Enamelled Toothpick Container (M22)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Enamelled Toothpick Container

Made in

London

Date

1981

Description

Silver container with coloured cloisonne enamels, depicting an abstract mountainous landscape and a red rope-tie, with a hinged lid.

Materials and techniques

Cloisonne enamel; black, blues, pink, red, white and yellow. Metal base of hardenable silver, with wires of 24 carat gold, 0.005" thick, fixed with gum tragacanth. Enamel packed around, fired and polished with carborundum stone.

Dimensions

length:  6.6cm
width:  3.2cm

Object number

M22

Category

  • Enamelled Toothpick Container, Jane Short, 1981, Crafts Council Collection: M22.

Maker's statement

This piece is to me one of the most successful pieces of work that I have produced, both in the colours and imagery used. The source of the imagery is personal and fairly lighthearted - it has been influenced by my fairly recent trip to Japan. It is one of the first pieces - apart from smaller pieces of jewellery - that I have made since my return.