Victorian & Edwardian Collection
The Victorian era heralded a time of rapid change in all spheres of life. From medicine, science and technology to large growth of the economy this era heralded the transition to an industrialised country.
Chardon’s Victorian and Edwardian Collection
The Victorian Period was marked by sweeping progress and ingenuity that included a railway boom, the first telegraph, and the first telephone. The first industrial revolution also brought social change. Here in Llandudno during this time, the first cell of Women’s Suffrage in Wales was born. The Edwardian period was relatively short-lived but has become widely known as a period when arts and crafts flourished, and the wealthy people of Great Britain enjoyed both elegance and extravagance. The era came to an unexpected end with the First World War.
As a Victorian man with a good fortune, our founder, Francis Chardon (1865–1923), studied art travelled extensively, and brought home artefacts from all over the Victorian/Edwardian world. From Japanese netsuke and Egyptian unshabti dolls to an exquisite collection of jewellery and trinket boxes. Francis’s eclectic collection gives us a fascinating insight into his personal taste and his interest in the aesthetic movements of the time.
Japanese Goddess Kwannon with signature on base
North African Ivory tusk with snake and crocodile carving
Japanese Ivory Fisherman
Japanese Goddess Kwannon
Chinese Bearded Man holding Ball with Dragon on Shoulder
Miniature of a Woman Collected by Chardon