For sale here is a SUPERB vintage 1950s handmade copper enamel figural Jester framed and matted artwork by artist/enamelist Millie Crutchfield of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A wonderful original mid century enamel museum-worthy artwork! Here's some bio info on the artist that I found online...
Piedmont Craftsmen was founded in 1963 by a group of craft artists and craft collectors who held the first fair in the original Krispy Kreme factory, hoping to build an audience and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship.
Millie Crutchfield, a copper and enamel artist, invited printmaker Mary Goslen to lunch and started talking about recent craft fairs that she’d attended. They were sponsored by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild.
Crutchfield gathered a group of craftspeople who agreed to pursue joining the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, but they were outside the geographic area of that guild so the group decided to form its own guild.
The first fair had works from 35 exhibiting members from North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois. It included ceramics, enamels, jewelry, lapidary, tin ware, woodwork, decoupage and needlework. The fair benefited from free publicity in the beginning because it was new. But the novelty was also a challenge, and convincing craftspeople to bring their work was an effort, said Goslen, one of the founding exhibiting members.
A key feature of PCI’s mission has been to educate the public about fine crafts. Goslen had participated in the N.C. State Fair’s Village of Yesteryear, and she’d seen how important it was to build relationships with consumers, to make connections that would further the appreciation of the work.
The guild’s formation occurred during a surge of the craft movement when a framework was in place that legitimized craft — and people valued items that were made by hand.
Measures 12-3/4" by 9" by 1" deep at outsides of frame. The image area is 9" by 5-1/4" at inside of the matte, though there may be more enamel that is covered by the matting. Signed both at front bottom right in the enamel, "Crutchfield", and also retains its original label at back as shown. There is some very slight edge wear to the frame, but no damage or loss to the enamel. Excellent vintage condition with no damage to the enamel as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
RARE Original 1950s Millie Crutchfield Handmade Copper Enamel Figural JESTER Framed ARTWORK
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