Today had no art time, because we were searching for furnishings for a dining room. It seems we are falling into the Louis Philippe style, which is the French version of the German Biedermeier, from about 1815 - 1850. One tends to learn a little about historic furniture styles when looking through old pieces in Brockenhäuser and checking out the offerings of grandchildren selling off their Grandmas' furnishings.
Both those styles developed, along with the Victorian style in England, for the newly-moneyed middle classes who wanted to spend what they had, to look like they had something, yet not so extravagant as the then-defunct Napoleonic era. These styles were products of the emerging machine age, less ornate with less hand work, emphasising the wood grains and simpler forms, something suited to the relative peace and home-centered lives they enjoyed. Now we see them as something between the extravagances of the French royal styles and the starkness of the subsequent "modernist"styles, neither of which would suit us.
See pictures of the styles:
Louis Philippe Möbel
THEN, one needs to find pleasing upholstery for ones chairs, when the fashion these days is entirely opposite ones likes. So we are still looking. That was our day.
So, here is more of the Baltics, this being Riga, the capital of Latvia.
|A walk in a park|
|The shields of various municipalities of the region|
|The suggestion was that this place would take care of enemies or other nuisances in ones life, for a fee of course.|
|Some of our company wanted to visit this: the military museum. I looked a bit, then drew some folk costumes from displayed figures. I hate wars.|
|Protection from wars|
|Our young ladies found a wool shop and partook of the delights inside, from which we should see some results this winter.|
|In case one didn't know what the shop offered.... these are historic knitting patterns from the country.|
More Pictures from Riga to follow.