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Biscuit box with cover

Designer:
Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Manufacturer:
Possibly James Macintyre and Co.
Date:
ca. 1870
Culture:
British
Medium:
Earthenware, silver plate
Dimensions:
Overall (with cover): 5 3/4 × 4 7/8 in. (14.6 × 12.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.282a, b
Not on view
The pattern is a variation on a design inspired by frost on a window pane that Christopher Dresser published in 1873 as a design for stained glass. It also represents Dresser's "idea of power, energy, force, or vigour" in a single pattern. The common earthenware material combined with the silver-plated mounts appealed to Dresser's desire to create affordable yet well-designed goods for the growing consumer market.
[ John Jesse , London, until 1992; sold to MMA ]
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