La Décoration Arabe. Décors muraux – Plafonds – Mosaïques – Dallages – Boiseries – Vitraux – Etoffes -Tapis – Reliures – Faïences – Ornements divers. Extraits du grand ouvrage L’Art Arabe de Prisse d’Avennes, choisis, classés et arrangés par les éditeurs.

PRISSE d'AVENNES, Achille Constant Théodore Émile.

Book ID: 18528


Folio. 110 plates, 100 coloured, 26 double-page, original grey green cloth, small gilt library stamp to upper cover, plates very clean, no inscription, ex-library, library shelf mark gilt stamped in white ink at foot of spine, small library stamp to head of title, Contents leaf and verso one plate, binding slightly soiled and rubbed, joints slightly split, J. Savoy, Paris, first edition, 1885.


This is an outstanding collection of chromolithograph plates depicting all aspects of Islamic designs and patterns, some double paged, fully rendered architectural perspectives. They were selected from the larger four-volume set published in 1877. D’Avennes was one of the first to present to the Europeans the grandeur of Islamic patterns in colour.
Prisse d’Avennes worked from 1826 as an engineer in Mohammad Ali’s service in Egypt. Afterwards he explored Egypt on his own disguised as an Arab and using the name Idris Effendi. He undertook excavations at Thebes from 1838-1843. In 1845 he discovered the Table of the Kings in Karnak. At about this time he left Egypt and returned for a visit in 1858. D’Avennes was a fine artist and an outstandingly brilliant observer, who recorded much that has since disappeared. In this monumental work he recorded Arab art in Cairo in splendid plates of architectural studies, mosaics, ornaments, interior designs, textiles, carpets, civil and religious furniture, Islamic book binding, miniatures, and different types of Qur’anic script.
Bibliographic references: Creswell 974; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 138-140.

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