Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

Turgot Map of Paris, Plates 7, 6, 11, 15 by Louis Bretez and Claude Lucas. Published in 1739 via Kyoto University Library on Wikimedia Commons

"Revised Route Map of Japan" by Nagakubo, Sekisui c. 1775 via University of British Columbia Library Rare Books/Special Collections and UBC Library Digitization Center on Flickr Commons
Cover of Joseph Gander’s “The glory of Her Sacred Majesty Queen Anne”, c. 1703.
“This fine binding of red goatskin onlaid in black and gold tooled, was bound by the Geometrical Compartment Binder about 1703, probably at the request of the author as a presentation copy.” via The National Library of New Zealand on Flickr Commons

Roentgen Objects, or Devices Larger Than The Rooms That Contain Them: "An extraordinary exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year featured mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables.”

Historical significance and craftsmanship aside, pretty much a baroque transformer.

Maps of Eighteenth Century Paris [Top: Tuileries and Right Bank, Left: Pont Neuf and Left Bank] by Louis Bretaz and Claude Lucas, c. 1739 (via Getty’s Open Content Program)

Selina, Lady Skipwith by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787. The Frick Collection. Scanned via Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait
"Arm Wrestling Between Two Beauties", Japanese Color Woodcut: 1793 via The New York Public Library
"Officers Socializing, 1789" via The New York Public Library
Okay what exactly are these officers up to. I spy one of these officers attempting to Get Low.

Series of Suits, c. 1760s-1780s (via V&A)

(Source: collections.vam.ac.uk)

The Full Skeleton, Clavicle c. 1774. via NYPL
Hunting Sword with Scabbard by Joseph Deutschmann, crafted in Germany c. 1740 (via The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Catherine the Great and Peter III, c. 1740s (via  Grand Ladies)