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Liberty jardinière designed by Archibald Knox

Date made: 1900-1905

Artist: Knox, Archibald

Description: An ornamental earthenware garden pot or jardinière, with green-blue glaze and incised and moulded 'Celtic' design. The jardinière was designed by Archibald Knox and produced by Compton Pottery for Liberty & Co. of London.

Archibald Knox has been described as one of the most under-appreciated of British artists. His Times obituary described him as, 'An artist of poetical sensibilities, who had a very healthy influence upon the decorative art of his time'. He is noted for his work in many media: in metalwork, ceramics, fabric patterns and wallpaper designs, for landscape watercolours and for a very distinctive style of lettering. Knox's lettering, exemplified in his version of `St Patrick's Hymn', was based on the interlace patterns found on the Scandinavian memorial stones in the Isle of Man. Extract from a biography written by Leslie Quilliam. ‘New Manx Worthies’ (2006). (With thanks to Culture Vannin as publishers of the book: Kelly, Dollin (general editor), ‘New Manx Worthies’, Manx Heritage Foundation/Culture Vannin, 2006, pp.277-9.)

Knox left the island to teach in London between 1897 and 1912; during this period his association began with the London Department store Liberty & Co. which specialises in exclusive designs for an upmarket clientele.

Materials: ceramic

Object name: jardinière

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1969-0090

Subject tags : #artgallerywall


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