Learn about Liberty & Co.

The world renowned department store Liberty, was originally founded in 1875 as a furniture and drapery shop in Regent Street, London and was known as "East India House".

The business was established by Arthur Lazenby Liberty, (1843-1917). As the original name of the shop suggests, there was a strong emphasis on Oriental & Moorish objects, furniture and fabrics as well as more traditional European items. Under the heading of "curios", he also sold Japanese bric-a-brac of all kinds.

East India House was one of the first major shops to stock extensively products of the Arts and Crafts movement. Goods subsequently produced for Liberty showed both Oriental and Arts and Crafts influence.

In 1884 Liberty opened a costume department and in 1885 a wallpaper department.

Liberty commissioned leading designers of the time to create carpets, ceramics, clothing, furniture, silver and wallpaper exclusively for them.

In 1889 Liberty opened a branch in Paris which was instrumental in exposing Europeans to English Art Nouveau style. more...

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William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co., Twin-handled vase, c. 1911, 'Pomegranate' pattern, decorated with pomegranates, grapes and leaves on a mottled green ground, signed in green 'W. Moorcroft' and dated '1911, 'printed 'Made for Liberty & Co., height 19.5

William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co., vase, c. 1912, 'Claremont' pattern, decorated with toadstools against a mottled green ground, signed in green 'W. Moorcroft', printed in green 'Made for Liberty & Co.', with registered de

William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co., vase, c. 1910, 'Hazledene' pattern, decorated with trees in a landscape in tones of green and blue, signed in green 'W. Moorcroft des', printed 'Made for Liberty & Co.', with printed regi

William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co., Florian Ware vase, c. 1908, 'Poppy' pattern, decorated with poppies and leaves in tones of blue and green, signed in green 'W. Moorcroft des.', printed 'Made for Liberty & Co.', with regi

A William Moorcroft 'Flamminian' green bowl, circa 1930, for Liberty & Co. Diameter 20 cm. Signed and numbered 452777 to base

Six silver tea spoons with paua shell finish Tasmanian shield stone: Liberty & Co Ltd Birmingham 1926. Total weight 77.4g

Antique Liberty & Co HMSS buckle with purple guilloche enamelling. Stamped 1910. Approx 8 cm long & 40g

An Arts & Crafts oak chair with Liberty peacock fabric in the manner of E.G.Punnett, with shaped splat and tapered supports and strutt feet, 53 cm width x 46 cm depth x 76 cm height

A William Moorcroft Claremont Toadstool squat vase (AF) - restored c.1903 - 1913. Painted green signature with 'Made For Liberty' mark. Height 7.5 cm. Diameter 19 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Liberty' coffee can and saucer, circa 1930. The can with a simple loop handle handpainted with horizontal bands in differing widths in orange, yellow and black; with black Bizarre backstamps underside with mark of Newport pottery. Saucer d

A McIntyre Moorcroft Flamminian vase, inverted baluster form, in a deep pea green with three tubelined medallions to the top decorated with Nouveau motifs in blue and cream, signature to base with registration number and 'Made for Liberty & Co.', restorati

An American $5 coin ring, the ring crafted in 18ct yellow gold of signet style, featuring a 21.6ct yellow gold American $5 coin ring, the coin dated 1856, Liberty head S Strike, bezel set in a smooth mount with wide tapering shoulders. Total. Weight: 17.3g

A Liberty & Co style, Arts & Crafts hammered copper wall mirror, c.1900-1915, artist unknown. 63.5 x 78 cm

A 1970's Pucci dress for 'Liberty'. Cotton sleeveless V-neck trapeze in pink tones (medium)

Liberty Playthings runabaout boat, missing key and unboxed

An Art Nouveau enamel brooch. Designed by Archibald Knox for Cymric, featuring an oval panel of green and blue enamel within a Celtic mount in 9ct gold, retailed by Liberty & Co.

Australian World War II era posters (3); 'Back the Attack Buy 4th Liberty Bonds' (100 x 26 cm); 'Unconditional Surrender. Buy 4th Liberty Loans' (97 x 75 cm); 'Come on Australia your Money Must Fight' (97 x 75 cm). Condition ranging from VG to poor

A 'Flamminian Ware' vase, William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co., circa 1914, a large red glazed 'Lei form' vase, decorated with three stylized foliate roundels, incised 'W. Moorcroft' to base, 40 cm high

Certificate of Freedom. Printed document completed in manuscript, dated Hobart Town, January 1856, on both sides of a quarto leaf, signed by the Acting Comptroller-General of the Convict Department. Granting liberty to one Joseph Taylor, who had been trans

Four black lacquer Regency carvers with rush seats, English, early 19th century. Provenance: Liberty London, later sold at Sotheby's London

William Moorcroft Liberty Flamminian Ware vase circa 1920. Height 14 cm

Two pairs of coin cufflinks 18ct yellow gold mounts, each set with an American Liberty gold 2.5D coin, one set with coins dated 1852 and 1873, the other set with coins dated 1913 (4)

Moorcroft limited edition 'Spirit of Liberty' vase. By Emma Bossoms, #108/200, 2001. Height 37 cm

Liberty & Co. Tudric biscuit barrel square-shaped detachable lid with stylised handle raised floral decoration to the body

A good 19th century decorative photograph album with a selection of early N.Z. interest portrait and scenic photographs, includes a formal portrait of a young Maori boy by 'Cowdell, Whangarei', two 19th century views of the 'Blacksmith Shop, Kawakawa' with

A shawl by Liberty of London, the purple wool and silk blend shawl with contrast William Morris design, 74 x 210 cm.

A Liberty of London oak Arts & Crafts cheval mirror, the long rectangular mirror with a mild curve to the top, the frame with conforming top rail with three pierced heart cut-outs, the slatted panelled sides each with a single small folding shaped shelf, p

Comics, Marvel Comics Silver, Bronze and Modern Age Group. Marvel. 1966-95. Includes issue #1 of 'The Terrible 5'. Plus, 'Moon Knight' #2. 'Machine Man' #12 and 18. 'Iron Fist' #22. 'Dominic Fortune' #56. 'Captain Universe' #10. 'The Liberty Legion' #29. '

Comics, Marvel Comics Bronze Age Group Marvel. 1970s Includes 'Marvel Double Feature: Featuring Captain America and Iron Man' #, 12. 'X-Men' #95. 'The Defenders' #3, 10, 32. 'Omega' #1, 2'. 'The Mighty Thor' #223, 225, 379. 'The Invaders' #1 (2copies). 'Ma

Comics, Marvel Premiere Group. Marvel. 1974-79. Collection includes; #15-45. Marvel Premiere featuring Iron Fist (#15-25). Characters include; Hercules, Satana, The Legion of Monsters, Liberty Legion, WoodGod, Monster Starstalker, Kane, 3-D Man, Weirdworld

Liberty & Co sterling silver and enamel jam spoon, Birmingham 1905

Liberty & Co sterling silver and enamel buckle, Birmingham 1911

Liberty & Co sterling silver and enamel oval dish, Birmingham 1907

Superb Liberty & Co sterling silver and enamel photograph frame, Birmingham 1902

Moorcroft. English pottery inkwell made for Liberty and Co. Square form, green glaze with Arts and Crafts swirling motif on each side. Early 20th century. Some crazing, lid missing. 5 x 7 cm

Set of six sterling silver and enamel tea spoons by Liberty & Co in presentation box, Birmingham 1902

1983 America's Cup, original painting by John Gouschwinkle showing Australia II defeating Liberty, oil on board, framed & glazed, overall, 65 x 50 cm

Liberty & Co., Birmingham, 1906 Cymric sterling silver and enamel cigarette case designed by Archibald Knox, case in low relief with celtic entrelac motif, enamelled in colours, monogrammed 'AG', copper hinge and thumb piece. Length 8 cm width 7 cm weight

Art Nouveau hammered silver 'Cymric' rose bowl and stand by Liberty & Co, Birmingham 1919, approx weight 58oz troy, The Celtic Motifs and design by Archibald Knox and the stand inscribed Liberty & Co. Ltd Regent Street London, 23.5 cm diameter, 17 cm high

A silk scarf by Liberty of London, the 'Silver Jubilee' limited edition scarf, featuring a multi-coloured stylized coat of arms on a navy blue background, 90 cm square

A pair of Royal Worcester figures 'Liberty' & 'Captivity' circa 1880, the pair modelled as classical maidens each holding a bird aloft and in shot enamel decorated robes, model nos 2/116, puce and impressed marks, 24.5 & 26 cm (2)