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Ornament Gallery

Available as Framed Prints, Photos, Wall Art and Gift Items

Choose from 95 pictures in our Ornament collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.

Tippo Saib's peacock, 1844. Creator: Unknown Featured Print

Tippo Saib's peacock, 1844. Creator: Unknown

Tippo Saib's peacock, 1844. The Huma Bird, an ornament in the shape of a bird of paradise made from gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, pearls, silver gilt for Tipu, Sultan of Mysore. After Tipu's defeat and death in 1799, his treasury and library in Seringapatam were ransacked by British forces. The Huma Bird was acquired by Marquess Wellesley for the Directors of the East India Company in 1799. It was then presented to George III. From "Illustrated London News", 1844, Vol I

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Islamic illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Creator: Unknown Featured Print

Islamic illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Creator: Unknown

Islamic illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Decoration from: Fig 1: an Arabian Koran, 14th century. Figs 2 and 3: an Arabian Koran, 16th century. Figs 4 and 5: a Moorish Koran, 18th century. Figs 6 and 7: an Arabian Koran, 16th century. Figs 8-10: an Arabian Koran, 17th century. Figs 11 and 12: a Moorish Koran, 18th their paintings on parchment the Arabian artists show special skill in surface decoration. Scroll work, rigidly idealised, alternates with geometrical figures, or else the arabesque ornament fills the compartments formed by the lines and bands. In this manner whole pages are painted in many Koran manuscripts...The writing itself is in most cases bordered and surrounded with rosettes and freezes, which are filled in with ever new combinations of lines and foliage. The splendid and at the same time harmonious effect of this illumination arises principally from the exquisite arrangement of the colours, the brilliancy of which is still enhanced by a profuse employment of gold'. Plate 25 from "The Historic Styles of Ornament" translated from the German of H. Dolmetsch. [B.T. Batford, London, 1898]

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French XVIIIth century cabinet, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham Featured Print

French XVIIIth century cabinet, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham

French XVIIIth century cabinet with gilt decoration and marble top, c1950. Painting above by Nicholas Lancret. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time

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