Pair of Liberty Cymric by Knox Sterling Silver and Enamel Napkin Ring Holders in Art Nouveau Style
A beautiful and collectible pair of Liberty and Co. sterling silver and blue-green enamel napkin rings, by Liberty & Co and designed by Archibald Knox in the early and rare Cymric range, made in Birmingham in 1901. These exquisite napkin ring holders have three interspersed green enamel motifs applied in slightly raised relief. Each measures 1/2" in height and 1 5/8" diameter and bears hallmarks as shown.
With a small shop which opened in 1875 in London, Liberty started by importing exotic household goods from the East, but shifted to. Liberty was also instrumental in introducing continental Art Nouveau style to London shoppers
In 1899, inspired by their success, Liberty & Co went into production, commissioning work from some of the finest British Avant-garde designers and retailing their works in a way that made it accessible to a much larger public. Its chief designer was Archibald Knox. In that same year they exhibited two small collections of silverware and jewelry, first at the shop and then at the Arts and Crafts exhibition, and that was how their "Cymric" range had been born. The machine produced silver and jewellery was hand finished and often decorated with a variety of semi precious stones, abalone and of course enamel and the range was discontinued in 1902. Liberty became so popular that the “Liberty Style” arose and has remained popular for decades.
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