog. FAir use license. via https://blog.mam.org/2016/10/04/from-the-collection-a-pair-of-paintings-by-alexandre-cabanel/

Baroque era fantasy ruins with a few people scattered around. Imagined up ruins of the most spectacular kind. French. François de Nomé, painter. Born in France in 1593, he moved to Italy when he was 17 and painted there until his death.

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King Asa of Juda Destroying the Idols (Explosion of a cathedral). 1st half of the 17th c. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nom%C3%A9,_Fran%C3%A7ois_(Desiderio._Mons%C3%B9)_-_Explos%C3%A3o_de_una_Catedral.jpg

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“Daniel and the Lion’s Den.” 17th c. Image source: musee.metzmetropole.fr and commons.wikimedia.org. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/francois-de-nome-imaginary-ruins

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“Hell” (The Underworld). 1622. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie. François de Nomé (known as Monsù Desiderio), artist. Image source: Arnaud25. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Les_enfers_-_par_Fran%C3%A7ois_de_Nom%C3%A9_(dit_Mons%C3%B9_Desiderio).jpg