Learn about Cymric

A trade name used by Liberty & Co. for a range of silver objects released under the "Cymric" name in 1899. The designs were an Art Nouveau interpretation of the Celtic style, and often featured enamelled pictorial plaques, many designed by Archibald Knox. Liberty & Co had registered their own silver hallmark in 1894. See also: Liberty & Co.

Learn about Liberty & Co.

The world renowned department store Liberty, was originally founded in 1875 as a furniture and drapery shop in Regent Street, London and was known as "East India House".

The business was established by Arthur Lazenby Liberty, (1843-1917). As the original name of the shop suggests, there was a strong emphasis on Oriental & Moorish objects, furniture and fabrics as well as more traditional European items. Under the heading of "curios", he also sold Japanese bric-a-brac of all kinds.

East India House was one of the first major shops to stock extensively products of the Arts and Crafts movement. Goods subsequently produced for Liberty showed both Oriental and Arts and Crafts influence.

In 1884 Liberty opened a costume department and in 1885 a wallpaper department.

Liberty commissioned leading designers of the time to create carpets, ceramics, clothing, furniture, silver and wallpaper exclusively for them.

In 1889 Liberty opened a branch in Paris which was instrumental in exposing Europeans to English Art Nouveau style. more...
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An Art Nouveau enamel brooch. Designed by Archibald Knox for Cymric, featuring an oval panel of green and blue enamel within a Celtic mount in 9ct gold, retailed by Liberty & Co.

Liberty & Co., Birmingham, 1906 Cymric sterling silver and enamel cigarette case designed by Archibald Knox, case in low relief with celtic entrelac motif, enamelled in colours, monogrammed 'AG', copper hinge and thumb piece. Length 8 cm width 7 cm weight

Art Nouveau hammered silver 'Cymric' rose bowl and stand by Liberty & Co, Birmingham 1919, approx weight 58oz troy, The Celtic Motifs and design by Archibald Knox and the stand inscribed Liberty & Co. Ltd Regent Street London, 23.5 cm diameter, 17 cm high

An Arts and Craft silver and turquoise Cymric inkwell by Liberty & Co, Birmingham 1899, after a design by Archibald Knox, by Liberty & Co, Birmingham 1899, after a design by Archibald Knox the square body raised on pierced geometric supports, two hinged co

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