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U988.22.21
Artist / Maker : Ruskin Pottery
Title : Untitled (Ruskin pottery brooch)
Date (Execution) : c. 1905
Geographical Origin : Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Cultural Group : British
Style / Period : DA Edwardian 1901-1910
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; pewter
Support / Technique : fired; cast
Object Type : brooches
Visual Description : Ruskin pottery brooch with simple pewter mount. Pin is missing on brooch. Ruskin pottery operated from 1898 to 1935 and was located near Birmingham, England. Condition is good except for missing pin. The central feature is a ceramic roundel, its iridescent purplish-blue glaze just one of many for which Ruskin Pottery was renowned. The setting is pewter, pierced in geometric designs around the circumference. The use of pewter gives the brooch an antique timelessness, and would also have made a more affordable choice of metal than pure silver or gold. These characteristics reflect the values held by key workshops in the Arts and Crafts movement: to create beautiful hand-made objects that enriched the lives of both the maker and the wearer, for more than just the elite classes.
Accession # : U988.22.21
Width (cm) : 4.00
Height (cm) : 1.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : The White and Veillette Study Collection; Gift of Gary White and John Veillette
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