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Design for the decoration of the Oriental Courts

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1863-1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Owen, born 1809 - died 1874 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawing in pencil, wash, gouache, watercolour, gold paint, and pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    D.122-1905

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 29

Physical description

Drawing in pencil, wash, gouache, watercolour, gold paint, and pen and ink on paper. This coloured design shows a highly ornate decorative scheme for a section of arcade with semi-circular arches. The spandrels of the two left-hand-most arches, one of which is only partially indicated, feature the same complex pattern of stylised floral motifs in many colours. The spandrels of the right-hand-most arch depicted feature a different pattern, comprising arabesques and a single, repeating floral motif. The ornamentation of the piers is dominated by single, block colours, although some floral and geometric pattern is included. Borders decorated with frets abound throughout the design, but some spandrel and impost decoration is not shown. Some foxing, staining, and compass marks. Faint letter 'R' written on four of the piers.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1863-1864 (made)

Artist/maker

Jones, Owen, born 1809 - died 1874 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Drawing in pencil, wash, gouache, watercolour, gold paint, and pen and ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 44.3 cm height of paper, Width: 68.7 cm width of paper

Descriptive line

Owen Jones, design for arcade decoration in V&A Oriental Courts: Chinese and Japanese Courts. 1863-1864.

Subjects depicted

Piers; Arcade; Spandrels; Floral motifs; Interior decoration; Geometric pattern; Semicircular arches; Borders; Orientalism; Arabesques; Frets; Ornament

Categories

History of the V&A; Designs; Interiors; Ornament

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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