Silver

An important Archibald Knox stone handled silver caddy spoon for Liberty & Co

Price: £5,000 – £10,000

A previously unpublished exceptional caddy spoon by Archibald Knox. This appears in the Liberty sketch book, Westminster Archives, design number 500/83.  The stone handle is made of a richly veined dark green Connemara marble or serpentine. The silver wire work is similar to that seen only rarely on other special Knox pieces (see Archibald Knox by Stephen Martin pages 179 and 180 for other examples). The spoon is wonderfully tactile and has a jewel like quality . It epitomizes, better than almost any other piece, Knox’s “radical modernism” as a designer that puts him in the lineage of Dresser to Hoffmann.

This spoon will appear in Stephen Martin’s forthcoming revised third edition of his book and he has said of it:

“The wirework designs of Archibald Knox are among his most modern, distinctive and innovative. Knox has elevated this humble spoon to an object of rare beauty, reminding us that even the small, in the hands of genius, may capture what is great”

 Starting from 12th October to 13th January at the Manx Museum Douglas, Isle of Man, is a new Knox exhibition, “Archibald Knox – Artist, Designer and Teacher”. Some of his best silver, jewellery, clocks, watercolours and illustrations will be on display. Loan items from The Peartree Collection will include this rarely seen caddy spoon.

Maker:  Liberty & Co

Designer:  Archibald Knox

Date: 1904

Marks: L & Co, Birmingham, “e”, Cymric (some rubbing especially to L & Co mark)

Material: Sterling silver and Connemara or serpentine stone

Condition: Very good, slight split to wire work at the handle end and in join at base of the silver wire work. Not noticeable. Piece presents perfectly and is robust. L & Co mark quite rubbed.

Size: 11 cm long

Weight: 1.3 oz, 38 grams, including stone

SKU: A118 Categories: ,

Description

An example of this spoon was exhibited in the important Liberty & co Exhibition in Japan in 1984 and can be seen in the accompanying catalogue “Liberty Style”, Exhibit S105.

Additional information

Period

Art nouveau, Arts and crafts