Portraits of women by Polish-born French painter Moïse Kisling. Living from 1891 to 1953, he served in the French Foreign Legion during World War I. Mostly painted in Paris.

Portrait of Rénée Kisling. 20th c. Polish/French. Collections of the National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria. © Estate of the artist. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_R%C3%A9n%C3%A9e_Kisling.jpg
Portrait of a woman. Painted in 1926. Polish/French. Oil on canvas. Signed “Kisling” on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © Christies and lotsearch.net Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/moise-kisling-1891-1953-46295641
Portrait. 20th c. Polish/French. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2015/06/Moise-Kisling.html#more

Cassolettes in ormolu and patinated bronze. Mostly from around 1800. Used to burn potpourri.

Pair of cassolettes, each cast as an oil lamp with an eagle’s head finial on a circular plinth. ca. 1795. Directoire. Ormolu and patinated bronze. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/pair-directoire-ormolu-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-1/114915
Pair of cassolettes, each one raised on a triform white marble base, the base bordered with ormolu, raised on a molded ormolu step above three toupie feet and set to the center with an elaborate ormolu foliate finial. The base of each cassolette supporting three patinated legs, each leg modeled as an elongated cartyatid that terminates in a hoof foot with the legs supporting the bowl of the vase. The rim of each bowl finished with a pierced ormolu frieze and topped with a flat cover which is in turn surmounted by an elaborate ormolu finial comprised of a an abandance of fruit and foliage. Late 19th c. in the Louis XVI style. French. Ormolu, patinated bronze and white marble. Henry Dasson, maker (1825-1895). Maker’s marks: signed “Henry Dasson” to the base of each. Image v© 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-gilt-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-dasson

Pair of baluster form cassolettes, the ring-adorned waisted neck mounted with foliate swans, the stiff-leaf cast lip headed by a domed lid with pinecone finial flanked by winged putti blowing dolphin-headed horns and resting on scrolled paired lion supports above a circular fluted base with foliate-cast edge. ca. 1785-1790. French. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5103945

Jardiniere with putti . .. a bit of fun and frolic for your plants.

Flambe glazed ceramic jardinière with gilt bronze mounts. French. Maker’s marks for Luneville which been in business since 1711. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/98408403_beautiful-19th-century-french-jardiniere
Parian bisque jardinière modeled as a basket with with relief figures of putti, Oval base strewn with rose flowers. Antique. 19th c. Maker not known. Incised #4 mark under the base. Image © 2021 French Garden House. Fair use license. via https://frenchgardenhouse.com/item_6207/Estate-19th-Century-Parian-Bisque-Cherub-Jardiniere-Putti-Basket.htm
Jardinière with an openwork troughed body carried by four putti figures with three-dimensional rose branches. and the handles with lateral laurel wreaths with bows. Porcelain with polychrome painting and a gold rim. ca. 1907-1927. German. C. G. Schierholz and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: manufacturers mark “Thuringia. Plaue. C. G. Schierholz & Son.” Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/jardiniere-mit-putten-394695
Decorative vintage brass baroque jardiniere with putti – Italy – ca.1970 Brass or bronze jardinière with putti. ca. 1970. Baroque in style.; Italian. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/8606717-decorative-vintage-brass-or-bronze-baroque-jardiniere-with-putti-italy-ca-1970

Envisionings of a dreamed up time long past. Maybe it looked like this, maybe it didn’t. Fun either way. Plates taken from M. A. Racinet’s 1888 work “Le costume historique.” Published in Paris by Firmin-Didot et cie..

“Intérieur d’une riche habitation de la haute antiquité. Egyptien.” Page 58. 1888. French. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n58/mode/1up
“Pièce principale d’une riche maison Athénienne” Grece. Page 184. Nordmann, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n184/mode/1up
“La Maison Pompéienne, l’atrium (Restauration de Jules Bouchet). Plan et profil de la Maison de Pansa. Greco-Roman.” Page 215. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n214/mode/1up
“Restauration de l’intérieur d’un palais. Romain.” Page 302. Charpentier, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n300/mode/1up
“Bijouterie Gauloise et Mérovingienne. Broderies Bretton. Gaulois.”. Page 398. Spiegel, lithographer. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/lecostumehistori02raci/page/n396/mode/1up

18th century people out and about seen through a later rose colored haze. History paintings by French artist Maurice Leloir. Living from 1953 to 1940, he was the son of two artists.

“A Romantic Lunch.” Undated. French. Image © 2014-2021 Masterpieces | Tutt’Art. Fair use license. via https://www.fineartphotographyvideoart.com/2020/04/Maurice-Leloir.html
“The Boating Party.” French. Image © 2014-2021 Masterpieces | Tutt’Art. Fair use license. via https://www.fineartphotographyvideoart.com/2020/04/Maurice-Leloir.html
“The Models.” 1883. French. Signed and dated “1883” on the lower right. Image © Berko Fine Paintings Copyright 2021. Fair use license. via http://www.berkofinepaintings.com/catalogue/the-models/

Ostensoir. These are used in the worship tradition of several Christian churches. Here because I think the different ways the rays are modeled is interesting. One that is 19th century and the others are brand new.

Grand ostensoir decorated with vines, ears of white and cherubs. Crowned with a crown which forms a canopy above a representation of God the Father who is surrounded by a cloud with the rays of the sun in gilded bronze. From the treasure of the Capuchin friars of Bruges. mid19th c. Belgian. Sterling silver and vermeil. Image © Ian Panné and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=738039

Ostensoir in gilded bronze and sterling silver. 2021. Image © Michel Finet. Fair use license. via https://www.michel-finet.com/ostensoir/855-ostensoir.html

Ostensoir. 2021. Image © Louis-Guillaume Piéchaud. Fair use license. via http://www.piechaud-orfevre.fr/orfevrerie-liturgique/

Down to the water with French landscape painter Stanislas Lépine whose favorite subject was the Seine River. I can feel the breeze from here. Living from 1835 to 1892, he participated in the first Impressionist exhibition, held at Nadar’s in 1874.

“Bords de seine la traverselle envasée entre deux îles.” 19th c. French. Oil on canvas. Signed “S. Lépine” on the lower right. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/impressionist-modern-art-new-york/bords-de-seine-la-traverselle-envasee-entre-deux
“The Seine at the Pont de Sèvres.” ca. 1876-1880. French. Signed on the lower left. Image ©Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/lepine-stanislas/seine-pont-sevres
La Seine a Ivry.” 19th c. French. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2000 – 2021 Rehs Galleries, Inc. Fair use license. via http://rehs.com/Stanislas_L%C3%A9pine_La_Seine_a_Ivry.html

Impressionist flowers that sing summer or at least spring. French. Marcel Dyf, artist. Living from 1899 to 1985, he grew up in Normandy and was captivated by the work of Renoir.

“Pivoines et iris.” 1965 French. Oil on canvas. Signed “DYF” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/impressionist-modern-art-new-york/pivoines-et-iris
“Fleurs des champ (tapis jaune).” Undated. French. Oil on canvas. Signed “DYF” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2019 Beloosesky Gallery. Fair use license. via https://www.beloosesky.com/artists/marcel-dyf?view=slider
“Fleurs du jardin,” 1972. French. Oil on canvas. Signed “DYF” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image by Heritage Auctions Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions/ Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/paintings/marcel-dyf-french-1899-1985-fleurs-du-jardin-1972oil-on-canvas21-3-4-x-18-1-4-inches-552-x-464/a/8011-68011.s

Portraits of court ladies including two portraits of the Empress Josephine. François Gérard, painter. Living from 1770 to 1837, he was born in Rome but later painted in France. Studied under Jacques-Louis David.

“Portrait de Juliette Récamier”. 1805. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Carnavalet, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fran%C3%A7ois_G%C3%A9rard_-Madame_R%C3%A9camier-_WGA08597.jpg
Empress Josephine. 1801. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.arthermitage.org/Francois-Gerard/Portrait-of-Josephine.html
Empress Josephine. 1806. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Chateau Fontainebleau. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via http://www.gogmsite.net/empire-napoleonic-and-roman/subalbum-empress-josephine/josephine-de-beauharnais-by.html
Portrait of Baronesse Mathieu de Favier, Marquise de Jaucourt. Undated. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4684750

A few little things to keep around the house, gilt bronze by Henri Picard whose cast and gilded decorative pieces was very fashionable in Paris between 1831 and 1864. He created a great many decorative objects for Emperor Napoleon III.

Gilded and chiseled bronze navette form jewelry box in the shape of a gadrooned shuttle enhanced with a row of pearls, cornucopia medallion with the bust of a young woman and foliated volutes. Surmounted on the lied by a small winged angel, allegory of love showing a flaming heart decorated with bows and arrows, flower crown and fire pot. Purple silk interior. 1831-1864. French. Henri Picard. Image © Antiquités David Balzeau & Pascale Brion and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=723122




Cachepot, or jardinière in Sèvres style painted porcelain with gilt bronze ormolu mounts. The cylindrical porcelain body of the cachepot, rising from a waisted stem, is painted in the round with a Rococo style scene of putti hunting in an idyllic landscape. The porcelain having a “bleu celeste” ground with parcel gilt with chased intertwined leaves and jeweled with red and white enamel. The body mounted with an ormolu rim from which springs twin geometrical ormolu handles, each terminating in a cherub mask. The cachepot being supported by a square ormolu base, the surface of which is richly detailed, featuring draped and tasseled fabric, rosettes to each corner, and pinecone finials. Four square toupie feet. 1831-1864. French. Henri Picard. Maker’s marks: the ormolu is stamped “H. Picard’ underneath. Image © 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited.. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/sevres-style-porcelain-ormolu-cachepot-by-picard


Gilt bronze centerpiece in the Rococo taste. Navette form with reticulated basketweave, foliate handles, floral swags and a removable lead liner. ca. 1850. French. Henri Picard, maker. Maker’s marks: stamped “H. Picard” and numbered “3814.” Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Neal Auction Company. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/64563869_henri-picard-gilt-bronze-centerpiece
Rococo style gilt bronze casket centerpiece. Navette form with reticulated basket weave, foliate handles, floral swags and two seated putti. Removable lead liner. ca. 1860. French. Henri Picard. Marked on the underside. Image © 2021 Bidsquare Inc.  and Solomon Treasure. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/solomon-treasure/a-fine-french-rococo-ormolu-bronze-basket-centerpiece-with-putti-henri-picard-1439772