The grammar of ornament : illustrated by examples from various styles of ornament / by Owen Jones Jones, Owen 1809-1874

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Jones, Owen 1809-1874
Decoration and ornament.; Decoration and ornament -- History; Decoration and ornament - Themes, motives.
This book's "inspiration came from the pioneering architect and designer Owen Jones. His observations of decorative art on his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East were employed to improve the poor quality of Western designs. His goal was to change the Victorian habit of mixing elements from a wide variety of sources and applying this mix indiscriminately to buildings, graphic design and products. His resulting study is a comprehensive analysis of a remarkable collection of styles of ornamental design - from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Imperial China and Renaissance Italy." - inside cover.
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