About this artwork
This bowl, which would have functioned as a centerpiece, is arguably the most important work designed by the Arts and Crafts artist Archibald Knox. Produced for the fashionable and innovative London department store Liberty and Company, the Rosebowl incorporates Celtic motifs characteristic of Knox’s work and inspired by his childhood on the Isle of Man. Knox designed over 400 individual works—including clocks, biscuit tins, and tea sets—for Liberty’s Tudric (pewter) and Cymric (silver hollowware and jewelry) lines. The only example produced, this Rosebowl, part of Knox’s Cymric line, represents the height of his achievement in silver. Early in his career, Knox trained under the designer Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, at one time a fellow resident of the Isle of Man, and worked for Christopher Dresser.
- Archibald Knox
- Rose Bowl
- Silver, enamel, and turquoise
- H. 19.1 × max diam. of bowl 35.2 cm (H. 7 1/2 × 13 7/8 in.); width with handles 41.9 cm (16 1/2 in.)
- Promised gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation