Decorative art by Albert Jacquemart

By Albert Jacquemart

From the center a while to modern instances, ornamental paintings might be defi ned through the creative fabrics, designs and items utilized in either structure and inside layout. just like many artwork types ornamental artwork maintains to adapt, originating with items so simple as a chair, famous for its application, to in basic terms decorative items, celebrated for his or her aesthetic attractiveness. ornamental artwork goals to eulogize those often  Read more...

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Gilded mouldings soon became frames for these rich compositions. One step further remained to be taken, and was soon accomplished: wood was no longer used except as a simple framework into which the real mosaic works were set, a mosaic certainly very different from the painting in close set cubes invented by the veterans, which had flourished so greatly in Italy since the Middle Ages. The mosaic work of Florence consists in an assemblage of cut pieces chosen from gems, resembling as nearly as possible the colour of the object intended to be represented.

The shades are so well combined that the brass and tortoise shell do not spoil the effect of the wood marquetry, and the wood does not distract the eye at the expense of the ornamental designs. We feel pleasure in attributing this judicious taste to the eminent man from whom Louis XIV acquired his royal furniture. We place to the account of the sons and successors of Boulle the extravagant “Cavalrymen” cupboard, c. 1615-1620. Carved wood, 126 cm. Castle of Écouen, Musée national de la Renaissance.

As soon as its cabinet makers had ornamented their credenzas and cabinets of architectural structure with masterly sculptures, they aspired to additional splendour and enriched the entablatures and pedestals of columns with panelling of marble in various forms and colours. Italy researched further, and by an excess of luxury, perhaps because original genius had become exhausted, and substituted rare and precious materials for the masterpieces of art, and transformed the stipi, armoires, clocks, and even the tables into mosaics of hard stones, pietra dura.

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