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09-03-2005, 12:40 AM

I'm trying to do a little study of ornaments, mostly victorian style.

Here's an example (the motifs around the pen):

If someone has an idea where I can find any good information on this, please tell me. I've searched on wikipedia and google but I can't seem to find anything valuable.

09-03-2005, 02:05 AM
I found that the web only shop Aridi ( may have something available for you.
Otherwise the design oriented books by Pepin Press have quite a solid library of designs for nearly all eras.

09-03-2005, 03:31 AM
Look up Alphonse Mucha. He did lots of beatiful art-deco designs. The architecture of Antonio Gaudi might also inspire you--his designs are very ornate.

09-03-2005, 04:38 AM
You might also check out William Morris' Pimpernel Wallpaper. There were a few different designs, very similar to the type of ornamentation Mucha was famous for.

09-03-2005, 12:36 PM
victorian erra had an excessive fetish taste, implausible if I'd just come out and tell you. I thnik they overdid a lot. I suggest typing victoria(n) + <arbitrary object> and keeping the patience. It's fantastic stuff actually.

I'll post a tidbit I found a while back.

I mean this just rocks, everything is overdone just enough. :D I can't help but imagine what the thing at the back is for, maybe they picked they wives up like that and shuffed into the wagon, lol. :rolleyes: k gonna stop it now...

or this, just gotta love it. So weird....

09-03-2005, 01:34 PM
Pepin Press has few good books (libraries with cd) about ornaments.

09-05-2005, 05:52 PM
Thanks a lot people !

09-05-2005, 06:38 PM
Also take a look at:

The Grammar of Ornament: All 100 Color Plates from the Folio Edition of the Great Victorian Sourcebook of Historic Design by Owen Jones (

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