The "Merlin" Fountain.
Taken from the Liberty & Co. catalogue
A COMPTON POTTERY TERRACOTTA 'DOIL' SURROUND
DESIGNED BY ARCHIBOLD KNOX FOR LIBERTY & CO, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Formed of twelve curved sections and four raised plinths, the tops with a Celtic knot design, impressed stamps in several places 'DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY LIBERTY & CO/415225'
15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high at plinths; 154½ in. (392.5 cm.) diameter approx.
The present lot is illustrated in the 1905 Liberty & Co. catalogue as the surround for the Merlin fountain.
Photograph and description courtesy of Christie’s.
Please note that no Knox pottery was produced at Compton Pottery. This would have been made at Carter & Co. – a forerunner of Poole Pottery.