A stylish Arts & Crafts Tudric planished pewter tazza or centrepiece from Liberty & Co, designed by Archibald Knox c1910. Shallow bowl with turned-back rim, supported on a central pedestal consisting of three shaped legs terminating in an egg-shaped ‘knop’ at the top and raised on a domed, circular base below. Planished pewter finish throughout. Punched “TUDRIC” mark to base with number 01161. The tazza is 27.5 cm in height with the bowl measuring 25.5 cm in diameter.
Liberty launched its Cymric silver range in 1899 followed by its Tudric pewter range in 1902. Initially Liberty imported as well as commissioning pieces from producers, eventually investing in the Birmingham firm of W H Haseler (using the “Solkets” mark). Haseler reportedly manufactured all pewter ware for Liberty until 1926 using a number of marks other than the Solkets mark - including "English Pewter". The Tudric range included both functional household ware as well as decorative items - with innovative designs by leading designers such as David Veasey, Oliver Baker, Arthur Silver and, his most prolific designer - Archibald Knox.
Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was born on the Isle of Man to Scottish parents. Clearly influenced by Celtic and Manx traditional designs - by 1899 he was designing for Liberty & Co on their Cymric (Silver) range and on their Tudric range (introduced 1902). Knox's designs for Liberty & Co made his style widely known despite his name not appearing on any of the objects. His innovative designs bridged Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism.