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The following references are intended to provide you with a route into the study of ornament.  It can be approached theoretically as an issue of formal evolution, perception, or interpretation, or it can be studied historically – in this case, as an aspect of early modern  French architecture and of craftsmanship.  The following bibliographic references will allow you to pick your own path.

Books tend to dominate writing about ornament as problematic; catalogues, both for exhibitions and of collections, are the staple for the historical study of ornament, especially ornament drawings.  In addition, this bibliography will direct you to recent published work on a selection of the architects and ornemanistes of the eighteenth century whose works appear in the exhibition.  Reference begins, however, with two catalogues of exhibitions at the Courtauld Gallery in which some of the drawings in the current exhibition have featured: the first, an exhibition of the Courtauld’s holdings of European architectural drawings from the Renaissance, the second, an exhibition of its French drawings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

At the Courtauld Gallery

  • Exhibition of Architectural and Decorative Drawings, exhib. cat., Courtauld Gallery, London (London, 1941)
  • Gillian Kennedy and Anne Thackray, French Drawings of the XVI-XIX Centuries, exhib. cat.  Courtauld Gallery, London (London, 1991)

 

In general

  • Gombrich, E. H. A Sense of Order: A study of the psychology of decorative art (Oxford, 1979)
  • Grabar, Oleg, The Mediation of Ornament (Princeton, 1992)
  • Hay, Jonathan, Sensuous Surfaces: The decorative object in early modern China (London, 2010)
  • Picon, Antoine, Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (Chichester, 2013)
  • Riegl, Alois, Problems of Style: Foundations for a history of ornament, [1893] trans. Evelyn Kain (Princeton, 1992)

In the eighteenth century

  • Fléjou, Lucie and Michael Dücrossas, Ornements XV-XIXe siècles: Chefs-d’oeuvres de la Bibliothèque de l’INHA (Paris, 2014)
  • François Boucher et l’art rocaille, exh. cat. Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris  (Paris, 2003)
  • Fuhring, Peter, Designing the Décor, exhib. cat. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (Lisbon, 2005)
  • Fuhring, Peter, Design into Art: Drawings for architecture and ornament: The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, 2 vols (London, 1989)
  • Laing, Alastair and Martin Meade, Drawings for architecture design and ornament, 2 vols (Aylesbury: The Alice Trust, 2006)
  • Myers, Mary L., French architectural and ornament drawings of the eighteenth century (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991)
  • Necipoglu, Gülru and Alina Payne, Histories of Ornament from Global to Local (Princeton and Oxford, 2016)

Architects and ornemanistes

François-Joseph Belanger:

  • Fuhring, Peter, François-Joseph Belanger, 1744-1818 (Paris, 2006)

Jacques-Francois Blondel:

  • Cleary, Richard, ‘Romancing the Tome, or an Academician’s pursuit of a popular audience in Eighteenth-Century France’, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 48/2 (1989) 139-49
  • An Exhibition of Ornamental Drawings, 1520-1920, Allen and Hobhouse (New York, 1986)

Pierre Contant d’Ivry

  • Baritou, Jean-Louis, Chevotet, Contant, Chaussard (Paris, 1987)
  • Gallet, Michel, ‘Un modèle pour la Madeleine d’après le projet de Contant d’Ivry’, Bulletin du musée Carnavalet (1965) 14-19

Jean-Charles Delafosse

  • Mosser, Monique, Fragments énigmatiques: allegories de J.C. Delafosse (Paris, 1994)
  • Ahn, J. Cabelle. ‘The Ruins of Iconologie: Redefining Architecture in Jean-Charles Delafosse’s desseins,’Athanor 32 (Florida State University: Museum of Fine Arts Press, 2014): 53‐63

Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine

  • Samoyault, Jean-Pierre, ‘Sur queslques dessins d’art décoratif provenant de l’architecte Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine’, Bulletin the la Société de l’histoire de l’art français (2009) 233-55

Gabriel Huquier

  • Bruand, Yves, ‘Un grand collectionneur, marchand et graveur du XVIIIe siècle: Gabriel Huquier (1695-1772)’, Gazette des beaux-arts, 27 (1950) 99-114

Jacques de Lajoue

  • Roland Michel, Marianne, Lajoue et l’art rocaille (Neuilly sur Seine, 1982)
  • Katie Scott, ‘Screen Wise, Screen Play: Jacques de Lajoue and the ruses of Rococo’, Art History, 36/3 (2013) 568-607

Marc-Antoine Laugier

  • Levine, Neil, Modern Architecture: Representation and reality (London, 2009) 45-74
  • Vidler, Anthony, ‘Rebuilding the primitive Hut: The return to origins in Lafittau and Laugier’, in The Writing of the Walls: Architectural theory in the late Enlightenment (Princeton, 1987) 7-21

Gilles-Maris Oppenord

  • Jean-François Bédard, Decorative Games: Ornament, rhetoric and noble culture in the work of Gilles-Marie Oppenord (1672-1742) (Newark, 2011)

Augustin Pajou

  • Draper, James David and Guilhem Scherf, Augustin Pajou, dessinateur en Italie, 1752-1756 (Nogent-le-Roi, 1997)

Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

  • Lesur, Nicolas and Olivier Aaron, Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre, 1714-1798: premier peintre du roi (Paris, 2009)

Nicolas Pineau

  • Katie Scott, ‘Persuasion: Nicolas Pineau’s Designs on the Social’, RIHA Journal, 86 (2014) on-line

Jean-Augustin Renard

  • Gady Alexandre and Willk-Brocard Nicole,Jean-Augustin RenardCahiers du dessin français n° 18, Paris, Galerie De Bayser, 2015

Charles de Wailly

  • Rabreau, Daniel, ‘Mise en scène “à l’antique” dans l’architecture figure en France: de la scène rocaille au “gout greque”, 1730-1780’, in I Bibiena; una famiglia in scena, ed. Daniella Gallingani (Florence, 2002

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