Christopher Dresser, Bonbon Dish, Hukin & Heath, around 1878-81

Item no. 104992-29
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    • Silver-plated metal and cane
    • England, 1878-81; manufactured 1880
    • Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) - British designer
    • Hukin & Heath, established in Birmingham in 1855
    • Based on a design by Christopher Dresser from 1878-81
    • Manufactured by Hukin & Heath, around 1880
    • Two-piece bonbon dish with round handle wrapped with cane
    • Marked on the underside, ‘Designed by Dr C. Dresser’ and ‘H& H’ with eagle, as well as numbered 2223
    • Dimensions: 14 x 20 x 16.5 cm
    • Non-restored, original condition
    • Provenance: Private collection, Great Britain
    • Great example of Christopher Dresser’s avantgard Design
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
    Checked by the Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    The present bonbon dish was designed by Christopher Dresser between 1878 and 1881, and manufactured by Hukin & Heath in Birmingham. The bonbon dish consists of two well-shaped shells, the outer longitudinal edges of which are curved inwards. The central circular handle is wrapped with cane.

    The bonbon dish is marked on the underside, ‘Designed by Dr C. Dresser’ and ‘H& H’ with eagle, as well as numbered 2223. It is in a non-restored, original condition with a light patina of age and small oxidations marks. A part of the cane is missing. The dimensions of the bonbon dish is 14 x 20 x 16.5 cm.

    Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)
    As the son of an English family Christopher Dresser was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1834. At the age of 13 he began to study at the ‘Government School of Design’ in London. Dresser was strongly influenced by the leading design reformers Richard Redgrave (1804-1888), Henry Cole (1808-1882), Owen Jones (1809-1874) and Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877) as well as botanical studies and Japanese art. The artist aimed to create industrial design that was affordable, functional, decorative and easy to reproduce.

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