This reissue of the classic 1904 design source book by German architect Alexander Speltz will be welcomed by artists, designers and craftsmen. With more than 2,500 images, arranged in 400 plates, it covers the historical span of ornamental style from antiquity to the Empire ornament of the nineteenth century.
For easy reference this outstandingly diverse collection of images, most identified with their place of origin, is arranged chronologically. Within each of the major sections (Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Times) subjects are grouped according to their style and geography, again making for greater ease of use. Objects included span a huge range, from the Gothic cornices of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to an American mantelpiece of 1790 from Charleston, from Phoenician vases to English Rococo furniture of the eighteenth century.
Complete with bibliography and index, this book is a must for the shelves of any visual reference library.
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