Designer Christopher Dresser British, Scottish
Manufactory Hukin & Heath British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 516

This decanter or claret jug was produced by the Birmingham and London based firm of Hukin & Heath to the designs of Christopher Dresser. The latter began to advise the firm around 1878. Alongside the traditional makers’ mark, Hukin & Heath had their products stamped with a replica of Dresser’s own signature. Somewhat more conservative in style, the present decanter is an example of Christopher Dresser’s clean design looking back at neo-classical forms established in the eighteenth-century, such as claret jugs or chocolate pots.

#418. Christopher Dresser and the Birth of Industrial Design

Decanter, Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse), Silver plate, glass, British, Birmingham

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