A drawing room in 1890
This represents the small study of an 1880s Victorian villa, decorated in the aesthetic style.
Deriving much of its influence from Japan and the Far East, the style was typified by co-ordinated furnishing schemes, with elaborate wallpapers, ebonised furniture and displays of oriental, or orientally-inspired, ceramics.
The Aesthetic Movement was led by artists such as J.M. Whistler and designers like E.W. Godwin and Christopher Dresser.
It was adopted at first by a small artistic section of the middle classes, as a reaction against the high-Victorian taste for increasingly elaborate decoration in a rich variety of styles.
The aesthetic, or ‘artistic’ style became more widely fashionable during the 1880s, especially in urban homes.
ebonised and painted wood with enamelled dial, designed by Lewis F. Day and made by Howell and James, Regent Street, c1875.
copper with brass and ebony, designed by Christopher Dresser for Benham and Froud, c1883.
ebonised beech with caned seat, ‘Jacobean’ design by E.W. Godwin, published in 1877.