L'ornement polychrome: cent planches en couleurs, or et argent, contenant environ 2,000 motifs de tous les styles, art ancien et asiatique, Moyen Age, Renaissance, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : recueil historique et pratique

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Firmin-Didot (Firm) (Publisher)
Racinet, A. (Auguste), 1825-1893 (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1880 - 1889 (Approximate)
Place: Paris
Publisher: Librairie de Firmin-Didot et Cie
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: 3-MLD++ (Racinet, A. C. A. Ornement polychrome
Decoration and ornament
Content: Each plate followed by leaf of descriptive text.
Physical Description
Letterpress works
Extent: 2 v. (iv, 60 p., 100 leaves of plates) : col. ill. ; 41 cm
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13939370
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0b77f5a0-c63f-012f-cbb6-58d385a7bc34
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