A late 19th century Liberty & Co. inlaid work table of octagonal shape in good original condition - ADDITIONAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:
Liberty & Co developed decorating rooms in an 'oriental' style in the 1880's & exhibited various items with styles from Exotic countries.
The top of this stool has inlaid decoration of mother of pearl & various exotic woods to create a geometric design, the top lifts up to an upholstered interior - this has been left with the original upholstery as this is not cost effective to be re-done, however this is not noticable if using as a table.
The centre of the design is inlaid with designs of Islamic religious symbols and each side panel has a geometric design, again with mother of pearl & exotic woods & underneath is an inlaid wood design.
In between each of these sections is a broken black & light wood line design, the legs forming an arch between each section & give the table an architectural influence from the East.
The first Liberty catalogue known to exist was produced in 1881 & this celebrated Oriental items & also set the fashion for the store for years & years.
The Middle classes particularly were fascinated with the designs & quality of these exotic items.
Similar examples of these tables from Liberty & Co. can be seen in the book 'Liberty's Furniture 1875-1915, The Birth of Modern Interior Design' by Daryl Bennett, pages 28,29,30 etc.
This table is good original condition and can go straight into a home.