Archibald Knox for Liberty’s Celtic Style ‘Beowulf’ Planter

GBP 5,775.00

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Object Description

An early 20th century Arts and Crafts style Celtic planter and pedestal in terracotta after a design for Liberty’s London (stamped) by celebrated designer Archibald Knox.
Titled ‘Beowulf’, this large Celtic plant pot designed by Knox was manufactured for Liberty’s by J. Carter and Co, as is stamped on the socle. Carters made stone garden ware and terracotta for Liberty between 1900 and 1910.
Often unstamped, Celtic style planters like these are often mistakenly attributed to the Compton Pottery. However, we can be certain that this one was made for the luxury department store in London due to the ‘Liberty & Co’ stamp on the inside.
Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was a pioneer of modern 20th century design. He was Liberty’s primary designer at the height of their success during the early 20thcentury, his balance of Arts and Crafts, Modernism, Celtic Revival and Art Nouveau style influencing both British and international design. When employed by Liberty’s in 1899, Knox was tasked with designing the department store’s Celtic style silver and pewter ranges, before moving onto terracotta garden ornaments as well as patterns for carpet, wallpaper and fabric. The ‘Beowulf’ planter is one of Knox’s earliest designs, depicting a simple knot inspired by ancient Celtic crosses.
Additional Dimensions
Height 53 cm
Width (widest part) 53 cm
Inside diameter 38.5 cm
Inside height 24 cm
Diameter of base socle 36.5 cm

Object History

A design attributed to Archibald Knox. Made by J. Carter and Co. for Liberty’s of London.

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Small chips and scuffs. Losses to the top of the socle.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

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