Soup tureens modeled as pheasants. I guess you could put stew in them too. Ceramic. Different makers and times. All fun.

Glazed ceramic pheasant tureen. 20th c. Italian. Maker’s marks: numbered “325168”, marked “Italy”; impressed “28” to the underside. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Hindmans Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/109173569_an-italian-glazed-ceramic-pheasant-tureen
Majolica ceramic trompe l’oeil pheasant covered tureen. ca. 1910. French. Digoin and Sarreguemines, maker. Image
© 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/3275843/antique-french-sarreguemines-majolica-trompe-loeil-pheasant-covered-tureen
Pheasant tureen. 1825. English. Pearlware ceramic enameled in bright colors. Staffordshire Pottery, maker. Image ©2021 Antique Pottery of John Howard at Heritage, http://www.johnhoward.co.uk. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquepottery.co.uk/staffordshire-pottery-pearlware-pheasant-tureen-in-bright-enamel-colours-antique-period-c1820/

Folio of various decorations for La Scala in Milan, Lombardy. Alessandro Sanquirico, creator, with the bindings attributable to Thovenin. Living from 1777 to 1849, Sanquirico was an Italian scenic designer who designed over 300 productions for La Scala. All of these taken from a current Sotheby’s catalogue.





Set design depicting the eruption of Vesuvius, the climactic scene of Giovanni Pacini’s opera, “L’ultimo giorno di Pompei.” Design by Allesandro Sanquirico for the 1827 La Scala production.Italian. Description taken from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eruption_of_Vesuvius_from_Pacini%27s_opera_L%27ultimo_giorno_di_Pompei.jpg. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
Design by Sanquirico depicting the “Garden of the palace of Minos on the island of Crete,” danced by Salvatore Viganò in the 1818 carnival in connection with Maria Luisa, duchess of Parma who had previously been married to Napoleon. 1818. Italian. Description details taken from https://www.jstor.org/stable/742589 and here https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-0cee-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
“Interior of a Greenhouse.” Published in 1832. Scene concept by Sanquirico for a production at La Scala in Milan. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
‘Council chamber of the royal palace.” Published in 1832. Stage design by Alessandro Sanquirico for a production at LaScala in Milan. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830

Designs for southern Italian tile ornaments, perfect for the conservatory whenever you get around to getting it finished. Plates from Johann Eduard Jacobsthal’s work “Süd-italienische Fliesen-Ornamente,” published in Germany in 1886. The idea for the post being taken from an idea on the art blog www.design-is-fine.org.

Figures 1 and 2, page 23. Wilhelm Greve, lithographer. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/suditalienischef00jaco/page/n23/mode/1up
Figures 1, 2, and 3. Page 25. Wilhelm Greve, lithographer. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/suditalienischef00jaco/page/n25/mode/1up
Figures 1 and 2. Page 27. Wilhelm Greve, lithographer. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Boston Public Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/suditalienischef00jaco/page/n27/mode/1up

A set of four posters celebrating the four seasons in Italy. Created in 1950 to 1951 by graphic designers Manno Previtali and Alfredo Lalia about whom very little is known and printed in Italy by E.N.I.T. Luigi Salamone, lithographer. From an old Swann Auctions catalog.

“Winter in Italy.” 1950-1951. Italian. Travel poster. Luigi Salamone, lithographer. Image ©  Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/MANNO-PREVITALI–DATES-UNKNOWN—ALFREDO-LALIA–1907—–SEA?saleno=2558&lotNo=258&refNo=777205
“Autumn in Italy.” 1950-1951. Italian. Travel poster. Luigi Salamone, lithographer. Image ©  Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/MANNO-PREVITALI–DATES-UNKNOWN—ALFREDO-LALIA–1907—–SEA?saleno=2558&lotNo=258&refNo=777205
“Summer in Italy.” 1950-1951. Italian. Travel poster. Luigi Salamone, lithographer. Image ©  Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/MANNO-PREVITALI–DATES-UNKNOWN—ALFREDO-LALIA–1907—–SEA?saleno=2558&lotNo=258&refNo=777205
“Spring in Italy.” 1950-1951. Italian. Travel poster. Luigi Salamone, lithographer. Image ©  Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/MANNO-PREVITALI–DATES-UNKNOWN—ALFREDO-LALIA–1907—–SEA?saleno=2558&lotNo=258&refNo=777205

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

Hand colored etchings from Marco Carloni’s 1776 work “Vestigia delle terme di Tito e loro interne pitture.” All of these drawn by Francesco Smugliewicz and Vincenzo Brenna, and engraved by Marco Carloni. There are a couple of volumes with the etchings in black and white. These were hand colored later, for a large folio edition. Various sources.

Hand colored etching showing a man and two dancers. from the large folio volume “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro internal pitture”. 1780. Inventory ID #21755. Collections of and Image © the Albertina Museum, Vienna. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://sammlungenonline.albertina.at/?query=search=/record/objectnumbersearch=%5B21755%5D&showtype=record#/query/a953e64e-84a5-4752-aac5-4ca523ddea4b

Bezel illustration panel with three women from the large folio volume “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro internal pitture”. 1780. Inventory ID #21760. Collections of and Image © the Albertina Museum, Vienna. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://sammlungenonline.albertina.at/?query=search=/record/objectnumbersearch=%5B21760%5D&showtype=record#/query/7460b920-2605-4b28-a4f2-856f3db5660b
Baths of Titus (Domus Aurea) from the large folio volume “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e loro internal pitture”. 1776. Italian. Copper engraving with watercolor and tempera. Image © Galleria Trincia – Stampe Antiche – Roma, Fair use license. via http://www.pierotrincia.it/it/3067/pitture-murali-delle-terme-di-tito—marco-carloni.html
Plate nine from “Vestigia delle Terme di Tito e Loro Interne Pitture.” 1776-1778. Italian. Hand colored etching. Collections of the British Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://enfilade18thc.com/2021/03/12/print-quarterly-march-2021/

Silver by Emanuele Caber of Milan. ca. 1820-1850, all with animals incorporated in the design.

Pair of silver candlesticks decorated with monkeys. Circular base with a border decorated with a frieze of water leaves and laurel leaves. Stem topped by a seated monkey wearing an Egyptian style headdress and holding a pineapple on its head with both hands. Loaded bases. Foot rim engraved “MH”. ca. 1820. Made in Milan, Italy. Silver. Emanuele Caber, silverworker. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/an-italian-pair-of-silver-candlesticks-with
Pair of silver salt boxes made as two cups supported by swans with a round base on zoomorphic feet. 1825-1850. Made in Milan, Italy. Emanuele Caber, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Punches: starry world, plow, silversmith’s mark under the sign of the deer. Image © 2000-2018 arsvalue.com. Fair use license. via https://www.arsvalue.com/it/lotti/77985/coppia-di-saliere-in-argento-milano-emanuele-caber-secondo-quarto-del-xix
Silver coffee pot with an ogive body resting on a base with high grooves and the ovoli frame repeated on the neck. Large beak/spout with the final part modeled as a dog’s head. Decorated with a figure of Mercury made in bas relief. Hinged lid with a swan finial. Wooden handle with silver attachments depicting volutes alt. ca. 1840. Made in Milan, Italy. Silver. Emanuel Caber, silverworker. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-interessante-caffettiera-in-argento-milano-1840-ca-1963369/?

What to wear when the Medici ladies come to supper. Probably ltalian. Mid-late 16th century, taken from the “Album of Costume Studies.” Collections of the Morgan Library and Museum. Done in Watercolor and gouache, with pen and ink, some with gold or silver paint.

Woman in a pale blue dress. Watercolor and gouache with pen and ink. Folios 2 verso – 3 recto. Image
© Morgan Library and Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/costume-drawings/6
Woman and man in black and red. Folios 5 verso 6 recto. Image
© Morgan Library and Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/costume-drawings/9
Women with veils. Folios 14 verso 15 recto. Image
© Morgan Library and Museum. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.themorgan.org/collection/costume-drawings/18

Lace designs from back when making lace was popular with aristocratic ladies who were always in need of new patterns. Taken from Isabella Parasole and Elisabetta Catanea’s 1616 work “Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne, dove si reppresentano varii disegni di lavori novamente inventatidisegnati de Elisabetta Catanea.”

‘Lavori a punto reticella.” Number 7. Page 5. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n5/mode/2up
‘Lavori a punto reticella.” Number 8. Page 5. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n5/mode/2up
“Lavori de Maglia.” Number 44. Page 37. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via https://archive.org/details/Parasole1616TeatroMET/page/n37/mode/2up

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