Auction of the week

By Rosanna Holmes,
7th March 2011 - 10:11

Decorative Arts: Design from 1860, Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, 9th March When the iconic Tudor-style Liberty store was built on Great Marlborough Street in London in 1924, Arthur Liberty wanted the interior to make people feel as if they were walking around their own home. Furniture was designed and made especially for the emporium to display the beautiful textiles and luxury goods it had become famous for, so silk scarves were presented on decorative tables in the warren of rooms, and fabrics were measured and cut on giant oak tables. The pieces were all in situ until recently and over 40 will go under the hammer in this auction, the perfect opportunity to buy a piece of retail history.

Numerous oak tables are being auctioned, including occasional tables from the original Liberty cafe that was once in the basement of the building. We love the hexagonal centrepiece, pictured, from the scarf hall, which is expected to make £2,000-£3,000, and the freestanding chests of drawers, which have price tags of a few hundred pounds.

You'll have another chance to buy more Liberty furniture at another Lyon & Turnbull sale on 15th June.

0131 557 8844; lyonandturnbull.com

 

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