Antique Liberty of London Arts and Crafts Side Lamp Carved Sunflower Table. Liberty & Co of London, Arts and Crafts, hand carved and Japanese table, depicting sunflowers (symbolising hope) c.These tables were hand carved in Japan for Liberty & Co during the early 1900s, having been commissioned by Liberty as part of their more exotic range of furniture, during the craze for everything Japanese (Japanism). This craze followed events in 1854, when American Commodore Matthew Perry, forced Japan to recommence international trade after over two centuries of virtual isolation. The Arts & Crafts movement admired Japanese works because they, like medieval art, were thought to derive from a culture that was free from the depravities of modern industrialism.
These tables were hand carved by Japanese fishermen, made in numbered sections for easy packing and transportation, and assembled at the "Eastern Bazaar" in Libertys Regent Street headquarters in London. This particular table is marked 102 on the underside, and rather charmingly the 2 has been stamped incorrectly on its side, possibly because the Japanese craftsman who made it wasnt familiar with Western numbers.
It also has the remnants of an original label. The table is in solid, original, unrestored condition with attractive aged patina and wear commensurate with age please see photos which form part of the description. Collection in person only please (from NR14). The item "Antique Liberty of London Arts and Crafts Side Lamp Carved Sunflower Table" is in sale since Sunday, June 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods/Styles\Arts & Crafts Movement".The seller is "billbrown74" and is located in Norwich. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.