Item description for A Handbook of Ornament by Franz Sales Meyer & Hugh Stannus...
From simple patterns to the most intricate ornamentation, hand-drawn decoration was a vital part of 19th-century design. Originally published in 1888, this beautiful and highly detailed volume collects over 3000 examples of contemporary decorative figures, including designs inspired by oriental tiling, heraldic pomp and the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau. Covering the full range from basic geometric patterns and borders to complex, lifelike renderings of natural forms, Franz Sales Meyer's clear line drawings provide both guidance for the drawing student and a fascinating treasury of period decoration.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 14, 2007
Publisher Jeremy Mills Publishing
ISBN 1905217684 ISBN13 9781905217687
Reviews - What do customers think about A Handbook of Ornament?
My favorite ornament book. Apr 26, 2008
Originally published in 1888, this book is the real deal. Honestly, this book renders so many others I have on the shelf useless. It goes through EVERYTHING ornamental from furniture, to alphabets, to architecture, to tracery, plain design, cutlery, and everything else you can think of. At first, I scoffed when I got this book because it covered such a wide range of ornamentation. I mean, what book have you ever seen that does a GOOD job covering a range? Then, when I got into it, I realized that it DOES go into detail in each section. Having 3000 images makes this possible, but what I like too, is there is a substantial amount of text explainig where the design comes from.
I think its nearly impossible to find a book this rich in resources for less than $20 USD.
Great Reference Feb 11, 2008
This book is a terrific reference. It presents copious examples along with very thorough identification for sources. It allows me to quickly pick a style that fits the need and also provides enough information to allow me to dig a little deeper and investigate a particular style through other reference material. Just perfect for what I need and wonderful for my uses.
Wall Nut Aug 20, 2006
This is an indispensable resource for the novice or serious designer/painter. Some designs are very small, and others are so ornate that they would be difficult to reproduce without spending considerable time and effort. However, I found most to be easy to scan, print on a transparency, and enlarge with an overhead projector. The section called "bands" has beautiful designs that could be handpainted or made into border stencils. Chapters include geometric designs, natural forms such as foliage, fruit and flowers, mythical creatures, individual ornaments, capitals and bases for columns, decorative panels, vases, several lettering styles, and much more.
An artist's secret resource! Apr 10, 2006
This book has been in print since 1888! Yes, it's that good! It's a bound version of an earlier work that was a folio. Forty years ago, my art teacher showed me his copy. I went out and got one. It's still on the shelves, but price has risen. It a collection of drawings from many sources: Cathedrals, Estates, Chateau, public buildings, museums and their contents! All collected before the Franco-Prussian war. Many things that no longer exist in this world. If you wish to depict life in the dark ages, the renaissance, Atlantis, Troy, the enlightenment, Hyboria, Byzantium, Rome, Carthage, etc., YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!!
Indispensable Ornamental Design Resource Jan 15, 2004
Not only does this book contain a huge assortment of extremely clean and scannable examples of ornamental designs from different periods and cultures, but also provides diagrams and information you can use to create your own original designs in a given style. This may be the last book I buy (except newer copies of THIS book!) on ornamental design.