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: 9

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: Celtic knotwork dragon ornament/initial]

Celtic knotwork dragon ornament/initial

This decorative initial was taken from a ninth century psalter [unidentified in the book] and is said to be derived from “drakslingor” style runic carvings—that is, a Viking-age style using animal-inspired motifs for decoration. [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Fig. 57. No. 6.---Persian Ceramic Tile Border]

Fig. 57. No. 6.—Persian Ceramic Tile Border

This full-page border design is taken from ancient persian ceramic building tiles. The original tiles go from the centre of one rosette to the next, and are 10 inches (25cm) from [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Anglo-Saxon decorative initial B in the Celtic knotwork style]

Anglo-Saxon decorative initial B in the Celtic knotwork style

An Anglo-Saxon capital B with the interior decoration removed, making it eaier to reuse. [more...] [$]

[picture: Fig. 99 No. 8.---Anglo-Saxon Initial letter N]

Fig. 99 No. 8.—Anglo-Saxon Initial letter N

This initial letter N in the Carolingian style was used as a decorative initial for the start of a copy of John’s Gospel (beginning In Principio, or In the beginning; this is the N from “In”). The Gospel here dates from the 8th or 9th century and was [...] [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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