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The Grammar of Ornament [Paperback]

By Owen Jones & Jean-Paul Midant (Foreward By)
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Architect and decorator Owen Jones supervised the works at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and his decoration of the Crystal Palace was hailed as one of the great achievements of the exhibition. In 1856, Jones published his indispensable reference work, The Grammar of Ornament. Organized into twenty chapters with introductory text, its encyclopedic approach offers a unique vision of decorative styles throughout time. The richly detailed and varied illustrations make the Grammar of Ornament a must-have volume for curious-minded scholars, contemporary craftsmen, and artists.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 9" Height: 13"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 2007
Publisher   L'Aventurine
ISBN  291419949X  
ISBN13  9782914199490  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Owen Jones was an architect and designer who taught at the South Kensington School of Design, London, during the 1850s and served as joint architect of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The following year he was appointed Director of Decorations for the new Crystal Palace exhibition in Sydenham, south London. The Grammar of Ornament, his legacy to designers, quickly acquired the status of a classic. He died in 1874. Iain Zaczek, who has contributed the commentaries, is an art historian who graduated from Wadham College, Oxford University, and the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written on a wide variety of topics, but his special interest is in nineteenth-century art. He is the author of The Essential William Morris, The Essential Art Deco, and The Art of Illuminated Manuscripts.

Owen Jones was born in 1809 and died in 1874.

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Little Gem Indeed  Feb 14, 2008
Ok, its beautiful, the colors are stunning, its all rather lovely, well articulated with notations, but the text and images are itsy-bitsy! I believe that the "search inside preview" is actually bigger than the book itself. And that's the conundrum.
Little Gem  Feb 7, 2006
I was disappointed when I first received this book. I had bought it as recommended reading for my design course and ordered it blindly. I don't know what I had expected but this wasn't it. Then, one day, I pulled it off my bookcase, looking for information on a certain type of design - and suddenly found myself enthralled with the beauty of this book. Let it not fool you, it's a beautiful little gem packed with design and information. Not a centimetre wasted.
Details, Details, Details...  Oct 9, 2005
If you are looking for pure details for specific styles, this book is for you. If you are looking for overviews or full pictures, this may not be for you. If you are into design, I think it is a great resource to put on your shelf!
This CD is the best.  Jul 11, 2004
I have the thin booklet as a reference to the CD, which I purchased some years ago. If you do Webpage design this CD is a must have. Unlike other CDs of Grammar of Ornament this one has the images in EPSF, JPEG and PDF form. Others I've looked at only had PDF and that doesn't do me any good. I've used Fireworks from Macromedia's Studio MX Suite to make backgrounds and buttons for webpages made with Flash and Dreamweaver. If you can get your hands on this CD or any of the other CDs Direct Imagination has created, do it. I do think Grammar of Ornament is the best of all the ones Direct Imagination produced. Having the book for reference with it is handy, but if you can only get the CD alone, do it anyway. After a while you just know which plate has which graphic.
Pattern Paradise  Oct 30, 2001
This book was first published in 1856 and is a design classic! Owen Jones was born in 1809 and is a key figure in the history of British design. He was an architect and designer who taught in London during the 1850s.

He traveled in Europe and the Near East, were he helped to bring back ideas to improve the quality of Western design. This collection is a result of his comprehensive analysis of patterns. The sumptuous illustrations are presented in these sections:

Ornament of Savage Tribes

Egyptian Ornament
Assyrian and Persian Ornament
Greek Ornament
Pompeian Ornament
Roman Ornament
Byzantine Ornament
Arabian Ornament
Turkish Ornament
Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra
Persian Ornament
Indian Ornament
Hindoo Ornament
Chinese Ornament
Celtic Ornament
Mediaeval Ornament
Renaissance Ornament
Elizabethan Ornament
Italian Ornament
Leaves and Flowers from Nature

The original Preface to Owen Jones's original folio edition has been preserved and included. The general principles in the arrangement of form and color are listed so you can see which are advocated throughout this book.

If you are interested in reading about over 2,350 classic patterns (color engravings representing a vast range of ornamental styles), this is the book for you! More than likely, you will gravitate to one form of the other and concentrate your reading efforts on those sections.

The actual pictures are all numbered and the mediaeval section is especially beautiful.

Iain Zaczek has contributed to the commentaries in this work. He is an art historian and has written on a wide variety of subjects. He is also the author of The Essential William Morris, The essential Art Deco, and the Art of Illuminated Manuscripts.

~The Rebecca Review

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