Moscow: Izd-vo Vses. akad. arkhitektury, 1937. 85,  pp.: ill. 24x17 cm. In publisher’s wrappers. Wrappers slightly rubbed and soiled, front cover with light creases, tears and minor losses of the spine, original price is crossed out with black pencil in imprint (the crossed out price is different from the one printed on the back of the back cover), owner’s signature (from 1942) and Shanghai bookshop’s ink stamp on the t.p. Otherwise very good.
First and only edition. One of 2900 copies. Rare.
This edition is dedicated to a method of forming various ornaments was suggested to be used mainly in architecture but not exclusively. At that point there were almost no translated or original works on theory of ornament so this edition was especially interesting for art schools and clubs so the author included short history and theory of ornaments.
Thirteen groups of elements illustrated by 10-12 variants of different combinations which gives nearly 200 patterns of geometrical, floral, arabesque ornament. All patterns are numbered and captioned at the end of the book.
Aleksei Filippov (1882-1956), Russian and Soviet ceramic artist, member of Academy of Architecture of USSR, restorer, the organizer of ceramic production and the developer of new types of ceramic cladding. Researcher and founder of the scientific restoration of ancient Russian tiles. He founded in 1904 and headed artel of ceramists “Murava” of which Mitrokhin, Maliutin, Konenkov were members.
An interesting book with numerous ornament patterns which gives a glimpse into designing process of the 1930s and provides explanation of some of the remaining ornaments which are still found in Russia.
WorldCat doesn’t locate any copies.