MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE
Our pieces were moved to Australia by an Italian family in the mid
20th century. The family had reputedly owned them since new (around 1900).
This said I think they are French although the Italians were absolutely
crazy about this new French Art Nouveau style when it first came out and
referred to it as 'Liberty Style' after the shop in England (Liberty of London) who
heavily promoted the Art Nouveau style in its infancy.
Liberty's was always ahead of the game and consistently backed the latest
and most avant-gard products to hit the design scene.
The closest examples I can find after extensive research were produced
by the French masters like Louis Marjorelle, Emille Galle and Hector Guimard.
There were many designers who put their stamp on Art Nouveau from all over
the world and Italy had of course their own proponent Carlo Bugatti but his
work looks a bit more Moorish in style.
Of course known pieces by these guys go for tens of thousands of dollars, if you can get them.
The condition overall is good with only some OLD evidence of worm around
the base at the front (i.e. tiny holes in a few areas mainly around the base
but they are long gone)
Also has been kicked around the base with use and there are knocks etc but
once again not obvious unless you get down on all fours and look at it closely.
It has a large amount of storage with a lift up lid covered with a ‘leatherette’
seat which looks to be original to the hall seat.
The halls seat measures 154cm high, 120cm wide and 48cm deep.
It’s a stunner.SORRY, I'VE SOLD!
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