The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones 1910 - Quaritch, London - Folio Edition ‘Form without colour is like a body without a soul.’ – Owen Jones

The seminal work of architect and ornamental designer Owen Jones, ‘one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today’ [Victoria & Albert Museum], lavishly illustrated with 112 stunning colour plates

First published in 1856,
The Grammar of Ornament gathers together fine examples of decoration, and examines the underlying principles of ornament and polychromy. The work is Jones’ longest lasting legacy, hugely influential in design schools in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and still in print today, being an important source book for contemporary designers.

The first nineteen chapters present examples of ornament from numerous sources, diverse both historically and geographically. Most notable are those featuring designs from the Middle East – Turkish, Arabian, Moresque, Greek, Persian – but there are also chapters on Chinese, Roman, Hindoo, Indian, Medieval, Celtic, Elizabethan and Italian design. Chapter 20 examines ‘Leaves and Flowers from Nature’.
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