gilded age

The Salute, Venice
John Singer Sargent (American; 1856–1925)
ca. 1904–7
Watercolor, with graphite underdrawing
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

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Plates from Vol. 2 of Fantaisies Florales by Jean Pilters, published in the first decade of the 20th century in Jersey City, New Jersey by H.C. Perleberg

Jean Pilters was a little-known French ornamentist. Apart from publishing several pattern books in France and Jersey City, he also contributed to the publication Dekorative Vorbilder published from 1889-1929 in Stuttgart by Julius Hoffmann.

This volume is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. These images are my own personal scans of the book.

Throwback Thursdays:

Vintage Vogue cover, September 1926. Illustrated by Eduardo Garcia Benito.

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Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921, United States)

Angel paintings

Thayer was an American artist and naturalist. A painter of portraits, figures, animals and landscapes, he is best known for his paintings of angels and other mystical subjects. He enjoyed a certain prominence during his lifetime, and his paintings are represented in the major American art collections. He is also known for his work in the field of protective colouration in nature, showing how patterns on animals and insects provided a camouflaging effect.

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Le Petit Trianon, located in Pacific Heights or Presidio Heights district of San Francisco also called the Korshland Mansion. It was built between 1902- 1904 by Marcus and Corrine Korshland to be a replica of Marie-Antoinette’s getaway palace in the gardens of Versailles. Its sandstone façade survived the Great Quake & Fire of San Francisco in 1906 with minimal exterior damage and owned by the family until the 1960s. It was recently listed for $25 million after sitting for years at $45 million. The interior is wholly original and has been extensive modernizationed with questionable execution.

vive-la-france🇫🇷

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Plates from Vol. 2 of Fantaisies Florales by Jean Pilters, published in the first decade of the 20th century in Jersey City, New Jersey by H.C. Perleberg

Many of these flower studies were not done by Pilters but by his colleagues. Plates 3, 5, and 9 are copies of plates from Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe by Anton Seder, published in two volumes in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenck (1886 and 1889).

This volume is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. These images are my own personal scans of the book.

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Lionel Walden (1861-1933, United States)

Landscapes and seascapes 2

Walden was an American landscape painter active in Hawaii, Cornwall, Wales and France. Particularly known for his seascapes, and depictions of Hawaii, which constitute the first noteworthy attempts by a professional artist to portray the region in painting.

Study of a Seated Man
John Singer Sargent (American; 1856–1925)
1895
Transfer lithograph on laid paper
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Printed by Frederick Goulding (British; 1842–1909).