This is an antiqueArts and Crafts oak umbrella stand, circa 1890 in date.
It is a three division umbrella stand with shaped and pierced back and inset copper Nef panels.
In medieval France the wordnefwas applied to various types of boat-shaped containers, including the most magnificent objects intended for the dining tables and buffets of the rich. In this case the copper panels have been embossed with pictures of sailing ships.
The three division base has turned uprights and slatted back and sides and the original drip trays are in the base.
It is a stylish yet very practical item which would look lovely in any hall.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 122 x Width 77 x Depth 29
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 foot x Width 2 foot, 6 inches x Depth 11 inches
Our reference: 05818
Oakis atreeorshrubin thegenusQuercus-Latin"oak tree" having approximately600 extant species.Oakwoodhas a density of about 0.75 g/cm3, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its hightannincontent. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly whenquartersawn. Oak wood is very durable, easy to maintain and resistant to wear and tear which is why it can be easily handed to the next generations if taken well care of.
Oak wood virtually lasts forever and you can still admire oak furniture in museums and palaces even if it was made many centuries ago. Oak has been prized since theMiddle Agesfor use in interiorpanellingof prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of theHouse of CommonsinLondonand in the construction of fine furniture.
TheArts and Crafts movementwas an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910, especially in the second half of that period,continuing its influence until the 1930s.It was led by the artist and writerWilliam Morris(1834–1896) during the 1860s,and was inspired by the writings ofJohn Ruskin(1819–1900) andAugustus Pugin(1812–1852), although the term "Arts and Crafts" was not coined until 1887, when it was first used byT. J. Cobden-Sandersonat a preliminary meeting of theArts and Crafts Exhibition Society. The movement developed first and most fully in the British Isles,but spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America.
It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative artsat the time and the conditions in which they were produced.It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.
Arts and Crafts objects were simple in form, without superfluous or excessive decoration, and how they were constructed was often still visible. They tended to emphasize the qualities of the materials used ("truth to material"). They often had patterns inspired by British flora and fauna and used the vernacular, or domestic, traditions of the British countryside. Several designer-makers established workshops in rural areas and revived old techniques. The Arts and Crafts style was partly a reaction against the style of many of the items shown inthe Great Exhibition of 1851, which were ornate, artificial and ignored the qualities of the materials used.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Arts and Crafts ideals had influenced architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics, illustration, book making and photography, domestic design and the decorative arts, including furniture and woodwork, stained glass, leatherwork, lace making, embroidery, rug making and weaving, jewellery and metalwork,enamelingand ceramics.
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