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

Jugendstil design for a touch of Art Moderne before that very fashionable cousin comes to tea. From”Kunst und Handwerk: Zeitschrift für Kunstgewerbe und Kunsthandwerk seit 1851: 52″. A journal of arts and crafts, these are from their 1901 to 1902 issues. Collections of the Heidelberg University Libraries.

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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence). 1901-1902. Image 7, page 18. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0018/image
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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence. 1901-1902. Figure 9, Image 6, page 17. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0017/image
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“Landsitz Berlepsch Senstervergitterungen in Schmiedeeisen, ausgefuhrt von Keifer and Company München.” (Wrought iron window grills for a country residence. 1901-1902. Figure 9, Image 6, page 17. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0017/image
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“Villa Tobler, Zürich. Treppenhausfenster dergitterung in Schmiedeeisen ausgeführt von Keifer und Company München” (Grill in wrought iron for a stairwell). Figure 16. Image 10, page 21. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0021/image
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“Füllungen von Leonb Hellmuth, Ansbach” (Designs for filling in spaces designed by Leonhard Hellmuth). Figures 446 and 447, image 276. page 295. Image © and digitalized by the Heidelberg University Library. Fair use license. via https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kuh1901_1902/0295/image

Watercolors of palatial looking interiors possibly belonging to the lord of the manor down the street by Bavarian painter Franz Xaver Nachtmann who mostly worked in Munich. (1799-1846). Also painted flowers for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.

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“The Dressing Room of King Ludwig I at the Munich Residence Palace.” 1836. Pen and ink, gold paint, gouache and graphite on white wove paper. Collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann_-_The_Dressing_Room_of_King_Ludwig_I_at_the_Munich_Residence_Palace_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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Elizabeth of Bavaria’s bedchamber, Tegernsee Castle. 19th c. Collections of Castle Ringberg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/a/nachtmann-franz-xaver/elizabeth-of-bavarias-bed.html
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Munich Residence; Queen Therese of Bavaria’s writing cabinet. 1835. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Franz_Xaver_Nachtmann,_Schreibkabinett_M%C3%BCncher_Residenz.jpg

Women out and about and having fun painted by German artist Christian Emil Rosenstand (1859-1932). He also did illustrative work for magazines and books.

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“Afternoon.” 1895. Watercolor. Signed “Rosenstrand 95 Berlin” on the lower right. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/574/186-emil-christian-rosenstand-afternoon
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“Sommertag im Garten.” No date. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/christian-emil-rosenstand/sommertag-im-garten-l-JtYZ8W7vBQ2Qi6It4V0A2
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“Figures on the Riverbank.” No date. Signed on the lower left. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Davidson Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/rosenstand-emil-christian-german-1859-1932-246-c-4612e05902

Decorative pieces to make your desk look much nicer. Erhard & Söhne, maker. In 1904 they held the world-patent for the manufacture of brass-inlay. From their factory in Baden-Württemberg, Germany they shipped worldwide. Still in existence but nowadays they build automobiles, not make pretty boxes.

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Schmuckschatulle (jewelry box). No date. Brass and mahogany. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/erhard-s%C3%B6hne-co/schmuckschatulle-FdEl38qYfgnOrpxE4Mtuxw2
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Casket inlaid with a figurative frieze of knights, dragon, blacksmith, horse, sleeping maiden, horse, and a bird in a tree. Cover set with quartz cabochons backed with pink foil. Velvet lined interior and key with a lion motif that is stamped “EH.” ca. 1920. Amboyna and brass. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/an-erhard-sohne-amboyna-and-brass-5778291-details.aspx
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Decorative box. 1925. Art Déco. Brass with a wooden interior. Designed by Eugen Schwemmle and made by Erhard & Söhne. Maker’s marks: Trademark for Erhard & Söhne. Image Catawiki © 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/11193199-erhard-sohne-eugen-schwemmle-design-art-deco-brass-box
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Desktop document holder. ca. 1920. Rosewood and stenciled brass. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/desk-sets/stunning-art-deco-desktop-document-holder-brass-rosewood-erhard-sohne/id-f_17885551/

Stylized animals and plants, plates from Arnold Lyongrun’s 1899 work “Neue freie Dekorationsmotive entwickelt aus dem Tier- und Pflanzenreich : Eine Auswahl von Entwurfen in modernen Stil, mit Rucksicht auf die praktische Verwendung im Kunstgewerbe” which was published in Leipzig by B.F. Voigt. Pochoir prints.

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Plate 1, page 6. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n6/mode/2up
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Plate 4, page 14. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n11/mode/2up
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Plate 2, page 10. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n8/mode/2up
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Plate 3, page 12. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n9/mode/2up

Domestic scenes filled with children having fun by German genre painter Gustav Igler. Living from 1842 to 1938, he studied art in Vienna. Igler also served as principal of technical painting at the Academy in Stuttgart.

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“Kinder.” Before 1938. Source: haynesfineart.com. In the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gustav_Igler_-_Kinder.jpg
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“Mütterchen.” 1872. Source: iamachild.wordpress.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gustav_Igler_-_M%C3%BCtterchen_1872.jpg
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“Beim Reparieren des Drachens.” 1895. Source: myartprints.co.uk. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gustav_Igler_-_Beim_Reparieren_des_Drachens_1895.jpg

Paintings of horses by Johann Georg de Hamilton who lived from 1672 to 1737. Born in Munich which was then part of the Southern Netherlands, he later moved to Vienna and then Berlin, ending up back in Vienna. Painted a lot of hunting scenes, too.

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“The Piebald Stallion at the Eisgruber Stud.” ca. 1707. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-piebald-stallion-at-the-eisgruber-stud-johann-george-von-hamilton.html
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“Cerbero.” ca. 1725. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cerbero-johann-georg-von-hamilton.html
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“Gitano” ca. 1721-1726. Collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Wagenburg. Cc0 License 4.0. via http://www.kulturpool.at/plugins/kulturpool/showitem.action?itemId=270583573678&kupoContext=default

Paintings of the insides of places, possibly creatively improved to look better than they really did. German but spent time painting in Italy like everybody else. Ditlev Martens, artist (1795-1864).

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“San Giovanni in Laterano.” 1830. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “H.D.C. Martens. Roma. 1830.” on the lower right. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/hans-ditlev-christian-martens/san-giovanni-in-laterano-zuH9rFcPtcpkqznfuomFXg2
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Pope Leo XII Visits Thorvaldsen’s Studio Near the Piazza Barberini, Rome, on Saint Luke’s Day October 18th, 1826. 1830. Collections of the Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen. Image © Tate Galleries, London. Fair use license. via https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/29/john-gibson-workshop-rome
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“The House of Michelangelo in Rome.” Inventory number B262. 1833. Oil on canvas. Image © Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen. Fair use license. via http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/B262

Antique spill vases. Spills were twists of paper that you would use to light your pipe or melt sealing wax back before there were matches. Every home needed two or three. Different materials and designs.

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Staffordshire spill vase in the motif of two children sleeping with a bird watching over them with tufts of hand modeled foliage in the various branches. mid 19th c. British. Ceramic. Handpainted with gilt around the base. Image © Rogues’ Hollow Antiques, 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.rogueshollowantiques.com/product/antique-staffordshire-spill-vase/
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Pair of spill vases. 1901. Edwardian. English. Sterling silver with weighted bases. Makers marks: matching hallmarks for Birmingham 1901 with the silversmiths marks for John S. Pullinger & W. J .Myatt & Company. Image ©2020 LoveAntiques.com. Fair use license. via https://www.loveantiques.com/antique-silver/silver-vases/pair-of-antique-edwardian-sterling-silver-9-spill-vases-1901-167320
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Pair of spill vases. 1900. Jugendstil/Art Nouveau. German. Pewter. Orivit, maker. Makers marks: stamped “ORIVIT” on the base with “2165”. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Orivit-Antique-Nouveau-Pewter-Spill/dp/B00JHRJ5NU
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Pair of Staffordshire mare and foal spill vases. ca. 1850. Ceramic. Image © 2020 Chairish, Inc. and Apropos Antiques, Henrico Virginia. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2130150/antique-staffordshire-mare-foal-spill-vases