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A silvered and gilt leather folding screen, circa 1890's
Designed by Georg Hulbe (1851-1917)
Made by Hulbe, Hamburg
182 cm high
182 cm wide
2.5 cm thick
Georg Hulbe's leather workshop was based in Hamburg from 1884 presumably until his death in 1917. from 1887-1911 he had outlets in both Berlin and Frankfurt. he is credited with reviving the craft of working leather.
He provided the leather-work for Peter Behrens' sofa, exhibited at the Turin Exhibition in 1902. His work can also be seen on the leather armchairs originally used by Louis Comfort Tiffany for Havemeyer's library in New York.
It is believed that Charles Robert Ashbee acquired leather working tools from Hulbe in 1890 so he could start his own leather workshop at the Guild of Handicraft. Leatherwork from Ashbee's home, can be seen in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. A similar screen is in the collection of the Museum of Arts & Crafts Hamburg
The peacock perched in the foreground with delineated trees in the distance brings Tiffany's work in stained glass to mind, and the uniform layout of the stylised flowers closely resembles the work of C. R. Ashbee.