Scottish, 1864 - 1933
Wm. Haseler & Sons for Liberty & Co., manufacturer
Pitcher with extended lid handle, 1901
H. 15 x W. 8 1/2 (at lid handle) in.
This rare and important pitcher--possibly the only one of its kind--was a specially commissioned presentation piece. The initials HFP are those of the recipient, who may have been an owner or officer of Liberty & Co. The streamlined form and spare decoration is extremely advanced for its time. Knox produced similar designs in numerous variations but no others of this size are known. The extended lid handle permits one to hold the lid open while pouring with the same hand.
Born in Cronkbourne on the Isle of Man, Knox became the principal silver and pewter designer for Liberty of London. He created Celtic designs of the highest quality introducing the Cymric (silver) and Tudric (pewter) lines. His work serves as an important bridge between the British Arts and Crafts and the European Art Nouveau movements as well as foreshadowing the silver work of the Bauhaus.