Watercolors of rooms in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud back when the Empress Eugenie lived there. French. Jean Baptiste Fortuné de Fournier, artist (1797-1864).

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“La Chambre à coucher de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_la-chambre-a-coucher-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle?force-download=215088
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“Le Salon des officiers de service à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-salon-des-officiers-de-service-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle
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“Le Cabinet de toilette de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud. 1860. Watercolor. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-cabinet-de-toilette-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle_1860?force-download=215068

 

Dining the Frederick William Elwell way. One where they are eating later but it fits right in. Living from 1870 to 1958, Elwell was an English artist who painted portraits when he wasn’t busy painting interiors. Studied at the Académie Julien in Paris.

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“The Squire.” 1931. Signed on the lower right. Collections of the Glasgow Museums. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://en.wahooart.com/@@/AQUHDH-Frederick-William-Elwell-The-Squire
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“Birthday Party.” 1936. Collections of the Beverley Art Gallery. © Estate of the artist. Image © East Riding of Yorkshire Council 2016. Fair use license. via https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/culture/museums/collections/detail.php?module=objects&type=related&kv=5967
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“Harvest Festival Gifts.” Undated. © Estate of the artist. Collections of the Beverley Art Gallery. Image © East Riding of Yorkshire Council 2016. Fair use license. via https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/culture/museums/collections/detail.php?module=objects&type=related&kv=1119

Watercolors of palatial looking interiors possibly belonging to the lord of the manor down the street by Bavarian painter Franz Xaver Nachtmann who 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

Watercolors of palatial looking interiors possibly belonging to the lord of the manor down the street by Bavarian painter Franz Xaver Nachtmann who 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

Fantasy architecture with fantasy people, one with Saint Peter. Baroque. Hendrik van Steenwijk II, painter (ca. 1580-1640). Born in Antwerp he died in the Netherlands spending time in London and Frankfurt in the course of his career. Mostly painting architectural interiors he also painted Biblical scenes and still lifes.

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“The Liberation of Saint Peter from prison.” 1618. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “H.V.STEENWYCK.1618” on the step on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/hendrick-van-steenwijk-ii-frankfurt-am-4892878-details.aspx
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Palace interior. 1611. In the public domain due to age. via https://reproarte.com/en/choice-of-topics/technique/oil-paint-on-canvas-paper-cardboard/palace-interior-detail
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“Interior of a Gothic Church.” 1610. Collections of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendrik_van_Steenwijk_II_Interior_of_a_Gothic_Church.jpg
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“Interior of a Gothic Church.” ca. 1610s. Collections of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendrik_van_Steenwijk_II_Interior_of_a_Gothic_Church2.jpg

Watercolors of the insides of fancy places. Maybe if you gaze at them long enough you can go in. French. Jules Diéterle, artist (1811-1889). Also worked as an architect, theatre decorator and painter on porcelain.

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“Chambre d’apparat, 1851. ca. 1851. Watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/jules-pierre-michel-dieterle/chambre-dapparat-1851-278QCdmTWAkv8I6x5pStoA2
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Projet de décor. 19th c. Pen and black ink, gray watercolor wash heightened with white gouache on black pencil lines. Attributed to Jules Pierre Michel Diéterle. Image © Millon & Associés. Fair use license. via https://www.millon.com/lot/84477/8014484?npp=20&

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

More interiors in glorious detail, painted by Alexander Serebryakov who was also a decorator. Living from 1907 to 1995, he was born in Russia but worked in Paris, France after fleeing there with his family in 1918. He was a grand nephew of Alexandre Benois who did much design work for the Ballets Russes.

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“Le bureau de Robert de Balkany, Place Vendôme.” 1975. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated on the lower left “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1975”. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.745.html/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661
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“The blue living room, Rue de Varenne.” 1978. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1978” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661/lot.741.html
The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor.
The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/
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Billiards room. ca. 1940s. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/

What to put in the living room if you just struck it rich on the stock market. Plates from the 1926 second edition of “Interiors Deluxe: Illustrated with Twenty Original Designs by Leaders in the Art of Home Decoration.” These taken from the Facebook page of Thomas Hastings who also blogs on 1920s American mansions at https://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/

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“California Living Room. Designed in Spanish-Italian influence it is informal and very livable. The walls are rough plaster in soft color tones. The rug is a hand-tufted carpet and also soft in tone. Hangings are copper-colored mohair damask. This shade is picked up in the mohair upholstered davenport and again in the table scarf. A contrasting and cooler color, “blue,” has been introduced to balance the warmer copper tones. ” John Breuner Company, San Francisco designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90548101_2725627734331507_534210562012217344_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=xAiPIrfc3SsAX-g1sFg&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=8e82f98db86a8447839531272d65d5b2&oe=5E9D141A
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“A Massing of color tone values. A room showing how period furnishings may be correct in detail and still thoroughly comfortable to live with, when care is taken to harmonize present day needs with old ideas of architecture and design. Note the subdued and restrained elegance of the one-toned mohair velvet on the furniture.”California Furniture Company, Los Angeles, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90449510_2723805567847057_7795137669670895616_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=cZRWGmqgtvUAX-nTJ3E&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=bbc14bdab0c3313c174f448fbb314d6e&oe=5EA01A00
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“A pretentious living room – Graced with a touch of Spanish renaissance, this room embodies all the elements of comfort and dignified elegance. Note the elaboration of the cornice and the imposing dignity of the sculptured fireplace. Draperies are of antique brocade and the coverings on the furniture are mohair velvet in patterns and colors which harmonize with the air of medieval ornateness.” Plate in the public domain due to age. J. L. Strassel Company, Louisville, Kentucky, designer and maker. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90391670_2721996351361312_8250736809609265152_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=Mr2CeSJoSxkAX8yiPfG&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=69f672d07b22b2eabfdce8509a609e35&oe=5E9C5458
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“Living hall in country house – Tudor with Elizabethan influence. The eight-foot oak paneling with pierced gallery, the tapestry richness at the back, makes a good background to show the fine carving. The stone mantel is of Tudor design and the furniture, covered with mohair velvet, is of a modern adaptation for comfort with the exception of the table which is Elizabethan. The oriental rug is of later date. (and the garden view).”Stanton Studios, New York, designer and renderer. Plate in the public domain. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/89981533_2721180938109520_7208650629747572736_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=7SUoWBTERmUAX_T_XuO&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=c2b26c98aba60f68938b96e59999727c&oe=5E9F382B
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“Italian Renaissance Living Room – The walls of this room are intended to be paneled in walnut, finished in soft grey brown tones and the ornamental cornice treated in the effect of wood with the addition of color and gold. The pilasters are in marble effect, the caps harmonizing with the coloring of the cornice. The mantel is stone after an antique model. The curtains are in green velvet. The furniture is carved walnut, harmonizing with the woodwork, and the upholstery is mohair velvet.” Theo. Hofstatter and Company, New York, designer and maker. Plate in the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/84057196_2720320638195550_6866330728255193088_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=esonlQYBMcYAX9huz7f&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=0297047d6a9391aae00151e43e4037a1&oe=5E9CBA9B
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“Adaptable Spanish interior.This interior represents the livable Spanish type, with wood ceiling, rough plastered walls, furniture of dull walnut, upholstered with plain and figured mohair; window draperies of casement cloth and light mohair. Wrought iron lighting fixtures and accessories, with selected rugs of harmonious colors, should produce an artistic and enduring room at a reasonable cost.” Harry L. Moses, New Orleans, Louisiana designer and maker. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/90442463_2722914257936188_1141395577615941632_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=9oNg7CNSjWgAX9Mv6_D&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=6c481338900b2ec3fbed93c1c7139c2b&oe=5EA01DC4

Portraits of the interiors of places from when having a portrait made of the rooms in your home was in. What they’d photograph now. These by Danish artist Josef Theodor Hansen (1848-1912).

"Gustaf III:s sengkammer Drottnigholms slott." Signed and dated 1887. Oil on canvas.
“Gustaf III:s sengkammer Drottnigholms slott.” Signed and dated 1887. Oil on canvas. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/lots/884658-josef-theodor-hansen-oil-on-canvas-signed-and-dated-1887
"Kirkeinteriør fra domkirken i Monreale, Sicilien." 1906.
“Kirkeinteriør fra domkirken i Monreale, Sicilien.” 1906. Image source Bruun Rasmussen Auctions. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josef_Theodor_Hansen_-_Kirkeinteri%C3%B8r_fra_domkirken_i_Monreale,_Sicilien_-_1906.png
"The Sala delle Quattro Porte, Doge's Palace, Venice."
“The Sala delle Quattro Porte, Doge’s Palace, Venice.” Signed and dated “J. T. Hansen./Venezia 1905-06” on the lower right. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/josef-theodor-hansen-danish-1848-1912-the-sala-6165791-details.aspx
"Pompejiansk interiør." No date.
“Pompejiansk interiør.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via http://viticodevagamundo.blogspot.com/2019/07/pompeii-bt-josef-theodor-hansen.html