L’Ornament Polychrome (Ornament in Colour) (page 1/2)

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Images and some text extracts from L’Ornament Polychrome, Cent Planches en Couleurs Or et Argent [etc] by De M. A. Racinet, 1869 – 188.

I have the fac simile published by Taschen; the text has been translated from the French into English and German, but I think only in summary form.

Title: L’Ornament Polychrome (Ornament in Colour)

Author: Racinet, M. A.

Published by: Librarie de Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie.

City: Paris

Date: 1869

Total items: 11

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Byzantine Saint seated, with book]

Byzantine Saint seated, with book

A saint, by the hair probably female, sits on a chair and points to a book held in one hand in this detail from an illuminated letter B from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript. She (or he) has a halo, bare feet, robes and a smile. And a very long index finger. [more...] [$]

[picture: Fig. 99 No. 7.---Ornate border, 9th century, Gallo-Frankish School.]

Fig. 99 No. 7.—Ornate border, 9th century, Gallo-Frankish School.

This gold full-page border from the ninth century features knotwork at the upper corners and two lions on the top. I also made a simplified version of this border. [more...] [$]

[picture: Fifteenth Century Manuscript Border With Jewels]

Fifteenth Century Manuscript Border With Jewels

This fifteenth century border originally would have surrounded a page of an Italian manuscript; it includes portraits of religious figures as well as bas-relief pictures of pearls. [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Horizontal vintage border with female angels]

Horizontal vintage border with female angels

This 15th century border includes a monogram set in a circle which is surrounded by pearls and supported by two winged women with lion’s feet, and from whome spring vines and foliage. [more...] [$]

[picture: Border, 9th century, Gallo-Frankish School]

Border, 9th century, Gallo-Frankish School

This gold full-page border features knotwork at the upper corners and two lions on the top. It is a detail from Fig. 99-7, which shows a much more ornate border dating from the 9th century. [more...] [$]


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Images and some text extracts from L’Ornament Polychrome, Cent Planches en Couleurs Or et Argent [etc] by De M. A. Racinet, 1869 – 188.

I have the fac simile published by Taschen; the text has been translated from the French into English and German, but I think only in summary form.


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