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Arts & Crafts, Liberty & Knox

There is without doubt a huge variety of quite wonderful objects and artefacts designed and made by exponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, craftsmen who simply couldn't accept the new industrialisation and commercial expansion that spread so rapidly in the mid to late 1800's.  Their thinking was to take a different approach to both the design and the making of everything from fabrics to teaspoons, from jewellery to furniture and even architecture.  There was no particular overall style, more of a back to basics approach with some items very simply fashioned whilst others were sometimes richly detailed.  However, the influence of Art Nouveau is often seen in Arts & Crafts design. Liberty's has traditionally always been a great supporter of both movements, so much so that the term 'Liberty Style' is frequently heard when the Arts & Crafts movement is referred to.  We show at the bottom a few of our recently sold items.  You will find our selection of Arts & Crafts jewellery listed in our Jewellery category alongside items from from the Nouveau and Deco eras.

Copper Photograph Frame

A good sized Art & Crafts standing photograph frame crafted from copper featuring a swirling Art Nouveau design in a heavy gauge copper wirework. This completely surrounds the upright rectangular inner frame bordering the aperture.…

Silver Tankard by Johnson, Walker & Tolhurst

Small hammered silver tankard made by Johnson, Walker & Tolhurst and hallmarked in London for the year 1900. Rising off a tapered foot, the bulbous lower area is decorated in strong relief with acanthus leaves…

Early Arts & Crafts Copper Bowl

Hand beaten circular bowl fashioned from a single sheet of copper, decorated with bold, even hammering and a repeating repoussé pattern all around the main body. Widening as it rises from the base before turning…

Archibald Knox Cachepot

Stylish polished pewter vessel that has been described elsewhere as a cachepot but is also suitable as a wine bottle holder for the table. It will certainly accept many bottles although not those that are…

Letter Rack Attr. to Charles Eustace

Cornish Arts & Crafts copper letter rack with a shaped outline, featuring on the front a local fishing lugger in full sail. With an Art Nouveau influenced design detail along the front of the base,…

Pair of Liberty Shallow Dishes

Matching pair of polished pewter shallow dishes designed by Archibald Knox for the Liberty of London store. Rectangular in shape with rounded ends and embellished with a typical Knox entrelac design incorporating sweeping stems, leaves…

Brass and Copper Caddy

Lightly hammered Arts & Crafts brass and copper caddy – possibly originally for tea or perhaps tobacco. Cylindrical in shape with the main body being of brass and standing on a flared circular base of…

Potpourri Bowl attr. to The Artificer’s Guild

Circular patinated copper potpourri bowl with a pierced lid that, although unmarked, is attributed to Edward Spencer of The Artificer’s Guild.  Rising off a circular pedestal, the bowl is decorated all round with a repoussé…

American Arts & Crafts Silver Bowl

Hammered sterling silver bowl in the American Arts & Crafts style made by the Brand-Chatillon Co. circa 1920. The circular shallow bowl with its evenly hammered finish rises from a rounded foot and is decorated…

Newlyn Copper Teapot

Patinated copper teapot from Newlyn of a square section, tapering as it rises towards the top. On each side is a cormorant standing on a rock with its wings outspread and holding a fish in…

Newlyn Copper Vase

Twin handled patinated copper vase from the Newlyn Industrial Class. Tapering down as it rises from a circular base, the vase is decorated on both front and back with a repoussé design depicting a large…

A.E. Jones Silver Bowl with Silver Jubilee Mark

Circular twin-handled silver bowl standing on four feet and with pierced lattice and floral decoration just below the rim. Finished with a lightly hammered surface and with comfortable finger plates immediately above the handles. The…

Newlyn Copper Card Tray

Circular copper visiting card tray with a repoussé John Dory in the centre, bubbles rising to the surface all around it. The sea is depicted simply by undulating lines in the central area behind the…

Silver Liqueur Jug by Charles Edwards

Fabulous Arts & Crafts silver jug made by the English silversmith Charles Edwards, with a London hallmark for the year 1904. An octagonally shaped design from the foot right up to the little finial on…

Liberty Frog Candlesticks

Pair of amusing and rather rare stylised frog candlesticks made for Liberty in the early 1900’s. They are each positioned on a lily pad, one seated, the other standing and both holding aloft a shaped…

Miniature Copper Box on Four Legs

Little copper box with a light, randomly hammered finish, set on four legs and with a mother-of-pearl motif centrally set in the lid. Standing on four legs with crimped detail, the box is of riveted…

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