Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was a pioneer of modern 20th century design and art in general. For many, Archibald Knox’s decorative art in metalware is what Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright are in furniture and architecture. His work bridges the Arts and Crafts Movement, Celtic Revival, Art Nouveau and Modernism. He did not reject the past and could look backwards easily, yet he defined the modernist sensibility of “less is more.” As expressed by a renowned expert: “This synthesis of the known and the emergent, the ancient and the modern, makes for the art that evokes depth, stirs the spirit, feels holy.”
Archibald Knox was born and lived mostly in the Isle of Man, thereby strongly influenced by Manx culture and landscape. However, his main design achievements are associated with Liberty & Co. in London, being their main designer during the pivotal first decade of the 20th century. As well as metalwork he designed wallpaper, fabrics, jewellery, furniture and ceramics.
The Archibald Knox Forum is a grass-roots charity dedicated to disseminating the work and legacy of Archibald Knox; not just as a great designer, but also as an inspirational teacher and artist.
Examples of Archibald Knox silver and pewter designs 1900 – 1905
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