Bats and butterflies pocket watch. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) Ca. 1899-1900. Gold, enamel, moonstone,
"Of gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, the openface pocketwatch of circular outline with blued-steel moon-style hands and applied black enamelled Arabic numerals, against the gold ground accented by blue and white enamelled fluttering butterflies, within a polished gold case, the reverse depicting numerous flying purplish blue enamelled bats, with scattered moonstone accents, further embellished by a sculpted gold serpent bow."
L’enfer Cabaret, Boulevard de Clichy, Montmartre, Paris
Built circa 1890; demolished circa 1952.
Entertainment inside the “inferno of hell” included musicians dressed as devils and interior volcanos that spewed scented lava of molten gold.
After the “cabaret artistique” was demolished, the site became a Monoprix retail store.
(Detail) Ajax and Cassandra, Solomon Joseph Solomon,1886.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel, scenic designs for Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute); The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night [Königin der Nacht]; Entwurfzeichnung zum Bühnenbild, Berlin, c. 1816.
Pandora (detail) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
oil on canvas, 1896
Charles Thurston Thompson, Autoportrait 1853 (via)
Wedding Dress, 1887 (detail), Cincinnati Art Museum (via)
When Caroline Walter of Freiburg, Germany died at the age of 16, her sister, ,Selma, had a sculptor cast a life size sculpture for the gravestone - Every morning since Caroline’s funeral, a fresh flower was found tucked in the crook of the arm, and still is to this day - Nobody knows who leaves it - Every single morning! - Caroline died in 1867 - For 146 years, someone has been leaving flowers…
The Kraken, as Seen by the Eye of Imagination from John Gibson’s Monsters of the Sea, 1887 (via)
Henri-Pierre Picou - Venus
" Dragon" Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Woodblock print. About 1840,s, Japan
Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)- Katsushika Hokusai ca. 1830–32 (via)
Shipping on the Clyde by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1881.