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

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

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From a painted china Jar. This is a fine ex-
ample of the detached style, and is, in the treat-
ment of both leaves and flowers, essentially Chinese.
From a surface-enamelled copper Bottle. In
the principal border on this plate we have a further
example of fragmentary composition, so well arranged
that the patterns fit into each other, and appear
continuous. The border below, composed of frets,
is singularly like the same treatment of the fret on
the monuments of Central America. The attempt
to represent the human face will be readily recognised.
From a very elegant painted china Dish.
From objects in cloisonn6 enamel. The centre
specimen on this plate is a very charming example
of continuous line in composition, and is most artistic
in the management of the colours. The three red
centres of the flowers accentuate the triangle; the
green of the centre flower is recalled on the white
flower, and the dark purple also on the flower on the
left. So also the white of the right-hand flower is
carried over on the left; the green bud at the base,
recalling the green mass at the top, is also excessively
valuable, as giving perpendicularity to the com-
position. It is difficult to imagine a more exquisite
instance of order enlivened by caprice, than in the
present example.
The border on the lower portion of the plate is
one of those odd compositions so constantly met
with, and which would appear to have a meaning,
but which is difficult for the European mind to seize.
The centre portion is evidently intended to represent
a face; the eyes, nose, and mouth can be deciphered.
From a most exquisitely painted china Bottle.
Although painted china, this is evidently in the
same style and of the same period as the bulk of
the cloisonn6 enamels, the gold outline circling the
colours having the same harmonizing office as on the
enamelled vases. The very stiffness of line conse-
quent on the process is here unnecessarily imitated
in the painting, where a freer treatment was at com-
mand. For balance of form and colour, and for
pure conventional treatment, this is one of the
finest specimens we have met with.
From various objects in cloisonne enamel. The
fragment at the top of the plate is from the rim of
a large dish, the black representing the part which
is pierced. The circular pattern is from a plate, the
different spaces are very admirably filled up.  The
lower specimen is of a style of which there are many
examples, both in enamelled objects and painted
china. It may be said to be a style without prin-
ciple of any kind ; the flowers are thrown about on
the ground as at hap-hazard, one set of triangles be-
hind another, and yet they are generally so well
distributed that a pleasing effect is produced: an
effect, however, which cannot procure that permanent
pleasure which we derive from studying a compo-
sition formed in obedience to law.
From various objects in cloisonne enamel. The
centre composition on the plate is one of the most
elegant of the fragmentary class, and is essentially
Chinese in character. The lower border, formed by
ornamental dragons, is remarkable for the way in
which the nondescript animals fill up the space in
which they float.
Another example from a painted china Bottle, of
pure Chinese composition.
From a painted china Bottle. Similar in cha-
racter to the last plate.
Another of the same class, painted china.
From a painted china Bottle. The upper por-
tion of the plate is from the neck of the bottle, the
lower portion is chiefly remarkable for the clever
way in which the white of the large flower is dis-
tributed over the remainder of the space.
From a painted china Vase. A very fine ex-
ample of triangulation and the continuous - stem
From a painted china Bottle, similar to that
described on Plate XLVI., but much bolder in

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