Good design is never inexpensive, no matter what the era. Take a look at some of yesteryear’s designs.


Diana the Huntress Mantel Clock by J. Dauvergne of France, 1930

1920s Marble & Spelter Le Leleu Mantel Clock

1936 Streamlined RCA Floor Radio

Art Deco Bar designed by Jean Dunand, 1928

Art nouveau settee by Guadi, 1880s

Bronze & Marble Figural Mantel Clock, 1920s

Bronze Cobra Watch Stand or Paperweight by Henri Rischmann, 1930s

Carlo Bugatti Folding Wooden Painted Screen with Bronze & Silk features, 1920s

Alessandro Mazzucotelli 1910

Ornate China Cabinet, 1890

The Lute Player by Jan and Joel Martel of Sevres, France, 1932

Stained glass, art nouveau chandelier, by Tiffany, ca. 1910

Wrought Iron & Marble top Console Radiator Cover by Edgar Brandt, 1925

Seven-foot high hand carved Victorian French bird cage, ca 1880

Peacock Shade Lamp, 1910 Austria

Art Nouveau Cabinet, 1890s Italy

Art Deco Walnut & Marble top Dresser from 1925 (maker unknown)

1935 Astor Concert Grand Radio

1930 Swiss Gubelin Marble Mantel Clock

Butterfly Moth Fan, 1890 Japan

Cunards Queen Elizabeth Ocean Liner, Grand Lobby

Muller Freres Wrought Iron and Frosted Peach Glass Chandelier, 1925

Lady Moth Art Nouveau Hanging Mirror, early 1900’s



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  1. John September 10, 2017 at 6:02 am #

    Cool use of Bakelite in the old days. Now it’s worth a small fortune. Nice post.

  2. oLD mAN September 10, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Dearest Odd Man
    I write today in order to thank you again. In quite a bit of distress at this time myself. This post “OLD TIME DESIGN” gave me what I have come to call a beauty day. As I scroll thru your collection of images I am calmed. I live for these days of beauty. This silly little hobby has saved lives and minds I am certain.
    the OLD man

  3. JustJim September 10, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    It’s needless to say “They don’t make anything like they used to.”
    So I won’t say it.

  4. wolffeathers September 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    Ah, I was born much too late. The art nouveau era is where my heart is.

  5. sharpiepen September 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    That a beautiful post. I fully enjoyed looking at each one and looking at how much effort/love was put into each item.

    I really enjoyed the dragon fly lamp by Alessandro Mazzucotelli 1910 it’s simple yet intriguing.

    Have a good one,


  6. Scarecrow September 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Waiting for Irma has been like waiting for Godot, booring at times, fretfull, fearfully anticipating a major disaster. So far, here in cent FL, rain, wind, few branches down. We have the whole long night ahead, so, knock on one of those fab dressers, hopefully we will get thru ok. Been in our house for 40 years, rode a lot of these storms.
    As for todays wonderous pics, I, like Wolffeathers, was born in the wrong time, or, perhaps, we lived thru that time and were born all over again in this less ebulent, mass manufactured, plastic time.
    Thanks for the fun distraction. Hope the Mrs gets her fusion on time and perfectly performed. One thing about this era, the quality of medical care csn be like science fiction when done properly. See yall soon. S.

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