Christopher Dresser 1834-1904   ——  metal  ————

"I must ask you to notice that in the design of an art work we have, first the construction of the object, and then its ornamentation ... structure precedes beauty. Let us have objects which are useful, but let them be beautiful also."

Christopher Dresser, lecture 'Eastern Art and its Influence on European Manufactures and Taste.' Journal of the Society of Arts, Feb 6, 1874.

Benham & Froud kettle
(Collection and Photo. Ian Robinson)
Benham & Froud kettle, 1878 Copper teapot with riveted construction as decoration. Unknown maker.
(Photo Woolley and Wallis)
Benham & Froud kettle, circa 1880.

Silver plated teapot on stand. An Hukin and Heath version was registered in 1878 Silver plated tea pot on three legs. James Dixon & Sons, registered 1880 Teapot designed by Dresser in 1880. This reproduction by Officina Alessi in 1991 Teapot designed by Dresser in 1880. This reproduction by Officina Alessi in 1991

Coffee pot with four bun feet and hinged lid influenced by Dresser, circa 1880. Three piece tea set designed by Dresser, Hukin & Heath, circa 1875. Teapot with lid, designed by Dresser, Hukin & Heath, circa 1875. Three piece tea set designed by Dresser, Hukin & Heath, circa 1875.

Alessi reproduction of a Dresser designed toast rack for Hukin & Heath, 1881. Toast rack, Hukin & Heath, circa 1881. Toast rack, James Dixon & Sons, circa 1880. Toast rack, James Dixon & Sons, circa 1880.



Metal and glass decanter with import marks for LINZ, 1872-1902. Silver mounted decanter, 9.25 ins. Heath & Middleton, 1891. Decanter with ebony handle, 8.75 ins. Roberts & Belk, circa 1895. Top: Decanters, 8.5 and 8.75 ins. Martin Hall, circa 1875

Bottom: Claret jugs, James Dixon & Sons, circa 1879 and Hukin & Heath, reg. 1881.



Water jug, 7.5 ins, Henry Wilkinson, circa 1872. Jug engraved with berries, 5.75 ins. Elkington, year mark 1887. Stacking tea set, James Dixon & Sons, circa 1885. Top: Milk jug, Hirons Hodson Plante & Co. 1.5 ins. 1863-82.

Bottom: Chamber stick in brass and ebony, Perry & Co. Circa 1883. Retailed through Liberty & Co





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