La Peinture Décorative en France du XVIe au XVIIIe Siècle.
by Gelis-Didot, P. Schmid, Charles (editor).
Paris: Librairie Générale de L'Architecture et des Arts Décoratifs—Ancienne Maison Morel, n.d. [circa 1875]. Folio, eight pages [avant-propos], 60 color lithograph plates accompanied by descriptive text. Half red morocco and red paper boards, title stamped in gilt to upper board, cloth ties. Covers slightly shaken, otherwise very good. A century-by-century overview of decorative painting in France. Includes ceilings of grand palaces and buildings, painted sculptures from chapels and cathedrals, and paintings typically found on walls, ceilings, or as decoration around fixtures in houses, castles, libraries, and hotels, focusing on ornate and complex patterns. (Inventory #: 108606)
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