Arts and Crafts Liberty and Co small silver box and cover

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Arts and Crafts Liberty and Co small silver box and cover

£495.00

Antiques Reference 2339

Arts and Crafts Liberty and Co small silver box and cover

Description

A beautiful Arts and Crafts Liberty and Co small silver box and cover. The cover is set with a Mother of Pearl cabochon. The box stands on 3 very decorative supports.  Hallmarked Liberty and Co Birmingham 1910. A charming piece

History

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. The movement had an “extraordinary flowering” in Scotland where it was represented by the development of the ‘Glasgow Style’ which was based on the talent of the Glasgow School of Art. Structured more by a set of ideals than a prescriptive style, the Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, a group founded in London in 1887 that had as its first president the artist and book illustrator Walter Crane. The Society’s chief aim was to assert a new public relevance for the work of decorative artists (historically they had been given far less exposure than the work of painters and sculptors)

Few people can claim to have been quite so influential in the history of modern design as Arthur Lasenby Liberty. From a small shop, opened in 1875 on the corner of Regent Street, Liberty was to popularise an idiom now known simply as “Liberty style”. Originally importing exotic household goods from the east, within 25 years Liberty was commissioning work from some of the finest British Avant-garde designers and retailing in a way that made it accessible to a much larger public.

 

Date Hallmarked Liberty and Co Birmingham 1910

Condition Excellent original condition with a little light wear commensurate with age.

Dimensions Approximate width 6 cm height 4.5cm

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