Auguste Racinet. The Costume History Hardcover – Illustrated, November 4, 2015
by Françoise Tétart-Vittu (Author)

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

The Art of India. Paintings and Niellos. Oriental style.

Niellos, Paintings, Indian, Art, India, craft, ornament, Auguste Racinet
Indian Art. Paintings and Niellos.



The various examples here given, in wich are manifest all richness and harmony of the Oriental style, have been selected from objects exhibited in 1869, in the Champs-Elysées, by the Central Union of Fine Arts applied to Manufactures. The greater part, it will be observed, are decorations of weapons.

Nos. 1 to 4. Ornaments on a bow belonging to M. Jacquemart.
Nos. 5 and 6. Sheath of a dagger belonging to Col. Bro de Conières.
Nos. 7 and 8. Ornaments on the sheath of a sword belonging to M. Jules Michelin.
No. 9. Ornament on a weapon belonging to M. Jacquemart.
Nos. 10 to 12. Ornaments on the neck of a bottle belonging to M. Reiber.
No. 13. Ornaments on a weapon belonging to the Baroness Salomon de Rothschild.
No. 14. Rim of a jug, from the same collection.

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.


Note:  Roman soldiers and gladiators. Function, armor and armament.

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
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