Liberty & Co Large Arts & Crafts English Oak Bureau c. 1920


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A large Arts & Crafts English Oak bureau by Liberty & Co made in about 1920. A very striking design with classic Liberty details with copper fittings and bottle glass doors, hand-made to a very high standard. This bureau is large enough to work at and provides copious storage.. Featuring:

  • Very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak (quarter-sawing is a way of sawing oak to produce boards with superior strength which also reveals decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.)
  • 4 short over one long drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Fall front with feature copper hinges on the outside and full with copper hinge on the inside enclosing pigeon holes and 2 drawers with copper ring handles
  • 2 upper doors with leaded bottle glass inserts
  • Copper drop handles and heart shaped escutcheons on throughout
  • Chamfered square legs joined by arched rails

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1620mm (5 feet 3 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 1030mm (3 feet 4 1/2 inches)
  • Overall Depth 620mm (2 feet and 1/4 of an inch)
  • Height to the fall front when open 778mm (2 feet 6 1/2 inches) [A standard height for a desk or bureau]
  • Upper section depth 250mm ( 9 3/4 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.

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), Liberty copper heart escutcheons (see 'Liberty's Furniture 1875 - 1915: The Birth of Modern Interior Design' by Daryl Bennett, Antique Collector's Club, 2012 Page 306, Figure 8.44)

Very good condition with , excellent rich colour and grain, tight joints, smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing doors and all original handles and escutcheons. Contraction gaps in the ends, some ink stains inside and a few other minor marks and scuffs.. 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

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

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

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