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Posted on 04 September, 2016

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Miss Amy Miles Dolls’ House, at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Early Victorian Furniture

Queen Victoria’s reign over the British Empire lasted sixty-four years (1837-1901). Many styles of furniture rose and fell in popularity in that time. Combined, they have earned the generic classification – Victorian. There is one common thread, however. Victoria loved ornate styles. Generally, think of cluttered rooms, full of heavy furniture, and surrounded by plants, bulky fabrics and lots of china and glassware. The later Victorian era saw a modest lessening of overcrowded rooms until her son Albert (Bertie) succeeded to the throne as Edward VII and extravagance became the decorating principle.

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Categories: furniture, Victorian


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Posted on 31 August, 2016

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Thorne Room – Georgia Double Parlor, found at the Chicago Art Institute

Victorian Dollhouse Furniture

This article by Stephanie Watson on mahogany, Maple and painted Victorian furniture is informative and concise. I hope you find it useful.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: furniture, room boxes


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Posted on 25 July, 2016

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Akameru Kawaii Fainting Couch & Video Tutorial

Fainting Couch

The fainting couch was designed primarily for women who were feeling … well, a bit faint! An off-shoot of the chaise lounge, it not only had a raised back at one end but that back wrapped around one side, giving the 19th-century lady with a touch of the vapors a safe place to land. Gracefully. (more…)

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Posted on 26 November, 2015

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Gottschalk Blue Roof Early Victorian, which overlaps the Biedermeier period

Biedermeier dollhouses do not exist!

Don’t believe me? To quote Casey Stengel, the long-time manager of the New York Yankees, “You can look it up!” Use “biedermeier dollhouse” as a search term in your browser. A directory of furniture and decorating hits come up, but no dollhouses using the “B” word.

Biedermeier refers to a period of time, roughly 1815 – 1848. The Napoleonic Wars had drained the European economies. The German and Austrian middle classes longed for the good old days before Napoleon decided to rule the world. They wanted peace and quiet and stability, a comfortable home with lots of family around. That meant furniture that was comfortable and inexpensive.

 

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Categories: Biedermeier, furniture


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