Taste is apt to change with time

In 1908, following public uproar over a bequest of Art Nouveau furniture, the V. & A.’s Committee on Re-Arrangement issued a report: “It is obvious that the principle of admitting modern specimens presents grave difficulties; taste is apt to change with time; and the admission of the work of any one living manufacturer or craftsman would not improbably expose the administration to attack from others, and even to the charge of advertising for ulterior ends.

Very Important Objects at the V&A, on newyorker.com.

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