Design attributed to Christopher Dresser / Spoon Holder / 19th century (ca. 1878-81)Design attributed to Christopher Dresser
Spoon Holder
19th century (ca. 1878-81)

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Creator Name: Dresser, Christopher
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Dates/Places: 1834-1904
Creator Name-CRT: Design attributed to Christopher Dresser
Creator Name: Hukin & Heath
Creator Role: factory
Creator Name-CRT: Manufactured by Hukin & Heath
Title: Spoon Holder
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1878
Creation End Date: 1881
Creation Date: 19th century (ca. 1878-81)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Silverplate
Materials and Techniques: Silver-plated brass, ebony
Dimensions: H. 5 11/16 in. (14.4 cm), L. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1988.164
Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1988

In his long and varied career Christopher Dresser was an ornamentalist, a lecturer in botany, and a designer of silver, ceramics, glass, furniture, and textile patterns. Like his contemporary William Morris (1834-1896), he believed that it took an artist, not just a craftsman, to create good design. However, unlike Morris, who shunned industrial production, Dresser had his designs manufactured by firms scattered between London and Glasgow. Although this spoon holder has not been traced to a particular design by Dresser, it is typical of the streamlined models produced for him by Hukin and Heath.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1988.164
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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