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The Grammar of Ornament


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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 238 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

About the Author

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.


"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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