A pair of “Conister” candlesticks by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. This pair has unusual hand hammeringto the base of both candlesticks. These elegant candlesticks are an iconic Knox design from around 1899.
Featured in the Studio in March 1900, they were credited to Rex Silver who headed the Silver Studios for which Knox worked. We now know that these are certainly a Knox design, based on their style and the Manx name, "Conister", given to the candlesticks on the original design drawing that survives at the V&A. Conister isa small island and folly off the coast of the Isle of Man. See images on The Peartree Collection website.
One candlestick is dated Birmingham 1905, the other the date mark is rubbed. Both sconces are removable and unmarked.
Photograph and description courtesy of The Peartree Collection.
Archibald Knox (1864-1933)
pair of Cymric candlesticks: The "Conister," 1901
for Liberty & Co.
silver, hallmarked for Liberty & Co, CYMRIC, additionally inscribed 1873H Wd/N/pm pan
height 9 5/8in (24.4cm) (2).
Stephen Martin, Archibald Knox, Academy Editions, 1995, Page 33 (model illustrated in 1899 Cymric silver catalog), and page 112 (color photograph).
Photographs and description courtesy of Bonhams.