Story: Home décor and furnishings

Kitchen displays

Kitchen displays

This photograph of an 1880s kitchen shows how the display of objects can suggest different personalities and interests. To one side of the coal range, china, glasses and silver are neatly arrayed on a dresser, while above the mantelpiece guns and knives are arranged in a pattern. It suggests that both the man and woman of the house had a hand in the decoration of this room.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, E. R. Williams Collection
Reference: 1/2-140288-G
Photograph by William Williams

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - The significance of home décor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013