Dream like people floating around, some looking to be flying. French. French. Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (Henri Martin), painter. Living from 1860 to 1943, he was part of the French Impressionist school. Studying art at the Toulouse School of the Fine Arts, he received his first medal from the Paris Salon in 1883.

 “Les Poètes au bois sacré”. Undated. French. Image source wikiart.org. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_Martin_-_Les_Po%C3%A8tes_au_bois_sacr%C3%A9.jpg
“Le Bois Sacré”. 1899. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Signed and dated “Henri Martin 99” on the bottom right. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_Martin_-_S%C3%A9r%C3%A9nit%C3%A9.jpg
“Le Poète”. 1881. French. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “HENRI MARTIN 1881” on the bottom right. Collections of the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_Martin_-Le_Po%C3%A8teMus%C3%A9e_des_Augustins-_RO_164.jpg

Paintings, mostly of Morocco, by French artist Jacques Azéma. (1910-1979). Azéma was born in France moved to Marrakech at the age of 20 where he taught art and painted.

“Village marocain.” Painted in May, 1942. French. Oil on canvas. Signed “ Jacques AZEMA, situated Maroc” and dated “MAI 42” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/collection-pierre-le-tan-part-i/village-marocain
Place de village animée.” 20th c. French. Tempera on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2021 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/jacques-azema/place-de-village-anim%C3%A9e-b3sP7R-GIH4SmXHPBzb4Bg2



Scène de campagne.” 1971. French. Tempera on cardboard. Signed on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2021 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/jacques-azema/sc%C3%A8ne-de-campagne-wc2YNGnUpakyq7olFC2x3Q2

Freshen up the drawing room with furniture picked out by interior designer Emilio Terry (Emilio Rene Terry y Sánchez) (1890-1969). All of these archived with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris in 1965.

“Projet de chaise.” 20th c., before 1965. French. Gouache, pen, black ink, graphite sketch on paper. Inventory ID# CD 5154.72. Photo and © Les Arts Décoratifs,  Adagp, Paris, 2010. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/projet-de-chaise-4
“Projet de Bureau.” 1938. French. Pen, black ink, and watercolor. Inventory ID#CD 5159.1 Photo and © Les Arts Décoratifs,  Adagp, Paris, 2010. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/projet-de-bureau
“Dessin de canapé.” February 25, 1943. French. Pen, black ink, and watercolor on paper. Inventory ID#CD 5155.19. Photo and © Les Arts Décoratifs,  Adagp, Paris, 2010. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/dessin-de-canape-7
“Dessin de canapé.” October 25, 1942. French. Pen, black ink, and watercolor on paper. Inventory ID#CD 5155.16. Photo and © Les Arts Décoratifs,  Adagp, Paris, 2010. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/dessin-de-canape-4

Silk from a sample book put together in France between 1895 and 1905. Collections of the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection at the Clark Institute in Massachusetts but found through an article from the Public Domain Review.

Black with floral. Number 16187. Page 5. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n5/mode/1up
Plaid. Number 16188. Page 7. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n7/mode/1up
Dots in black and medium blue. Number 16190. Page 11. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n11/mode/1up
Floral stripe. Page 16. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n16/mode/1up
Dark red floral. Number 16196. Page 23. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n23/mode/1up
Flowers and animals. Number 16198. Page 27. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalizing Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/frenchsilksample00unse/page/n27/mode/1up

Desk sets to make your library look a million times fancier. Ormolu and malachite, all antique.

Ormolu and malachite and cabochon mounted desk set. Each piece decorated overall with engraved scrolling foliage. Encrier mounted with putti and inset with malachite and garnet cabochons, hinged writing pad inset to the cover with an oval veneered malachite panel, pen rest mounted with an oval cabochon, and a hinged letter holder with cream silk lined interior and three divided compartments. 1850-1875. French. Maker not known. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license, via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/patrick-moorhead-hidden-treasures/french-ormolu-malachite-cabochon-mounted-desk-set-70/112781
Malachite and ormolu nine piece desk set with combination tray, blotting pad, inkwell, candlestick, paper knife, vesta, stamp tray, blotter, desk tray and a seal. The tray with a decorative ropetwist border. ca. 1880. Maker not known. Image  © 2008-21 Regent Antiques Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.regentantiques.com/itemDetails/07943y-Antique-Malachite-Ormolu-Mounted-9-Piece-Desk-Set-c.1880
Ormolu desk set with malachite cabochons with a pen tray, desk tidy and candlestick. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © 2021, The Antique Guild. Fair use license. via https://theantiqueguild.com.au/products/gilded-three-piece-desk-set-with-malachite-cabochons

Silver wine trolleys. Just the thing if the sommelier just resigned and the butler can’t fill in.

Wine serving trolley with two bowls atop the handled cart. ca. 1920. English. Silver plate. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/97889804_english-silverplate-wine-serving-trolley
Wine trolley formed as a chariot, the sides with beaded borders above applied and engraved grapevine. The reverse engraved with Bacchus seated on a barrel engraved with the initials “AM” and raising a glass, all raised on two large back wheels decorated wtih flowers and foliage and centered with lion marks. Small front wheel on fixed double-scroll axel headed by an open-mouthed lion head and a twisted strap handle. ca. 1885. French. Silver. Maker’s marks: The body with a maker’s mark and French control mark. Front axel with a French control mark. Made in Paris by Fray Fils. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/19th-century-furniture-sculpture-ceramics-silver-and-works-of-art-n08627/lot.36.html
Silver plated wine trolley with two cut-glass decanters. 19th c. English. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/hollowware/an-english-silver-plated-wine-trolley-with-two-cut-glass-decanters-19th-century14-h-x-16-3-4-w-x-6-3-8-d-inches-356-x-4-total-/a/5281-61832.s
Wine trolley adorned with a grapevine motif. ca. 1890. French. Silver plate over bronze. Christofle, maker. Maker’s marks for “CHRFISTOFLE”. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/christofle-silver-plate-wine-trolley/id-f_11377261/

One of those bias cut silk frocks and the boat train awaits. More from the 1930 brochure for the French ocean liner”L’Atlantique.” Compagnie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique, publisher. Collection of the Wolfsonian at Florida International University.

“Le promenade vitré.” Page 22. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/24x?search=Deco
“Salle à manger et salle de jeu des enfants.” Page 25. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/25x?search=Deco
“La Piscine.” Page 27. Image © 2017 The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. Fair use license. via https://digital.wolfsonian.org/WOLF078495/00001/27x?search=Deco

Cathedral clocks in the best Gothic Revival and Neo-Gothic style. Very popular around when Victoria married Albert.

Porcelain cathedral form mantel clock with a light green ground and gilt highlights. The clock face set above faux stained glass windows and the arched doorway painted with a foreground and cathedral in the distance, set on a rectangular base with an imitation marble and geometric floral band design. ca. 1830. French. Dagoty, maker. Maker’s marks: Iron-red stenciled mark “Ancienne Maison Dagoty / Ed. Honore A Paris / 4 Boulevard Poissoniere” to the underside. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/gothic-revival-dagoty-honore-porcelain-cathedral-form-mantel-clock/id-f_5046143/?gclid=CjwKCAiAsaOBBhA4EiwAo0_AnKUJiOv6z-XjYr5BJwIIo9jC583u7IvpOTr1OinJQC1S_ZkGejOFHxoCBz8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Large gilt brass bracket or mantel clock, the case, with engraved floral decoration and applied colored cabochon jewel mounts, encloses a gilt 7″ Roman dial with a finely scroll engraved center and an eight day spring driven movement with anchor escapement chiming the quarters on a nest of two bells. ca. 1870. Gothic Revival. French. The movement having been made in Saint Nicolas d’ Aliermont, by Pierre-Honoré-César Pons and then finished by the Parisian Clock maker, Louis Achille Brocot. Retailed by Hall and Company, Manchester, England. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/large-19th-century-french-gothic-revival-mantel-clock/id-f_11810171/.
Gilt shelf clock in the form of the west facade of Reims Cathedral. The case of finely detailed cast and fire gilt bronze. The dial of twelve porcelain Roman numeral chapters is in the rose window opening. Blued steel sunburst hands, spring-powered, eight-day time and strike movement that has a silk thread suspension and external count-wheel, the gong mounted in the inlaid wooden plinth being controlled by the movement. ca. 1835. Gothic Revival. French. Maker’s marks: strike movement marked “Cailly Freres”. Image  © 2021 Bidsquare Inc. and Skinner Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/skinner/gilt-reims-cathedral-form-shelf-clock-93474

Gilt Reims Cathedral-form Shelf Clock

Gilt bronze sphinxes. Various times as the fashion for Egyptian/Egyptian Revival inspired decorations never really goes away.

Gilt bronze sphinxes on later Levanto Rosso marble rectangular bases. 19th c. Empire. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/true-connoisseurship-the-collection-of-ezra-cecile-zilkha/a-pair-of-empire-gilt-bronze-sphinxes-19th-century
Bronze sphinxes mounted on Russian malachite bases. Early 20th c. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/pair-of-antique-egyptian-sphinx-sculptures/id-f_869117/?gclid=CjwKCAiAjp6BBhAIEiwAkO9WuvCPaDz1Cqd4BpFMem0gRknFf7ZHvgwAIJ54Wozs94fLH61I1VTQ-BoCLccQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Madame de Pompadour depicted as a large gilt sphinx.Probably a store or lobby decorative display item. 1930s-1950s in the style of Louis XV. Composition. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/figurative-sculptures/madame-pompadour-depicted-as-large-gilt-sphinx/id-f_4698023/?gclid=CjwKCAiAjp6BBhAIEiwAkO9WungrSwr4y6Gzc9Q5fpNkbKapq_ZifafAFXYk2Cs8f8pJK941f-pEmhoCygEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Pen shell inlaid brass sphinx. Undated. Scarborough House. Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2657785/scarborough-house-penshell-inlaid-brass-sphinx?gclid=CjwKCAiAjp6BBhAIEiwAkO9Wuo3BtefQxCxjnFjL0uNMxleIWuZodenyVrXZ9wQ2Pz3_4uh2nvjHbBoCH6oQAvD_BwE
Cast gilt bronze chenets modeled as sphinxes that feather a rich blue rocaille cartouche with fleur de lys. Based on a pair of sphinx chenets made ca. 1710 Guillaume de Grof (1680-1742) who was patronized by King Louis XIV. 1850-1899. French. Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2618327/pair-of-19th-century-gilt-bronze-sphinx-chenets-with-fleur-de-lys-cartouche

Crystal and ormolu centerpieces. Tableware to live up to instead of the other way around. On the other hand, should the empress come to dinner you’ll be all set.

Crystal and cast ormolu epergne with a sphinx supporting each corner, reflecting the fascination with things Ancient Egyptian brought about by the Napoleonic campaigns there. Scrolling foliate arms that raise four antique cranberry glass dishes. 1805. Regency. Made in England. Crafted after a design by architect Charles Heathcote Tatham with a motif originally created in 1801 for Tatham’s major patron, the 5th Earl of Carlisle with the design for the base used as an illustration in “Design for Ornamental Plate” with the captioning “A Piece of Plate designed and executed in Silver for the Earl of Carlisle in the year 1801.” Maker not known. Image via © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/regency-crystal-ormolu-epergne/id-f_22325322/
French Empire epergne with ormolu and green crystal cut glass. Mid 19th c. French. Maker not known. Image © Canonbury Antiques – Redwell Hill Farm. Fair use license. via https://canonburyantiques.com/p/French-Glass-Epergne-Dish—Ormolu-Louis-XV-Crystal-1567586936/
Ormolu mounted floral epergne. Raised leopard paw feet supporting the main ring. Flat diamond cut glass posy vases with scalloped rims, the center supporting a larger vase cut in the same manner. 1870-1879. British. F & C Osler, maker. Maker’s marks: metalwork stamped “OSLER”. Image via © 1stdibs.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/planters-cachepots-jardinieres/ormolu-mounted-flower-epergne-fc-osler/id-f_12986841/?gclid=CjwKCAiA65iBBhB-EiwAW253WzGNPIarxD9Lg3Gwv_WEc0EfdSItH9azPEy46CkEpAVW

Ormolu and cut crystal four-piece table garniture, comprising two centerpieces and a pair of candle holders. Each centerpiece surmounted by a figure of Minerva, flanked by a pair of female busts and central Apollo mask, above two pheasants flaked to each side with a circular dish raised on lion monopodia. The candle-holders being en sute. 1875-1900. Made in Paris, France. Baccarat, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped with a Baccarat cachet under the removable crystal dishes. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5937639