Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
For sale is this really well drawn and executed enamel plaque featuring the classic arts and crafts symbolism of St George slaying the dragon. The horse and knight are especially well drawn. The colour range and layering of the enamels suggest this is done by someone expert but I have not identified the enameller. The plaque is unmarked. It is very much in the style of Ernestine Mills and Frederic James Shields, and suspect it is someone taught by one of these two enamellers.
The plaque is quite small but a jewel of a piece. The design is complex and the more you look at it the more you appreciate the excellence of the enamelling. There is one tiny area of damage at the top edge of the plaque with a small triangular loss of blue green background only. This has been restored and stabilised using soft enamel (ie not fired). This does not detract at all. The frame is modern.
Date: c 1900
Material: Enamel on copper
Condition: Very good. One minor area of restoration
Size: 7.8 cm wide, 6.5 cm high