AESTHETIC STYLE SILVER SPOON INDEX
Many people call the aesthetic movement of the 1870-1900 time period
"ART FOR ART'S SAKE". This is true for the fine arts, but for the
decorative arts they are also required to have a function and a purpose.
This series of exhibits explores the aesthetic movement on the silver
with emphasis on spoons.
Most of the silver of the aesthetic movement was relatively
expensive and not a lot of it was produced.
The most important time period for the aesthetic movement in silver was
from roughly 1870 - 1900. It overlaps a number of other silver eras
including Japonisme which was by far the most important element with
its emphasis on natural designs
but it was also the forerunner to the important art nouveau movement.
The Great exhibition of 1851 was the beginning of the movement as a
number of innovative designs were introduced which were in opposition
to the mass production of the industrial age.
The later 'arts and crafts' movement also drew much of its inspiration
from the aesthetic style, but later changed to a very plain unadorned
style souvenir spoons
style server spoons
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