Wave bowl, Attributed to Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse), Glazed earthenware, British, Linthorpe, Yorkshire

Wave bowl

Attributed to Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Linthorpe Pottery Works (British, 1879–1889)
ca. 1880
British, Linthorpe, Yorkshire
Glazed earthenware
Overall: 7 × 7 × 4 1/2 in. (17.8 × 17.8 × 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, James David Draper Gift, in memory of Robert Isaacson, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
This bowl, covered in a turquoise-green glaze with a yellow and green striped interior, is molded to suggest a cresting wave. Further molded with gadrooning and a band of small circles, the bowl reflects various sources upon which Christopher Dresser relied. Japanese prints strongly influenced European decorative arts in the second half of the nineteenth century. The powerful curve of Katsushika Hokusai's famous woodblock print The Great Wave at Kanagawa, which was known in the West, is echoed in the shape of this bowl.

This bowl was made by the Linthorpe firm following Dresser's trip to Japan in 1876/77. While not copying Japanese prototypes, Dresser, unlike his contemporaries, abstracted key design elements that suggest Japanese aesthetics.
Marking: Impressed on underside of foot: Linthorpe
Impressed on underside of foot: 2151
Christen Sveaas , Norwich, Norfolk (sold to FAS) ; [ The Fine Art Society , London, until 2001; sold to MMA ]