Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Biscuit box with cover, ca. 1870
    Christopher Dresser (British, 1834–1904)
    Earthenware, silver plate; H. with cover 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm), Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
    The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1992 (1992.282a,b)

    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.

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  • Biscuit box with cover, ca. 1870
    Christopher Dresser (British, 1834–1904)
    Earthenware, silver plate; H. with cover 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm), Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
    The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1992 (1992.282a,b)

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