Liberty & Co Arts & Crafts ‘Milverton' Walnut Dresser C. 1920


An Arts & Crafts Walnut Dresser by Liberty & Co C. 1920. A large and very impressive dresser from this iconic Arts and Crafts maker and designer.. Featuring:

  • Two lower doors with single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons and a central open recess
  • Single central curved front drawer (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid base)
  • Two upper open recesses either side to two doors with leaded bottle glass windows
  • Hand beaten heart shaped handles (matching Bennett 8.41)

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1610mm (5 feet 3 1/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 1910mm (6 feet 3 inches)
  • Overall Depth 640mm (2 feet 1 inch)
  • Upper section depth 230mm ( 9 inches)
  • Base Height 930mm (3 feet and 1/2 of an inch)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you.

C. 1920

Ivorine Liberty And Co. label (matching figure 8.20, page 301 in 'Liberty's Furniture 1875 - 1915: The Birth of Modern Interior Design' by Daryl Bennett, Antique Collector's Club 2012), stamped Liberty on the locks and this design can be seen in Bennett on pages 263 and 4

Excellent condition with very clean finish, tight joints, smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors and original key. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us.

A Prestigious Company in the Design and Marketing of Arts and Crafts Furniture. Renowned for its imaginative design, high quality craftsmanship and famous London based retail location, it has produced some of the most desirable furniture of modern times

Walnut is truly special timber with a delicious range of brown and grey creamy colours. The amount of feature depends on where the tree was grown, the best being English with its decorative grain, deep colouring, lustre and durability. It is highly prized for high class furniture, although its high cost and scarcity mean that solid walnut is only found in the very best items

The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials. Cotswold School designs were crafted from local materials using traditional tools and techniques and with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches crafted either from wood or from metal using traditional smithing techniques, and close attention to form as well as to wood grain and pattern. Where decorative details were added they generally took the form of traditional embellishment such as exposed joints, chamfered edges and chip carved edge details. The style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward, Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire, Robin Nance in St Ives and Ambrose Heal are a handful of such men out of many. The best developed their own style within the established tradition.

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