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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. In addition, the fac simile mixes illustrations from L’Ornement des Tissus receuil historique et pratique by M. Dupont-Auberville (1877).

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: 12

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: 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: 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...] [$]

[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: 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...] [$]

[picture: Seventeenth-Century Tapestry]

Seventeenth-Century Tapestry

The Biblical scene illustrated here is where the fisthermen are having no luck and Jesus says, cast your nets on the other side of the boat; they do, and get lots of fish. The story does not make much literal sense, and the people in the small fishing village at the time would [...] [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. In addition, the fac simile mixes illustrations from L’Ornement des Tissus receuil historique et pratique by M. Dupont-Auberville (1877).


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