To look at his designs today, one would never guess that Christopher Dresser was of the Victorian Age, working and living in London during the 1870s. His stripped-down housewares are the very antithesis of Victorian ornament: stark and clean, like functional sculptures. Dresser worked for the firm James Dixon & Sons and produced silver-plated tea pots, toast racks, claret jugs, kettles, creamers and sugar bowls. He also worked in wood and ceramics and produced a variety of wallpaper and textile designs. A great believer in the machine and its advantages to the process of artistic production, Dresser was far ahead of his time, both in terms of his modernist style and his design philosophies. Finding his pieces today can be quite challenging since he was not terribly prolific. But he almost always stamped his work with his name, making forgeries easier to identify. If you’re interested in reading more about him, I suggest the book “Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser’s Design Revolution” by Michael Whiteway. I just love his work and wanted to share some of his pieces with you. It is still so difficult to believe that they were created more than 130 years ago.
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