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

Description of the plates,   pp. 9-15 ff.


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DESCRIPTION OF TIRE PLATES.
white lines on the dark ground, and the outline to
flowers and leaves on the white ground, so as in
each case to soften the transition, is worthy of
remark.
PLATE XXV.
From objects in blue-and-white china.
PLATE XXVI.
From  a blue-and-white china Bottle.  This
composition, like that of Plate XXIII., is a fine
example of the conventional representation of natural
flowers; but for the peculiar character of the ter-
mination of some of the leaves, it would pass for
Indian or Persian.
PLATE XXVII.
From various objects in blue-and-white china.
The centre composition and the borders at the top
of the plate are very Persian in character and
arrangement.
PLATE XXVIII.
From  a blue-and-white china Bottle.  This
composition is peculiar, but not inelegant; notwith-
standing the fragmentary nature of the composition
the masses are well balanced, and the repose of the
whole is not destroyed.
PLATE XXIX.
The inside and outside of a very finely executed
Bowl in cloisonn6 enamel. On the inside of the
bowl we have a conventional representation of the
land, the sea, and the air. The land by the flower
on the island, the sea by the horses disporting them-
selves in the waves, and the air by bats and birds
floating in clouds.
PLATE XXX.
From a very beautifully executed Basin in
cloisonne enamel.
PLATE XXXI.
From Vases in cloisonn6 enamel.
PLATE XXXII.
From a square Vase in cloisonne enamel. The
outline of this vase is very elegant, and the compo-
sition of the ornament contrasting with the curved
lines is very fine. The pattern on the lower half
of the plate is from the inside of the lip.
PLATE XXXIII.
From a similar Vase, but less perfectly executed.
The filling up of the side of the vase is very fine in
composition. The pattern on the inside of the lip
is less perfect than that on the last plate.
PLATE XXXIV.
From a similar Vase, but of the round form.
The upper portion of the plate is from the inside of
the lip.
PLATE XXXV.
From  a Bowl in cloisonne enamel.   In the
centre pattern we have a fine example of continuity
of leading stem.
PLATE XXXVI.
From  a large Jar in cloisonne enamel.  The
style of this composition is essentially Chinese;
though very brilliant in colouring, it is much less
perfect in art than the compositions in which we
recognise a foreign influence..
PLATE XXXVII.
From a Bowl in cloisonne enamel. This compo-
sition, like the last, is entirely Chinese in character.
PLATE XXXVIII.
From a Dish in cloisonn6 enamel. This also is
essentially Chinese in character.  Four bats with
outspread wings, and connected at their extremities,
make up the composition: in the centre is a kind of
labyrinth.
PLATE XXXIX.
Fragments from cloisonn6-enamelled Vases,
showing various applications of the fret patterns.
PLATE XL.
From Vases in cloisonn6 enamel. The upper
border is composed of bats with outspread wings.
The pattern on the lower half of the sheet does not
appear to be based on any principle, yet evenness of
tint is very cleverly obtained.
PLATE XLI.
From a very beautiful painted china Bottle; but
for the peculiar Chinese twist to the leaves and
scrolls it might pass for Indian lacquer-work.
PLATE XLII.
Also from a painted china Bottle. This composi-
tion, unlike the last, is essentially Chinese; not only
the flowers and leaves have the peculiar Chinese
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