This antique mirror has been gently cleaned while preserving the aged patina. It is ready to hang. While this mirror is unmarked, it could easily be attributed to the Keswick School of Industrial Arts because of the style & handmade features. It exemplifies the ideals & techniques of the Arts & Crafts Movement: the frame covered with a hand hammered pewter sheet & embossed foliate decoration. With its delicate proportions it would sit sweetly over a mantle, sideboard, chest of drawers, or just as a wall mirror decoration. The decorative design combined with the use of silver metal, make this mirror well suited for a range of interiors such as Art Deco, Antique, Hollywood Regency, Traditional, Country, Contemporary or Industrial. The convex silver mirror insert is original to the piece and securely held in place behind the frame. It is fully reflective creating a tridimensional effect when on the wall. The metal frame has interesting & unique decorations, all handmade. There is an embossed foliate decoration with scrolling patterns encircling the shape of the mirror. The banded background behind is hammered with tiny dots and a stepped flat trim around the silver mirror surface. The pewter sheet continues along the sides to the backside. On the reverse there is the original antique wood fiberboard backplate. To hang the mirror on the wall there are two metal rings screwed on the reverse where it can hang by a chain. The original antique silver metal chain is present. The chain is of good length with a large decorative ring in the middle allowing the chain to be seen. If preferred, the chain could be shortened or hidden. This antique wall mirror is in good condition for its age. The antique patina has been preserved. The original mirror surface is reflective and in good condition, with no cracks or chips. The mirror has some `misty` foxing and superficial marks in line with age. The metal is in good condition with minor marks & rubbing as expected for an antique piece. Additional dimensions: The total external dimensions are: Diameter: 38 cm, Depth: 3 cm. The diameter of the silver mirror surface is: 28.5 cm Packing is offered free of charge. We take special professional care with packing. For safe transport the mirror will be wrapped in bubble wrap, foam and an outer layer of card. It would then easily fit into a box with loose fill packing suitable for posting with a courier. We ship with reliable couriers (signed for, tracked & insured). ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN BRITAIN HISTORY The Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, a group founded in London in 1887. The late 19th Century marked the beginning of a change in the value society placed on how things were made. This was a reaction to not only the damaging effects of industrialization but also the relatively low status of the decorative arts. Arts and Crafts reformed the design and manufacture of everything from buildings to jewellery. The Arts and Crafts leaders wanted to develop products that not only had more integrity but which were also made in a less `dehumanising` way. The Arts and Crafts movement was influenced by art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), whose work had suggested a link between a nation`s social health and the way in which its goods were produced, he expressed: “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together”. The Keswick School of Industrial Art (KSIA) was founded in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife Edith as an evening class in woodwork and repoussé metalwork at the Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, in Keswick, Cumbria. The enterprise, designed to alleviate unemployment, prospered, and within ten years more than a hundred men were attending classes. A new building was erected for the school at a nearby site. The school closed in 1984.
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