Lot 382
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Archibald Knox

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 USD
Sold
28,750 USD
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Description

  • Archibald Knox
  • "Cymric" Vase, Model No. 2025
  • impressed CYRMIC/L&Co/2025 with Birmingham Assay Office marks
  • silver, enamel
  • 7 1/4  in. (18.4 cm) high

Provenance

Private Collection, Isle of Man
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Liberty Silver Sketch Book, Westminster City Archives, London, n.d., p. 444, no. 2025
A. J. Tilbrook, The Designs of Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co., London, 1995, p. 140
The Liberty Style, exh. cat., Japan Art & Culture Association, Tokyo, 1999, p. 104, no. 139
Victor Arwas, Art Nouveau, From Mackintosh to Liberty, the Birth of a Style, London, 2000, p. 123
Stephen A. Martin, Archibald Knox, London, 2001, p. 184

Catalogue Note

Differing from its more subtle cousin (lot ##), the dramatic side of the "spirit of Man" is captured in this vase.  Knox’s bold and generous use of strikingly rich enamel, combined with a sharper, if not edgier, style of entrelac speaks of to dynamism of the Manx spirit.  This remarkable vase does not sing sweetly, but declares itself boldly like Man’s Viking past and its heritage of independence embodied in its parliament, the Tynwald, that was founded one thousand years ago. 
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