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ARCHIBALD KNOX | A Unique "Cymric" Clock, Model No. 5073

Estimate
18,000 - 24,000 USD
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Description

  • A Unique "Cymric" Clock, Model No. 5073
  • impressed L&Co/CYMRIC with Birmingham Assay Office marks
  • polished silver, patinated brass
  • 7 x 6 x 3 7/8  in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 9.7 cm)
  • 1902

Provenance

Fellows Auctioneers, Birmingham, September 21, 2015, lot 402
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Liberty Pewter Sketch Book, Westminster City Archives, London, n.d., p. 197, no. 5073 This example will be published in Dr. Stephen Martin's forthcoming publication on Archibald Knox.

Catalogue Note

This unique silver clock is another example of a Knox design bringing together different stylistic elements from among the many that Liberty & Co offered.  Its forthright volume calls to mind the standing stones of Isle of Man while the chased design on the front is very similar to fabric designs Knox created for Liberty’s while working at The Silver Studio. It was so satisfying to Knox that he used this pattern on a variety of other silver objects during his tenure with Liberty’s.  The abstracted plant form with its symmetrical leaf structure is the closest Knox will come to the more classical decorative style of Art Nouveau.

DR. STEPHEN A. MARTIN
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