Liberty jewellery is amongst the most popular at our auctions, with the distinctive 'Liberty Style' encompassing the best of the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Jugendstil design movements. In 1899 the line of 'Cymric' jewellery was launched, designed by Archibald Knox and bearing the Liberty assay mark. Cymric jewellery featured sinuous lines, peacock blue enamelling, and gemstones such turquoise, blister pearls, tourmalines, amethysts, moonstones, and other semi-precious gems. Archibald Knox was responsible for some of the Cymric range's most exceptional designs, particularly those based on Celtic interlace.
Cymric jewellery was very popular, and this is due to the creativity of the designers employed by Liberty. Indeed, Liberty & Co. produced a huge variety of jewellery and silver and has been associated with the Gaskins, Oliver Baker, Jessie M King, Mary Watts, Fleetwood Varley as well as pieces imported in the Jugendstil style from Pforzheim by Murrle Bennett & Co. Artists and designers like these ensured that Liberty remained at the cutting edge of fashion and design, making the store "the chosen resort of the artistic shopper."
Cymric jewellery was made in the Arts & Crafts style, however, was mostly machine made by W.H. Haseler of Birmingham. Haseler's employed around 200 people working in a ‘factory system’ based on production lines and machine tools. This was known to anger some of the leading figures of the Arts & Crafts movement such as C.R. Ashbee.
Highly sought-after and prized at auction, Liberty jewellery consistently achieves great prices. Although some pieces are signed, many are not and so it is worth having your items looked at by a specialist for possible attribution and targeted marketing.
We hold four dedicated Jewellery & Watches auctions each year and offer a free valuation service as well as a free collection service for items consigned to these auctions.
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