Auguste Racinet 1877 Chinese and Japanese Art Silk and Flowing Patterns

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Artist Biography:

Auguste Racinet [1825 - 1893] His early tutelage was with his father, a printer lithographer. The early years of learning with the father and his ability in reproducing ancient work directed his interests in the sector of the arts education and in the participation in scholarly works, anthologies, model textbooks, etc. Racinet studied at the School of Design of the City of Paris (l’École de dessin de la Ville de Paris) and exhibited his painting at the Salons from 1849 to 1874, but his work as painter was always inspired by ancient manuscripts from la Bibliothèque Nationale, or related to architectural studies and projects of stained glass. Some of his paintings, mainly of scenes from the life of Charles VI and Jacques Coeur are at the Musée Draguignan. Racinet’s beautiful volumes are instrumental in resurgence in quality object d’art in the later years of the nineteenth century and helped maintain the French upper hand in luxury goods into the twentieth century.

It is the starting point for Auguste Racinet of his career in scholarly art publishing; a career summarized in the administrative dossier that was compiled for his nomination of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in1878. This dossier mentions that Racinet "designer and publicist" is the author of L’Ornement polychrome, traduced in English and German.After his death on October 29 1893 Racinet will be remembered for his two major works: L'Ornement polychrome (Polychrome Ornament) and Le Costume Historique (Costume History) 1876-1888.




Polychromatic Ornament published in London by Henry Sotheran and Co. (translated from the original French) .



Plate No.:



Chinese and Japanese Art - Silk & Flowing Patterns

Print Method:

Chromolithograph on heavy gloss stock


Overall Excellent

Size of Print:

39.5 x 27.5 cm. approximately 15.5 x 10.5 in.)


Benezit Vol. 8 pg. 569;

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