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Christopher Dresser’s Art of Decorative Design

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Studies of decorative design are numerous but this one stands out for the quality of its colour plates, all of which show a variety of designs derived from plants and flowers. The Art of Decorative Design (1862) is one of a number of design books published in the wake of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the most celebrated being Owen Jones’ lavish Grammar of Ornament. Christopher Dresser was a professor of ornamental art and botany who here continues where The Grammar of Ornament ends, exploring the floral design that’s a recurrent feature of Victorian decoration. What’s most remarkable for me about some of these designs is the way they prefigure the forms of Art Nouveau, a style that wouldn’t emerge for another thirty years.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Kunstgewerbliche Schmuckformen für die Fläche
Album de la décoration
The Grammar of Ornament revisited
Dekorative Vorbilder
Combinaisons Ornementales
Charles J Strong’s Book of Designs
Styles of Ornament
The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by The joey Zone

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    Plate XXIV alone prefigures….2015 (The ‘banner’ “Knowledge Is Power” looks like Michael Doret). This entire post was like getting a truss’d up bouquet of cast iron orchids–minus the rust & weight!

  2. #2 posted by John

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    And one of the other motifs has proved very useful for something I’m working on this week…

 


 

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