Baker of Oxford, "Liberty Funishings" oak Arts and Crafts long seat. Upholstery; Liberty "Peacock Feather" fabric. Made C. 1910


Made around 1910 in the Arts and Crafts style, this long seat is suitable for a hallway, or on one side of a suitable dining table. It has dowel fixed mortice and tenon jointing, and is solid and sound. The fabric, designed by Arthur Silver for Liberty in 1887, is no longer made and has been out of production for some years. The fabric on it replaces the original Liberty fabric of the same pattern that was too decayed to conserve or restore.

Bakers were in busines from the early part of the 1800s. From 1846 to 1915 William Baker & Co., "cabinet makers, upholsterers, carpet factors, house decorators and complete furnishers", had been situated at 1 Broad Street,, Oxford. In 1865 Baker's built an additional showroom, and from 1882 to 1887 only was in partnership with Prior (probably Harry Neville Prior, who had a furniture shop in Queen Street). In 1882 Baker & Prior built a new four-floor warehouse at the rear of 1–3 Broad Street, converting the upstairs of the original shop. Photographs from the 1890s indicate that as well as the warehouse at the rear, William Baker occupied the whole of the ground-floor area.

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