Live life the Gothic Revival way. Various features in the rooms at Strawberry Hill, home of Horace Walpole, taken from “A Description of the villa of Mr. Horace Walpole.” Written by Walopole in 1784 with illustrations by various artists and printed by Thomas Kirgate.

“Chimney Piece of the Holbein Chamber.” Page 42. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofvil00walp_0/page/42/mode/1up
“Screen of the Holbein Chamber.” Page 79. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofvil00walp_0/page/n78/mode/1up
“The Gallery.” Page 84. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofvil00walp_0/page/n84/mode/1up
“Chimney in the Round Room.” Page 93. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofvil00walp_0/page/n93/mode/1up

Art Nouveau imagery. Various artists. Digital collections of the New York Public Library.

Art Nouveau design. (image turned sideways). 1893-1908. Image 16. Victor Lhuer, artist. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e74-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=fc7d4980-c54f-012f-febe-58d385a7bc34#page/17/mode/2up
Art Nouveau design. (image turned sideways). 1893-1908. Image 17. Victor Lhuer, artist. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e6e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
Art Nouveau design. (image turned sideways). Printed “Armand Guerinet, 140 Fg. St. Martin, Paris.”1893-1908. Image 17. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e6d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art Nouveau pattern depicting women outdoors. 1893-1908. . In the public domain due to age.https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e87-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Egyptian Revival with a Wedgwood twist. Very popular. These pieces all being recent but they have been making it off and on for a long time.

Black basalt canopic jar and cover with gilded bands of hieroglyphs and zodiac motifs. 1978. English. Ceramic. Wedgwood, maker. Numbered 26 in a limited edition of 50. Impressed mark. Image © 1999 – 2021 SKINNER, INC, Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2698B/lots/393
Black and terracotta jasper Egyptian inkstand, the boat-form tray with a griffin or crocodile head at either end, fitted with a covered sander and pounce pot and a canopic jar inkwell, each with applied hieroglyphs in relief. 2000. English. Ceramic. Wedgwood, maker. Impressed marks. Image  © 2021 Bidsquare Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/skinner/modern-wedgwood-black-and-terra-cotta-jasper-egyptian-inkstand-1343159
Rosso Antico (red stoneware) sugar bowl and lid with black basalt decorations in Egyptian motifs with a crocodile finial on the lid. ca. 1805. Made in Staffordshire, England at Wedgwood’s Etruria Works. Ceramic. Image  © Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, New South Wales. Fair use license. via https://collection.maas.museum/object/120135

Teapots made in silver, each one a little different. Designed in Britain by Christopher Dresser who lived from 1834 to 1904.

Spherical teapot in silver plate with an ebonized wood handle on four rod supports. 1880. Victorian. British. Christopher Dresser, designer. James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield, manufacturer. Maker’s marks: marked on the underside and with design registration mark dated November 25, 1880. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/rare-victorian-silver-plated-teapot-290/115747
Teapot in silver with an ebony handle. ca. 1879. Victorian. British. Christopher Dresser, designer. Brian Asquith, Derbyshire, England, manufacturer for Alessi S. p. A. Crusinallo, Italy. Exhibition in the Pinakothek der Moderne, München. Image source Chris 73. Cc0 License 3.0. vai https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christopher_Dresser_-Teapot-_1879.jpg
Teapot in electroplated metal with an ebonized wood handle. ca. 1879. British. Christopher Dresser, designer. James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield, England, manufacturer. Maker’s marks: impressed with manufacturer’s mark “CW. DRESSER 2275 F R” Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-6250240

Images of an Italy that isn’t coming back . . . sort of an Ancient Roman with an Ancient Egyptian infusion. Painted by Danish painter Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg who lived from 1783 to 1853.

View of the Garden of the Villa Borghese in Rome.” 1814. Danish. Collections of the SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://www.smk.dk/en/artist_profile/c-w-eckersberg/?modal=10
“View of the Church of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura.” 1815. Danish. Image source Google Cultural Institute. Hirschsprung Collection. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christoffer_Wilhelm_Eckersberg_-View_of_the_Church_of_San_Lorenzo_fuori_le_Mura-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
“The Marble Steps leading up to the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome.” ca. 1816. Danish. Collections of the SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eckersberg_Marmortrappen_som_f%C3%B8rer_op_til_S._Maria_in_Aracoeli_1816.jpg

Make your bathroom look like the South Seas wherever you are. Javanese flora, taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Caladium bicolor. vent. Tallas Sabrang.” Page 48. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/48/mode/1up
Stercula Nobilis. Smith. Hantap. Page 55. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/56/mode/1up
Otophora Alata. BL. Pisang Tjina.” Page 60, Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/60/mode/1up

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

Cassolettes in ormolu and patinated bronze. Mostly from around 1800. Used to burn potpourri.

Pair of cassolettes, each cast as an oil lamp with an eagle’s head finial on a circular plinth. ca. 1795. Directoire. Ormolu and patinated bronze. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/collector-english-european-furniture-ceramics-silver-works-art/pair-directoire-ormolu-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-1/114915
Pair of cassolettes, each one raised on a triform white marble base, the base bordered with ormolu, raised on a molded ormolu step above three toupie feet and set to the center with an elaborate ormolu foliate finial. The base of each cassolette supporting three patinated legs, each leg modeled as an elongated cartyatid that terminates in a hoof foot with the legs supporting the bowl of the vase. The rim of each bowl finished with a pierced ormolu frieze and topped with a flat cover which is in turn surmounted by an elaborate ormolu finial comprised of a an abandance of fruit and foliage. Late 19th c. in the Louis XVI style. French. Ormolu, patinated bronze and white marble. Henry Dasson, maker (1825-1895). Maker’s marks: signed “Henry Dasson” to the base of each. Image v© 2021 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/pair-gilt-patinated-bronze-cassolettes-dasson

Pair of baluster form cassolettes, the ring-adorned waisted neck mounted with foliate swans, the stiff-leaf cast lip headed by a domed lid with pinecone finial flanked by winged putti blowing dolphin-headed horns and resting on scrolled paired lion supports above a circular fluted base with foliate-cast edge. ca. 1785-1790. French. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5103945

Baroque portraits of 17th century ladies, some with children too. English. John Michael Wright, painter. Living from 1617 to 1694, Wright trained in Edinburgh under the Scots painter George Jamesone.

Portrait of Jane Monins (c.1640-99), three-quarter length, in a blue and gold dress. 17th c. English. Oil on canvas. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/the-family-collection-of-the-late-countess-mountbatten-of-burma/portrait-of-jane-monins-c-1640-99-three-quarter
Portrait of Mrs. Salesbury with her grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot. 1675-1676. English. John Michael Wright. Collections of the Tate Galleries. Cco License. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/john-michael-wright-614
Portrait of Mary Villiers, Duchess of Lennox and Richmond (1622-1685), half-length, in a blue dress, her left hand resting on an Ouroboros, with her children, Esmé (1649-1660) and Mary (1651-1668). Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5630073

Bird art, painted by American artist Jessie Arms Botke. Living from 1883 to 1971, she worked with Albert Herter.

“Ducks.” 1920. American. Painting. Image source: Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists” Saint Louis: City Art Museum, 1920. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ducks_by_Jessie_Arms_Bottke.jpg
“Pair of Egrets.” Undated. American. Oil and gold leaf on canvas laid down on Masonite. Signed “JESSIE ARMS BOTKE” on the lower right. Private collection. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/two-centuries-american-art/pair-of-swans
“Cockatoos and Avocado.” Undated. American. Oil on canvas laid down on board. Signed “Jessie Arms Botke.” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4972017