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Liberty & Co. Tudric Pewter Boxes with Enamels by Knox and Varley

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Among the more collectible items in Liberty's Tudric pewter range are their cedar lined boxes with enamel panels.

    These were intended for a variety of uses. The three examples shown are:

    01114 Tudric Tobacco Box, 3.5 x 3.5 x 3in high, with enamel Celtic style panel, designed by Archibald Knox

    0885 Tudric Cigarette Box, 4 x 4 x 2.5in high , with enamel scene of a sailing boat returning home in the sunset, unsigned but probably by F. C. Varley

    01021 Tudric Cigar Box 7 x 4.5 x 3in high, with enamel Impressionist scene of a stream and trees against a skyline, signed Varley (bottom left)

    Search "Archibald Knox" on CW for his bio that I put up recently with a Tudric claret jug and a few other pieces of Tudric.

    Fleetwood Charles Varley (1863 - 1942) was a landscape watercolourist who joined Charles Robert Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft in the 1890s, and developed a sophisticated technique of producing enameled landscapes.

    He stayed at the Guild until it dissolved in 1907, and then worked for Liberty & Co, where his enamels were incorporated into silver and pewter items and jewellery.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Oohh, ooooohhhh! Thank you for posting your treasures!
      How desirable are your boxes, as Vetraio said, immaculate!
      Bravo for getting these :-)
      I think you didn't saw my Varley brooch, there:
      Thanks to give me your opinion on it :-)
    3. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi Kyra, you brooch certainly looks like a Varley piece, he was very good at atmospheric scenes with trees, and bought light into his enamels with a whitish, almost glitter effect, but used quite sparingly. You can see it in the flag of the sailboat in the second pic, and the water in the stream in the third one.

      Another trade mark I've seen in other pieces is how he uses the copper base with a very thin layer of enamel, to create a reddish background. You can see it in the second pic above of the sky above the sailboat.

      I can see both these in your brooch, so say YES, it is a Varley.
    4. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 6 years ago
      Art on a box! Love all of them!
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago

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