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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1900-1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mills, Ernestine, born 1871 - died 1959 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled copper

  • Credit Line:

    Ernestine Mills Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Copper mirror frame housing an oval mirror in the centre, surrounded by enamel inserts depicting peacocks and vines.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1900-1905 (made)


Mills, Ernestine, born 1871 - died 1959 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled copper


Height: 30.5 cm, Length: 38.8 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Exhibition R.F.2002/1174

Descriptive line

Oval mirror in a frame of enamelled copper panels, London, 1900-05, designed and made by Ernestine Mills.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private


Copper; Enamel; Glass


Jewellery; Metalwork

Production Type



Metalwork Collection

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