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Knox, Archibald (designer), circa 1902, United Kingdom
Liberty & Co (commissioner), City of London
W H Haseler Ltd (manufacturer(s)), about 1900, Birmingham
|Materials||gold, turquoise, pearl|
x 48mm (Width)
x 5mm (Depth)
|Credit line||Purchased 2011 with the assistance of the Charles Disney Art Trust|
This necklace was designed by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) for Liberty Co's Cymric range of jewellery which was launched by the London-based company in 1899. For the range, Knox combined aspects of Art Nouveau with Celtic forms, contributing to both the development of Celtic Revival and British Art Noveau. Born on the Isle of Man, Knox had been surrounded by Celtic design during his formative years. At the Douglas (IOM)
This design, which features turquoise and blister pearls, is typical of Knox's work for Liberty's.
In New Zealand, Liberty Co products could be purchased from a range of department and specialist stores. The latter included several shops and outlets opened by Mary and Margaret Alcorn, and members of their extended family in Wellington, Wanganui and Christchurch, and the jewellery company, Stewart Dawson Co. Knox's designs for Liberty Co were not sold or promoted under his name, but under the Liberty brand.In New Zealand, Liberty Co products could be purchased from a range of department and specialist stores. The latter included several shops and outlets opened by Mary and Margaret Alcorn, and members of their extended family in Wellington, Wanganui and Christchurch, and the jewellery company, Stewart Dawson Co. Knox's designs for Liberty Co were not sold or promoted under his name, but under the Liberty brand.
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