This week we are taking a look at antique prints, and focusing on prints of Victorian paintings. Prints done in this way says much for the popularity of the era and the styles used during this time. These fascinating styles and themes used in Victorian art were largely inspired by the many changes brought about by the industrial revolution. This period brought mass manufacturing techniques, great urbanisation and with it poverty, disease and hardship.
To counteract the effects of these massive changes Victorians chose to create artwork that idealised the Victorian period, almost as if they had chosen to create a world where the ugliness of the changes around them did not exist. There were many themes and styles and during this time; we saw the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite period in 1848 with themes of realism and truth in the natural world and in the second wave of this movement myth, ambiguity, chivalry and symbolism.
Iain Brunt is the owner of leading online antiques platform, www.antiques.co.uk. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, the website is offering a new pay-as-you-go option to antique dealers, fairs, private sellers and art galleries, aiming to help reduce the costs of selling to a global audience of potential buyers. We caught up with Iain to find out more about his life in the trade.
In the 20thcentury glass was in abundance with a variety of different designs. Good quality glassware had only been available to the rich during the 19thcentury, but now it was available to a much wider audience. Mass production techniques played its part with distinctive creations coming from talented glassware designers. Glassware manufacture has come from Europe and America in more recent times, but hopefully in time this will change.
Designs from the beginning of the century include Art Deco, Art Noveauand Modernism. Glass wasn’t always ostentatious and just for display only, glass as also made for utilitarian purposes. Well known designers include Lalique, Loetz, Powell, the Daum brothers and Galle.