After Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Centro Studio Alessi S.p.A.
original design 1864, adapted 1993
3 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (8.6 x 13 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 2004
Not on view
This witty bowl derives from a prototype by Christopher Dresser (hence the model name "Christy"), considered the first industrial designer who produced work-for-hire designs in collaboration with various manufacturers. Here, Dresser's unsettlingly biomorphic footed design, originally made in silver plate, is inexpensively mass-produced in brilliantly colored thermoplastic resin. The updated design is both a reverent homage and completely original.
private collection, New York (until 2004; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009.