Sterling Silver George V Liberty & Company Tray made in 1934
A very fine and rare oval Sterling Silver Liberty and Company tray which has a beautifully hammered surface.
|Made By||Liberty & Co|
A very fine and rare oval sterling silver Liberty and Company tray with a beautifully hammered surface.
The tray stands on four compressed bun feet which are hallmarked. The naturalistic rising shaped border forms the handles. The border was hand made separately and then soldered on to the central section; this border is hallmarked as it was made as a separate piece.
This is a very fine tray, silver trays by Liberty and Company , especially of this quality, are very scarce unlike items such as tea and coffee sets which can be found.
This tray is almost certainly designed by Bernard Cuzner.
The tray has a beautifully hammered surface ( making it difficult to photograph!) and of an exceptional weight.
The tray is in excellent condition and large enough to take a four piece tea and coffee set.
Dimensions, length 44.25 cm, width 32 cm, internal measurements 40.5 x 31 cm.
Weight, 65.25 troy oz.
The founder of Liberty & Co Ltd. was a man called Arthur Lasenby Liberty. With a GBP £2,000.00 loan from his future father-in-law, Liberty bought the lease for half a shop – 218a Regent Street, in London’s emergent West End.
The shop opened in 1875 and steadily grew into a showcase for worldly, cultured goods. The company became synonymous with avant-garde and exotic design – with an emphasis on the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements.
During the 1890s, Liberty built strong relationships with many British designers. A few of these designers specialised in silver, including the Birmingham silversmith, William Hassler, and the renowned silversmith, Archibald Knox. They practiced the artistic styles known as Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts. In time, the company became associated with these new styles, to the extent that in Italy, the Art Nouveau Style became known as the “Stile Liberty”.
The Arts and Crafts movement (inspired by the art critic John Ruskin and popularised by the designer and socialist William Morris) aimed to re-introduce excellent quality hand craftsmanship to the decorative arts of the time, instead of just making mass-produced items by machine. However, this sort of silverware proved to be quite expensive to make, therefore Liberty decided to introduce a range of more affordable silver that utilised little machine production in its manufacture, and thus Cymric was born in 1899.
The designs were an Art Nouveau interpretation of the Celtic style, and often featured enamelled ornamentation. It was a huge success, as it tapped into the middle-class demand for metalwork and silver in the Arts and Crafts style, which had become very fashionable.
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