Vessel

English (Middlesbrough)
about 1879–82
Designed by Christopher Dresser (Scottish, 1834–1904), Made at Linthorpe Art Pottery


Dimensions

Overall: 17.5 x 16 x 15cm (6 7/8 x 6 5/16 x 5 7/8in.)

Accession Number

1996.222

Medium or Technique

Glazed earthenware with incised decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Glazed earthenware. Vessel with squat globular body with rows of raised dots. One short and one long cylindrical spout extend form top of vessel and are joined by a horizontal tubular handle.


The most significant and creative designer of the late nineteenth century, Dresser was fascinated by non-European cultures, both ancient and contemporary. His extraordinary designs were sufficiently versatile to be produced in metalwork, glass, and ceramics; Ancient American bridge-handled vessels from Peru inspired this sea-urchin form. The Linthorpe pottery, founded by Dresser in part to alleviate local unemployment, became renowned for its production of art pottery and specialist glazes.

Markings

Impressed marks: LINTHORPE, facsimile signature, HT, 312, '19'

Provenance

1968-69, purchased in Britain by Nicholas Johnson, Brookline, MA; 1996, gift of Nicholas Johnson. (Accession date: September 18, 1996)

Credit Line

Gift of Nicholas Johnson