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Liberty Tudric pewter clock with enamel dial

Date made: 1902-1905

Artist: Knox, Archibald

Description: An embossed pewter clock, with enamel dial. The clock was designed by Archibald Knox for the 'Tudric' pewterware range at Liberty & Co of London, model number 0609.

The terms 'Tudric' and 'Cymric' were the brand names given by Liberty to their new pewterware and silverware ranges c.1900. Both names were chosen to reflect a general sense of 'Celticness' and heritage.

Whilst 'Tudric' does not appear to have any specific meaning, it is likely that it is derived from the Welsh royal house of Tudor, again giving the brand a sense of ancient Celtic identity.

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.

Measurements: overall: 20 cm x 14 cm x 16 cm

Materials: pewter

Object name: clock

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1982-0229


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