The Aesthetic Movement
As Victorian design became more and more prescribed and opulent during the mid-19th Century, young designers started to rebel. They wanted to go back to basics - "Art for Art's Sake" was the motto: things needed to be beautiful and useful, not decorative out of habit and, well, frankly: a lot of bad taste!
Money can buy luxury, but not necessarily good taste. So the Aesthetic Movement was born, a breath of fresh air, letting in Nature in a simple way, adorning useful wares effectively and lovingly, without showing off or following stale trends.
You can find out more about this in my video, where I show some very different pieces that were made in this period, and introduce you to how this movement came about.
And you can find the wonderful items you see here in my shop - as usual, each listing contains some history about the piece. And yes, you see it right: I even have two of these wonderful Christopher Dresser plates!