Designer: Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Manufacturer: Possibly James Macintyre and Co.
Date: ca. 1870
Medium: Earthenware, silver plate
Dimensions: H. with cover 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.); Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.)
Credit Line: The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1992
Accession Number: 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.