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1875 Chromolithographs with Design Motifs from Historical Era's & Cultures — Museum Grade

A rare collection of museum-grade chromolithographs in stunning condition. These colorful, interesting pieces provide valuable glimpses into many of designs, motifs, and decorative styles from historical eras such as that of the ancient Egyptians, Byzantines, Greco-Romans and of course the Middle Ages and High Renaissance. The Medieval designs also feature a wide variety of manuscript illuminations that are absolutely stunning. Virtually unseen online, these items are of a fine art collectors desire and with the museum-quality production would look beautiful framed. 

Auguste Racinet (1825-1893) began working on this collection in the mid 19th century. In production for nearly two decades, the immense project resulted in a spectacular work that showcases specific decorative and ornamental pattern work, reflecting a broad range of historical periods. Design elements illustrated were taken from historic fabrics, frescos, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, and architectural elements from diverse time periods and world cultures. Racinet intended for it to be used for practical inspiration among contemporary designers and decorators. His concise and expert editing served to clearly identify large movements of art history and decorative arts.