This beautiful and highly influential book, long a classic in its field, includes all 100 original color plates from a rare Victorian edition. Among the nearly 3,000 royalty-free designs are exquisite Greek and Roman borders and mosaics, Celtic designs taken from manuscripts, motifs from medieval paintings and stained glass, and floral patterns from Chinese porcelain.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not a good printing.
Paper seems to be plain office paper quality. The printing looks like it was done with a regular ink-jet printer. The quality is passable, but barely; a general muddiness to the images and the color quality is muted. Some of the designs are very hard to see due to the colors not being vibrant enough.
Englishman Owen Jones first published his monument to design, the Grammar of Ornament, in 1856. It was originally published in installments for subscribers. Jones's illustrated plates and design motifs drew from nineteen different cultures including the ornament of Oceania, Rome, Byzantium, ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, Rome, and Moorish Spain.
The Grammar was adapted to architectural decoration, fabrics, textiles, tile design, furniture and wallpaper during the second half of the nineteenth century. It has remained influential among designers worldwide.
The quirky colorways are decidedly of another era and worthy of study. I have effectively used them to thwack my creativity out of occasional dead ends or potholes. This is a respected, classic reference. It is deserving of space in every designer's reference library.
A classic reference book! I use it all the time for architectural details and patterns for clothing when I am illustrating a historical scene. I used to own the hardback with the thick, glossy plates. This paperback version is light and compact and so the images suffer a little in translation. I still go to the library for the hardback, but for home, this is terrific.
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