Magnus clock

Description: ARCHIBALD KNOX (1864 – 1933)

LIBERTY & CO.

Rare Cymric “The Magnus” clock, England, 1903

Sterling silver, enamel

Stamped CYMRIC/L & CO./5024 with city and date marks, clock face inscribed TEMPUS FUGIT [Time Flies]

6 1/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 2 5/8″

Knox named some of his best Cymric designs after Scottish historical figures. This one is a nod to King Magnús Óláfsson who conquered the Isle of Mann in 1252.

Photograph and description courtesy of Professor Eli Talmor, Israel, and Rago Arts and Auctions.

Final Magnus clock

This is ‘The Magnus’ a rare silver and enamel Cymric mantle clock designed by Archibald Knox, in fitted leather Liberty & Co travelling case, model no. 5024, rectangular form with overhanging mantle, with hinged pierced cast handle, the body cast in low relief with pendulous flower stems, enamelled in green, blue and purple, above circular green enamel dial inscribed ‘Festina Lente’ (“more haste, less speed”), the fitted case with hinged doors with Liberty gilt stamps stamped marks and etched 9339 Birmingham 1902 12.5cm. high

Provenance

Woolley and Wallis Silver & Jewellery 31st March 1999 lot 378.

Private collection

Literature

Stephen A Martin Archibald Knox ARTMEDIA 2001, page 177.

Photograph and description courtesy of Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers