Victorian paintings of dogs painted by British artist George Armfield (1808-1893). Exhibited nearly one hundred paintings at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists between 1830 and 1875.


“Hunting Dogs.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower left and lower right “G A.” Image © Uno Langmann Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.langmann.com/paintings/hunting-dogs-by-george-armfield?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=606e392f0ecd3c6d386d3c8c&ss_email_id=6084ac857d3f9e48faa5e60b&ss_campaign_name=Equestrian+Newsletter&ss_campaign_sent_date=2021-04-24T23%3A41%3A09Z
“How was your day?” 19th c. British. Oil on panel. Image © 2019 by J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art. Fair use license. via https://www.jmstringergallery.com/george-armfield
“Terrier Chasing a Rat.” 19th c. British. Oil on canvas. Initialed “G. A.” on the bottom right. Image © 2016 – 2021 The Swan Gallery & SWD. Fair use license. via https://www.swangallery.co.uk/view-item.php?sid=68eaefd323ed2373754d22d379ebf058&itemid=1000794
Standing English Setter holding a pheasant standing around ferns and bramble. ca. 1860. British. Image © Hamshere Gallery. Fair use license. via http://www.hamsheregallery.co.uk/directory_individual.php?artist=18&search=1&table=artist

Snuff mulls in rams horn and silver or silver plate. Sitting on castors, they were pushed around the dining room table so everyone could take their snuff. Two with finials modeled as animals, the third made with an actual ram’s head with horns attached.

Presentation large snuff mall, the scrolling horns centered by a silver snuff mall and raised on a scroll support, the hinged flat cover of the mull with a horse-form finial, all above a band of thistles, the horn tips applied with silver sleeves engraved with thistles, the side engraved with a presentation inscription dated 1902 above the depiction of a distillery. 1901. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver and ram horn. Maker’s marks: marked on the the side, cover, underside of the cover and the horn tips. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/edwardian-silver-ram-horn-presentation-large-snuff-mull-58/114936
Snuff mall which, mounted on castors, would have been rolled down the table for gentlemen to partake of the snuff in the small silver box on top of the ram’s head. Attached to the ram’s head by small silver chains are a rake with which to scratch the snuff, a small spoon to scoop it up and a rabbit’s foot for the gentlemen to wipe their moustaches after taking their snuff. 1875. Made in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Mosgiel Woolen Company. Silver, ram’s head and rabbit foot. Collections of the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, New Zealand.  © Crown Copyright. Fair use license. via https://teara.govt.nz/en/object/38961/rams-head-snuff-mull#:~:text=A%20snuff%20mull%20is%20an,top%20of%20the%20ram’s%20head.
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Silver plated ram’s horn presentation snuff mall topped with a hinged box. Dog finial standing guard above a stag’s head with a single hoof support and the end of the horn tipped with a claw shaped silver mount. Late 19th c. Made in Sheffield, England by Walker and Hall. Silver plate and ram’s horn. Image © Cynthia Findlay Fine Jewellery and Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.cynthiafindlay.com/victorian-silver-plated-rams-horn-snuff-mull.html

Egg cruets. Yes, the Victorians had specialized tableware for everything imaginable. But still. . . much prettier than those ceramic bluebird looking things in Walmart.

Four egg cruet. Basket weave with a shaped base that has a beaded rim with coordinating folding handle. Four removable egg cups and four egg spoons. ca. 1890-1910. English, made in London. Silver plate. G. R. Collis and Company. maker. Maker’s marks: fully marked on the underside for G. R. Collis and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/quality-antique-silver-plated-four-egg-cruet-gr-collis-london/id-f_21469492/
.”Cooking Tripod” novelty egg cruet in the form of a lashed cooking tripod, with a silver rope fastening the egg cups in place and a spoon attached to each leg. 1894. Victorian. English, made in Sheffield. Sterling silver. Maker mark’s: Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1894 by John Round and Son, Ltd. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/victorian-novelty-cooking-tripod-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-from-1894/id-f_18886372/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql6inqs0WZR86XOiIifLPiTr1H_weT5MUtSh0jwGoT9NJaoog84D5dRoC1pQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=a
Sterling silver egg cruet with silver gilt egg cups that stand on a hexagonal star point frame with floral engraving throughout. The frame having decorative scroll feet and a heart shaped handle. 1845. Gothic Revival. Victorian. Made in London, England. Sterling silver and silver gilt. Joseph Angell and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: hallmarked in London in 1845 for Joseph Angell and Son. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/gothic-revival-antique-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-hallmarked-1845/id-f_16494952/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql1d8N1T5AE85QEvVzGt_n5fwREtnt7b0G44G4UPcLvjURR5K1

Flower pictures from Ireland just a hop, skip and jump back. Andrew Nicholl, artist. Living from 1804 to 1886, he painted beaches in Ceylon too but I like the flower ones best.

“July Wildflowers.” 19th c. Irish. Watercolor on paper. Image © Irish Museum of Modern Art. Fair use license. via https://imma.ie/collection/july-wild-flowers/
“A flowerbank with poppies, harebells and marigolds.” 19th c. Irish. Pencil and watercolor, heightened with touches of bodycolor and with scratching out. Signed signed “A. Nicholl, R.H.A.” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4704754
“Wildflowers with a View of Dublin Dunleary.” 19th c. Watercolor on paper. Collections of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Image © bridgemanimages.com. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Andrew-Nicholl/126151/Wildflowers-with-a-View-of-Dublin-Dunleary-.html

Victorian horses (and a cow). Thomas Walker Bretland, English painter. Living from 1802 to 1874, he started out painting coaches and carriage with his father. Later he switched to horses and other animals.

“Hare Coursing.” ca. 1838. English. Oil on canvas. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4933836
“A black stallion in a landscape.” 1840s. English. Signed, inscribed and indistinctly dated on the lower left: “Bretland / Glasgow / 184[].” Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/royal-and-noble/a-black-stallion-in-a-landscape
“Longhorn Cow.” 1864. English. Oil on canvas. Collections of Shugborough Hall.. Image © Staffordshire Heritage & Arts. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/longhorn-cow-18555

Victorian flowers, lithographic plates from “A monograph of the genus Lilium.” Written by John Henry Elwes and illustrated by W. H. Fitch, it was published in London in 1877.

“Lilith Philippenense.” Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n31/mode/2up
“Lilium Hanson.” Page 34. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n33/mode/2up
“Lilium Pomponium.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n37/mode/2up

Animals to make your dinner table resemble a sterling silver zoo. Novelty silver made by James Barclay Hennell who was a son of Robert Hennell who started the London firm Robert Hennell & Sons. Robert Hennell & Sons was in existence before 1851. It was sold in 1887. Two claret jugs and a smoker’s companion for when the gentlemen light their cigars.

Claret jug modeled as a bear with removeable head. 1876. English. Silver. Image © http://www.karaffensammler.at. Fair use license. via http://www.karaffensammler.at/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5970
Claret jug formed as a kneeling performing elephant with a hinged head forming the cover. Originally it would have had tusks. 1881. English. Silver. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group) 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2020/january/2425/feature/performing-elephant-silver-novelty-sells-well-above-predictions/
Toad-form smoker’s conpanion modeled as an elegant toad carrying a cane and top hat. 1885. Victorian. Silver. Maker’s marks on base and head. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/collections-silver-vertu-ceramics-russian-works-of-art-n09491/lot.180.html

Women and children painted by English artist Edward John Cobbett. Living from 1815 to 1899, he worked in watercolors and oils. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1833 to 1880.

“Making Friends.” 1861. English. Signed E. J. Cobbett and dated 1861 on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/making-friends-edward-john-cobbett.html
“The Fisherman’s Family.” 1865. Oil on camvas. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/edward-john-cobbett/the-fishermans-family-zBLye9FgvCgaGWflAEjwIg2
“Young Girls by a Spring.” Undated. English. Oil on canvas. Signed E J Cobbett on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26021/lot/6/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Mother and child at the spring.” Undated. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/mother-and-child-at-the-spring-edward-john-cobbett.html

Brooches for when Halley’s Comet comes back to visit. Some of them are paste, others are silver and gold set with precious and semi precious stones. All are terrific. 1830s or later as it came by in 1835. 19th century.

Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622


Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622

Plates of bird eggs detailed up enough that you feel like you are peeking in their nest. Victorian. Taken from Francis Orpen Morris’ 1853 work “A natural history of the nests and eggs of British birds.”

White Spoonbill and Ibis. Plate CLXIII. Page 4. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/4/mode/2up
Curlew and Whimbrel. Plate CLXIV. Page 10. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/10/mode/2up
Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Plate CLXV. Page 16. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/16/mode/2up