Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is a style of decorative arts, most popular between 1890 and 1910. Art Nouveau embraces vibrant and swirling designs. The leading producer at the height of popularity of Art Nouveau was WMF of Germany. Art Nouveau is known as Jugendstil in Germany. Art Nouveau was also popular in France with silver from Schweitzer and Fort and some outstanding pieces of jewellery.

Jugendstil relief-moulded pewter dish by WMF, Germany. model 232 c.1906


Engraved silver box by Schweitzer and Fort.

Paris c.1905


Charles Horner was based in Halifax until his death in 1896. Charles Horner designs included enamelled brooches, pendants and hatpins. His two sons developed the business and even opened a new factory in 1905.

Charles Horner

silver amethyst brooch.

Chester 1900

sold for £125

Charles Horner set of six silver buttons. 1.9cm dia. Chester 1904


Charles Horner

silver and enamel bat pendant. Chester 1909


The London department store Liberty & Co built relationships with leading designers in the 1890s. It was a major retailer of Art Nouveau products. Arthur Liberty made sure he promoted the name of ‘Liberty’ and not the names of his designers. In 1899 Archibald Knox started designing for Liberty. He had previously worked for Christopher Dresser.  ‘Cymric’ was the silver range and ‘Tudric’ was the pewter range.

Knox stopped working for Liberty in 1912.

Pair of Archibald Knox candlesticks . Liberty Tudric 0221 c.1903


Archibald Knox Tudric pewter milk jug, Liberty 0303



Archibald Knox Liberty Cymric silver spoons 1904 & 1905


Designer David Veasey (who sometimes signed his pieces ‘Tramp’) was there at the start of the Tudric range, having won a design competition. Veasey designed beautiful clocks and pewter and glass items.In 1901, Liberty took a 60% share in the Birmingham metalworking firm of W H Haseler, run by William Hair Haseler. Many Liberty Cymric pieces bear the WHH hallmark. From 1903, W. H. Haseler took over the manufacture of Liberty’s Tudric range.

David Veasey pewter clock Liberty Tudric 0385, c.1905

20.5cm high


Liberty & Co silver pendant necklace

by William Hair Haseler


Liberty silver belt buckle

attributed to Oliver Baker



Not all Tudric designs can be assigned to a well-known designer. Makers like Charles Peyton, who had helped develop Liberty’s Cymric range, continued to produce their own designs.

Liberty & Co Tudric pewter inkwell, design 0141

15.5cm square


Of course, Liberty had no monopoly of Art Nouveau silver and pewter products. Provincial silversmiths, including William Neale, Joseph Gloster, T. H. Hazlewood and Oliver Baker were active and successful. 

Art Nouveau silver box

by T.H.Hazlewood & Co.

10cm across. Birmingham 1901


Charles Payton silver and enamel brooch of a stylised butterfly. 1908


Matched pair of silver photograph frames by William Neale,

30.5cm high. Chester 1902


Silver photo-frame

by Joseph Gloster.

29.5cm high. Birmingham 1908


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