Portraits of 18th century gentlemen all wearing red. Painted by Italian artist Pompeo Batoni. Living from 1708 to 1787, having him paint your portrait was a prized event for those making a Grand Tour.

"Portrait of a Young Man." ca. 1760-1765.
“Portrait of a Young Man.” ca. 1760-1765. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435623
"Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon" (1743 - 1827). 1764.
“Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon” (1743 – 1827). 1764. Oil on canvas. Photo credit: Antonia Reeve. Collections of the National Galleries of Scotland. In the public domain. via https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/29887/0/alexander-gordon-4th-duke-gordon-1743-1827?overlay=download
Portrait of Edward Howard (1744–1767).
Portrait of Edward Howard (1744–1767). 18th c. Oil on canvas. Photo credit and image © the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/edward-howard-17441767-30806
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Portrait Of Count Kirill Grigorjewitsch Razumovsky. 18th c. Oil on canvas. In the public domain. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/portrait-of-count-kirill-grigorjewitsch-razumovsky-pompeo-batoni.html?product=poster

Plates signed by Agostino Tensini from the calligraphy manual “La uera regola dello scriuere : utile à giouani.” Published in 1680 and then around 1800. This copy having been signed by Giacomo Formento and dated 1789, it would appear to be the 1680 edition.

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Smoking sets from some very high end places from back when everyone smoked and needed things to go with it to impress their friends.

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Pair of smokers sets, each with a silver tray and porcelain cigarette holders painted in Chinoiserie motifs. 20th c. Chinoisorie. French. Marked “Made in France” and Cartier” along the bottom. Cartier, maker. Image © Akiba Antiques and liveauctioneers.com. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/80933515_cartier-chinoiserie-silver-smokers-set
Smoking set. 1930s.
Smoking set with ashtray, cigarette bowl and matches bowl. 1930s. Italian. Opal iridescent glass. Sequso Murano glass, maker. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/glass/1930s-seguso-italian-murano-opal-iridescent-glass-smoking-set/id-f_11431583/
Smoker's set. ca. 1923.
Smoker’s set. Ashtray and match holders. ca. 1923. Austrian. Brass. Wiener Werkstätte. Josef Hoffmann, designer. Marked at the rim with Wiener Werkstätte in three rows, “Made in Austria” and the Josef Hoffmann signet “JH”. Inventory number in the WW Archive is WWF 114-9-3 with a picture of this model in the WW Archive in the Museum for Applied Arts Vienna. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ashtrays/complete-smokers-set-josef-hoffmann-wiener-werkstatte-circa-1923/id-f_11334623/

Down by the water just a bit back. Italian. Eugenio Bonivento, artist (1880-1956). Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice and mostly painted Venetian scenes.

"Zattere a Venezia."
“Zattere a Venezia.” No exact date. Oil on cardboard. Signed “E. Bonivento” on the bottom left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2007/19th-century-paintings-and-sculpture-mi0276/lot.7.html
"Sailing boats near San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
“Sailing boats near San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.” no date. Watercolor on paper. Signed “E. Bonivento” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/6123459/#
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Untitled work. No date. © Estate of the artist. Image © Casa d’Aste Arcadia, Rome and Live Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/76881826_zeno-eugenio-bonivento-chioggia-1880-milano-1956

20th century art with colors that swirl. Italian. Gino Severini, artist. Living from 1883 to 1966, he was a leading member of the Futurist movement.

Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza
“Expansion of Light. (Centrifugal and Centripetal)” ca. 1913-1914. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2020 Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid. Fair use license. via https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/severini-gino/expansion-light-centrifugal-and-centripetal
"Danseuse." ca. 1957.
“Danseuse.” ca. 1957. Oil on canvas. Signed “G.Severini” on the lower right. Signed and inscribed “Paris G.Severini” on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/gino-severini-1883-1966-danseuse-5939880-details.aspx
"Mare = Ballerina." January, 1914. Oil on canvas.
“Mare = Ballerina.” January, 1914. Oil on canvas. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Image © 2020 THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION, Fair use license. via https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/3924

A little souvenir to bring home from your Grand Tour of Europe. 18th century fans decorated with Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli erupting. Just how that would impact your romantic life with a new beau I have no idea. One with scenes of an unidentified fire that fits right in.

Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767.
Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767. Image © 2020 Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd. Fair use license. via https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/lot/162686
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794.
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237494580332985907/?lp=true
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli.
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli. Written in Italian and dated: “Monte Vesuvio come si vede gi giorno , Prospetto del monte di Strongoli, Eruzione del Vesuvio di notte lanno 1793.” 1793. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fan-leafs/2702-eruptions-of-vesuvius-and-stromboli-grand-tour-fan-leaf-1793.html
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire. 1780-1790. Italian. Image © 2020 Smithsonian American Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/fan-30062

Historical paintings with a very edgy spin. More interesting than most. I want to find out what happens next. Italian. Fortunino Matania, artist (1881-1963).

"Nefertiti in her Royal Chariot." No date.
“Nefertiti in her Royal Chariot.” No date. Private Collection. © Estate of the artist. Image © The Bridgman Art Library. Fair use license. via https://www.art.com/products/p21693884492-sa-i7399393/fortunino-matania-nefertiti-in-her-royal-chariot.htm?RFID=217825&ProductTarget=797871853587&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CjwKCAiAjrXxBRAPEiwAiM3DQorPlkK0b4
Beheading of Holofernes by Judith. Reproduced in the magazine Britannia and Eve in 1929.
Beheading of Holofernes by Judith. Reproduced in the magazine “Britannia and Eve” in 1929. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2001 – 2020 The Book Palace. Fair use license. via https://bookpalace.com/acatalog/info_MataniaJudith.html
A woman in Arabian dress holding aloft a platter and surrounded by warriors.
A woman in Arabian dress holding aloft a platter and surrounded by warriors. No date. Gouache en grisaille. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 MutualArt Services, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/A-woman-in-Arabian-dress-holding-aloft-a/14121956AE814B3A
Boadicea leading Iceni revolt by Fortunino Matania
“Boadicea leading the Iceni revolt.” Used as an illustration for the series”Famous Women from History” which appeared in “Britannia and Eve” magazine. © Estate of the artist. Image © mediastorehouse.com. Fair use license. via https://www.mediastorehouse.com/mary-evans-prints-online/boadicea-leading-iceni-revolt-fortunino-matania-14196059.html