ARCHIBALD KNOX (1864-1933) LIBERTY & Co.
A rare gold necklace set with opals and with pearl drops.
English. Circa 1900. Size: Height of central drop pendant 4.2 cm. Width 2.7 cm.
Original retailer's case. Marks to the silk ‘Catchpole & Williams 510 Oxford St .W’
Lit.: Liberty Jewellery sketch-book model number 8266.
Illus. in Liberty Style. Academy Editions, page 77, J.68. Archibald Knox. Stephen A. Martin, 2001, page 251/252.
Photograph and description courtesy of Van Den Bosch.
ARCHIBALD KNOX (1864-1933)
Liberty & Co Necklace
Gold, abalone & pearl
H 2.60 cm (1.02 in) | W 3.70 cm (1.46 in)
Origin England, c. 1900
Case Original Fitted Case
Weight 13.90 Grams
Original fitted case the silk marked:
Liberty & Co Ltd, Regent St, London
Necklace length: 36 cm (14 in)
Central pendants length: 6.6 cm Width: 9.4 cm
Liberty case stamped E.M.B in gold lettering
Stephen A. Martin, Archibald Knox, London 2001, cf. p. 246 -252
This extensive monograph shows the versatility of Archibald Knox as a designer, and the originality of his designs in silver, pewter and jewellery, as also ceramics and textiles. He worked for many years for Arthur Lasenby Liberty and contributed to the success of the company in London.
The many variations of this type of necklace are testimony of his artistic imagination, cf. also a necklace of similar design in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Clare Phillips, Jewels and Jewellery, V&A Publishing, London, p. 111).
Photograph and description courtesy of Tadema Gallery.