Arts and Crafts Movement

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Arts and Crafts Movement

 (ärts)
n.
A movement in architecture and decorative arts flourishing in England and the United States from about 1870 to 1920 and characterized by simplicity of design, hand-crafted objects, and local materials.
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Arts and Crafts movement

1. (c 1870–1900) Based on the revival of interest in the medieval craft system and led by William Morris, its aims were to fuse the functional and the decorative, and to restore the values of handmade crafts in the face of the growing mass-produced wares of the late nineteenth century.
2. British late nineteenth-century crafts revival inspired by William Morris to return to individual craftsmanship in the tradition of medieval guilds, and thus nonindustrial quality that included deliberately priming cottage furniture.
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