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 29]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 29

This small tile picture has a seed-pod with the seeds visible inside, in a lattice pattern, and with leaves and berries around it; compare tile number 28 and also number 9. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[picture: [Ancient] Greek Marble Mosaics 5: Temple Floor pattern]

[Ancient] Greek Marble Mosaics 5: Temple Floor pattern

A part of an Ancient greek mosaic floor in Sicily, uprooted and taken to the museum of the Court of Biscari. [$]

[picture: Dutch Delft ceramic tile 15]

Dutch Delft ceramic tile 15

This small tile picture shows a large urn with a laurel wreath around it; it looks almost heraldic. It is taken from plate 104, Dutch ceramic tiles. [more...] [$]

[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 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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