KNOX, Archibald
(b. 1864, Cronkbourne, Isle of Man, d. 1933, Douglas, Isle of Man)


Glazed, high-fired terracotta, diameter 37 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Archibald Knox was one of the most talented and original designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The jardinière is a particularly fine example of Knox's ceramic garden pottery. It is distinguished by both its highly original form decorated with the Celtic knot pattern, so closely identified with Knox's work, and by its deep copper-red lustre glaze, one of the most striking found on any Knox ceramic object. It is rare to have a Knox-designed ceramic piece, as his work for this medium is much less commonly found than his metalwork designs.

The works of Archibald Knox were inspired by Celtic ornamental details, which became English Art Nouveau trademarks. He designed elegant vases, candelabra, chalices, boxes and baskets, as well as clocks made in silver and pewter. They were shaped into innovative forms, with functional lines and harmonious contours, and some were enhanced by enamels or blue-green polished stones or semi-precious stone cabochons.

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