ARTS & CRAFTS OAK HALL TABLE MADE FOR LIBERTY STORE

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ARTS & CRAFTS OAK HALL TABLE MADE FOR LIBERTY STORE

3,850.00

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Arts & Crafts oak hall table with carved gothic style tracery side detailing and a twisted stretcher

5 drawers under the table top

Made for the Liberty & Co Great Marlborough Street shop “Tudor building” in 1924

Design attributed to Sir Robert Lorimer 1864-1929

Height 77cm Length 152cm Width 75cm

The Liberty Tudor building as we know it now was opened in1924 designed by Edwin Thomas Hall and his son Edwin Stanley hall at the height of the 1920s fashion for Tudor revival. The shop was constructed from timbers from 2 nineteenth century battleships in oak and teak,set in solid brickwork and rendered with white Portland cement mixed with yellow sand to achieve a buff colour.  The ships were HMS Impregnable (formerly HMS Howe) and HMS Hindustan.

In our opinion Lorimer designed much of the furniture for Liberty’s to display their textiles and fine products. We also think he was instrumental in the design of the staircases, light wells, lifts, panelling and carvings throughout the building. Various elements within these designs are too slavishly similar to be by another hand. Although there appears to be no mention of Lorimer’s involvement with the Tudor Building, it would have been sacrilegious of Liberty to plagiarise his work so blatantly.

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