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Morse - The Tree of Life
  • The Tree of Life
    Alexander Fisher, born 1864 - died 1936
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The Tree of Life

  • Object:

    Morse

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alexander Fisher, born 1864 - died 1936 (designer)
    Alexander Fisher, born 1864 - died 1936 (maker)
    Davis, J. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with silver and set with emeralds enclosing a transluscent enamel

  • Museum number:

    M.39-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf D, box 1

Alexander Fisher was an enamel specialist whose eloquent teaching and writing on the subject did much to revive enthusiasm for the medium in Britain. He specialised in painted enamels after being inspired by lectures from the Sèvres craftsman Louis Dalpeyrat in the 1880s. Fisher went on to study in Paris, and on his return to London displayed his work through the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society.

In one of his frequent contributions to The Studio in 1903, Fisher commented that ‘All the bewildering surfaces, all the depths and loveliness that lie darkly in the waters of sea caves … the jewelled brilliance of sunshine on snow … indeed, the very embodiments in colour of the intensity of beauty – these are at hand for expression in enamel.’

Physical description

Morse, the 'Tree of Life' in a gold frame backed with silver and set with emeralds enclosing a transluscent enamel of The Crucifixion.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1906 (made)

Artist/maker

Alexander Fisher, born 1864 - died 1936 (designer)
Alexander Fisher, born 1864 - died 1936 (maker)
Davis, J. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold with silver and set with emeralds enclosing a transluscent enamel

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 8.5 cm

Object history note

Shown in London 1907, in Ghent 1913, and in Paris (Louvre) in 1914.

Descriptive line

Morse, the 'Tree of Life' in a gold frame backed with silver and set with emeralds enclosing a transluscent enamel of The Crucifixion, designed by Alexander Fisher, made by Fisher and J Davis, London, about 1906.

Materials

Gold; Silver; Emerald; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelled

Subjects depicted

Trees; Cross; Morses

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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