A Liberty & Co silver and enamel tea caddy designed by Archibald Knox.    The caddy appears in the Liberty silver sketch book at Westminster Archive number 5066. This is a striking, large, modernist piece, and it is hard to believe it was designed in 1901, possibly even in the Victorian era.  This piece is from a European private collection and was last seen at Christies, lot 22, 2nd June 2009.

Maker:  Liberty & Co

Designer:  Archibald Knox (attrib)

Date: 1901

Marks: L & Co, Birmingham, “b”, Cymric, lid partial marks

Material: Sterling Silver, enamel

Size: 13.0cm base diameter, 9.25cm high

Weight: 11.4 0z, 322 grams

Photograph and description courtesy of The Peartree Collection.