Automotive mascots from the turn of the last century. All of these with a little color to them to go with the nickel plate and chrome. Selections from one of Bonham’s catalogues from a few months back.

“Green Cross” mascot, on a period radiator cap. 1920s. American. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/37/?category=list&length=12&page=4
“Lucky Talisman” mascot in nickel plated die-cast alloy fitted with a faceted “Ruby” glass center, on a radiator cap. 1920s. American. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/40/?category=list&length=12&page=4
“Norse God” mascot in embossed and painted brass, on a winged radiator cap. Undated. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/41/?category=list&length=12&page=4
“Speed Nymph” motometer mascot, mounted on a standard Boyce Motometer, above a “dog-bone” radiator cap. Undated. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/44/?category=list&length=12&page=4
“Shriner” mascot in embossed painted metal, on a winged radiator cap. ca. 1930. American. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26958/lot/46/?category=list&length=12&page=4

Decorative plant motifs, Band 1 of “Japanische Pflanzen-Ornamente”. A portfolio of prints that came out in 1890, probably somewhere in Germany though it doesn’t say. Collections of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau.

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Paintings of interiors with people who may not have been that dressed up. Belgian. David de Noter, artist. Living from 1818 to 1892, he was the son of artist Jean Baptiste de Noter. Exhibited at the Salon de Paris and the Brussels Salon.

“The Artist’s Studio.” 1845. Belgian. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “David de Noter, 1845,” on the lower right. Image source: Bonhams. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_de_Noter_-_The_artist%27s_studio.jpg
“Taking Tea.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Signed “David de Noter”. Image © 2021 Mark Murray Fine Paintings. Fair use license. via https://www.markmurray.com/de-noter-david-taking-tea
“Preparing the Banquet.” 19th c. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1st-art-gallery.com. Artwork itself in the pubic domain due to age. via https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/David-Emil-Joseph-De-Noter/Preparing-The-Banquet.html

Make your garden look ancient even if your house is brand new. Follies taken from “Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture,” which came out in 1816 and was written by H. Repton with the help of his son J. Adey Repton, F.A.S. Collections of the University of Wisconsin.

“This architectural entrance or door forms the Boundary between the dressed-pleasure Ground of the Menagerie at Woburn Abbey.” Page 273. Image © Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/A7D3GFASQV47YE8R
“At Woburn Abbey at the back of it, is this Pavilion, constructed with branches and cones of Fir trees.” Page 273. Image © Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://search.library.wisc.edu/digital/ARNROAEXKQQ7R38Y/pages/A7D3GFASQV47YE8R

Landscapes, some with deserts and some with trees. A few people and animals. German. Painted by Friedrich Otto Georgi who lived from 1819 to 1874. Must have gone on a couple of painting trips judging by the locations painted.

“Melec el Naser in der Provinz Sukot im südlichen Nubien. ” 1848. German. Oil on cardboard. Signed and dated on the lower right. Inscribed “Melec el Naser in der Provinz Sukot im südlichen Nubien.” on the reverse. Image source: Dorotheum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Friedrich_Otto_Georgi_Melec_el_Naser_1848.jpg
“Gebirgssee mit zeichnendem Künstler und Hirtenstaffage.” 1839. German. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “Otto Georgy. 1839. München” on the lower right. Image source lempertz.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Friedrich_Otto_Georgi_Gebirgssee_mit_zeichnendem_K%C3%BCnstler_1839.jpg
“View of Jerusalem.” 1867. Watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/friedrich-otto-georgi/view-of-jerusalem-Fugr6bziHsnHf32gH_Tuw2

Images of an Australia that isn’t coming back taken from George French Angas’ “South Australia Illustrated” which was published in London in 1847. Collections of the State Library of South Australia.

“The city of Adelaide, from the torrents near the reed beds.” 1847. Image © 2011-2020 by NZMS. Fair use license. via https://digital.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/nodes/view/2598#idx18537
“Grass trees at Yankalilla with a red kangaroo.” 1847. Image © 2011-2020 by NZMS. Fair use license. via https://digital.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/nodes/view/2598#idx18539
“Crater of Mount Schank.” 1847. Image © 2011-2020 by NZMS. Fair use license. via https://digital.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/nodes/view/2598#idx18543
“View from Mount Lofty, looking over the plains of Adelaide. 1847. Image © 2011-2020 by NZMS. Fair use license. via https://digital.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/nodes/view/2598#idx18560

Egypt in a golden light from just a bit back painted by Swiss artist Johann Jakob Frey. Living from 1813 to 1865, Frey studied and painted in Italy. In 1842 he participated in the expedition of Karl Richard Lepsius to Egypt, Nubia and a part of Sudan and brought back many sketches that he created paintings from. These are some of them.

“An Oasis on the Banks of the Nile.” 1845. Swiss. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “J. J. Frey 1845.” Inscribed on the reverse “proprietà del Sig. Ludovici Schweitzer.” Inscribed on a label “LWS, W. g. J. J. Frey.” Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/6003909/
“A Caravan Surprised by the Samoom in front of the Sphinx.” 1849. Oil on canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/a-caravan-surprised-by-the-samoom-in-front-of-the-sphinx-1849-johann-jakob-frey.html
“Caravan caught in the Simum Wind in front of the Pyramids.” 1850. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/425801339750170078/?nic_v2=1a1TB925W
The island of Philae in Upper Egypt and the expedition ship of Lepsius.” ca 1848. Unsigned. Image © 2020 AnticStore. Fair use license. via https://www.anticstore.art/72023P 

Pochoir prints from the 1929 work “Dessins. 20 Planches en Couleurs.” Published by A. Calavas in Paris, it consists of a portfolio with loose prints by various artists.

Plate XV. Alexandra Bitchkova, ( (Alexandra Koltsova-Bychkova)) artist. Image © Shapiro Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.shapiroauctions.com/auctions/international-fine-decorative-art-auction-2016-03-12/275-dessins-20-planches-en-couleurs-pochoir-plates-1929/
Plate X. Serge Gladky, artist. Image © Shapiro Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.shapiroauctions.com/auctions/international-fine-decorative-art-auction-2016-03-12/275-dessins-20-planches-en-couleurs-pochoir-plates-1929/
Plate IV> Henry Valensi, artist. Image © Shapiro Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.shapiroauctions.com/auctions/international-fine-decorative-art-auction-2016-03-12/275-dessins-20-planches-en-couleurs-pochoir-plates-1929/

Off to the American countryside with American painter Marvin Cone. Living from 1891 to 1965, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. A life long friend of artist Grant Wood.


“Intervale” (Cloud Painting). 1934. Oil on canvas. Signed “Marvin Cone” on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Hindman Auctions & Private Sales, Chicago. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/89625595_marvin-cone-american-1891-1964-interval-cloud
“Stone City Landscape.” 1936. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image © Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/stone-city-landscape-marvin-dorwart-cone/OgHoZyyidd2IDg
“Hills and River.” 1939. Oil on canvas laid down on panel. Signed “MARVIN CONE” on the lower right. Also signed Marvin Cone, titled “Hills & River” and dated 1939 on the reverse of the frame. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/american-art-n08996/lot.6.html

People out and about and having fun outdoors. If you look long enough, maybe you can go on the picnic too. American. Gifford Reynolds Beal, artist. Living from 1879 to 1956, he studied with William Merritt Chase.

“Summer Cottage.” 1915. Oil on canvas. Signed “Gifford Beal” and dated “15” on the lower center. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/american-paintings-drawings-sculpture/lot.49.html
“Afternoon, Nassau, 1925.” 1925. Watercolor on paper. Signed and dated “Gifford Beal 1925” in the lower center. Collections of the Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Image © Estate of Gifford Beal, Courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries. Fair use license. via https://www.albrightknox.org/artworks/rca19632-afternoon-nassau
“Armistice Day, 1918.” 1918. American. Watercolor and gouache on paper. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York © Estate of Gifford Beal, Courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries. Fair use license. via https://www.albrightknox.org/artworks/rca19633-armistice-day-1918