Posted 3 years ago
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.