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History's most beautiful patterns

A compendium of history’s most elegant and beautiful patterns and ornamental designs at your fingertips—for perusal or download anytime, in high-resolution format. The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Racinet’s L’Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II (1875-1888) and Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus (1877). Adapted from historical items dating from antiquity, including jewelry, tiles, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, textiles and ceramics, these ornamental designs encompass a wide range of cultural and esthetic motifs and patterns—including classical Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and middle-Eastern, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century.

Artists, historians, and art lovers will appreciate this lavish source and idea book, and interior designers and patternmakers will be delighted that all of the ornamental designs may be used and reproduced without restriction!

Includes exclusive access to image database: high-resolution images of all individual ornaments downloadable for unrestricted use!
The author:
David Batterham has been an antiquarian bookseller in London since 1965. He specializes in books and journals on the graphic arts, ornament, fashion, and caricature with an emphasis on work from France and Spain.
The World of Ornament (Jumbo)

The World of Ornament


Hardcover, 2 vols. with keycard in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.4 in., 712 pages
New edition, only $ 59.99
Original edition $ 200
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
"The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopaedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Racinet’s L’Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II and Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus. Adapted from historical items dating from antiquity, including jewellery, tiles, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, textiles and ceramics, these ornamental designs encompass a wide range of cultural and aesthetic motifs and patterns... Not only is this the perfect source book packed full of printed patterny ideas but you also get access to an exclusive image database where you can download these (hi-res) images and use them for whatever you like without restriction. How cool is that?"
— Proper Magazine, Stockport, United Kingdom