Liberty & Co Arts & Crafts English Oak Bureau Bookcase c. 1900

SKU0020224

Features

An Arts & Crafts oak bureau bookcase by Liberty & Co made in c. 1910. This item features:
  • Upper section with open tiered shelves and single door with leaded glazing
  • Fall front enclosing a fitted interior
  • Two drawers (made with solid drawer carcasses and bases joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails) and a pair of cupboards
  • Cast brass handles
  • Solid English oak with very striking medullary rays

Comment

A substantial bureau bookcase by the iconic arts and crafts maker, which offers copious storage and is large enough to use to work at

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 203 cm (6 feet 8 inches)
  • overall width 130 cm (4 feet 3 and a quarter inches)
  • overall depth 48 cm (1 foot 7 inches)
  • upper section depth 28 cm (11 inches)
  • lower section height 102 cm (3 feet 4 and a quarter inches)
  • fall height when down 77 cm (2 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
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

Date

c. 1900

Identification

Red Liberty paper label inside one drawer. This design is illustrated in their 'Handbook of Sketches' from 1889. A variant of the same design is pictured in figure 4.48 on page 108 of Daryl Bennett's 'Liberty's Furniture'. An identical example sold at Bellmans Auctioneers 'Antiques & Interiors Sale' 19th May 2016 lot 1947, and a very similar labelled example sold at Shapes Auctioneers & Valuers 7th August 2010 lot 590

About Liberty & Co

Liberty & Co: 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

About English Oak

English Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Other Furniture

The Arts and Crafts Movement produced some of the most remarkable furniture of the twentieth century. Many of its principal designers were architects motivated by principles of functional and beautiful design, high class workmanship, and quality of materials. The results varied from the austerity of Voysey and the simple lines perspectives of the Cotswold School, to the exuberant flair of Liberty and Co. and Ambrose Heal

Condition

In excellent condition, with just some minor knocks and scrapes. two shelf pegs replaced. 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


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