Alexander Fisher (1864-1936)

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Alexander Fisher was the leading Arts and Crafts enameller. He studied enamelling in Paris after attending a series of lectures given by Louis Dalpayrat. He became an innovator of art enamelling, and wrote widely on the subject. He worked in London, and taught many of the next generation of English enamellers. Among his pupils were Nelson Dawson, his daughter Kate Fisher, Lady Carmichael, Ernestine Mills and Henry C. Cunynghame, the historian of European enamels. He also had students who subsequently worked in the USA. Fisher's Wagner Girdle is in the Victoria and Albert Museum Jewellery Gallery, and the important Jewel Casket: Fortune's Treasure Chest is at the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford.

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