|Christmas decorations in the 1870 room|
WGSN-homebuildlife this week paid a visit to the annual Christmas exhibition at London's Geffrye Museum, which tracks Britain's changing interior tastes from the 17th century to the 1990s via a succession of room sets, each one fitted out in the seasonal decor of its time.
|Dinner setting in the 1630 room|
We've picked out our favourite details from each period, accompanied by some information from the curators about the attitude to etiquette, meals and interior design from the 'middling classes' of London at that particular period in time.
A hall in 1630: The table is set with the second course, a mixture of savoury and sugary sweet dishes. These would have been particularly special because sugar was an expensive luxury. The sweets are made in shapes playfully imitating other foods or items, such as bacon and eggs, walnuts and a chequerboard of gilded and white leach, a dish similar to Turkish delight made of a boiled milk jelly.
|Decorative accessories from, left: 1870; right: 1890|
If you're a WGSN-HBL subscriber, you can also see the future of Christmas decor: view our creative direction for Christmas 2011 and 2012 here.