Vases by Christopher Dresser

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British polymath Dr. Christopher Dresser is widely regarded to be the first professional industrial designer, as well as one of the very first people in any discipline who can accurately be called "Modernist."

After travelling to the Far East (not long after Japan became open to westerners), Dresser brought back to England a large collection of Japanese objects, and even more importantly, some fairly radical ideas about form and decoration which often stood in direct opposition to prevailing Victorian taste.

These vases, designed for Linthorpe, in many respects anticipate the 20th-century studio pottery movement. Their freedom from cumbersome applied ornamentation -- a hallmark of Dresser's work -- is striking in light of what one expects of Victorian wares. The smaller vase is especially notable for its "squashed" form, a characteristic of some Dresser ceramics which may well have influenced another fascinating proto-modernist, the idiosyncratic early 20th-century American ceramist George Ohr.

The taller of the two vases is marked with Dresser's signature, impressed on the underside. Not only was Dresser the first "designer", he was also the first designer whose name was more important in the marketing of the product than the name of the manufacturer.

The taller vase is $900. The shorter vase has been sold.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent condition. .
  • Dimensions
    5.5 in. H
    14 cm H
  • Diameter
    2.5
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U1210308091875
About the Seller

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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  • 20th Century Specialists

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