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Ornate Collection

Step into a world of opulence and grandeur with these ornate treasures from around the globe

Background imageOrnate Collection: Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A. D )

Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A. D )
Italy, Florence, Ivory Sculpture representing Empress Arianna (or Aelia Ariadne, ca. 450-515 A.D..) 5th century A.D.. Byzantine art, Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello National Museum)

Background imageOrnate Collection: Poster advertising Air Ceylon

Poster advertising Air Ceylon -- fly the sapphire service. A man rides on an elephant, while a distant plane flies overhead

Background imageOrnate Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageOrnate Collection: Antique map of Tasmania

Antique map of Tasmania

Background imageOrnate Collection: Spiral staircase; Tulip staircase, Queens House, Greenwich

Spiral staircase; Tulip staircase, Queens House, Greenwich
Tulip staircase, Queens House, Greenwich. The sweeping Tulip Stairs are one of the original features of the Queens House. This ornate

Background imageOrnate Collection: Wartime poster of Churchills famous words

Wartime poster of Churchills famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring to the pilots of the Royal Air Force, fighting the Battle of Britain

Background imageOrnate Collection: Marie Antoinette Meytens

Marie Antoinette Meytens
MARIE ANTOINETTE Queen of France as a young woman

Background imageOrnate Collection: Gypsies and their caravans

Gypsies and their caravans Date: 1910s

Background imageOrnate Collection: North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan, souvenir blanket with colorful Aztec calendar design

Background imageOrnate Collection: Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Background imageOrnate Collection: Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market, London, England, UK

Background imageOrnate Collection: FILM: FUNNY GIRL, 1968. Barbra Streisand, performing on roller skates

FILM: FUNNY GIRL, 1968. Barbra Streisand, performing on roller skates, starring in the film based on the life of the American comedienne Fanny Brice, 1968

Background imageOrnate Collection: Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy

Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy
Advert for Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Manufacturers of Floor Cloth, Linoleum and Cork Carpet, Kirkcaldy, Scotland. 1905

Background imageOrnate Collection: When Adam delved and Eve span

When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman. 1892

Background imageOrnate Collection: Spain, Barcelona. Sagrada Familia ceiling

Spain, Barcelona. Sagrada Familia ceiling

Background imageOrnate Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageOrnate Collection: Landscape painting by Claude Lorrain

Landscape painting by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), with a shepherd and his sheep in the foreground, and cattle on a road in the middle ground. Date: 17th century

Background imageOrnate Collection: Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924

Fabric design, Art Gout Beaute, 1924
Fabric design for Moroccan crepe in a multicoloured, Middle Eastern style, Art Gout Beaute, 1924. 1924

Background imageOrnate Collection: World map from 1520

World map from 1520
Western hemisphere of the Johannes SchAoner globe from 1520. expedition

Background imageOrnate Collection: Wallingford Screen, St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire

Wallingford Screen, St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire
View of the 15th century Wallingford Screen (high altar) in St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire. The statues were destroyed during the Dissolution, but were replaced in the 19th century

Background imageOrnate Collection: Map of the world according to Strabo

Map of the world according to Strabo 63 B.C

Background imageOrnate Collection: Aster or Star Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration

Aster or Star Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration
Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Botanical Illustration of Aster or Star Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration Plate 56

Background imageOrnate Collection: Sikkim, Gangtok. This colorful mandala appears to be lit from within, at Rumtek Monastery

Sikkim, Gangtok. This colorful mandala appears to be lit from within, at Rumtek Monastery, in Gangtok, Sikkim

Background imageOrnate Collection: Black Dyke Mills Band

Black Dyke Mills Band
Representatives from the Black Dyke Mills Band proudly showing off their National Championship, Crystal Palace, 1000 Guinea Trophy won on 29th September 1928. Their conductor was William Halliwell

Background imageOrnate Collection: Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou

Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou. circa 1151

Background imageOrnate Collection: Gargoyle of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Gargoyle of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
The gargoyles are an essential part of the history of the cathedral, and a key aspect of the site. The gargoyles main purpose is very practical

Background imageOrnate Collection: Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Artist: Alexa Petrov

Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Artist: Alexa Petrov
Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Petrov, Alexa (Late 13th century). Russian icon painting. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum of History and Architecture Novgorodian Kremlin, Novgorod

Background imageOrnate Collection: St. Nicholasa Church in Ghent, Belgium Circa 1887

St. Nicholasa Church in Ghent, Belgium Circa 1887
Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Illustration of St. Nicholasa Church in Ghent, Belgium Circa 1887. Source: Original edition from my own archives

Background imageOrnate Collection: Middlesex Hospital Chapel, Mortimer Street, London

Middlesex Hospital Chapel, Mortimer Street, London
Middlesex Hospital Chapel, western view, Mortimer Street, London. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageOrnate Collection: The Carson Mansion in Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion in Eureka, California

Background imageOrnate Collection: Ammonite 1

Ammonite 1
macro photo of a cross section of a fossil of an ammonite shell, showing fine details and intricate patterns due to calcification of the shell and its contents

Background imageOrnate Collection: Antique map of Victoria or Port Phillip in Australia with vignettes

Antique map of Victoria or Port Phillip in Australia with vignettes

Background imageOrnate Collection: Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Illustration of the signature of Elizabeth I

Background imageOrnate Collection: Campanula or Bellflower Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration

Campanula or Bellflower Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration
Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Botanical Illustration of Campanula or Bellflower Plant: Plate 53

Background imageOrnate Collection: Library of Congress - The Mosaic Minerva - Minerva of Peace

Library of Congress - The Mosaic Minerva - Minerva of Peace
Washington DC, USA - Mosaic - The Minerva of Peace by Elihu Vedder (1836-1923). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Date: 1920

Background imageOrnate Collection: Iron entry, Rainbow row, Historic Charleston, SC

Iron entry, Rainbow row, Historic Charleston, SC

Background imageOrnate Collection: Europe, Germany, Bavaria, Passau

Europe, Germany, Bavaria, Passau
Ornate pipe organ, St. Stevens Cathedral, Passau, Bavaria, Germany

Background imageOrnate Collection: Advert, William Teacher & Sons, Whisky, Scotland

Advert, William Teacher & Sons, Whisky, Scotland
Advert for William Teacher & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers, Blenders and Exporters, Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 1905

Background imageOrnate Collection: Inns of Court 17th century copperplate armorials

Inns of Court 17th century copperplate armorials
This image is from a copperplate engraving, and shows part of a roll of arms from Richard Blome s

Background imageOrnate Collection: Coronation Souvenir Postcard - King George V and Queen Mary

Coronation Souvenir Postcard - King George V and Queen Mary
Coronation Souvenir Postcard - King George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) - June 22nd, 1911. Date: 1911

Background imageOrnate Collection: London Trade Card - William Johnson, Wig Maker

London Trade Card - William Johnson, Wig Maker
London Trade Card - William Johnson, Peruke (Wig) Maker, in Castle Alley near Royal Exchange. Wigs for men and women. 18th century

Background imageOrnate Collection: The pineapple (Ananas comosus)

The pineapple (Ananas comosus)
illustration of a pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Background imageOrnate Collection: Pulmonaria or Lungwort Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration

Pulmonaria or Lungwort Plant, Victorian Botanical Illustration
Very Rare, Beautifully Illustrated Antique Engraved Victorian Botanical Illustration of Pulmonaria or Lungwort Plant: Plate 54

Background imageOrnate Collection: Argentina, Ushuaia. Typical calabash gourd cups for mate (aka chimarrao or cimarron)

Argentina, Ushuaia. Typical calabash gourd cups for mate (aka chimarrao or cimarron)
Typical calabash gourd cups for mate, Ushuaia Province, Argentina

Background imageOrnate Collection: Restaurant Frascati, Oxford Street, London W1

Restaurant Frascati, Oxford Street, London W1
Restaurant Frascati, 32 Oxford Street, London W1, with people dancing on the dance floor. Frascatis was a large, luxury restaurant offering cosmopolitan cuisine. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageOrnate Collection: Design and motto of the Royal Artillery -- Ubique

Design and motto of the Royal Artillery -- Ubique
Design and motto of the Royal Artillery, showing a crown, ornate initials RA in mirror image, a field gun, and the Latin word Ubique, meaning Everywhere

Background imageOrnate Collection: WA, Seattle, classic German automobile

WA, Seattle, classic German automobile

Background imageOrnate Collection: Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)

Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)
An upper class Victorian woman, probably a member of the Polhill-Turner family of Howbury Hall, Renhold, Bedfordshire. Seen here in a studio photograph, leaning on the back of a chair



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Step into a world of opulence and grandeur with these ornate treasures from around the globe. First, feast your eyes on a vintage poster advertising Air Ceylon, adorned with intricate patterns that transport you to exotic destinations. Next, delve into the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, beautifully illustrated by William McLaren in rich hues and detailed designs. Travel back in time as you explore an antique map of Tasmania, its borders embellished with delicate cartographic elements. Then, discover the elegance of Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd through their captivating advert that showcases their craftsmanship. Marvel at the architectural wonder of the Tulip staircase in Queens House, Greenwich - a spiral masterpiece that exudes sophistication. Immerse yourself in history as you gaze upon a wartime poster featuring Churchill's famous words - an embodiment of strength and resilience. Experience glamour on wheels as Barbra Streisand glides across the screen on roller skates in "Funny Girl, " capturing hearts with her performance inspired by American comedienne Fanny Brice. Indulge your senses further with Marie Antoinette Meytens' portrait - every brushstroke revealing her regal allure. Reflect upon tradition and labor as Adam delved while Eve span is depicted through artistry. Feel the rhythm and passion emanating from Black Dyke Mills Band as they fill the air with melodious sounds. Lastly, encounter Sheela-na-Gig perched on an Irish church wall; this enigmatic figure invites contemplation about ancient customs and beliefs. Finally, immerse yourself in Claude Lorrain's landscape painting where nature intertwines seamlessly with human creation – a testament to both beauty and skill. These ornate wonders captivate our imagination; each one tells its own story through intricate details that leave us awe-inspired by human creativity throughout history.