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William Morris EARLY LIFE

EARLY LIFE William Morris( 24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a man of many talents, whose life and life’s work, made a huge impact on the worlds of literature, design and politics. Here, we will concentrate on his design work. He established the famous design company, Morris & Co., where he enlarged upon the skills he had acquired as an architect to embrace the arts of stained glass, embroidery, wallpaper and furniture design and …

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The 1900s and 1910s

The architecture and design of the early years of the 20th century were permeated with a new moral sensibility that evolved from the teachings of earlier reformers such as William Morris and John Ruskin. Opposing the heavy ornamentation of the High Victorian style, designers aligned to the new movement pursued a more thoughtful approach to design that was for the most part based on the concept of utility with beauty. By the early 1900s it …

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Victorian Silver

Silver is not valued as highly today as it was in the Victorian Era. The focus these days is more on gold, which is a reflection of how far we have advanced in the financial realm. Pewter household goods and jewellery wouldn’t sell at a car boot sale for more than a pound now, but it was extremely expensive and most people dreamed of owning it. Back then it had the value of high quality …

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