Chromolithographs of places in Sri Lanka back when it was called Ceylon as they looked in 1881. Ernst Haeckel, the German zoologist who did all those illustrations of sea urchins. He published them in 1905 in his book “Die Naturwunder der Tropenwelt, Ceylon und Insulinde.”

Die “Roten Lampen” vom Ceylon “Ratu Pana”, Laterit-Felsen bei Bellige. 1905. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haeckel_01.jpg
“Riesenbambus von Ceylon: Fahrt auf dem Schwarzen Fluß “Kalu Ganga”. 1905. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haeckel_02.jpg
“Riesen-Myrte von Ceylon – Urwald von Horton-Plains”.1905. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haeckel_04.jpg

Decorative boxes by Austrian silversmith and jeweler Georg Adam Scheid. Living from 1838 to 1921, he had his own workshop in Vienna, producing a variety of silver and enameled goods that were sold throughout Western Europe.


Sterling silver box with green guilloché enamel. 1904. made in Vienna, Austria. Georg Adam Scheid, maker. Maker’s marks: mark for Georg Adam Scheid; British import marks. Image © 2008-2021 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/E345/lots/1023763-an-austrian-silver-green-guilloche-enamel-box-makers-s-mark-georg-adam-scheid-vienna-1904
Oblong sterling silver box with slightly curved walls and a lidded hinge with white and green enamel and a gilded interior. 1900-1909. Art Nouveau. Made in Vienna, Austria by Georg Adam Scheid. Marked on the underside. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/austrian-silver-art-nouveau-box-white-green-enameled-georg-adam-scheid-1900/id-f_14267311/
Sterling silver and guilloché powder box with a gilt interior. Translucent ivory ground decorated with an elegantly colorful painted enamel bouquet of wildflowers tied with a blue ribbon and the sides with complementary floral springs. Edwardian, ca. 1900-1905. Made in Vienna, Austria by Georg Adam Scheid. Maker’s marks: gilt interior stamped with Imperial Austrian hallmarks and mark for Georg Adam Scheid. Image ©1998-2021 Kensington House Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.kensingtonhouseantiques.com/items/1405567/Sterling-Silver-Guilloche-Enamel-Powder-Box-by-Georg-Adam-Scheid

Off on a holiday with Danish painter Niels Frederik Schiøttz-Jensen. Living from 1855 to 1941, he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen and the Académie Colarossi in Paris.

“Hvilepause”. 1885. Danish. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated Signature and dated “NF Schiöttz-Jensen 1885” on the lower right. Image source bruun-rasmussen.dk and Christies. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 75 years ago and also because it was published before January 1, 1926. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Frederik_Schi%C3%B8ttz-Jensen_-Hvilepause-_1885.png
“Unge piger på stranden.” 1919. Danish. Oil on canvas. Inscribed “N. F. Schiøttz-Jensen 1919“. Image source: bruun-rasmussen.dk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 75 years ago and also because it was published before January 1, 1926. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels_Frederik_Schi%C3%B8ttz-Jensen_-Unge_piger_p%C3%A5_stranden-_1919.png
A lady reading in the garden. ca. 1894. Danish. Signed and dated on the lower right,. Image source http://www.floresyplantas.net/jardin/leyendo-en-el-jardin-ii/. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niels-Frederik_Schiottz-Jensen_Reading_lady.jpg
“Summer on the Dunes”. 1913. Danish. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “N.F.SCHIOTTZ=JENSEN.1913: on the lower right. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5425165

Castles in air. Buildings imagined up in living color by Sir Jeffry Wyatville. British. Living from 1766 to 1840, Wyatville was an architect and garden designer. He did design concepts for Windsor Castle, working for King George IV.

“Design for a Mansion for the First Earl of Yarbrough, Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire.” 1824. English. Pencil, pen with black ink and colored washes on wove paper. Photo credit: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Collections of the Royal Academy of Arts. Image © Royal Academy of Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/design-for-a-mansion-for-the-first-earl-of-yarborough-brocklesby-park
“Windsor Castle: The south front of the Upper Ward before and after the proposed remodelling”. 1824. English. Pen and ink with wash on paper. Royal Collection Trust. Image © Royal Collection Trust. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/918431/windsor-castle-the-south-front-of-the-upper-ward-before-and-after-the-proposed
Two designs for a villa. 1799. Signed on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/1000-ways-seeing-l14313/lot.890.html
Keeper’s Lodge, Windsor Park; view of lodge seen between two oak trees, palings on either side, two women walking along path leading to foreground. 1766-1840. British. On paper. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/image/270526001
“The West Front of Chatsworth House.” ca. 1818-1838. English. Image © 2021 Chatsworth House Trust. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.chatsworth.org/news-media/news-blogs-press-releases/blogs-from-the-archives/the-6th-duke-s-diaries-building-work-at-chatsworth/

An envisioning. 1974 and the apartment on Central Park West.

Oh to be here. A new store to visit every time any of the shopping loving cousins come and an apartment big enough and a view grand enough for someone to want to come.

A husband rich enough even for Mother with whole chunks of Wyoming and Montana covered with vile smelling pools filled with something that stinks like the ride in volcano the time Father took everyone to Mexico for Christmas. From the mines they owned, they said. All of it dug out and remade as a dandy house where the land met the sky surrounded by buffalo that danced with their babies while the children kept trying to join in.

All of that gone and legs that ache too much to even think of riding a horse but memories galore .. . . but still . . .. fun yes but before that. .. . the field hockey team at school and doing whatever one wants as long as you are ready for dinner at six. . . .no husband, no children and an afternoon that never runs out. . .

Field hockey players at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Early 20th c. image. Louis Edward Nollau, photographer. Louis Edward Nollau Nitrate Photographic Print Collection, UK Libraries.via https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7prr1pgv6h_207_4?f%5Bsource_s%5D%5B%5D=Louis+Edward+Nollau+Nitrate+Photographic+Print+Collection%2C&offset=60&per_page=20

Down to the water with a canoe somewhere in New Zealand with painter Kennett Watkins. Living from 1847 to 1933, he was born in India and grew up in England. Migrated to New Zealand in 1873.

“The Phantom Canoe – A Legend of Lake Tarawera.” 1888. English/New Zealander. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Auckland Art Gallery. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2021/08/mount-tarawera-and-lake-painted-by.html
“Waikato River.” 1881. English/New Zealander. Signed on the lower right. Collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kennett_Watkins_-Waikato_River-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
“The Legend of the Voyage to New Zealand.” 1912. English/New Zealander. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Auckland Art Gallery. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kennett_Watkins_-The_Legend_of_the_Voyage_to_New_ZealandU-32-_Auckland_Art_Gallery.jpg

Secessionist biscuit barrels/cookie jars from German firm WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik)

Biscuit barrel jar with a silver plated metal rim, bail handle and lid. Clear glass body decorated with Secessionist décor featuring three flashed medallions of dark ruby red with engraved acccents connected by ribbons encircling the jar. ca. 1900-1910. German. Maker’s marks: Stamped on the other edge of the rim with one of WMF’s ostrich marks which includes “WMF’ and “G” for Geislingen an der Steige. The “G” having typically been included on a WMF piece made for the French market. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/boxes/decorative-boxes/antique-wmf-secessionist-biscuit-barrel-cookie-jar/id-f_24549232/
Biscuit barrel with a reticulated frame and lid with Secession elements which are repeated in the hand-cut and etched crystal liner. The source does not say but the metal elements are probably silver plate though they also worked with pewter. ca. 1905. German. Illustrated on page 252 of the WMF workshop’s 1906 catalog. Image © Cherubs Antique Gallery. Fair use license. via https://www.cherubantiquesgallery.com/items/1393580/WMF-Secession-Biscuit-Barrel


Bonbonnière or small biscuit barrel. Copper frame with sold brass soldered ball feet, handles and finial. Etched glass container. 1920-1949. German. Maker’s marks: clear W.M.F. ostrich in diamond stamp. Image © 2021 catawiki.com. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/32838827-w-m-f-metalware-bonbonierre-or-small-biscuit-barrel-1

Antique silver confituriers or jam pots that come with their own spoons. Sounds so much better in the French . . .

Sterling silver confiturier with a thick cut glass urn with a silver stand with double scroll foliate handles and lid with a wreath handle above a cut-cardwork foliate roundel, gadrooned rim with slots and lower bracing band for twelve sterling silver vermeil sugar spoons with a delicate floral pattern. Square base on four clawed feet with foliate supports. ca. 1819-1938. French. Maker not known. Unidentified maker’s mark on spoons. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers and Skinner Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/107194798_french-sterling-silver-confiturier-with-spoons
Silver gilt round form confiturier, the body with open-work figures in the manner of antiquity, four sphinx feet, two handles, and the socket lid with a sculpted swan finial. Colorless glass liner and 12 silver-gilt spoons. 1819-1938. French. Maker not known. Maker’s marks: Paris warranty stamp for 1819-1838. Image © 2021 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via https://www.dorotheum.com/en/l/836759/
Confiturier in silver with the original cut crystal bowl and a silver frame that features twin folate-cast and hinged handles that flank the silver lidded crystal bowl, its rim fitted with a conforming detachable silver collar-shaped spoon holder that holds the ten associated sterling silver spoons. Circular foot decorated with a gadrooned border, atop a square base on scrolled foliate shaped feet. 1823-1838. French. Made in Paris by Charles Antoine Amand Lenglet (1791-1855). Maker’s marks: First standard Paris mark for 1819-1838. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/bowls/french-silver-confiturier-charles-antoine-amand-lenglet-paris-circa-1835/id-f_17512891/

Landscapes with a few people from another place in time to dream your way back to. Probably doesn’t look like that anymore. Painted by English artist John Rogers Herbert who lived from 1810 to 1986. Studied at the Royal Academy Schools.

“Landscape in the North of Israel.” 1873. English. Oil on board. Signed “J. R. Herbert RA” and dated 1873 on the lower left. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/eclectic-new-york/landscape-in-the-north-of-israel
“LABORARE EST ORARE (to labour is to pray) And some fell upon rock: and as soon as it was sprung up it withered away because it had no moisture And some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it choked [sic] And some fell upon good ground : and sprung up and yielded fruit a hundred fold Gospel of St. Luke. The monks of St. Bernard’s Abbey Leicester gathering the harvest of 1861. The boys in the adjoining field are from the Reformatory under the care of these Religious.’” Collections of the Tate Galleries. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/herbert-laborare-est-orare-t01455
“Asyut on the Nile.” 1873. English. Image source: r
http://www.johnrogersherbert.co.uk/painting. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Asyut_on_the_Nile.jpg
“Approaching the Oasis.” 1880. English. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated “J. R. Herbert RA 1880” on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/14883/lot/243/?category=list