Superb Enameled Copper Plate, Poppies, Signed M. RatcliffUp for bids is a wonderful enameled copper plate signed by the artist, Margaret Ratcliff. The plate features a grouping of stunning red and orange poppies on a gold background. The edges of the flowers, the stems and leaves are painted gold under the glass. A hand wrought hook is welded to the back of the plate; the plate can be hung on the wall, but it looks very nice on a plate stand. That is how I've been displaying it in my home. The original sticker is still on the back: Ratcliff Studio Stone Mountain Georgia. Measuring 11 3/4" in diameter, the piece is in great condition. T is some spider crazing around the edges, and one spot along the edge that was dinged and shows a flaking of the glass. Take a look at the plate; these minor flaws do not detract from its beauty. Please see my pics for close views. I have been collecting enameled copper for 20 years and this is one of my favorite pieces. But a girl can't keep everything (if she wants to buy more). Will you give my plate a new home? I will need to check your references. Just kidding! Be sure and save me as a favorite, as I will be listing more of my collection in the near future. About Margaret Ratcliff: Margaret "Peggy" Ratcliff, age 84, is best know for her enamel on copper, however she works in a variety of mediums including pottery, ceramics, oil painting and watercolors. A retrospective showing of her work at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art that focused on enamel on copper but gave examples of her other works ranging over 64 years of her life. Considered the nation's best by many in the field of enameling, much she has done is considered impossible by others who have attempted the medium. Her remarkable skill in this medium is reflected in the prices her enamel works bring. Copper enamel is made by shaping copper and then coating it with different colors of ground glass. This is then fired in a kiln which bonds the glass to the metal creating an art form that lasts in beautiful condition for many centuries. A widow now, Peggy made costumes for many years for her husband's Carl Ratcliff Dance Theater. Some of her enamel work was inspired by his oriental garden and bonsai collection at their ranch in Lilburn. Goats, turtles, monkeys, cats, dogs, wild birds and other critters from the ranch found their way into her work. She claims to be retired now, but still goes to the kiln and works for a few hours each day. T were over one hundred of her remarkable and extraordinary works in the show on loan from around Marietta, the state, country and the world. (info taken from Avery Gallery). Thanks for looking and good luck!
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