Scroll Ornaments of the Early Victorian Period (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – 18 Sep 1978
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When a Victorian silversmith, engraver, or artist wanted a first-class design, he went to Knight's "Scroll Ornaments" which remained throughout the nineteenth century as one of the foremostdesign sources available. F. Knight was a master of the Victorian engraving. His florid ornaments were to become the hallmark of Victorian design. He captured the Victorian love of the intricate, the fantastic, the extravagant with clean lines, shading, and three-dimensional effects.
"Scroll Ornaments of the Early Victorian Period "contains 71 metal-engraved designs: borders, frames, scrolls, cartouches, arches, corners, crests in varied sizes and styles. There are floral motifs: leaves, flowers, vines, wreaths all in ever-spreading and overflowing swirls. There are interlocking patterns of circles, rococo extravaganzas, incredible curlicues. And there are also lions, serpents, cherubs, fruit, vultures, mythical beasts, along with grotesque ornaments and heads, a fox hunt, and man grappling with imaginary beasts.If you need intricate Victorian scrollwork for a poster or an ad, a frame with cupids for a book cover, or Victorian designs for bookplates or cards, you can find all of this material and much more in this rich collection overflowing with remarkable Victorian ornaments.
Dover republication of "Knight's Scroll Ornaments, Designed for the use of Silversmiths, Chasers, Die-Sinkers, Modellers, &c., " n.d., London."
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Since I don't sketch well that's how I use it, others with greater skill use the books for ideas to set up the outlines or get ideas for sketches for engravings on firearms (I'm a member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America), knives, scrimshaw, western engraving, glass, etc. I have a fair library of Dover Books and they have been invaluable to me and my customers -- Often designs emerge for which I have to employ an artist to sketch the offspring of multiple parents, all of whom come from the dover book series.
If just for delight at the amazing engravings, many of which take on imagined color from their shadings to reliving at the art from a former era, this book along with a few others, lift the soul, reduce the stress, and create awe and wonder in the viewer. And, heck, for the price they are cheap! AND it's legal to copy their designs!