Tuesday, June 28, 2005

More Blue and White

Blue and White, 1896 by Louise Jopling, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England.

During the Victorian period it became quite fashionable to collect blue and white porcelain from China, The Netherlands and eventually from England when the potteries there began to produce it. People would have entire rooms devoted to displaying their large collections.


Alexandra said...

Beautiful image. But does anyone else find those dresses rather odd for the time period? Mutton chop sleeves were in fashion, but those high waists are incongruous. Any fashion historians out there?

Martha said...

My only explanation is that a big part of the aesthetic movement involved wearing old costumes and that may have been how the empire waist shows-up here. Not that these garments are antique, just mimicking the style. The collecting of blue and white porcelain was popular among followers of that movement.

This http://www.marquise.de/ site is great.

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