The History of Ornament: Design in the Decorative Arts (page 1/5)

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Some pictures from Das Farbige Ornament aller Historischen Stile by Alexander Speltz, Leipzig, 1915. This has been republished by Dover several times and by Portland House (Putnams) in 1988 as The History of Ornament: Design in the Decorative Arts.

I cannot find born/died dates for the author: the latest listed in the Library of Cnngress catalogue is 1915. However, the images themselves are all much older and are out of cpoyright.

Title: The History of Ornament: Design in the Decorative Arts

Author: Speltz, Alexander

City: Leipzig

Date: 1915

Total items: 44

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: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 35]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 35

This small tile picture has part of a rococo-style border, and a smal laurel wreath. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: 104. Dutch Ceramic Tiles]

104. Dutch Ceramic Tiles

A collage made of Dutch “Delftware” ceramic tiles, probably from the eighteenth century. I have also made separate low-resolution 500-pixel images of the individual tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 20]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 20

This small tile picture contains fleur-de-lys signs inside, and between, small circles. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 25]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 25

This small tile picture has a floral-inspired red design on a cream background. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 13]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 13

This small tile picture shows a house with a sailing boat’s sail visible behind it, and more sailing boats in the background and also a tree. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]


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Some pictures from Das Farbige Ornament aller Historischen Stile by Alexander Speltz, Leipzig, 1915. This has been republished by Dover several times and by Portland House (Putnams) in 1988 as The History of Ornament: Design in the Decorative Arts.

I cannot find born/died dates for the author: the latest listed in the Library of Cnngress catalogue is 1915. However, the images themselves are all much older and are out of cpoyright.


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