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Mirror

1900-1905 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This mirror has the combination of copper and translucent enamel that was a feature of metalwork in the Arts and Crafts style. The textured hammered copper surface is also typical of the style, which celebrated hand-working techniques.

Ernestine Mills (1871-1959), who designed and made it, learned her enamelling techniques from Alexander Fisher (1864-1936), a leading Arts and Crafts enameller and silversmith. She was also a very active suffragette. (The suffragettes campaigned for the right for adult women to vote in general elections.)

For a number of years, she was vice-president of the Craft section of the Society of Woman Artists. She produced a large amount of work, including jewellery, for the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The Pankhurst family founded this militant suffragette organisation in Manchester in 1903.
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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled copper
Brief Description
Oval mirror in a frame of enamelled copper panels, London, 1900-05, designed and made by Ernestine Mills.
Physical Description
Copper mirror frame housing an oval mirror in the centre, surrounded by enamel inserts depicting peacocks and vines.
Dimensions
  • Height: 30.7cm
  • Length: 39.4cm
  • Depth: 3.95cm
Style
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Ernestine Mills Gift
Object history
Exhibition R.F.2002/1174
Production
Reason For Production: Private
Summary
This mirror has the combination of copper and translucent enamel that was a feature of metalwork in the Arts and Crafts style. The textured hammered copper surface is also typical of the style, which celebrated hand-working techniques.



Ernestine Mills (1871-1959), who designed and made it, learned her enamelling techniques from Alexander Fisher (1864-1936), a leading Arts and Crafts enameller and silversmith. She was also a very active suffragette. (The suffragettes campaigned for the right for adult women to vote in general elections.)



For a number of years, she was vice-president of the Craft section of the Society of Woman Artists. She produced a large amount of work, including jewellery, for the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The Pankhurst family founded this militant suffragette organisation in Manchester in 1903.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.136-1958

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record createdApril 11, 2002
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