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A Large Silver and Turquoise Pendant, designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This Liberty & Co pendant is big, it's 50mm (2in) long, and the high domed turquoise cabochon is 35 x 20mm.

    It's unmarked sterling silver wire-work, with applied honesty leaf details.

    According to Stephen Martin in his essay "The Jewellery Designs of Archibald Knox" (Google this to download a pdf), these Knox designs with plant motifs are from his early period to 1900.

    One of the "tells" for these pieces is the mill-grain edge on the bezel, which you can see on several earlier pieces I've listed, including the first one, the wire-work silver and moonstone pendant.

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    1. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Yep, a lovely piece. Is it true Brad Pitt collects Mr Knox? you never know he might set up a Museum, which would be great.
    3. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi Jean, yes it is true, apparently he has amassed an extraordinary collection, and he named one of his children Knox, although it is also a family name, you can read more here:
    4. harrisa2, 6 years ago
      This is really nice. I love the rare finds. I especially like how it bedazzles you with color
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Another superb piece, Paul :-)
      Those spider web turquoises are dreamful stones who tell stories!
    6. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi Kyra, Yes it's a richly veined turquoise. Stephen Martin says, "In keeping with the Arts and Crafts tradition, Knox selected a variety of semi-precious stones for his designs but seemed to gravitate towards the blue-green colour scheme of turquoise and opal. Although Persia was the principle source of turquoise at this time, I believe that Liberty’s also employed turquoise stones that were being mined in the American southwest and first came on to the market in the 1890s".

      I have one more Knox opal item I'm saving for a CW Collection I'm putting together on the history of Australian opals, watch this space in a couple of months.
    7. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      A lovely piece Paul. I've not seen this design before.
    8. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Thanks Jewels, and thanks for your input on the first few pieces I put on CW. If you look at the first two pieces in the Collection I've just created (Liberty & Co Jewellery) you'll see I've followed up on your comments re the Gaskins and Bernard Cuzner.

      Finding this piece recently made me re-think the earlier Liberty & Co pieces, and I'm now confident most of them were by Knox. Cheers, we must get together for a drink next time I'm in Sydney, or if you ever come to Auckland.
    9. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      Super Paul. I'll drop by & have a look tonight when I have more time. I'm interested to see what you've been up to. The thing with Knox, I find, is that he was so prolific that I suspect he designed a lot more for Liberty than can be obviously identified. So it starts to get a bit murky in my mind.

      What stands out about his designs, for me, is his unique interpretation of the organic line. Do you know what I mean? He has a ridgeness to it that is almost anti-organic. I guess that comes from the strong celtic approach.

      Anyway, the good news for me is that you didn't take my comments as being rude which I later thought might have happened. I like a bit robust discussion when it comes to what makes a good attribution. In person, its fun but online can seem a little pushy. I'm always questioning myself as well.

      Drinks would be good, let me know what you're up to. I live & work centrally.

      Got a nice bit of Liberty coming ...
    10. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      I'm also very interested in the relationship or link between Knox/Liberty and the Anglo-Celtic jewellery makers. Particularly those pieces with the little rubies & gemstones that are unmarked. Do you know the ones I'm referring to?
    11. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Hi Jewels, not sure which ones you mean with rubies & gemstones, if you like you can email me a link to:

      Could that nice bit of Liberty be a big silver butterfly shape with turquoises on the wings, and the 1903/4 quatrefoil stamp?
    12. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      No it's not, but I did have a punt on that one. Loved the design but it needed some expensive restoration. My one is via a dealer in the UK. It's a version of one Belle Epoque has. With leaves and mother of pearl.

      Also recently got a festoon enamel Liberty necklace. Needs some restoration but those are getting so rare now.

      Will post photos when I have time (and some nice sunshine).
    13. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      This one -

      I love the way Liberty made all different versions of the same design.
    14. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 6 years ago
      This is so beautiful!!
    15. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 years ago
      Hi Paul. I just posted the unmarked pendant I was talking about. I'll also post a Cuzner brooch for you. Good example of Cuzner's leaf work.

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