World of Ornament

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David Batterham


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(2015) Pattern primer: The ultimate decorative resource, including exclusive database access. Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history’s most elegant patterns and ornamental designs, complete with an online image database. The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Auguste Racinet’s L’Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II (1875-1888) and M. Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus (1877) to provide one lavish source book spanning jewelry, tile, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, textile and ceramic ornament. The book includes exclusive access to an online image database, offering unrestricted and high-resolution downloads of all motifs and patterns. Encompassing classical, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and middle-Eastern, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century, this compilation of cultures and esthetics offers an primary reference for artists, historians, designers and patternmakers, and anyone engaged in decorative design and impact. Text in English, French, and German