A large scale mahogany Liberty Thebes stool designed by Leonard Wyburd

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The Thebes stool was originally designed for Liberty & Co., probably made by the firm of William Birch or by B. North & Sons, both of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and designed by Leonard Wyburd, the director of Liberty’s Furnishing and Decoration Studio, established in 1883.  Liberty’s patented the design of this stool in 1884, and it continued to be sold until about 1919

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Archaeologically inspired Egyptian-style furniture did not really become fashionable on a commercial scale until after 1922. In this year Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Literature: Daryl Bennett, Liberty`s Furniture 1875-1915, ACC Books, page 96 plate 4.13 for a comparable Thebes stool

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