If you find a set of beautiful ebonised Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire, with circular carved details, turned legs and incised detailing to the head rests, the chances are they’re from the Aesthetic Movement, probably made by Lambs of Manchester, or Gillows. Now, people from Lancashire can see antique desks, musical instruments, art works and other rare items from this beautiful period in a major new exhibition at the V & A museum, in London.
The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain 1860-1900, will run from April to July 2011, and will be the first international exhibition dedicated to the Avante Garde creativity of the Aesthetic Movement artists and designers. It is not known if Victorian dining chairs by Lancashire favourites Gillows or Lambs will be on display, but it seems likely – Gillows produced a large amount of furniture for Liberty of London , who was strongly connected to the Aesthetic movement, and whose furniture will be featured, along with works by Bruce Talbert, Edward Godwin, William Morris, Philip Webb, Walter Crane, Henry Batley and many others. Liberty is also supporting the exhibition.
People who have made the trip to the V & A in the past will no doubt have been inspired by their collection of Aesthetic Movement antiques, which includes an exquisitely carved satinwood piano by Henry Batley, but this new exhibition will look at the movement in far more detail, by exploring trends in fine art, architecture, interior design, fashion and domestic furniture.
Antique designers in Lancashire often have Victorian dining chairs, antique desks and paintings from the Aesthetic Movement, and will be pleased to tell you more about this most beautiful of Victorian design forms.
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