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Lot 33
The Grammar of Ornament  - Owen  Jones - The Design Sale
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Owen Jones (1809 - 1874)

The Grammar of Ornament

London: Bernard Quaritch, 1910

[4], 157 pp (text), 112 chromolithographed plates including the title page and numerous black and white illustrations; original gilt-stamped burgundy cloth, with gilt lettering on spine and front cover, beveled edges, all edges gilt.
13.6 x 9.8 x 2.2 in (34 x 24.5 x 5.5 cm)

Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament was first published in 1856 in the form of a lavish folio that highlighted stunning patterns, motifs, and ornaments across 112 illustrated plates. Considered to be a design masterpiece, the book was a monumental publishing project that managed to achieve unseen standards in colour printing. Each illustration in the folio explored the design principles behind the architecture, textiles, manuscripts, and decorative arts present across 19 cultural periods, with the final chapter paying tribute to the beauty of the natural world. The book continues to remain in print even 150 years later – a true testament to its enduring appeal when it comes to design.

Authored by Jones, whose studies on colour theory, geometry and form remain an inspiration for designers till date, this book was his way of convincing the designers and tastemakers of the Victorian era of the need to look towards history to form the foundation for good, modern design. The purpose of Grammar of Ornament, thus, was to aid young and upcoming designers to use the underlying principles of the older decorative arts as inspiration in their own work.

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Lot 34
One Thousand and One Initial Letters Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones - Owen  Jones - The Design Sale
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Owen Jones (1809 - 1874)

One Thousand and One Initial Letters Designed and Illuminated by Owen Jones

London: Day & Son, 1864

28 full-colour chromolithograph plates including chromolithographed title page and 26 + 1 chromolithographed plates by Owen Jones, some with small gilt highlights; leather-bound with gilt titles on the spine and plain boards with a gilt rule, new endpapers.
17.2 x 12.2 x 4.8 in (43 x 30.7 x 12 cm)

Interesting decorative volume.

Day and Son, lithographers to Queen Victoria, published this work in 1864. There is one unique page for each letter of the alphabet, with 30 to 40 variations, and one page for the numbers 1-10 (Roman). All the letters are beautifully placed on the page and are lavishly gilded; painted in blue and rose to red and black. The colours are very fresh and vivid with absolutely no wear on the gilt and the paper is heavy quality stock. All plates are protected by a thin leaf.

Each plate measures approximately 16.5 x 11.25 in. At the bottom of each initial is printed “London, Chromolithographed and Published April 1st 1864, by Day & Son Lithrs to the Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales”.

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