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

People dressed in all manner of costumes but looking 19th century anyway. Paintings of the Academic School by French artist Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889). Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. One of Napoleon III’s favorite painters.

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“Phèdre.” 1880. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_Ph%C3%A8dre.jpg

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“The Evening Angel.” 1848. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_The_Evening_Angel.jpg

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“Death of Moses.” 1850. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_Death_of_Moses.jpeg

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“Saint Monica in a Landscape.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo credit: Jack Kilgore & Company Inc. Image © 2020 Milwaukee Art Museum Blog. FAir use license. via https://blog.mam.org/2016/10/04/from-the-collection-a-pair-of-paintings-by-alexandre-cabanel/

Designs done for British ceramics firm Minton, all with Classical themes. Folio 10, SD 1705/MS1895 with no class letter. The legend on original cover reading “Decorated Pieces; How: chiefly vases. Paintings, drawings, tracings, etc; mostly coloured.” (Smith, Moyr). Collections of the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

Silver dish rings with interesting decorations. Most of them meant to have plates of potatoes stashed on top. All of them would have come with the glass liners but two have lost theirs along the way.

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Dish ring or potato ring that may have had a glass liner originally. 1785. Irish Georgian silver. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/rare-georgian-irish-dish-potato-ring/id-f_4080993/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQVw9QTz0VWZLkBFvUhQHQkAgQcJ2j6pAC3KiheZh7JjRKfyVKCYGpYaAslhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Reel form dish holders with pierced and chased sides with foliage and scrolls flanking a rocaille cartouche, one with various flowers, dogs, and foxes, the other with various flowers, birds, cows, and a man playing a penny whistle. Both with silver plate liners. 1895-1897. English. Silver. Made in London by West and Son. Makers marks: Mark on foot rim for West and Son, London. Image: © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/christies-living-august-collections/two-similar-victorian-silver-dish-rings-79/95553

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Large stable dish ring in an Irish style having a hand-pierced and chased body decorated with pastoral scenes, figures, and animals. Separate blue glass liner. 1904. English. Sterling silver and blue glass liner. Made by Israel Sigmund Greenberg of Birmingham. Maker’s marks: hallmarks on the back rim. Image © 2000-2019 Bryan Douglas. Fair use license. via https://www.bryandouglas.co.uk/silverware/dish_rings/j4390/j4390a.htm

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Dish ring with red glass liner. 1906. Irish. Made in Dublin by John Smith in 1906. Makers marks: hallmarks on the back rim. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/irish-silver-dish-ring/id-f_17167112/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQUuPLY3PY9pHhy2nisLEPG6NUBkTl9aRPYELVYWohrKl8ofSwrUsj0aAhxmEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds