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Teaspoon - Sarepta

Sarepta

  • Object:

    Teaspoon

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)
    London (retailed)

  • Date:

    1903-1904 (made)
    1899 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knox, Archibald, born 1864 - died 1933 (designer)
    W. H. Haseler (maker)
    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with enamel

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.321-1976

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 20

This leather case has a velvet liner for spoons and a satin liner in the lid. It held silver spoons from the Cymric range of silver and jewellery that Arthur Lasenby Liberty sponsored in 1898. He was the owner of Liberty & Co, the London department store, where the Cymric range was shown first in spring 1899.

The Cymric mark registered at the Goldsmiths’ Company was entered in A. L. Liberty’s name. However, the majority of the silver and jewellery, and this case, were made by W. H. Haseler of Birmingham, who became a joint partner in the project. Designs for the range were supplied by the Silver Studio, an English design studio established in 1880. Archibald Knox (1864-1933) supplied the majority of Liberty metalwork designs between 1899 and 1912.

Physical description

One of set of six, each spoon has a plain, oval bowl; the stem is decorated with two pairs of stylised leaves on curving stalks against reserved areas of green, orange and blue enamel. Each handle ends in a pointed, stylised plant form.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)
London (retailed)

Date

1903-1904 (made)
1899 (designed)

Artist/maker

Knox, Archibald, born 1864 - died 1933 (designer)
W. H. Haseler (maker)
Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1903-4

Mark of Liberty & Co.

Dimensions

Length: 11.2 cm, Width: 2 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 76 / 369
Purchase - £160
Liberty & Co. Ltd., Regent Street, W1
Set of six in a box. Designed in 1899 by either Rex Silver or Oliver Baker. Liberty's usually suppressed the individual identity of their designers in order to promote the brand image of the firm. The only exception to this practice was when they contributed to the exhibitions organised by the Arts and Crafts Society where the rules explicitly required the designers and craftsmen to be identified.

Neg._No: BW 40497
BW 40500

Descriptive line

Silver and enamel, Birmingham hallmarks for 1903-4, mark of Liberty & Co.

Materials

Silver; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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