Biscuit box with cover

Designer: Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)

Manufacturer: Possibly James Macintyre and Co.

Date: ca. 1870

Culture: British

Medium: Earthenware, silver plate

Dimensions: Overall (with cover): 5 3/4 × 4 7/8 in. (14.6 × 12.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.282a, b


The pattern is a variation on a design inspired by frost on a window pane that Christopher Dresser published in 1873 as a design for stained glass. It also represents Dresser's "idea of power, energy, force, or vigour" in a single pattern. The common earthenware material combined with the silver-plated mounts appealed to Dresser's desire to create affordable yet well-designed goods for the growing consumer market.