During the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), Britain could claim to be the world’s supervisor. Following the industrial revolution, there was a huge move in the decorative arts. Many new technical processes were discovered and therefore the productions changed.
The development of a very sophisticated etiquette led to the design of new objects, e.g. the complicated dining etiquette of the Victorian era encouraged the development of utensils for eating particular foods.
Apart from pieces of the greatest quality, such as the ones displayed during World Fairs, prices for Victorian items have slightly decreased in the last few years. Paintings and furniture from this period are not always the most desirable. Fashions have changed and they don’t correspond to today’s taste. It’s definitely the good time to invest in Victorian antiques!
Exhibition worth seeing at Buckingham Palace: Victoria & Albert, Art & Love:
Video about the construction of the Crystal Palace:
British History in depth – Victorian Britain:
What did the Victorians read at Christmas?