Fans to flirt with and others to stay cool with . . .a fashion I hope is coming back. Very pretty. 19th century and all from China.

Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880.
Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880. Black lacquered bamboo frame with gold decoration of Chinese characters in gardens painted on both side with scenes from palaces. Silk tassel. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525784&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860.
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860. Chinese. Collection of the Fan Museum Trust. Image © 2019 The Fan Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan919598
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880.
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880. Ivory and silk. Ivory stand with tortoiseshell, enamel, mother-of-pearl and gold filigree. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525794&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=

Ancient temples tricked out in full living color as they were when people worshiped in them. Chromolithographic plates from Jakob Ignaz Hittorff’s “Restitution du temple d’Empédocle à Sélinonte,” which was published in Paris in 1851. A Prussian architect, he cut his artistic teeth drafting for Charles Percier.

Temple of Empedocles at Selinunte. 1851.
Temple of Empedocles at Selinunte. 1851. Plate from “Restitution du temple d’Empédocle à Sélinonte”. Image © Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.165.html/2011/the-library-of-jacques-levy-n08852
Principal elevation of the temple. 1846.
Principal elevation of the temple. 1846. Plate from “Restitution du temple d’Empédocle à Sélinonte,” published in 1851. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/monuments-divers-de-la-cyrenaique-de-larabie-petree-de-la-palestine-de-la
L'Architecture Polychrome chez les Grecs.  1846.
L’Architecture Polychrome chez les Grecs. 1846. Frontispiece from “Restitution du temple d’Empédocle à Sélinonte, Paris,” published in 1851. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/monuments-divers-de-la-cyrenaique-de-larabie-petree-de-la-palestine-de-la

Fruit so luscious you’ll think your home is an orchard in late summer. Plates from the 1847 book “The Fruits of America: Containing Richly Colored Figures, and Full Descriptions of All the Choicest Varieties Cultivated in the United States”. Charles Mason Hovey, nursery man and seed merchant, author.

Mannings Elizabeth pear. Page 309.
Mannings Elizabeth pear. Page 309. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14596544387
Boston Pine strawberry
Boston Pine strawberry. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_fruits_of_America_-_containing_richly_colored_figures,_and_full_description_of_all_the_choicest_varieties_cultivated_in_the_United_States_(1848)_(14596230350).jpg
Crawford's late peach. Page 245.
Crawford’s late peach. Page 245. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14596512737

Dreams of Egypt. Close your eyes and you could be out on the Nile in one of those tourist houseboats listening to the crocodiles chomp. Plates from the 1848 “Egypt & Nubia From Drawings Made On The Spot”. David Roberts, watercolorist. Louis Haghe, lithographer.

"Statues of Memnon at Thebes, during the Inundation."
“Statues of Memnon at Thebes, during the Inundation.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. http://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.252
"Thebes, Great Hall at Karnac."
“Thebes, Great Hall at Karnac.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.187
"Interior of the Temple of Aboo-Simbel."
“Interior of the Temple of Aboo-Simbel.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.261
"Portico of the Temple Edfou, Upper Egypt."
“Portico of the Temple Edfou, Upper Egypt.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.148
"Libyan Chain of Mountains, from the Temple of Luxor."
“Libyan Chain of Mountains, from the Temple of Luxor.” Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/2012.166
"Hagar Setsilis."
“Hagar Setsilis.”Color lithograph. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via

Silver and vermeil to deck a holiday table or for that matter any old time. Images courtesy of my professionally licensed French antique dealer friend Henri de Benedictis. Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/henri.debenedictis

Wine coasters. 1798-1809.
Wine coasters. 1798-1809. Made in Paris. French Empire. Sterling silver with tall openwork sides depicting swans drinking from a vase with floral decoration. Silversmith marks B.J.L.C. for Jean-Baptiste-Lazare CLERIN. via https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1499724516794291&set=pb.100002702721089.-2207520000.1547764574.&type=3&theater
Twelve different animal knife-rests. ca. 1930.
Twelve different animal knife-rests. ca. 1930. Art Deco/Cubist in style. Created for the First Class dining room of the S. S. Normandie. Silver plate. Marcel Edouard Sandoz, sculptor/designer. Christofle, maker. Signed “GALLIA”. via https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1625089780924430&set=ms.c.eJxF0dmNRTEIA9CORmDM1n9joyQX3u~_RsaxEAy7VGemt0vWnD0of2ECWNEiTTfAlftAXygcaD7DgF7IftAhuqcSCvYQuJOGZx
24 piece dessert set with forks and spoons with twelve of each. 1798-1809.
24 piece dessert set with forks and spoons with twelve of each. 1798-1809. Paris, France. Vermeil. 1798-1809. Punch of master goldsmith Jean-François Hervier. via https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1625089817591093&set=ms.c.eJxF0dmNRTEIA9CORmDM1n9joyQX3u~_RsaxEAy7VGemt0vWnD0of2ECWNEiTTfAlftAXygcaD7DgF7IftAhuqcSCvYQuJOGZx
Spoons in a Renaissance style richly decorated with pierced clover and a central head on the handle and a "queue de rat" relief pattern on the back.
Spoons in a Renaissance style richly decorated with pierced clover and a central head on the handle and a “queue de rat” relief pattern on the back. Part of a 24 piece set that also includes a dozen forks. Sterling silver. Maison Cardeilhac, maker. Hallmarked “Minerva” with maker’s mark E.C. for CARDEILHAC. via https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1604864209613654&set=pb.100002702721089.-2207520000.1547764385.&type=3&theater

Paintings of the Arctic when it was the last frontier and as glamorous to head for as outer space is now. No fur parka and mittens required.

"Fishing for walrus in the Arctic ocean." 1841.
“Fishing for walrus in the Arctic ocean.” 1841. Oil on canvas. French. Francois-August Biard, painter (1799-1882). Collection of the Chateau Musee, Dieppe, France. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.allposters.com/-sp/Fishing-for-Walrus-in-the-Arctic-Ocean-1841-Posters_i1737957_.htm?UPI=ONRM80&PODConfigID=8880731&sOrigID=64232
"Icebergs in the Arctic." 1882.
“Icebergs in the Arctic.” 1882. American. William Bradford, artist (1823-1892). In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://paintersonpaintings.com/zaria-forman-on-william-bradford/.
"Icebergs in the Atlantic" (detail). 1870.
“Icebergs in the Atlantic” (detail). 1870. Russian. Oil on canvas. Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky, painter (1817-1900). Collection of the Aivazovsky National Art Gallery, Feodosia. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead longer than 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ivan_Constantinovich_Aivazovsky_-_Icebergs_in_the_Atlantic_(detail).JPG
"Penguins in an Arctic landscape at dusk." Undated.
“Penguins in an Arctic landscape at dusk.” Undated. German/American. Oil on canvas. Hermann Herzog, painter (1832-1932). Image © paintingandframe.com. Cc License 4.0. via https://paintingvalley.com/arctic-painting#arctic-painting-18.jpg
"Icebergs." 1865.
“Icebergs.” 1865. American. Oil on board. William Bradford, artist (1832-1892). Collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://paintersonpaintings.com/zaria-forman-on-william-bradford/

American folk art portraits of little girls in red dresses with their pets. All in the public domain.

Picking flowers. 1840-50. Attributed to Samuel S. Miller.
Picking flowers. 1840-50. Attributed to Samuel S. Miller. Photo credit: Richard Walker. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. http://collections.fenimoreartmuseum.org/picking-flowers.
Girl with a dog and cat. American. Ammi Phillips, limner.
Girl with a dog and cat. American. Ammi Phillips, limner (1788-1865). Collection of the Galerie Saint Etienne. http://www.gseart.com/artist/ammi-phillips/bio.
Portrait of Alice Lyons. ca. 1855. John Jacob Hegler, artist.
Portrait of Alice Lyons. ca. 1855. John Jacob Hegler, artist. Indianapolis Museum of Art. http://collection.imamuseum.org/artwork/32902/.

Our first oddment . . . . . . Mississippi ribbon maps . . . .lost in the meanderings of history till now . .

A ribbon map, this is. If only it had come along a decade earlier, Mr. Bordelon could mark off the distance from one drinking and gambling establishment on the Mississippi shore to the next with his new poker friend Martin Harden in my upcoming novella “Couchsachraga.”

Alas, it came into being in 1866, patented by Sidney B. Fairchild and Myron Coloney of Missouri, much too late even if these gentlemen could be time traveled into their future and blasted back again to their seats on a heap of cotton bales with a bottle of bourbon as the paddle wheel starts again.

Eleven feet long, it is only a few inches wide and wrapped handily around a spool small enough to fit in a gentleman’s pocket with a crank but with what must have been a banner like effect if the wind blew hard enough to push the paddle steamer halfway across the river while you were trying to fit it back in its case.

Town to city. Waterfall to river. Sugar lands to cotton. Cotton to corn and then to Minnesota wheat. That part a bit hard to read, it was true, being right at the end that stuck in the inside of the spool. Better the other where the river met the sea with the bayou looking like a turkey’s foot with water lines dashing every which way as they headed for the sea.

This example being part of the collection of the Library of Congress, http://www.LOC.gov. If one looks closely at the southerly end, you can spot Jefferson Davis’s name by the name of his Brimfield Plantation at Davis Bend in Mississippi’s black bottom country.

 

This 11-foot-long “ribbon map” of the Mississippi River, printed in 1866.Myron Coloney and Sidney B. Fairchild makers. www.loc.gov

Dessert Art by American still life painter John F. Francis (1808-1886).

Still life with strawberries and cream.
Still life with strawberries and cream. No date. via diaryof1.com. Image in the public domain.
"Cheese, Crackers and Chestnuts"
“Cheese, Crackers and Chestnuts”. 19th c. via incredibleart.org. In the pubic domain.
Dessert still life.
Dessert Still life. No exact date. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery. via georgianera.wordpress.com. Image in the the public domain.
"Still Life with Apples and Biscuits". 1862.
“Still Life with Apples and Biscuits”. 1862. via wikigallery.org. Image in the public domain.
"Dessert still life with Fruit and Cream". 1854.
“Dessert still life with Fruit and Cream”. 1854. via pinterest.com. Artwork in the public domain.