The article takes its point of departure in the range of objects as they are revealed in the private sector in the 1800s and in the period between the First and Second World Wars. âââThe focal point in the 1800s is placed on modernisation. In light of this, the work of Eilert Sundt is discussed in which he utilises the material in order to analyse tradition as opposed to modernism. Towards the end of the century, attention is directed towards Lorenz Dietrichson whose aim, via aesthetics or taste, is to educate his fellow citizens. The main agenda here is the discovery and development of the personality.