Antique Lighting History
The Victorian Age
The Victorian Age, 1840 - 1900, was when Victoria became
queen of England in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901. The age
named after her was a period when England was at the height of power
and prestige. In lighting , the Victorian Age included a variety of revival
styles and sub styles that typified most nineteenth century lighting.
There is no one Victorian style, and despite being named the Victorian
Era, French, rather than English influence was actually stronger on American
and European Antique lighting design.
The American lighting makers chose various features from
the styles that evolved and incorporated them into their own designs.
was a melting
pot of people and ideas, a rapidly growing nation with immigrants,
many of them cabinetmakers and artisans, arriving in increasing
lighting styles evolved as cabinetmakers interpreted the styles popular
in France and England in their own way and lighting became a trade
of its own influenced by all the happenings surrounding them.
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