Victorian antique refers to furniture made during the rein of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), our longest serving monarch until the present Queen Elizabeth II pipped her to the post earlier this year. The Victorian era is a period marked by the move away from an agrarian based economy to industrialisation. This was mirrored by the growth of a wealthier middle class who demanded domestic furniture which projected sophistication and class as was the Victorian psyche of being more formal in social interactions. Intricately and finely designed furniture, alongside luxuriously upholstered seating were the order of the day, an attempt to emulate the possessions of royalty in the everyday home. There was a far greater variety of furniture styles which emerged in the Nineteenth Century compared to the Eighteenth Century. One trend can be identified in the increased focus on surface decoration using gilting, mountings and inlays however as the period progress a more critical eye developed with a focus more on form and function than simple decoration.
During this period there was a move away from the earlier heavy oak designs of the Georgian style to using dark mahogany which was becoming available to cabinet makers as the British empire expanded across the globe and trade routes opened up. The Victorian period was in many ways looking into the past for design inspiration and elements of many historical styles were revived, reused and 'reborn'...
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