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Designing antiquity : Owen Jones, ancient Egypt and the Crystal Palace

Author: Stephanie Moser
Publisher: New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 19th century, designers became involved in the public presentation of the past, focusing specifically on the decoration of historical monuments. By exploring ornamental designs and the way they represented the cultural concerns of distant civilizations, and in addressing how color may have originally been applied to exteriors and interiors, designers animated the past and incited a new passion for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Named Person: Owen Jones; Owen Jones
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Moser
ISBN: 9780300187076 0300187076
OCLC Number: 829935728
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Nineteenth-century designers and the ancient world --
First impressions: ancient Egypt as a source of inspiration for design --
Antiquity as a vehicle for design reform: the fine arts courts at the Crystal Palace --
The first chapter in the story of art: the Egyptian court at the Crystal Palace --
An essay on ornament and colour: the many messages of the Egyptian court --
Contexts of viewing: a visit to the Crystal Palace --
'Harmonious patchwork' and 'gingerbread toy': learned appraisals of the fine arts courts --
'A book bound in gold and colour' and 'accessory of an agreeable lounge': popular views of the fine arts courts --
The legacy of the Egyptian court: impacts on scholarly thought --
Conclusion: 'This Egyptian wonderland': designing ancient Egypt.
Responsibility: Stephanie Moser.

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In the 19th century, designers became involved in the public presentation of the past. A crucial figure in this movement was the designer and architect Owen Jones (1809-1874). This book focuses on  Read more...

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