A Handbook of Ornament 1896 by Meyer Franz Sales
A handbook of ornaments by Mayer Franz Sales contains the largest single-volume collection of classical art motifs ever compiled. It reproduces material from Greek and Roman, medieval European, Islamic, Renaissance, baroque, and early nineteenth-century art, architecture, and design — in all, presenting artists, crafters, and students with more than 3,000 designs.
The author breaks down different designs and shows what basic shapes they were derived from, and how both the natural world and geometry have influenced design.
In addition to architecture, the author shows many examples of ornaments used in frames, vases, heraldry, jewelry, etc. Truly, a gold mine for any artist, designer or architect.