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 6]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 6

This small tile picture has a seed pod. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [$]

[picture: [Ancient] Greek Marble Mosaics 2: Eleusius]

[Ancient] Greek Marble Mosaics 2: Eleusius

One corner of a mosaic floor, with a border of interlocking circles. It might make an interesting design element in a Web page or scrap book, perhaps faded out [...] [more...] [$]

[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: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 21]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 21

This small tile picture has a white leavy pattern with dots on a rich red background, rather like tile11, but with an acorn in the middle. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 19]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 19

This small tile picture shows a flower in an oval cartouche, with a squiggly design round it. 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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