Egyptian Columns glass tray

One of the most influential design manuals of the Victorian period, Owen Jones’ masterpiece, The Grammar of Ornament brought vibrant and accurate Egyptian motifs to a wide audience. Jones combined his training as an architect and an interest in antiquity with new techniques in chromolithography to create for the first time easily available colored re-creations of Egyptian designs, from flora and column capitals to patterns employed in a range of ancient monuments and objects. Jones’ philosophy of design in The Grammar of Ornament reflects his view of the “grammar” of ancient Egyptian art, as he summarizes: “every flower or other object is portrayed not as a reality, but as an ideal representation. It is at the same time the record of a fact and an architectural decoration, to which even their hieroglyphic writing, explanatory of the scene, by its symmetrical arrangement added effect” (Jones, The Grammar of Ornament, p. 23).

     In the potichomania process, the glass acts as both a foundation and protective finish, saving the step of varnishing. The original intent was to recreate Greek and Etruscan vases by simulating rare and expensive Sevrés porcelain.

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  • Details

    This tray measures approximately 5x8 inches. The relative thinness of the tray – just over 1/8” thick – belies the complexity of the potichomania process. Each of our trays is comprised of a glass tray, three layers of 28# paper, four coatings of varnish, and finished with two coats, each of paint and clear acrylic spray. We’ve added a high-quality felt pad on the bottom in order to protect your home surfaces.

    Care: Please spray with a gentle glass cleanser and wipe clean. Do not submerge in water. For decorative purposes only.

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