An unusual 'Four O'Clock' Tea Table by Liberty and Co., London, circa 1895

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An unusual 'Four O'Clock' Tea Table by Liberty and Co., London, circa 1895

The Japanese hardwood circular tray top decorated with oriental foliage raised on a folding stand, with an ivorine label Liberty and Co., 60cm high, 44.5cm diameter.

Comparative Literature: The Liberty-Bazaar, A Permanent Exhibition of the Most Characteristic and Decorative Objects and Artistic Manufacturers of Europe and the Far East, Liberty Co., no. 5, p. 39 where a very similar hand carved wooden tray and stand is illustrated. It is stated in the catalogue that the Liberty Bazaar is a permanent and Practical Art Exhibition where may be seen the most famous modern decorative manufacturers of Europe and the Far East. The Bazaar contains the most extensive collection of Unique and Artistic Articles in the World

The Bazaar specimens are carefully selected on their artistic merits; and are BEAUTIFUL, QUAINT and UNCOMMON." Also see Daryl Bennett, Liberty Furniture 1875-1915, The Birth of Modern Interior Design, Woodbridge, 2012, p.171, plate 5.29, where a related example is illustrated.

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