Views of Venice at mid century, the 19th century, that is. All of these with interesting sky treatments. Ippolito Caffi, artist. Living from 1809 to 1866, his first works were produced at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. 

Venezia, veduta notturna con la Piazzetta San Marco e il Molo, con vista sull’Isola di San Giorgio. Undated, by 1866. Italian. Oil on paper, laid down on board. signed Caffi on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale/venezia-veduta-notturna-con-la-piazzetta-san-marco
Snow and Fog on the Grand Canal. ca. 1840. Italian. Oil on canvas. Signed Caffi on the lower right. Image source: Web Gallery of Art. Collections of the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venice. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ippolito_Caffi_-Snow_and_Fog_on_the_Grand_Canal-_WGA03744.jpg


Eclips of the Sun in Venice in July 8, 1842 at Fondamenta Nove. 1842. Italian. Image source flikr.com. Private collection. Artwork itself in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ippolito_Caffi,Eclisse_di_sole_alle_Fondamenta_Nove(1842).jpg







19th century ladies out and about and having a bit of fun. Italian. Vittorio Matteo Corcos, genre painter. Living from 1859 to 1933, he is known for his portraits. Trained at the  Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. 

 Alla fontana (Le due colombe)., 1896. Italian. Oil on canvas. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/features/Alla-fontana-Le-due-colombe-by-Vittorio-Corcos-10997-1.aspx
Reading by the Sea. ca. 1910. Italian. Private collection, Image courtesy of the New York Times. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/arts/international/a-reassessment-of-corcos-sensuality-and-subtlety-intact.html
Looking out to Sea. 1933 or before. Italian. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image source
Art Renewal Centre
, In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vittorio_Matteo_Corcos_-_Looking_Out_To_Sea.jpg

Paintings of Mary Magdalene as a Renaissance lady dressed in velvet. Ambrosius Benson, artist (1495-1500 – 1550). Born in Lombardy, he served his apprenticeship with  painter Gerard David in Bruges. Considered a painter of the Flemish school.


Mary Magdalene holding an ointment jar. Late 15th c, before 1550. Lombard/Flemish. Oil on panel. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/master-paintings-sculpture-part-i/mary-magdalene-holding-an-ointment-jar



Mary Magdalene Reading. ca. 1530-1540. Lombard/Flemish. Oil on oak wood. Attributed to Ambrosius Benson. Ca’ d’Oro/Galleria Giorgio Franchetti, Venice, on loan from the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mary_Magdalene_Reading_Ambrosius_Benson.jpg
The Magdalen Reading. ca. 1525. Lombard/Flemish. Oil on oak wood. Collections of the National Gallery, London. © The National Gallery, London. Fair use license. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Magdalen_Reading_-Ambrosius_Benson(NG655).jpg

A selection of Roman sites done in gouache by Italian topographical artist Carlo Labruzzi who lived from 1748 to 1817. His drawings were very popular with those making the Grand Tour.

“Arch of Galliano.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Waterfalls in the Villa Maecenas in Tivoli.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Tempio della Fortuna Virile.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Avanzo del Tempio della Concordia.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.

Please note that the auction house catalog lists the titles and I have done my best to identify which is which but I could be wrong. Thank you! Sarah.

More flower pictures, these being colored etchings done in the 18th century by Magdalena (Maddalena) Bouchard who flourished ca. 1772 to 1793. Daughter of the publisher/bookseller Giovanni Bouchard, she probably worked in Rome.


Germander (Teucrium boeticum): flowering stem.” 1775. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/bxa4wq32
Waterwort (Elatine sp.): flowering stem.” 1770s. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/wvdjb7nk
Periwinkle (Vinca sp.): entire sterile plant.” 1772. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/khvqyfww

The biographical information about Magdelena (Maddalena) Bouchard is taken from her entry on the website of the Royal Academy in London which has more of her lovely flowers. See it and them here https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/name/maddalena-bouchard

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