A pair of Liberty terracotta 'Seigfried' garden planters after designs by Archibald Knox

A pair of Liberty terracotta 'Seigfried' garden planters after designs by Archibald Knox

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A pair of early 20th century Liberty terracotta ‘Seigfried’ garden planters after designs by Archibald Knox. The planters of octagonal form are decorated along the rims with a stylised band of Celtic knots and raised on similarly decorated octagonal plinth bases.

 Stamped: Designed and Manufactured by Liberty & Co. Reg no. 422733

 Provenance: Rowchester House, Greenlaw, Scotland

Originally purchased from Liberty & Co by Mrs Chenevix-Trench and positioned outside the front door of Rowchester House . They were later sold in the Rowchester House sale in the 1950s.

 Archibald Knox (1884-1933) born in the Isle of Man became one of Liberty & Co’s leading designers in the early part of the 20th century. 

  In 1902 he was commissioned by Liberty and Co to design a series of terracotta garden ornaments.  Between 1903 -1904 Liberty registered 14 Knox designs and these, including the ‘Seigfried’ pots were illustrated in the Book of Garden Ornaments published by Liberty & Co in 1904.

 Prototypes from Knox’s drawings were modelled in Surry clay by James Radley Young at his Hammer Vale Pottery in Haslemere. The deep red clay used for the finished article was dug from the Corfe Mullen beds owned by Carter & Co and produced at their East Quay works in Poole, Dorset.

 The current pair of planters incised in shallow relief with a sinuous interlaced pattern reflects Knox’s love of British Celtic motifs and objects which inspired many of the shapes and patterns of his terracotta garden ornament.

 Bibliography:

Archibald Knox edited by Stephen A. Martin, 2001

STOCK NUMBER: 4042

Measurements
DIAMETER: 32 INS   (80 CMS)
HEIGHT:  22 INS (56 CMS)

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