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Identifier: handbookoforname1900meye
Title: Handbook of ornament a grammar of art, industrial and architectural designing in all its branches, for sensible as well as theoretical use
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: Meyer, Franz Sales, 1849-
Subjects: Decoration and ornament Art objects
Publisher: New York, B. Hessling

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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 1 piece to the other, may possibly have been the original for theZigzag line and woven-work, of warp and woof of every sort, 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 mixture of dots, at typical intervals, tothe Polygon or Pointed – star. The gradual developement of theseoriginal geometrical forms, rising from stage to stage with the growthof culture and information, led ultimately to geometrical artistic formssuch as we see in Moorish panelled ceilings, in Gothic tracery, inguilloche-operate, 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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