Monday, June 27, 2011

Work of Archibald Knox in UK Auction


 As interest in the work of Manx designer Archibald Knox grows around the world a large number of his designs will go under the hammer at one of Britain’s leading auction houses.

Described by the Antiques Trade Gazette as ‘arguably the most exciting provincial saleroom in the country’, family firm Woolley and Wallis have been established since 1884. Priding themselves on providing a high level of expertise and professionalism, Woolley and Wallis organise some thirty specialist sales each year, with leading experts on hand in nine departments. Their gross annual turnover for 2010 was in excess of £23million, ranking them as the second highest provincial saleroom in the UK.

Seventeen pieces of work attributed to Archibald Knox were up for sale, including a typical water-colour landscape which is believed to depict a scene from the Isle of Man.

The remaining lots were created by Knox when he worked for the celebrated Liberty and Company in London, with a selection of distinctive time pieces estimated to attract the highest bids. They include rare examples of a silver and enamel Cymric mantle clock referred to as ‘The Magnus’ and a Tudric Pewter clock.

There are some fine pieces on offer reflecting the instantly recognisable style of Knox which was heavily influenced by Celtic design. With his impeccable eye for detail and unstinting tenacity Knox’s output was prodigious, and although a somewhat private individual is now justifiably recognised for his talent.

 Many of the lots available are Tudric or English pewter with his unique designs expressed on a selection of individual items.


Valerie Caine
© June 2011 (inc photos except for Knox in America courtesy of Manx National Heritage)


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