United Kingdom: Vivays Publishing Ltd, 2011. Fine Hardcover in a Fine Dust Jacket.
No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 4to; 11.75 inches tall; 69 pages of text and in-text drawings followed by 220 full color plates with accompanying page of text.
New / New. Item #15810
Originally published in the 19th century in two volumes, this work by Auguste Racinet was an invaluable resource to artists, designers and architects when it was first published and continues to be so today.
The period when Racinet's volumes were being published for the first time (1869 through 1887) saw a renewed interest in classicism and the decorative arts and Racinet's work was certainly influential.
With 220 colour plates comprising over 1500 decorative motifs derived from illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, tiles, weaponry, wall painting and other sources, the book is not only inspirational, but also serves as both a visual reference of the motifs and an insight into the aesthetics of different cultures and periods.