artsncraftsfurniture is located in Brecon Beacons, United Kingdom
Liberty & co Sideboard
REF: Wyburd . / LA368880
For sale is an extremely rare Liberty's sideboard without the top. Described as an "Urban Myth". Often attributed to Leonard Wyburd & his studio. No example is known to exist apart from one in the Auckland Museum which was borrowed by the Victoria and Albert museum for an exhibition in 1975. This is an academic rarity. Some date at 1893 others 1893-5. Only a handful of these were probably ever made! The fourth photo shows the identical sideboard mentioned above currently in the Auckland Museum with the top half. Please see pages 156-159 of Liberty's Furniture by Daryl Bennet. I want this to go to someone who will appreciate its value and rarity & like myself knows its true value. Its my opinion that as far as any Uk commercial arts and crafts sideboard goes, this is the pinnacle. This sideboard has the original dark Liberty finish. Please see: Liberty's furniture by Daryl Bennet . Liberty style by Mervyn Levy . "Liberty's 1875-1975 " An exhibition by the V&A Museum . Liberty's a biography of a shop by Alison Adburgham . "The simple life " Exhibition at The Wolfsonian -Florida International University . Its a two man lift, very heavy. On this occasion I am open to offers so please don't ask for the price. The onus is on you the buyer to make me a sensible offer. Your offer will have to be in the thousands.
The galleried back is 45 mm and 50 mm in height, Depth is approx 500 mm in the centre
artsncraftsfurniture has clarified that the Liberty & co Sideboard (LA368880) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1893/1894
Untouched. Original. Some signs of use. The left and right sides tops have a wooden strip added as can be seen in the photos. This would appear to match the rest of the sideboard in colour/finish/quality of oak. All the copper work is in very good order and a great patina. Original darkened / almost black/dark brown finish . Quarter sawn oak used extensively throughout the sideboard. Some knocks on the legs and the odd marks ; as one would expect some signs of wear with the age of the sideboard. Its had a life and was with the same family for forty years. All the locks work on both doors and drawers. There are two keys with long handles . So all the drawers and doors can be locked, unlocked with the right key. There is a five inch (approx) piece of oak which is clearly visible above the top drawer where the lock is so on the horizonal frame. At some stage this must have been inserted. It has a different colour but this can be dyed/stained to match. The oak grain is similar to the rest of the sideboard. The left side door has a 1-2 mm gap where it stands closed against the framework .I,m suggesting any competent restorer could rectify this or one could just live with this. I would describe as almost very good condition commensurate with age etc.
Two man lift. Yes this can be delivered to a UK address. Yes this can be shipped abroad.
This Liberty & co Sideboard is located in Brecon Beacons, United Kingdom