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PROPERTY FROM THE TALMOR COLLECTION

Archibald Knox
A MONUMENTAL AND RARE "TUDRIC" CLOCK, MODEL NO. 098
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE TALMOR COLLECTION

Archibald Knox
A MONUMENTAL AND RARE "TUDRIC" CLOCK, MODEL NO. 098
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 35,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Archibald Knox
A MONUMENTAL AND RARE "TUDRIC" CLOCK, MODEL NO. 098
impressed TUDRIC/098
pewter, abalone
14 7/8  x 7 1/8  x 4 3/4  in. (37.6 x 18.3 x 12.1 cm)
circa 1902-1905
produced by Liberty & Co., London
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Provenance

Private Collection, United Kingdom
Morgan Strickland, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Liberty Pewter Sketch Book, Westminster City Archives, London, n.d., p. 56, no. 098
Stephen Martin, Archibald Knox, London, 1995, p. 88
Stephen Martin, Archibald Knox, London, 2001, pp. 70 and 235
Archibald Knox: Beauty and Modernity, a Designer Ahead of His Time, exh. cat., The Archibald Knox Society, London, 2014, p. 15, no. 9

Catalogue Note

The largest of all Knox clock designs, this monumental object appears to be the inverse of his iconic, but more common, Tudric cross clock.  Instead of appending wings to the top portion of the clock case thereby creating an upright cross, Knox begins these flanges about one third of the way down from the crown and extends them to the base, creating the impression of an upside-down cross.  It would seem that while the cross clock refers directly to the Celtic Christian standing stones, this clock is fashioned more so after the creative impulse inherent in Neolithic menhirs, the larger-than-human sized monoliths that are companions to the crosses on the Isle of Man.  This magnificent clock is perhaps the best example of the form that was offered by Liberty (they are on the whole very rare) in that its perfectly crafted body is complimented by Arabic numerals of the utmost delicacy and definition, indicating that it was made by one of the more skilled metalworkers employed by Liberty’s partner in metalware production, W. H. Haseler & Co, Birmingham.

DR. STEPHEN A. MARTIN

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