Archibald Knox Tudric Decanter, ca. 1904
Appraised Value: $3,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:01)
Sarah Shinn Pratt
GUEST: I was at a flea market/ antique show with my dad down in Sarasota, Florida. I liked the colors, I liked the shapes, and it just caught my eye.
APPRAISER: And you paid what?
GUEST: I paid $45 for it. She had actually asked $50, but I paid $45 for it.
APPRAISER: Hard bargainer.
GUEST: Hard bargainer.
APPRAISER: Well, it's by Liberty and Company. It's a line that they produced called "Tudric," and the designer was Archibald Knox. And Liberty and Company did not put any of their designers on their pieces, but we do have the registry mark that is typical of English metalwork. We have the word "Tudric," and then we have a series of numbers, which is the model number for this design. It's only lately that Archibald Knox's talent has been appreciated and feted. They started the Tudric line around 1902. Archibald Knox started working there in 1900, till about 1912. So he worked there for about 12 years, and he was very influenced by the Celtic designs. And his work is characterized by this fluid design and these tendrils, and here we have some enamel bosses. And he was born on the Isle of Man and his father was Scottish, so he was very taken by the Celtic design. He produced over 400 pieces for the firm.
APPRAISER: This would probably bring about $3,000 at auction. It's quite unusual. The green glass is just exquisite, and the ones that I have seen come up at auction did not have the blue bosses, so it makes it a little bit more special.
GUEST: Oh, my.
APPRAISER: It's a fabulous piece. Thank you very much for bringing it in.
GUEST: Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
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