ORBA017.13

A wonderful compilation of designs used by art history students and designers as a reference for ancient civilization's art, architecture, and fashion.  Racinet's work along with text by Owen Jones The Grammar of Ornament is one of the great ornament books of the age, they influenced design through the first two decades of the 20th century. 

The Grammar of Ornament, 1856

Owen Jones wrote various articles and gave many lectures on architecture and design. He therefore decided to publish with Auguste Ranciet, The Grammar of Ornament' as a summary of his design theories. It would act as a collection of the 'best' examples of ornament and decoration from other cultures and other periods. This collection of polychromes include 15th, 16th and 17th century borders, dividers, decorative elements, tiles and patterns.

L' Ornament Polychrome
Chromolithographs.
Sheet size:  16.25  x 11.25  inches. 
Paris
Condition A+
Text Page Included

  • Price: $100.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)