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ARCHIBALD KNOX | "Cymric" Clock, Model No. 5217

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
Sold
9,375 USD
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Description

  • Archibald Knox
  • "Cymric" Clock, Model No. 5217
  • impressed L&Co/5217 with Birmingham Asasy Office marks
  • sterling silver, enamel, mother-of-pearl, hardstone, clear glass faceplate
  •  4 3/8  x 2 7/8  x 1 7/8  in. (10.9 x 7.1 x 4.6 cm)
  • 1912

Provenance

John Collins, London 
Private Collection, Long Island, New York
Sotheby's New York, March 6, 2014, lot 32
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Liberty Silver Sketch Book, Westminster City Archives, London, n.d., p. 198, no. 5217
Stephen A. Martin, Archibald Knox, London, 2001 p. 234

Catalogue Note

This diminutive table clock is Knox’s most direct rendition of an Arts and Crafts Movement clock in the collection. The areas of silver are in perfect balance with the clock’s enameled dial and mother-of-pearl insets, while the exposed rivet heads declare the "honesty" of its design. In true Arts and Crafts fashion the "ornamental is secondary to the thing decorated." It is a deeply satisfying object with a presence and importance in Knox’s body of work that belies its small size.

DR. STEPHEN A. MARTIN
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