English purists are adamant the term ‘antique’ means you are talking about an item made before 1830; the date coincides with the death of George IV of England. This was the end of the so-called Georgian period (1714 – 1830) encompassing the reign of George I, II, III, the Regency of George, Prince of Wales and his later reign as George IV. This is seen as the cut off point when Master craftsmen last custom made fine furniture by hand for a wealthy elite. The Industrial revolution began with the building of the world’s first cast iron bridge over the river at Coalbrookdale in 1780 and it was not long before furniture was being made by machines. Before the nineteenth century an aristocratic elite who established high standards through patronage, guided artistic innovation. Today a ‘new aristocracy’ including philanthropic foundations, governments and large corporations provide the ready necessary.
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Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.