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Wine bottle holder

Designer:
Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Maker:
for firm of Hukin & Heath (British, Birmingham, 1855–1953)
Date:
ca. 1880
Culture:
British, Sheffield
Medium:
Electroplated metal
Dimensions:
Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert L. Isaacson Gift, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.123.2
Not on view
The transparent and efficient design of this wine bottle holder is typical of the work of Christopher Dresser (1834–1904), whose determination to utilize the latest industrial techniques places him in the forefront of modern industrial design. For several years, beginning about 1879, he created designs—including this one—for the Birmingham, England, firm of Hukin & Heath which produced them in electroplated metal in an effort to attract a wider public. The simple, utilitarian wine bottle holder represents Dresser's skill in making bold, yet graceful objects for the home.
Marking: [1] H & H and bird, also in a circle (maker's mark for Hukin & Heath);
[2] R N 1343;
[3] 3128.

Location of marks:
[1], [2] on top band to left of handle
[3] stuck on underside of holder base
Martin Mensch , New York (until 1990; sold to MMA)
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