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"Christy" Sugar Bowl (model CD01 Y)

Designer:
After Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Manufacturer:
Centro Studio Alessi S.p.A.
Date:
original design 1864, adapted 1993
Medium:
Plastic
Dimensions:
3 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (8.6 x 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Plastic
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.433.3
Not on view
These witty bowls derive from the work of 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 Here, Dresser's unsettlingly biomorphic footed design, originally made in silver plate, is inexpensively mass-produced in brilliantly colored thermoplastic resin.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.

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