Characters in “Mascarade à la Greque,” a parade of fantastical architectural outfits envisioned up by French artist Ennemond Alexandre Petitot who lived from 1727 to 1801 and was also Court Architect at Parma when he wasn’t dreaming things up. Etched and published by Benigno Bossi (1727–1792). Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. via publicdomainreview.com.

“Bergere a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Berger a la Grecque.” ca 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
La Mariée à la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“L’Epoux a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Sacerdotesse a la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade
“Jeune Moine à la Grecque.” ca. 1771. Collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade

History pictures of people living in crowds. French. Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel, artist. Living from 1839 to 1929, he studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme. Specialized in historical genre paintings.

“Baptism of the Condé.” 19th c. French. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolphe_Alexandre_Lesrel_Baptism_of_the_Conde.jpg
“A Musical Interlude.” 1903. French. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lesrel_Adolphe_Alexandre_A_Musical_Interlude.jpg
“The Swallows Leaving.” Undated. French. Oil on panel. Signed on the lower right. Image © Galerie Ary Jan, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.galeriearyjan.com/en/lesrel-adolphe-alexandre.htm

Flower pictures from just a little while ago, at least if you are a flower. French. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, artist. Living from around 1533 to 1588, he served as official artist on Jean Ribault’s expedition to what became North Florida.

A Sheet of Studies of Flowers: A Rose, a Heartsease, a Sweet Pea, a Garden Pea, and a Lax-flowered Orchid. 16th c. French. Watercolor and gouache, over black chalk. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/364533
Apple. ca. 1575. French. Watercolor and bodycolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267Y-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O25872/watercolour-le-moyne-de/
Two narcissi and a columbine, a dragonfly and a stag beetle. 16th c. French. Black chalk, watercolor, bodycolor on an old album sheet. Inscribed in ink , probably by the artist. Watermark crescents with a crown. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-dieppe-ca-6188314-details.aspx
Red currant. ca. 1565. French. Watercolor and gouache on paper prepared as vellum. Image © 2020 Arader Galleries, Philadelphia. Fair use license. via https://aradergalleries.com/products/jacques-le-moyne-de-morgues-french-ca-1533-1588-bullace-2
Stavesacre. ca. 1575. French. Bodycolor and watercolor on paper. Museum ID# AM.3267FF-1856. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In the public domain due to age. via http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1136622/stavesacre-watercolour-le-moyne-de/

More pochoir prints from “Relais 1930,” a posthumous collection of designs by Édouard Benedictus who lived from 1878 to 1930 and designed textiles and wallpaper. Digital collections of the New York Public Library.

Multicolor tulip shapes; on purple field. 1930. Image ID# 1556172. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Multicolor rounded and angled shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556174. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e250-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
Multicolor angled and rounded shapes; on light grey field. 1930. Image ID# 1556171. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90

Paintings of the Grand Gallery in the Louvre in Paris with a fair number of people milling around. French, painted by Hubert Robert who after managing to escape the guillotine ended up as the first “keeper of paintings” at the Louvre.

“Projet d’aménagement de la Grande Galerie du Louvre.” 1796. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the public domain because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hubert_Robert_-Projet_d%27am%C3%A9nagement_de_la_Grande_Galerie_du_Louvre(1796).JPG
“The Grand Gallery in the Louvre, between 1801 and 1805.” Early 19ith c. French. Collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris. Image © Photos.com/Jupiter Images. Fair use license. via https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hubert-Robert

Sealing wax cases or etui so pretty you will be glad you have to write another thank you note. French. Various goldworkers, all amazingly talented. Most of these by Nicolas Durier who flourished between 1758 and 1788.

Gold sealing wax case or etui, decorated with garlands of flowers and filleted flutes. 1780-1782. Made in Paris. Nicolas Durier, maker (fl. 1758-1788). Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/a-gold-seal-case-nicolas-durier-paris-1780-1782
Two etui or sealing wax cases. The first in gold and enamel, striped in opaque and translucent orange, white and blue with chased and enameled bead and garland borders and a base inset with blank matrix. 1787. Alexis Profitt. Maker’s marks: charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, Paris. 1787. The second in three color gold, scattered with mullets on a reeded ground within corded borders and later converted into a lipstick holder. 18th c before 1788. Made in Paris. Maker’s marks: original maker’s mark of Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). Charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, later French maker’s mark and control marks. Serial number: 01133. French. Image Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/fr/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/orfevrerie-europeenne-boites-or-objets-vitrine/lot.54.html

Gold and enamel sealing wax case or etui. Slightly tapering  étui-à-cire of oval section and a cover and base enameled with a design of black-edged red stars on a salmon-beige translucent ground over horizontal reeding and framed by fluted bands. Cap being similarly enameled and topped by a chased and enameled green and white foliage rosette, the borders banded in the same color on a sablé ground with a blank matrix. 1781-1782. Made in Paris, Fran e. Maker’s marks: Marked for Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). First charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel for 1780-1782. Later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/louis-xvi-enamelled-sealing-wax-case-by-nicolas-3879689-details.aspx?intObjectID=3879689
Gold and enamel needle case/etui, enameled in translucent blue and decorated with paillon fleurs-de-lis, bound by enameled leafy borders. ca. 1786. Louis XVI. Nicolas Durier, maker. Maker’s marks: Charge and export discharge marks for Henri Clavel. Image source: Sothebys. Image © 2020 Sothebys and 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/a-louis-xvi-gold-and-enamel-needle-case,-nicolas-276-c-182d45a41c

Oil lamps done in art glass. All with interesting designs.

Venetian “Fume” tea color four spot art glass oil lamp fluted flower vase. Hand blown with a ruffled rim and rigaree decoration on the neck. Each spot has a shell decoration at the bottom. ca. 1870-1900. Italian. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/venetian-fume-tea-color-four-spout-italian-art-glass-oil-lamp-flower-vase/id-f_21321702/
Oil lamp, probably made in Bohemia for the English market. Late 19th c. Image © 2007–2020 Auctions Online USA Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/275402-antique-bohemian-art-glass-oil-lamp-prod?in=activity
Acid etched glass oil lamp with a cameo glass egg shaped reservoir in green, acid etched with a fern leaf textured ground. Glass probably by Baccarat or Saint Louis as similar acid etched and cameo glass with the fern leaf pattern are shown in the 1907-1908 Baccarat catalogue. Cast bronze stand in the form of a chestnut branch with a square red marble base. ca. 1907. Art Nouveau. French. Maker’s marks: Glass marked “Depose.” Burner marked for the German manufacturer Kosmos. Art glass with marble and bronze. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-French-Acid-Etched-Glass-Oil-Lamp-Art-Nouveau-Bronze-Marble-Stand-/303706243814
Art glass oil lamps in iridescent glass embellished with a pulled feather design and featuring removable glass encased wicks. Made in 1990. American. Stuart Abelman, maker. abelmanartglass.com. Engraved maker’s marks on the underside. Vases © Stuart Abelman. Image © 2020 EBTH, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebth.com/items/9047671-stuart-abelman-art-glass-oil-lamps

Feather fans from Fans d’Evantail, Paris. Making me want to sneeze already.

Ostrich feather dance card fan with pierced tortoiseshell sticks and guards and a gold mounted ivory dance card concealed in the master guard. ca 1900. Ostrich feathers with tortoiseshell and gold mounted ivory dance card. Part of the exhibition “Eventail en Plumes, un vent de folie” held in 2016 at the Charles VII Museum. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2904-let-s-dance-dance-card-fan-circa-1900.html
Peacock feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks. The leaf being a marquetry of peacock feathers. Early 20th c. Peacock feathers and tortoiseshell. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2894-peacock-early-20th-century-fan.html

Brûle-parfum, mostly in gilt bronze and looking vaguely Egyptian Revival. Very popular in the early 19th century. Spirit lamps on legs that heat up pastilles and perfume up the room. So much prettier than air fresheners.

Gilt-bronze brûle-parfum, with a pierced neck, flanked by snake-shaped handles and raised on a verde antico marble pedestal. Early 19th c. French. Empire. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-private-collections/an-empire-gilt-bronze-brule-parfum-early-19th


Brûle-parfum in the shape of an Athenian, the base with winged sphinxes framing a central flaming oil lamp, resting on a base decorated with a vestal on each of the three faces. Early 19th c. French. Gilt-bronze and green patinated bronze. Attributed to Andre-Antoine Ravrio (1759-1814). Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/paire-de-brule-parfums-depoque-empire-attribuee-a-6110162-details.aspx

Brûle-parfum vessels with Nike figures, both with relief decorated plinths. One with a footrest with Empire ornamentation on three gilded sphinx’s feet and the shell in chain suspension held by the goddess of victory. The second with a curved plinth on paw feet and a cut crystal bowl, floral pierced lid, as well of chain suspension, of the winged Nike figure. ca. 1800. French. Bronze, gilded bronze, brown patinated bronze and a cut crystal bowl. Image © Very Important Lot and Stahl Auktionshaus, Hamburg. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/paar-musealer-empire-brule-parfum-gefasse-mit-nike-322654

Pair of six-light candelabra with Brûle-parfums, decorated with acanthus leaves and swans. Each with an elaborate scrolled acanthus wrapped shaft headed by a fluted and foliate wrapped cornucopia. The porcelain plaques decorated with differing scenes of cherubs amid clouds. ca. 1815-20. French. Gilt bronze and polychrome painted enamel with porcelain plaques. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). Image © 2020 RICHARD REDDING ANTIQUES LTD. Fair use license. via https://www.richardreddingantiques.com/sold/categories/10/9619/

1920s hand fans from the website of Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Two that advertise something and the third a commemorative fan connected with a reception in 1922. Nicer than getting a free travel mug. All you get now.

Advertising fan for Bas Marny. Art Déco. Wooden sticks and a printed paper leaf that is numerated #134. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2898-bas-marny-advertising-fan-art-deco-period.html
Commemorative fan for the reception of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which happened on June 16, 1922. 1922. Wooden fan with a printed paper leaf. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2897-institution-of-mechanical-engineers-souvenir-fan-1922.html


Advertising fan with Mistinguett for Cherry Regals. 1920s. Printed paper with wood sticks. by Charles Gesmar who lived from 1900 to 1928. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2899-mistinguett-and-cherry-fan-by-gesmar-circa-1920.html