Toast rack

Designer Christopher Dresser British, Scottish
Manufactory Hukin & Heath British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 516

This sophisticated toast rack is one of several simplistic yet inventive racks produced by the Sheffield firm of Dixon and Sons’ to the designs of Christopher Dresser. The versatile Dresser sold thirty-seven designs for household objects to the firm between 1879 and 1882, but not all of them materialized. The boldness of Dresser’s design for Dixon afforded him the appreciation as a proto-modernist.

#418. Christopher Dresser and the Birth of Industrial Design

Toast rack, Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse), Silver plate, British, Birmingham

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