Antiques & Collectables
This group is interested in learning about all aspects of the world of Antiques & other Collectables. The members are all expected to undertake research and present their findings to the group, however no prior knowledge or expertise is required. Occasional visits may take place to museums and fairs. If you are interested in joining contact Malcolm Blain using 'contact' button.
The subject of the meeting was "The Arts and Crafts Movement", which was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and America between about 1880 and 1920. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration.
The term was first used by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, at a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1887, although the principles and style on which it was based had been developing in England for at least 20 years. It was inspired by the ideas of architect Augustus Pugin, writer John Ruskin and designer William Morris. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial. It had a strong influence on the arts in Europe, until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s.
The movement developed earliest and most fully in the British Isles, spreading across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverishment of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced. By its very nature, an adherence to labour-intensive methods of production and decorative styles, the products of this era were generally expensive, at the time, and are therefore rare and highly collectable.
Members of the group researched into some of the "stars" of the era and presented results on:
Ernest and Sidney Barnsley
Arthur Stansfield Dixon
Ernest William Gimson
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
William Howson Taylor
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27th March 2019, when we will be having a guest speaker, who formerly worked in the antiques business.