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5.0 out of 5 stars The A-Z of ugly furniture, 6 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Victorian Comfort: Social History of Design, 1830-1900 (Hardcover)
John Gloag writes with humour, and quotes that of others, in his canter through the niceties of Victorian furnishings and their evolution. It is generally accepted that the elegance of the Regency period gave way to the tasteless, heavy decoration so beloved of the 'mushroom' class and continued to be made and bought despite the gradual coming into vogue of the Arts and Crafts and later the Art Nouveau movements. To be really comprehensive, considering the vast amount of ephemera and junk collected and displayed, the book would have to be about ten volumes if not more, but Gloag covers the major trends and fashions in all their fussy detail. Looking for an overmantel to display your shell collection? Perhaps a stove made to look like a suit of armour? Look no further for stockists, illustrations and likely design faults. No props department should be without one.
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