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Jones, Owen, 1809-1874. / Examples of Chinese ornament selected from objects in the South Kensington Museum and other collections.
(1867)

Chinese ornament,   pp. 5-8


Page 8


CHINESE ORNAMENT.
Chinese have in this style reached the very limit of such possible representations,
and
that a more moderate suggestion of relief would be more artistic.
The compositions will be found to range under the three systems represented
in the
diagrams.
1. The Continuous-stem System.
2. The Fragmentary System united.          3. The Fragmentary System interspacing.
The scheme of colouring of the Chinese is peculiarly their own. They deal
principally
with broken colours: pale blue, pale green, and pale pink for the masses;
dark pink,
dark green, purple, and yellow and white, in much smaller quantities.  There
is nothing
crude or harsh in any of their compositions; the eye is perfectly satisfied
with the balance
and arrangement of both form and colour; but there is an absence of that
purity in the
drawing which we find in the works of the ancient Greeks, Arabs, and Moors,
and even in
the works of our own day, of all the Mahommedan races.
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