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A "Cymric" Liberty clock, possibly the first clock Knox designed; appearing in a very early Liberty "Cymric" catalogue from around 1900.

Blue and green enamel dial with FESTINA LENTE (make haste slowly: proceed expeditiously but prudently) figures.

The design for this clock is held at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture with the name the “Olaf”, for the king of the Isle of man in the twelfth century.

Sterling silver, with this example being circa 1903.

Heigh: 9.5 cm.

References:

-Early Liberty store catalogue

-The Liberty Style, Academy Editions, London, 1979, plate 24.

-Archibald Knox: Beauty and Modernity, a Designer Ahead of His Time, 150th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue, June 2014, Olympia, The Archibald Knox Society, page 17.

- The Journal of the Archibald Knox Society, Volume 3, 9th April 2014, p. 37.

Photograph courtesy of Professor Eli Talmor, Israel.

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A small silver Liberty & Co Cymric clock, designed by Archibald Knox, dated Birmingham 1903.

This is one of Knox’s earliest clock designs and is the only clock that appears in the c. 1900

illustrated Cymric catalogue, page 57. The original white enamel face with Latin lettering

“Festina Lente” translates as “make haste slowly” or “more haste, less speed”.

The front of the clock has been engraved with the crest of the Todd family.

Photograph and description courtesy of The Peartree Collection.

Olaf

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co

A 'Cymric' Silver and Enamel Clock, 1902

the tapering rectangular body inset with a green enamelled face with letters replacing numerals, enhanced with tendril-like decoration descending from the roof

9cm high, stamped 'L&Co' with 'Cymric 5021' and Birmingham hallmarks

Photograph and description courtesy of Bonhams

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ARCHIBALD KNOX (1864-1933) for LIBERTY & Co.

A silver clock with a blue/green enamel dial.

Size: Height 9 cm. Base 8.5 cm. x 7.4 cm.

Marks for Liberty & Co. Hallmarks for Birmingham 1905.

Photograph and description courtesy of Van Den Bosch.