Lot Preview: Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

Today we’re taking a look at another lot to be featured in our upcoming Antiques & Fine Art sale (22nd April).

This time a beautiful original copper framed Arts & Crafts mirror:

Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror at Townsend Auctions
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c1910 original Arts & Crafts Rennie Mackintosh style mirror. Decorative copper frame featuring nouveau embossing, semi-hammered finish and green/blue cabouchon to top.

On the Arts & Crafts Movement –

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910, emerging later in Japan in the 1920s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and it often used medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial. Its influence was felt in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s and continued among craft makers, designers and town planners long afterwards.

The term was first used by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1887, although the principles and style on which it was based had been developing in England for at least twenty years. It was inspired by the writings of the architect Augustus Pugin (1812–1852), the writer John Ruskin (1819–1900) and the artist William Morris (1834–1896).

The movement developed earliest and most fully in the British Isles and spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced.


Our auction catalogue is now online!

If you are interested in bidding on any of these lots take a look at our online catalogue. If you wish to leave a commission bid, request a condition report or get further details on an item please contact us via the details at the top right of the website. As with all our sales online bidding is also available through the-saleroom.com, follow the link to bid from around the world or in the comfort of your own home.

If you wish to come and view the items in person our viewing times are below:

Saturday 18th April 10:00 – 12:30 GMT
Monday 20th April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Tuesday 21st April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Sale Day Wednesday 22nd April 8:30 – 10:00 GMT