Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Record Prices for Archibald Knox Work at Christie’s


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Three pieces of work designed by the world famous Manx designer Archibald Knox were auctioned recently and consistently achieved record values far in excess of estimated prices.

Made by Knox for the celebrated Liberty & Co. these iconic pieces formed part of a sale of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design by Christie’s of London, one of the world’s leading auction houses.

Work by Knox is now in great demand worldwide, with its distinctive style attracting buyers who are prepared to pay substantial sums of money to add the Manxman’s work to their collections, as can be seen here:-







Cymric Candlesticks                    1901  Estimate £4,000 - £6,000 ($6,488 - $9,732)
                                                            Price Realised £23,750 ($38,428)

Cymric Frame                    1905  Estimate £12,000 - £18,000 ($19,464 - $29,196)
                                                            Price Realised £52,850 ($85,511)

Vase                                       1903  Estimate £4,000 - £6,000 ($6,488 - $9,732)
                                                            Price realised £16,250 ($26,293)

Joy McCall, Head of the 20th Century Decorative Arts Department commented, “The strong results achieved in this sale reflect the interest in 20th Century Decorative Art and Design on the international market. Pieces of fine British arts and crafts and Art Deco sculpture garnered some outstanding results. Some remarkable prices were achieved for extravagant examples of contemporary design highlighted by the top three lots which all significantly exceeded their pre-sale estimates. We look forward to the sale of ‘Lalique’ in South Kensington on 31 May, 2012, and 20th Century Decorative Art and Design on 23 October, 2012”.

Valerie Caine
© May 2012

(Photos courtesy of Christie’s)

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