Ben Uri collection


Artist information

Name Erna Nonnenmacher (1889-1980)

Other name Erna Rosenberg

Born Berlin, Germany

Died London, England

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Nonnenmacher studied design at Berlin’s Reimann Schule, ceramics in Brunzlau and joined the European artists’ network GEDOK. Employed by the Rosenthal porcelain factory as modeller, and at Fraureuth as a sculptor, she shared a studio with her sculptor husband, Hermann Nonnenmacher. In England, Erna was interned in Holloway prison, then Rushen camp on the Isle of Man (Herman was held in Onchan). After release, they exhibited with the Artist’s International Association (AIA) and Free German League of Culture (FGLC) in 1941, and with Ben Uri. Erna assisted Hermann teaching modelling and pottery at Morley College for adult education (1949–70).

Object Details

Object type sculpture

Medium plaster

Materials and techniques plaster (medium)

Dimensions 41 x 13 x 8.5 cm

Signed verso: E.N., signed with monogram

Acquisition gift from Ethel Solomon

Accession number 1987-303

Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017

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