Liberty & Co A. Knox Tudric Pewter Biscuit Box in Art Nouveau Style
English, Liberty & Co. "Tudric" lidded box made by Archibald Knox in desirable Art Nouveau style with beautiful, stylized floral designs on the sides. It measures 5 1/2'' in height with the lid by 6'' in width by 5 1/2'' in depth and bears marks 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 become a showcase for cosmopolitan goods, and the company became synonymous with exotic and avant-garde design. Indeed, Liberty was 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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