Victorian Furniture Era
Victorian Furniture.The Victorian Period in furniture dated from approximately 1830-1890. The reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and her love of the ornate greatly affected design styles during this period. … Victorian furniture was a precursor to other styles such as Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts.
Birth & The begining Of Queen Victoria
Queen Alexandrine Victoria was born on the 24th of May in 1819. Her father died eight months after she was born. Queen Victoria came to the throne when she was only 18 years of age in 1837. She was Queen of England for 64 years, making her our longest ever serving monarch.
the Victorian era changed furniture-making forever. Craftsmen no longer had direct contact with the customer; instead, they worked in facilities on multiple versions of the same piece of furniture. Victorian pieces often included elaborate carvings, embellishments, and ornamentation. Carved wood ran along the top of couch and chair backs and arms, but you’d also find it on bed frames and dressers featuring shapely leaves, trailing vines, fruits, fleur-de-leis, ribbons and bows, and, sometimes, fat cherubs. Wood might be dark and finished or painted and gold gilded, depending on the piece.
Only the very wealthy people often had some of the most popular hand-crafted styles that most view as true Victorian-era furniture. Tea party and live events had become very popular throughout the Victorian era. It was now a necessity to have furniture that could be easily moved and arranged in a way that was convenient for both occasions when there was no extra company and could be moved and arranged in a way that would accommodate many people for the parties.
No single style emerged as dominant in the homes of the early Victorians, rather furniture designers. Now manufacturers drew on or ransacked, a multitude of styles. The earlier periods in history with Gothic, Tudor, Elizabethan, Renassaince, English Rococo, and Neo-Classical battling it out for prominence. The Gothic revival style was probably the most “important” in furniture history terms while the exuberant Rococo revival may have taken the honors in the popularity stakes.