Jugendstil copper and brass by Carl Deffner (1856-1948). The Deffner firm having been located in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. A family firm dating back to the early 19th century, Carl Deffner took it over with his brother in 1900.

Candleholder with a square base with a pierced design of holes on all four sides with a concave cured handle that slots into the drip tray. The four candle uprights have a ball inset and are square on the top. ca, 1900. Jugendstil. Copper and brass. Maker’s marks: Impress mark of a shield with crossed swords & CDE in between. on the base. Image ©  2006-2020 by Botterweg Auctions Amsterdam. Fair use license. via https://www.botterweg.com/Defner_Carl/tabid/59/lotid/38397/Kavel-38397.aspx?language=nl-NL




Two bottle wine cooler. Copper with polished brass handles, rim and ball-shaped feet. Originally it had a fitted perforated zinc insert with two tubes that lifted out for cleaning and prior insertion of the bottles if preferred. ca. 1890-1900. Copper and brass. Maker’s marks: Marked on the underside with Carl Deffner initials and crossed halberds inside a shield. Also showing the number 8. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.nouveaudecoarts.com/Metalware/Carl-Deffner-Wine-Cooler.Html
Brass box with a wood lining. ca. 1910. Brass and wood. Maker’s marks for Carl Deffner to the base. Image © Levels Antiques and antiques-atlas.com. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/carl_deffner_art_nouveau_brass_box_c1910/as289a648

Animals in art, these by French illustrator Jean Louis Pauquet (1759-1824). Taken from the first edition of “Jardin des Plantes: La Ménagerie et la Vallée Suisse ” which was published in 1857. From the website of abesbooks.com

Lithographic plate with birds. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with two hyenas and a fox. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with a panther, a tiger and two lions. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Lithographic plate with bears. 1857. French. Jean Louis Pauquet, illustrator. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc.  Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Jardin-Plantes-M%C3%A9nagerie-Vall%C3%A9e-Suisse-PAUQUET/16853203877/bd

Promotional posters for events connected with the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin. Various German graphic designers. There were many very talented graphics people in Germany at that time.

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Promotional poster for a celebration in Munich that celebrated 500 years of horse racing that was held on July 26, 1936. 1936. German.Ludwig Lutz Ehrenberger, graphic designer (1878-1950). Image © Swann Auction Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LUDWIG-LUTZ-EHRENBERGER–1878-1950–M-NCHEN–OLYMPIA—SOMME?saleno=2545&lotNo=138&refNo=770312

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Promotional poster for the 1936 Berlin Olympics depicting an athlete and the Brandenburg gate printed in the Spanish language. This poster was printed in English, too. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/715124419/germany-1936-olympics-games-brandenburg?epik=dj0yJnU9cTVNVDB3eTdjUjVsMVZvdi10Mm9JR1ZJU1pCNmFwTUcmcD0wJm49SWE4cjhNalZxZTAzWlRoM3ZjZzN2dyZ0PUFBQUFBRjg1VjdF

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1936 Olympic games poster done for Lufthansa Airlines. 1936. German. Ludwig Hohlwein, graphic designer (1874-1949). Kunstanstalt A.G. of Munich, chromolithographers. Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://historical.ha.com/itm/transportation/aviation/-deutsche-lufthansa-1936-olympics-airline-advertising-poster/a/6032-47104.s

Brightly colored faience pottery birds. 18th century, made in Prussia. All of them almost real enough to start chirping. Three ewers, one soup tureen and a sweets dish.

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Faience ewer and cover, modeled as a brightly colored parrot perched on rockwork with the head forming the cover and the handle as a leafy branch. ca. 1770. Prussian. Proskau, maker. Maker’s marks: Script “DP” with the mark in manganese. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/dining-in-new-york/a-proskau-faience-parrot-ewer-and-cover-circa-1770

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Pair of faience parrot jugs and covers, each modeled as a parrot standing on a curled branch that loops up to form the handle with a fruit hanging at the front, painted in shades of green, yellow, blue and manganese with the branches in brown with a green entwined vine. ca. 1770-1780. Prussian. Proskau or Glienitz, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24224/lot/132/?category=list&length=10&page=14

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Faience tureen and cover modeled as a duck. ca. late 18th c. Prussian. ,Proskau, maker. Makers marks: Marked with a blue “P” and with an underglaze black “2” on the interior of the bowl and cover. Faded paper label for the Antique Porcelain Company, New York. Image © 2013-2020 STAIR Galleries. Fair use license. via https://auctions.stairgalleries.com/lot/proskau-faience-small-duck-tureen-and-cover-3902591

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Faience sweets dish in the model of a coot. 18th c. Attributed to Proskau. Image © Lempertz Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.lempertz.com/en/catalogues/lot/1066-2/695-a-faience-model-of-a-coot-as-a-sweets-dish.html

Still lifes by Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. Living from 1793 to 1865, he was one of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and taught there too.

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“The Birthday Table.” 1840. Oil on panel. Collections of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne. In the public domain due to age. via https://lyghtmylife.tumblr.com/image/81231206273

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Still life with oysters, fish and exotic fruits. 1842. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferdinand_Georg_Waldm%C3%BCller_-_Stillleben_mit_Austern,_Fischen_und_S%C3%BCdfr%C3%BCchten_-_1842.jpg

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Bouquet with silver vessels and an antique vase. 1840. Collections of the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1840_Waldm%C3%BCller_Blumenstrau%C3%9F_mit_Silbergef%C3%A4%C3%9Fen_und_antiker_Vase_anagoria.JPG

Porcelain ewers from Meissen’s “Elements” line, all with different decorations. Late 19th-early 20th century after 18th century models.

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“Water” ewer with a relief naval scene flanked by the figures of a galloping horse, mermaid and the god Neptune. The circular flaring base has decorations of spouting dolphins among bulrushes. ca. 1880. After the model by J.J. Kaendler who worked at the Meissen factory from 1731 until his death in 1775. German. Decorated porcelain. Maker’s marks: Factory mark for Meissen. incised model number “320” and impressed numerals. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/large-meissen-porcelain-elements-ewer-representing-water

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“Fire” flattened baluster from ewer with a dragon handle and body molded in relief with an erupting volcano and wild animals escaping from a forest fire, a figure of Vulcan carrying bellows seated on the shoulder and a woman applied to the side. The foot depicting a putto carrying flames. Late 19th c, after a model made by by J.J. Kaendler who worked at the Meissen factory from 1731 until his death in 1775. Decorated porcelain. Makers marks: factory mark for Meissen. Incised model number “310” and inscribed Pressnumber “147.” Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-meissen-porcelain-ewer-emblematic-of-fire-5885360-details.aspx

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“Air” ewer, decorated in high relief with the lip and foot encircled with polychrome feathers. Billowing drapery handle surmounted by putti withe body painted with high relief clouds depicting the goddess Juno with a peacock and Zephyr. ca. 1880 after models by Johann Kändler, who worked for Meissen from 1731 to 1775. German. Porcelain. Maker’s marks: factory mark for Meissen. Inscribed “327.” Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2835B/lots/137

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“Earth” ewer with a ribbon pink ribbon tied wheat grain handle surmounted by a a putto with a basket of fruit. Waisted neck painted with sprigs and the body molded with a hunt flanked by applied figures of Diana and Pan above a hound attacking a bear. Reverese with a mountainous scene in bas-relief. Foot with the motif of a putto digging with a spade. Probably 19th c. After models by Johann Kändler, who worked for Meissen from 1731 to 1775. German. Porcelain. Maker’s marks; factory mark for Meissen. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/monumental-meissen-earth-ewer-four-1823408462

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Four “Elements” ewers. 18th c. German, Meissen. Source: Rau Antiques. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Elements_Porcelain_Ewers_by_Meissen.jpg

Sterling silver decorated with animals and plants from right around 1880. American. Dominick & Haff, creators. Opening in 1821 under the name of William Gale and Son, what was left of Dominick and Haff was sold to Reed and Barton in 1928.

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Jug. 1879. Silver, brass, and copper. Part of an exhibition at the De Young Museum, San Francisco. Source: Daderot. Photograph taken on November 5, 2013. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pitcher,_Dominick_%26_Haff,_New_York_City,_1879,_silver,_brass,_copper_-_De_Young_Museum_-_DSC00884.JPG

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Intaglio chased water pitcher with a hibiscus on one side and a lily on the other. 1881. Aesthethic Movement. Sterling silver. Underside with the inscription “BOWEN/ AUG. 25th/ 1856 and 1881.” Maker’s marks: marked under the base above the inscription with Dominick & Haff’s trademark, “STERLING/ 86”. Image © 2020 Spencer Marks Ltd.. Fair use license. via https://www.spencermarks.com/products/dominick-haff-antique-sterling-silver-intaglio-chased-aesthetic-movement-water-pitcher-new-york-city-1881

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Water pitcher with chased repoussé floral and foliate decoration. 1884. Sterling silver. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com. Image © Heritage Auctions, HA.com. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/hollowware/a-dominick-and-haff-silver-water-pitcher-new-york-new-york-circa-1884marks-rectangle-circle-diamond-925-1884-ster/a/5212-75091.s

People with wings on their heads and some with wings on their backs. Pre Raphaelite. Sir William Blake Richmond, English artist (1842-1921). Also taught art at the University of Oxford and created decorative mosaics for Saint Paul’s in London.

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“Icarus.” 1887. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/icarus-by-richmond-william-blake-richmond.html

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“Hermes,” illustration in the 1886 “Magazine of Art.” Image capture and formatting by George P. Landow. Collections of the University of Toronto Library and the Internet Archive. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/richmondwb/paintings/3.html

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“Saint Joan of Arc.” No date. Pencil and pastel on buff paper. signed with the initials “WBR” on the reverse on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/sir-william-blake-richmond-ra-1842-1921-4516729-details.aspx

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“The Hun and the Crucifix.” No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallerix.org/storeroom/792413141/N/706/

Fantasy architecture straight out of the 16th century. French. Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau, (duCerceau), creator (1510-1584). Maybe it looked like that, maybe it didn’t. Doesn’t matter, really.

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Grotesque Ornament Panel. 1566. French. Etching. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/338721

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Design for furniture. 1565-1570. French. Etching. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/787857

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Moorish ornament design, one of 19 etchings that were printed in Antwerp in 1563. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/androuet-du-cerceau-jacques-ca-1520-1586-5698258-details.aspx

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Soffitto con puttini. 1560. French. Etching. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/Soffitto-puttini-Jacques-Androuet-CERCEAU/22415633842/bd

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Architecture fantastique. 16th c. French. Collections of the Musée Condé (Chantilly) (RMN). Fair use license. via http://meonline.hu/en/magyar-epitomuveszet-hirek/androuet-du-cerceau-1520-1586/

Trolley cards sponsored by Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. American. ca. 1951. Otis Shepard, graphic designer (1894-1969). Did posters too.

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“Treat your Taste to an Exciting Change.” ca. 1951. Printed on card. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/OTIS-SHEPARD–1894-1969–WRIGLEYS-JUICY-FRUIT–TREAT-YOUR-TA?saleno=2538&lotNo=145&refNo=770893

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“Give your Taste a Treat.” ca. 1951. Printed on card. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/OTIS-SHEPARD-(1894-1969)-WRIGLEYS-JUICY-FRUIT–GIVE-YOUR-TAS?saleno=2538&lotNo=147&refNo=770892

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“Treat your Taste to an Exciting Change.” ca. 1951. Printed on card. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/OTIS-SHEPARD-(1894-1969)-WRIGLEYS-JUICY-FRUIT–TREAT-YOUR-TA?saleno=2538&lotNo=148&refNo=770891

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“Different! Delicious.” ca. 1951. Printed on card. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/OTIS-SHEPARD-(1894-1969)-WRIGLEYS-JUICY-FRUIT–DIFFERENT-DEL?saleno=2538&lotNo=149&refNo=770890

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“Enjoy an Exciting Taste Change.” ca. 1951. Printed on card. Image © Swann Galleries, New York. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/OTIS-SHEPARD-(1894-1969)-WRIGLEYS-JUICY-FRUIT–ENJOY-AN-EXCI?saleno=2538&lotNo=150&refNo=770895