Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
A rare pair of heavy Liberty & Co silver spoons attributed to Archibald Knox in their orignal Liberty & Co box. This spoons’ design is named “The Julius” on the original design drawing in the Silver Studio archives held at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University (SD14268). The original drawing dates it to an early Knox design of c 1899. It appears on page 382 of the Liberty silver sketch book, Westminster Archive.
This spoon was is in the first Cymric catalogue (page 24, exhibit 71, mistakenly named Tulus) and then in the slightly later illustrated Cymric catalogue page 75, exhibit 4.
These large heavy spoons date to 1902. The design is discussed, with original sketch illustrated, on page 80-81 of Simon Moore’s book “Artists spoons and related table cutlery”. Condition of box and spoons is almost “as new”.
Maker: Liberty & Co
Designer: Archibald Knox (attrib)
Marks: L & Co, Birmingham, “c”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 18.5cm long
Weight: 1.9 oz, 53 grams each