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72 plates with remarkably intricate Islamic-inspired decoration, printed with coloured inks

CLERGET, Charles Ernest.
Mélanges d'ornements de tous les styles Persan - Mauresque - Arabe - Grec - Gothique [-] Renaissance principalement des XVIe et XVIIe siècles ...
Paris, Ducher & Cie (colophon: printed by Eugène Heutte & Cie), [ca. 1880 (engraved 1837-1838)]. Royal folio (45 x 31 cm). With 2 elaborately ornamented part-titles, 70 numbered ornament plates (all 72 plates "engraved" on litho stones, image area mostly 26.5 x 17 cm) and a letterpress list of the plates. With each plate printed in blue, green, violet, ochre, red, black or brown (several shades) and 9 printed in 2 colours. Contemporary half red cloth, rebacked and with new corners in red goatskin morocco. [2] ll. plus [1], 37, [1], 38-70 plates.
€ 6,500
A splendid display of ornament in a wide variety of mostly Islamic-influenced styles, described as Persian, Moorish, arabesque, Greek, gothic and renaissance. Although many "arabesque" styles had been used in Europe under various names, Europe's growing colonial and trade relations with the Islamic world in the early 19th-century led to a greater familiarity with Islamic ornament and a new fashion for its application in Western art. The present plates were conceived, drawn and "engraved" by Charles Ernest Clerget (1812-1875?) and originally published by Émile Leconte in 2 parts (issued in 12 sub-parts) from 1837 to 1838. They were intended in part as models for artists and architects.
In very good condition. A magnificent display of remarkably intricate arabesque and other decoration in 72 plates. WorldCat (6 copies); not in Berlin Kat.; Hymans, Cat. Estampes dOrnement.
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