Lot 110
  • 110

Archibald Knox

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
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Description

  • Archibald Knox
  • Pair of "Cymric" Vases, Model No. 500/74
  • each impressed L&Co/CYMRIC/500/74 with Birmingham Assay Office marks
  • silver, enamel and clear glass
with interior clear glass liners

Provenance

Victor and Gretha Arwas, Editions Graphiques, London, circa 1983

Exhibited

The Liberty Style, Metropolitan Teien Museum of Art, Tokyo, June 12-July 25, 1999, followed by a tour to six different museums in Japan through June 2000

Literature

Liberty Silver Sketch Book, Westminster City Archives, n.d., no. 244 (for a related design)
Liberty’s 1875-1975
, An Exhibition to Mark the Firm’s Centenary
, exh. cat., Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1975, p. 61, no. D97B
The Liberty Style,
exh. cat., Japan Art & Culture Association, Tokyo, 1999, p. 104, no. 142 (for the present example illustrated)
Adrian J. Tilbrook, The Designs of Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co, London, 2000, p. 143, fig. no. 129
Stephen A. Martin, Archibald Knox, London, 2001, p. 183 (for one vase from the present lot illustrated)

Condition

Overall in very good condition. The enamel appears to be slightly greener on the base than it appears in the catalogue illustration. The silver presents with a few minor surface scratches and slight tarnishing to the recessed areas of the design. There is a slight martele finish present around the motif at the base of the column. One vase with a few very minute and scattered dings and a loss to one enamel inset of approximately ΒΌ in. Both vases have been examined under black light, and the enamelwork appears original and undisturbed. There are two etched glass liners, one of which appears original. A wonderful pair of vases showcasing the delicate enamelwork and decoration characteristic of the artist.
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