Albert-Charles-Auguste Racinet (1825–1893) is best known today for publishing two major pictorial works on the history of design — Le costume historique and L’Ornement polychrome — while engraver and artistic director at the Parisian publisher Firmin Didot et Cie.
Published in ten instalments between 1869 and 1873, the first iteration of L’Ornement polychrome (Colour ornament) is a visual record in 100 plates of the decorative arts from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The work was such a huge success that in 1885–7 Racinet brought out a second series, this time of 120 plates, and updated to include designs of the nineteenth century as well.
All our vintage prints are Giclée images produced in-house using the best Japanese pigment-based Archival inks exclusively printed to order on Museum quality fine art papers such as Epson Signature Worthy, Canson Infinity, Ilford Galerie Prestige and Hahnemühle. Before shipping, they are protected using acid-free packaging.