Botanical prints of tropical flowers. More from Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s 1828 “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba.”

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“Lily and amaryllis belladona.” Plate 38.125. Page 137. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=137&size=125
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“Narcissus (lily of the rocks) and Panoratium caribaea, Sea onion.” Plate 32d. 131. Page 143. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=143&size=125
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“Bastard Fustic.” Plate 33d. 135. Page 147. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=147&size=150

Style sheets to make any space look a bit fancier. Ancient Egyptian designs from Helmuth Theodor Bossert’s work “An encyclopaedia of colour decoration from the earliest times to the middle of the XIXth century” which was published in Berlin in 1928.

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“Thebes, beginning of the 15th century, BC.” Egypt. Figures 16 and 17. Page 51. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n50/mode/1up
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“Egypt. Thebes. First half of the 15th century BC.” Figures 20 and 21. Page 54. Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n54/mode/1up
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“Egypt. Thebes. First quarter of the 15th century BC.” Figures 18 and 19. Page 52.Collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. Digitalized by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with federal LSTA funds. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n52/mode/1up

Arts Déco jewels by Jean Fouquet, son of Georges Fouquet and grandson of Alphonse Fouquet. Maison Fouquet was founded in 1862 by Alphonse Fouquet and lasted into the mid 20th century under his son and grandson.

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Clip. Commissioned by the French State for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Modern Life in Paris, in 1937. Inventory ID #MNAM 1116 OA. 1937. Made in Paris. Gold, lacquer and old brilliant cut diamonds. Jean Fouquet, designer. Louis Fertey, maker. Photo ©Paris, MAD / Jean Tholance. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/clip-4
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Ring. Commissioned by the French State for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Modern Life in Paris, in 1937 Inventory ID #MNAM 1114 OA. 1931 and 1937. White gold, platinum, old brilliant-cut diamonds, amethysts, and moonstones. Jean Fouquet, designer. Jean Charles, maker. Photo ©Paris, MAD / Jean Tholance. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/bague-1937-0
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Ring. Commissioned by the French State for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Modern Life in Paris, in 1937. Inventory ID #MNAM 1112 OA. 1937. Gold and topaz. Jean Fouquet, designer. Louis Fertey, maker. Photo ©Paris, MAD / Jean Tholance. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/bague-1937
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Bracelet. Commissioned by the French State for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Modern Life in Paris, in 1937. Inventory ID #MNAM 1115 0A. 1937. White gold, platinum, old brilliant-cut diamonds, amethysts, and moonstones. Jean Fouqet, designer. Charles Girard, maker. Photo ©Paris, MAD / Jean Tholance. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/bracelet-1937

Floral designs by Maria Likarz-Strauss who lived from 1893 to 1971. Born in what is now Poland she was an Austrian designer who studied at the Applied Arts School in Vienna. She worked for theWiener Werkstätte from 1912 to 1932. Collections of the MAK Museum, Vienna.

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Design. Before 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12362-42. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235619
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Design. ca. 1923. Inventory ID #KI 12356-15. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235408
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Design. ca. 1928. Inventory ID #KI 12353-25. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-235352
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Design. Before 1927. Inventory ID #KI 12472-2. Gouache and pencil on paper. LiLikarz-Strauss, designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. Archives of the Wiener Werkstätte. Image © Museum of Applied Arts – MAK Museum. Fair use license. via https://sammlung.mak.at/en/collection_online?id=collect-236147

Watercolors of rooms in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud back when the Empress Eugenie lived there. French. Jean Baptiste Fortuné de Fournier, artist (1797-1864).

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“La Chambre à coucher de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_la-chambre-a-coucher-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle?force-download=215088
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“Le Salon des officiers de service à Saint-Cloud.” mid 19th c. French. Watercolor. Collections of the Chateau de Compiègne. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-salon-des-officiers-de-service-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle
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“Le Cabinet de toilette de l’Impératrice Eugénie à Saint-Cloud. 1860. Watercolor. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / Daniel Arnaudet. Fair use license. via https://art.rmngp.fr/fr/library/artworks/jean-baptiste-fortune-de-fournier_le-cabinet-de-toilette-de-l-imperatrice-eugenie-a-saint-cloud_aquarelle_1860?force-download=215068

 

Very well dressed children from just a wee bit back in time. Fashion illustrations from “Modes de Paris. Costumes d’enfant” which came out in 1810.

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‘Capote de Perkale, Robe de Mousseline pantalon garni.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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‘Casquet en Maroquin Veste et Pantalon de Nankin.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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“Bourrelet de habit de Matelot en Percale.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html
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“Toque brodé Redingote garni en crèves.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://amiancien.livejournal.com/27632.html

Light filled landscapes with a romantic air filled with sun and water. French. Félix Ziem, artist. Living from 1821 to 1911, Ziem is known for his light-filled depictions of waterways in Venice and Constantinople (Istanbul).

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“Aqua Alta.” Undated. Oil on panel. Signed “Ziem” on the lower right. Image source: Christies. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felix_ziem_aqua_alta).jpg
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“View of Istanbul.” 1850-1900. Oil on canvas. Source: Ophelia2. Collection of the Pera Museum, Istanbul. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F%C3%A9lix_Ziem_-_View_of_Istanbul.jpg
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‘Topi et Gondole dans le Bassin.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Signed “Ziem” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/felix-ziem-french-1821-1911-topi-et-5673203-details.aspx

People out and about and looking like they are mostly having fun. American. Rutherford Boyd, illustrator and artist. Living from 1882 to 1951, he studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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“Leggett’s.” ca. 1925. Mixed media on paper. Signed. © Estate of the artist. Image © Papillon Gallery. Fair use license. via http://www.papillongallery.com/john_rutherford_boyd.html
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“Beach Umbrellas and Bathers.” 20th c. Watercolor and pencil on paper. © Estate of the artist. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/rutherford-boyd/beach-umbrellas-and-bathers-2m3-b4msE_kPVOciu8i6Og2
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Three male window dressers putting lingerie on a female mannequin. 20th c. © Estate of the artist. Image © William Smith Auctions, Sarasota, and Auction Zip 2003 – 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/John-Rutherford-Boyd,-Illustrator-Am.-1884-1951_6E44DB1B12/

Plates from J. P. Morgan’s privately printed up “Catalogue des Porcelaines Françaises de m. J. Pierpont Morgan.” From 1910. Something to look through on trips when he was away from his collection, no doubt.

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“Deux vases de Forme Ovoïde, fond bleu lapis, en porcelaine de Sèvres.” (one shown). Page 124. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cataloguedesporc00morg/page/124/mode/2up
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“Boîte à thé et Couvercle blanc et bleu céleste, en porcelaine de Sèvres.” Page 235. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cataloguedesporc00morg/page/n234/mode/2up
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“Cabaret solitaire cinq pièces, fond blanc, en porcelaine de Sèvres.” Page 134. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cataloguedesporc00morg/page/134/mode/2up
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“Pendule fond Blanc, en porcelaine de Sèvres.” Page 140. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/cataloguedesporc00morg/page/140/mode/2up

What to buy before the Empress Eugenie calls. Selections from an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. At mid-century the Maison Giroux was IT.

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“Nécessaire à couture, épingles et carnet de bal.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/necessaire-a-couture-epingles-et-carnet-de-bal
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“Une Coupe Couverte, un Vase et une Aiguière.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.7. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/une-coupe-couverte-un-vase-et-une-aiguiere
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Page d’album de dessin. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.15. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-1