Cover of: The grammar of ornament | Jones, Owen

About the Book

This highly influential book, long a classic in its field, includes all 100 original color plates from a rare Victorian edition. Among the nearly 3,000 royalty-free designs are exquisite Greek and Roman borders and mosaics, Celtic designs taken from manuscripts, motifs from medieval paintings and stained glass, and floral patterns from Chinese porcelain.

About the Edition

In the nineteenth century, a series of colorful and beautifully designed books containing patterns were produced that aspired to be encyclopedic by examining ornament from a variety of cultures and historic periods. Owen Jones's 1856 book, The Grammar of Ornament, was the first to systematically analyze ornamental art from different eras. Jones, a noted British designer and architect, created the grammar to educate designers. His book stressed the need for a vigorous study of historic styles in preparation for an ornamental language suitable to the new industrial age. Jones and his assistants developed all the designs for the book by drawing on patterns from all over the world, including non-Western cultures. In addition to providing unprecedented information, the book is clearly one of the nineteenth century's great monuments of chromolithographic printing.
(Van Dyk, Stephen. Rare Books. London ; New York : Scala Publishers in association with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Smithsonian Institution, 2001.)

Edition Notes

Decorative Arts, Pattern Book

The Physical Object

[2], 157, [1] p., C [i.e. 112] leaves of plates :
Number of pages
35 cm

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