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Title: Handbook of ornament; a grammar of art, industrial and architectural designing in all its branches, for practical as well as theoretical use
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: Meyer, Franz Sales, 1849-
Subjects: Decoration and ornament Art objects
Publisher: New York, B. Hessling
Contributing Library: Wellesley College Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Wellesley College Library
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A. GEOMETRICAL ELEMENTS AND MOTIVES. Geometrical Ornament is the primordial or oldest of the Elementsof Decoration. The implements of savages, and the tattooing of theIndians, prove this. The seam, with the thread running slant-wisefrom one piece to the other, may have been the original for theZigzag line; and woven-work, of warp and woof of every kind, theoriginal for Reticulated patterns; and the plaited hair that of thePlaited band. The revolutions of a fork-like instrument led to the dis-covery of the Circle; the combination of dots, at regular intervals, tothe Polygon or Pointed – star. The gradual developement of theseoriginal geometrical forms, rising from stage to stage with the growthof culture and knowledge, led finally to geometrical artistic formssuch as we see in Moorish panelled ceilings, in Gothic tracery, inguilloche-work, and the like. The developement of geometry into ascience, with its theorems and proofs, also came to the assistanceof art. As evidence of this, we n
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