The Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts by Owen JonesThe Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts by Owen Jones

The Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative…

byOwen Jones

Hardcover | July 26, 2016

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First published in 1856,The Grammar of Ornamentremains a design classic. Its inspiration came from pioneering British architect and designer Owen Jones (1809-1874), who produced a comprehensive design treatise for the machine age, lavishly illustrated in vivid chromolithographic color. Jones made detailed observations of decorative arts on his travels in Europe, the Middle East, and in his native London, where he studied objects on display at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 and at local museums. His aim was to improve the quality of Western design by changing the habits of Victorian designers, who indiscriminately mixed elements from a wide variety of sources.

Jones's resulting study is a comprehensive analysis of styles of ornamental design, presenting key examples ranging from Maori tattoos, Egyptian columns, and Greek borders to Byzantine mosaic, Indian embroidery, and Elizabethan carvings. At once splendidly Victorian and insistently modern,The Grammar of Ornamentcelebrates objects of beauty from across time periods and continents, and remains an indispensable sourcebook today.

Owen Jones(1809-74) was an English-born Welsh architect and one of the most important design theorists of the nineteenth century. He taught applied arts at the South Kensington School of Design in the 1850s and served as Superintendent of Works at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He was a key figure in the founding of the South Kensington...
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Title:The Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative…Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 7.75 × 0.98 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691172064

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Table of Contents

Introduction 12

Preface to Owen Jones's Original Folio Edition 18

General Principles 22

1 Ornament of Savage Tribes 30

2 Egyptian Ornament 46

3 Assyrian and Persian Ornament 74

4 Greek Ornament 88

5 Pompeian Ornament 114

6 Roman Ornament 124

7 Byzantine Ornament 136

8 Arabian Ornament 154

9 Turkish Ornament 174

10 Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra 184

11 Persian Ornament 222

12 Indian Ornament
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13 Hindoo Ornament 260

14 Chinese Ornament 272

15 Celtic Ornament 286

16 Medieval Ornament 310

17 Renaissance Ornament 340

18 Elizabethan Ornament 400

19 Italian Ornament 418

20 Leaves and Flowers from Nature 468

Index to the Commentaries and Introduction 488

Index to Owen Jones's Text 491

Owen Jones: A Chronology 496

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"Architects, design nerds and hard-core antiquarians may be the natural audience for the reissue of this Victorian-era classic. But if you have wondered--as I have--about the subtle differences between the filigrees featured in Persian, Byzantine and Arabian tilework, The Grammar of Ornament: A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts (Princeton University Press) is a good book to have on hand. . . . The illustrations are delightful, and perhaps surprisingly, it is easy to pick a page at random and find a bit of tasty decorative information to digest. Summer grazing at its best."--Ted Loos, Introspective Magazine