Christopher Dresser, 1834-1904
This volume is an illustrated anthology of 300 pieces surveying the work of Christopher Dresser, known as "the father of modern design." Like William Morris he believed that beautiful design should be available to everyone, unlike Morris, he thought that mass production was the best way to achieve that, and this dichotomy neatly represents his place as a bridge between the Arts & Crafts movement and industrial design. This book looks at all aspects of Dresser's career including wallpaper design, a wide variety of metalwork (most notably tableware and teapots), textile design, pottery, and glassware. His fascination with Japanese art and design gave his metalwork in particular a clean, minimalist look that seems to anticipate much of modern design from Bauhaus to Michael Graves. Well known and respected in his lifetime, his reputation suffered in the years after his death, and it is only in the last few decades that interest in his work has been revived. As a result, his pieces can be found in the collections of art museums nationwide and continue to sell well at auction. A long overdue look at one of design's most influential figures, this book will be a welcome addition to any design lover's library.
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Introduction Michael Whiteway
From the Crystal Palace to Christopher Dresser
Doctor Christopher Dresser 18341904
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1851 Exhibition A. W. N. Pugin Albert Alliance Art Furnishers Art Manufactures art pottery Benham and Froud century Ceramic Peruvian Ceramic pitcher Ceramic plate Ceramic tile Ceramic vase Christopher Dresser published circa Coalbrookdale Copper and brass Crystal Palace cycle Decorative Design Designed by Dr designs for Minton diam Dixon & Sons Dr C Dresser Dr Dresser's Design electroplating furniture G. E. Street glass and ebony glass cruet set glass decanter Hukin and Heath Industrial Revolution innovation invention James Dixon Japan John Ruskin Left to right Linthorpe Art Pottery Linthorpe Pottery marked Benham marked Dr Dresser's marked Elkington marked H&H marked James Dixon marked Linthorpe marked Minton marked Watcombe metal Michael Whiteway ornament Owen Jones registered 1879 Richard Norman Shaw right ceramic vase right glass vase Schools of Design signed silver Silver-plate and ebony Silver-plate and glass Silver-plated toast rack stamped Designed studio wallpapers ware Watcornbe Wedgwood William Morris