Living a sort of exciting life back a bit . . .maybe it looked like that, maybe it didn’t. Crowd scenes painted by Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret who lived from 1782 to 1863. Studied with Jacques-Louis David.

Découverte du Laocoon. Undated, by 1863. French. Oil on canvas. Signed PBergeret on the center right, on the pedestal. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-european-art-sale-part-ii-2/decouverte-du-laocoon-the-discovery-of-the-laocoon
Saint Louis à Damiette. ca. 1819. French. Oil painting. Image source: Paris Musées. Collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre-Nolasque_Bergeret_-Saint_Louis%C3%A0_Damiette_-PDUT1793-_Mus%C3%A9e_des_Beaux-Arts_de_la_ville_de_Paris.jpg
La Morte d’Henri IV. Undated, by 1863. French. Image © 1996 RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / René-Gabriel Ojéda. Louvre Museum. Fair use license. via https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ark:/53355/cl010057789

 



More from Percy MacQuoid’s work “History of English Furniture: Age of Satinwood.” Published in Edinburgh by T. and A. Constable, printers to His Majesty (Edward VII). Collections of the Society of the Four Arts.

Amboyna-wood writing cabinet (left); inlaid mahogany pole-screen (right). Both pieces being the property of Alfred Littleton, Esquire. Plate VIII, page 170. Signed Shirley Slocombe artist, 1908. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n170/mode/1up

Figure 124 – Painted wood pedestal; Figure 125 – Carved wood lantern. Both pieces being the property of the Earl of Harewood. Page 173. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n173/mode/1up
Figure 131 – Robert Adam’s design for bed. Page 180. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n180/mode/1up
Satin-wood commode. Property of Alfred Littleton, Esquire. Plate X, page 224. Signed Shirley Slocombe artist, 1908. Collections of the Society of the Four Arts. Scanned by the Internet Archive. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfEnglishFurnitureAgeOfSatinwood/page/n224/mode/1up

Cassolettes to jazz up your New Years Eve buffet table. None of that boring IKEA stuff.

P Pair of urn form enamel cassolettes, painted on a dark blue ground with red and gilt urns trailing flowers and formal borders, with the covers reversing to sconces, hung with chains. ca. 1780. English. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-collection-of-mr-and-mrs-peter-a-pfaffenroth-american-furniture-silver-and-decorative-arts/pair-of-english-enamel-cassolettes-circa-1780
A fine pair of antique English neoclassical porcelain and doré bronze mounted two handled Cassolettes. Each having a pair of ram’sPair of Neoclassical porcelain and doré bronze mounted two handled cassolettes. Each cassolette having a pair of ram’s heads terminating and connecting each handle to the body, all resting on a double tier stepped pedestal base. ca. early 1800s. English. Attributed to Mathew Boulton (1728-1809). Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/fine-pair-of-antique-english-porcelain-ormolu-cassolettes-att-matthew-boulton/id-f_3239423/
Pair of tall ormolu mounted malachite cassolettes. Each cassolette having a large malachite bowl, supporting a fluted ormolu cover, topped with a berry finial with the berry finial detailing mirrored vertically below with a berry drop finial mounted to the base of the bowl. The bowls being held in place upon triform supports with bearded, elfin masks leading to cabriole legs that terminate in hoof feet, The center of the support with a scrolling and twisting snake, which features lifelike stippling to create the effect of scales. Both cassolettes are mounted on triform plinths of malachite and are set upon ormolu toupie feet. Late 19th c. Neoclassical. French. Maker not given. Image © 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-french-ormolu-mounted-malachite-cassolettes



Out and about and strolling to somewhere fun on Vienna’s famed Ringstrasse. Various artists.

The Ringstrasse, Vienna. 1904. Croatian. Oil on canvas. Signed, inscribed and dated Vlaho Bukovac WIEN 1904 on the lower left. Image ©2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/european-british-art-2/the-ringstrasse-vienna
Ringstrasse and Staatsoper in Vienna. 19th c. Artist not known. Collections of the Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria. Image image © De Agostini Picture Library/A. Dagli Orti. Fair use license. via https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/ringstrasse-and-staatsoper-vienna-tww0050a0

The festive inauguration of the Vienna Ringstrasse on May 1st, 1865. ca. 1865. Xylograph. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://www.habsburger.net/en/chapter/construction-ringstrasse#o-18131

People out and about and hopefully having fun. Illustrative work by French Art Deco illustrator Pierre Brissaud (1885-1964).

Playing croquet. Ah! Mon Beau Château – Gazette du Bon Genre. Pages 170 and 171. 1920. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Gazettedubongen00A/page/170/mode/2up?view=theater
Illustration of 1830s fashions that ran in the Gazette du bon genre Annee 3, no. 5-7. May, 1920. French. Image source archive.org In the public domain due to age. via Vhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1830_-_Gazette_du_Bon_Genre,_May_1920.jpg
“Deux modèles de Jeanne Lanvin”. Illustration from a 1922 issue of La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1922. Image source: ebay. In the public domain due to age via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Gazette_du_Bon_Ton_1922_Pierre_Brissaud.jpg

Paintings of Imperial Russia when it was very grand. Adolphe Ladurner, artist. Born in Paris in 1798 or 1799, he painted in Russia where he died in 1856.

Part of Armorial Hall in the Winter Palace. 1838. French/Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolphe_Ladurner_-Part_of_Armorial_Hall_in_the_Winter_Palace(1838).jpg
Parade on the Palace Square in Saint Petersburg. 1855. French/Russian. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated on the lower left. Collections of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolphe_Ladurner_-Parade_on_the_Palace_Square_in_StPetersburg(1855).jpg
Fencing Scene. 1827. French/Russian. Oil on canvas. Image source Roy Miles Fine Paintings. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/a/ladurner-adolf/a-fencing-scene.html

Peek inside the jewel collection of J. P. Morgan, at least in your mind. Plates from the privately published “Catalogue of the collection of jewels and precious works of art the property of J. Pierpont Morgan; compiled at his request by G.C. Williamson, LITT. D.” Published in London in 1910 by the Chiswick Press.

Golden chain of honour for what is known as the Order of Grace of Christian II of Saxony. Number 1. Plate I, page 45. Hallett Hyatt, engraver. Collections of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CatalogueOfTheCollectionOfJewelsAndPreciousWorksOfArtThePropertyOf/williamson-g-catalogue-1910-BK001723-LowRes/page/n44/mode/1up
Badge of the order of the Annunziata of Savoy, in enameled gold. Number 2; Pendent (sic) Jewel of wrought gold enamelled. Number 6. Plate II, page 51. Hallett Hyatt, engraver. Collections of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CatalogueOfTheCollectionOfJewelsAndPreciousWorksOfArtThePropertyOf/williamson-g-catalogue-1910-BK001723-LowRes/page/n50/mode/1up
Pendent Jewel composed of wrought gold, enamel, and ambergris. Number 7; Pendent Jewel composed of two blocks of crystal mounted in enamelled Gold. Number 8. Plate IV, page 67. Hallett Hyatt, engraver. Collections of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CatalogueOfTheCollectionOfJewelsAndPreciousWorksOfArtThePropertyOf/williamson-g-catalogue-1910-BK001723-LowRes/page/n50/mode/1up
Jewish Betrothal ring of gold. Number 20; Small Bust of Henri IV. Number 19; Gold Medal of the Archduke Maximillian, mounted in rich enamelled scrolls of gold-work, and ornamented with a pearl. Number 10. Plate VI. Page 77, Hallett Hyatt, engraver. Collections of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/CatalogueOfTheCollectionOfJewelsAndPreciousWorksOfArtThePropertyOf/williamson-g-catalogue-1910-BK001723-LowRes/page/n77/mode/1up

Visions of a long ago Scotland. Victorian, painted by Waller Hugh Paton who lived from 1828 to 1895. A painter of landscapes, he was the son of a damask designer. An associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and member of the Royal Society of Watercolorists. Queen Victoria liked his pictures.

Entrance to the Cuiraing, Skye. 1873. Scottish. Oil on canvas. Image source and photography: Scottish National Gallery. Collections of the Scottish National Gallery. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waller_Hugh_Paton_-_%27Entrance_to_the_Cuiraing,_Skye%27.jpg

Dunnottar Castle. 1867. Scottish. Image source Stephencdickson, Cc0 License 4.0. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dunnottar_Castle_by_Walter_Hugh_Paton_1867.JPG
Edinburgh with a distant view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. A watercolor view of Edinburgh from the side of St Margaret’s Loch at sunset, looking west 1862. Scottish. Commissioned by Queen Victoria. Watercolor and bodycolor with gum arabic and burnishing.  Signed in monogram and dated WHP 1862. Image © Royal Collection Trust. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/919573/edinburgh-with-a-distant-view-of-the-palace-of-holyroodhouse

An India that isn’t coming back. Plates from James Fergusson’s 1848 work “Picturesque Illustrations of Ancient Architecture in Hindostan”. Published by J. Hogarth in London with lithographs by T. C. Dibden.

Great Temple at Bobaneswar (Bhubaneswar). 1848. British. Plate I, page 34. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n34/mode/1up
Temple of Kanarug of Black Pagoda. Page 42. 1848. British. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n42/mode/1up
Temple of Kapila Devi at Bobaneswar (Bhubaneswar). Page 46. 1848. British. Drawn and lithographed by T. C. (Thomas Colman) Dibden after a sketch by J. Fergusson. M. and N. Hanhart, printers. Collections of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Observer Research Foundation, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.100565/page/n46/mode/1up

Portraits of Russia by Soviet painter Georgy Grigorievich Nissky (1903-1987). One with a train and a few people. Another with two airplanes. A founder of the Severe style, Nissky won a third degree Stalin Prize in 1951.

“Railway Signal Box.” 1946. Soviet. Oil on board. Signed in Cyrillic and dated “Nisskii 46” on the lower right. Further signed in Cyrillic, inscribed in Russian with title and dated “Nisskii 46” on the reverse. © Estate of the artist. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-6348541?ldp_breadcrumb=back&intObjectID=6348541&from=salessummary&lid=1

“Airfield.” Undated, by 1987. Soviet. Oil on canvas. Signed in Cyrillic on the lower left. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2019/russian-pictures/georgy-grigorievich-nissky-airfield
En Route. 1958-1964. Soviet. Oil on canvas. Image © Estate of the artist and the Institute of Russian Realist Art. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/en-route-georgy-g-nissky-1903-1987/rQHzUbh_rP0vLQ
“An airport”. 1961. Soviet. Image © Estate of the artist and The Art Newspaper Russia. Photo credit: Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://www.theartnewspaper.ru/posts/6017/