Arts and Crafts silver tea strainer by Liberty & Co in the Celtic Revival style

£425.00

Antiques Reference 2362

Arts and Crafts silver tea strainer by Liberty & Co in the Celtic Revival style

Description

A rare Arts and Crafts silver tea strainer by Liberty & Co in the Celtic Revival style. A very deep, shaped bowl with a flared handle and two flared tabs which are designed to sit on the cup. Concentric engraved rings run inside the bowl framing a Celtic style knot. An engraved zigzag band runs around the outside. The handle and tabs are decorated with bands of cross-hatched patterns. Hallmarked for Liberty & Co. Birmingham 1913 and also marked with model number 3187.

. 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 1913

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

Dimensions Approximate length 11 cm overall width 9 cm depth 3cm

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