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L’Ornement Polychrome, Racinet

"Adapted from historical items dating back to antiquity, such as jewelry, tiles, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, textiles, and ceramics, these ornamental designs [from Racinet's L'Ornement Polychrome] encompass a wide range of cultural aesthetics including classic Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Etruscan motifs, Asian and middle-Eastern patterns, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century."   (ref. Taschen Racinet collection) Full color illustrations of decorative patterns and motifs from ancient civilizations, the Near East, the medieval period, and the Renaissance to the 18th century. Two volumes containing 45 plates in total.



Tapis modernes cover

A rare 1926 album of 74 extraordinary Modern rug designs from the previous three years by such noted artists as Picasso, Marcoussis, Delaunay, Arp, Benedictus, Léger, Eileen Grey and others. The plates, produced after watercolors, were hand-colored by Jean Saudé. Plates are fresh with vibrant color.

After the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, held in Paris in 1925, home interiors started to adopt the clean lines and simplicity of Modern design. But as the editor of Tapis modernes points out, classic oriental rugs were the only option and they did not compliment the new Modern look. In this album of Cubist rug designs by many prominent artists such as Picasso and Sonia Delaunay, one can also see the influence of the Mid-East, China, African, and pre-Columbian art as well as the artists' own unique styles.

Choix, Iribe 1930

"Choix" includes an introductory essay and seven unique plates created by leading art deco artists and tastemaker Paul Iribe. The "choice"  referenced by the title concerns whether or not the French will successfully remain at the forefront of art and design in the changing modern world.  The book's seven plates offer Iribe's designs for upholstery textiles, jewelry, furniture and fashion. Each plate is composed of two parts, a black and white image photographically reproduced onto a mylar page, over a gold or silver embossed foil covered page (some with additional colored decoration). These designs were intended only as starting points for other designers to embellish upon. - currently available-

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