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Victorian Furniture Reproduction

The Victoria era (1837 – 1901) brought us a style of furniture which was highly decorative and elaborate. Their design ideas were not new but were stolen from the periods where excess was commonplace. Eras such as Baroque and Rococo, with their intricate work and romantic undertones, were visible in their styling, as were the bolder ideas from the Gothic period. Victorian furniture reproduction incorporates all these aspects with the added benefits of the practicalities of modern design.

Much of their furniture was very formal. Their dining rooms included straight back chairs and highly polished tables where the family would eat their meals. Discipline was paramount, especially at meal times and this is apparent in their choice of furniture in the dining rooms. The wood for the furniture would be polished on a regular basis and this would be a constant chore for the staff. Many of the households would employ upstairs and downstairs staff and a lot of their time would be spent in the upkeep of the flamboyant solid wood furniture. Modern Victorian furniture reproduction has brought with it all the stunning aesthetic aspects of this era but with the advent of modern finishes much of the hard work has been replaced by a quick spray of proprietary wood polish or sometimes even just a wipe with a damp cloth.

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