Exhibition of 90 works by Archibald Knox

Archibald Knox candlesticks and, below, clock

Archibald Knox candlesticks and, below, clock

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With almost 100 pieces by the celebrated designer Archibald Knox for sale, Aylmer-Levine Fine Art and Michael Levine Decorative Arts are celebrating 25 years in business, trading from their premises in the Peter Luis Building in Douglas.

To mark the quarter century, they are hosting an exhibition of more than 90 pieces designed by influential Manx artist Archibald Knox on Saturday (November 16).

Archibald Knox clock

Archibald Knox clock

The Aylmer-Levine Gallery was set up by Sam and Lynn Levine in 1988 specialising in watercolour and oil paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century.

Five years later, in 1993, their son Michael returned to the island, after spending three years learning his trade standing antique fairs all round England, to set up his studio alongside the gallery in the basement of Peter Luis Building, specialising in Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Twenty years on and both are still going strong, and with Michael taking over the reins from his parents on the painting side earlier this year, their longevity is testament to their eye for quality.

Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was born in Cronkbourne Village, Tromode, and his distinctive designs were retailed through Liberty’s in London in the early 1900s, and are now collected worldwide, especially in America where record prices have been made for his pieces ($210,000 for a silver and enamel cigar box, apparently purchased by Brad Pitt in 1999).

Knox was also a highly regarded watercolourist, and over the last 10 years his paintings have become very sought after and highly collected, especially in his native Isle of Man.

Saturday’s exhibition will include pewter, silver and some paintings, with prices to range from £100 to £8,000. Amongst the exhibits will be clocks, tea sets, biscuit boxes, rose bowls, vases, trays, glass liner pieces, silver spoons and forks, a pair of rare enamelled ice buckets, several pairs of candlesticks including a very rare pair of enamelled candlesticks.

Also included in the exhibition will be works by other leading Manx artists including John Miller Nicholson, William Hoggatt, John E Aitken, James Aitken, John H Nicholson, E.C. Quayle, Raymond Dearn, M.W. Leach and John Holden, amongst others. There will also be a selection of still life oil paintings by Nadine Lundahl.

In Michael Levine’s studio there is a display of Art Nouveau and Art Deco including bronze figurines, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Lalique, Cameo glass, tableware manufacturers WMF, Deco porcelain figures, Art Deco lamps and other mid-20th century glassware. The exhibition, in the basement of Peter Luis Building, Duke Street, will open between 10.30am and 5pm. Contact Michael on 629530 or 353213.

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