Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co Pewter and Enamel Tray, 1902-1905
An Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. English Pewter Tray with Blue and Green Enamel, circa 1902-1905.

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co Pewter and Enamel Tray, 1902-1905

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A large English pewter cake tray of oval form with a loop handle and bright field of blue and green enamel by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) for Liberty & Co. of London, circa 1902-1905. Knox is best known for his Tudric pewter and Cymric silver designs for Liberty & Company; his use of Celtic motifs and enameling as ornament distinguish his Art Nouveau designs. 

This antique tray is decorated with stylized foliate motifs with low relief vines accenting the borders and outer ends of the handle. Very good condition with spots of oxidation and scattered shallow scratches consistent with age, measuring 12 in. L x 8.75 in. W x 4 in. H. Stamped on the base: English Pewter / Made By / Liberty & Co. / 0357 [model number] / Rd. 440039 / P.

Literature: Paul Carter Robinson's 20th century Pewter: Art Nouveau to Modernism illustrates the tray with and without its enamel plaque, alongside an original design drawing from the Liberty sketchbook (circa 1902) on page 138, figs. 2.69, 2.69, and 2.70; Archibald Knox edited by Stephen A. Martin, illustrates a similar cake tray on page 130.

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