Medieval Tile Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive) by John Gough Nichols

By John Gough Nichols

Little is still of the ornamental ceramic tiles that when paved the flooring of medieval church buildings and cathedrals. Abraded through time and use, stolen via creditors, or coated by way of new floor, those good-looking decorative paving stones (also referred to as "encaustic tiles") became rarities. This functional, reasonably cheap, and entire archive — initially released within the mid-19th century — has preserved lots of these old designs for destiny generations. It represents a useful resource of layout concept for permission-free use through modern-day artists and craftspeople.
Adapted mostly from tile motifs that when embellished English church buildings in Winchester, St. move, Romsey, and Warblington, 146 good-looking photographs demonstrate a number of typically medieval styles — crosses, church buildings, fleur-de-lis, stylized plant kinds, mythological creatures, stars, summary and geometric figures, and different genuine parts.
These wealthy and evocative designs can be utilized to reinforce a bunch of artwork and craft tasks: wooden burning, leathercraft, and stained glass paintings; cloth portray, ceramics, enameling, stenciling, or the other venture calling for distinctive and robust attention-getters.

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