The World of Ornament

A. Racinet & A. Dupont Auberville
  • The World of Ornament
  • The World of Ornament
  • The World of Ornament
  • The World of Ornament

Imagine the most beautiful decorative art throughout the history of the world: Arabic mosaics, Japanese prints, the paintings on an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb. This book is an anthology of thousands of ornamental decoration, recreated in full color. Whether or not you're interested in decorating, this book is a rich gift to the visual senses and commands many stimulating returns to its pages.

Once out of print, 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 Auguste Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus (1877) to provide one lavish, indispensable source book spanning jewelry, tile, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, textile and ceramic ornament.

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 a primary reference for artists, historians, designers and patternmakers, and anyone engaged in decorative design and impact.

  • Hardcover
  • 528 pages
  • 10 x 15 inches
  • Published by TASCHEN