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The Grammar of Ornament (inbunden)

The Grammar of Ornament

A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts

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The complete and unabridged full-color editionFirst published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament remains 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 Ornament celebrates objects of beauty from across time periods and continents, and remains an indispensable sourcebook today.
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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

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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 Museum, which later became the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Introduction 12Preface to Owen Jones's Original Folio Edition 18General Principles 221 Ornament of Savage Tribes 302 Egyptian Ornament 463 Assyrian and Persian Ornament 744 Greek Ornament 885 Pompeian Ornament 1146 Roman Ornament 1247 Byzantine Ornament 1368 Arabian Ornament 1549 Turkish Ornament 17410 Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra 18411 Persian Ornament 22212 Indian Ornament23813 Hindoo Ornament 26014 Chinese Ornament 27215 Celtic Ornament 28616 Medieval Ornament 310 17 Renaissance Ornament 34018 Elizabethan Ornament 40019 Italian Ornament 41820 Leaves and Flowers from Nature 468Index to the Commentaries and Introduction 488Index to Owen Jones's Text 491Owen Jones: A Chronology 496