Ornamental Decoration in 17th Century France

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Ornamental Decoration in 17th Century France

Jean Le Pautre titlepage

ornamental grotesque faces

decorative embellishment

fountain arabesque

armorial ornament

Le Pautre ornament with putti

17th cent. french ornamental motifs

extravagant 17th cent. french ornamentation

grotesque border motif

17th cent. decorative embellishment

border motifs - 17th cent. designs

border grotesques and arabesques

Le Pautre - 17th cent. ornamental design

ornamental design vignettes

17th cent. french ornamental design - Le Pautre

arabesque and grotesque fountain designs

decorative embellishment - architectural design

3 grotesque face designs

17th cent. french fountain decorative design

17 cent. decorative stand and vase design

17th century plinth design

french design motifs

Jean Le Pautre (Lepautre or Lepaultre) (1618-1682) has been described as the most important ornament engraver of the 17th century. His prodigious output extended to more than 2000 prints, mostly from his own original designs.

He was not only the originator of the grandiose Louis XIV style but was also responsible for disseminating and popularising its full lavish repertoire throughout Europe. Le Pautre's often over-elaborate and flamboyant designs frequently included arabesques, grotesques and cartouches, together with elements from classical mythology.

His diverse range of subject matter, influenced by his carpentry/joinery architectural background, included: friezes, wallpaper, alcoves, fireplaces, furniture, murals, ceiling mouldings, fountains and grottoes.

A 3-volume series of his works was released in 1751 by Charles-Antoine Jombert of Paris, under the title: 'Oeuvres D'Architecture De Jean Le Pautre' and was recently uploaded by the University of Heidelberg. (Hint: to get to the thumbnails, click on 'Titelblatt', then the '-' symbol and arrow across to reach the 147 illustrations) The sample of images above are from Volume One which concentrates on the grotesque/arabesque prints.

architectural border design - 17th century france

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