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  • Description

    Vessel; earthenware, red body, of camel-back form, the handle evolving out of the neck and spout; streaked green and rust glaze over incised geometric decoration in the from of a star motif on the hump and a band of rosettes round the body with a larger rosette at the front.

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  • Date

    • 1879-1880 (designed;circa)
    • 1879-1882 (made between)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18.4 centimetres
    • Width: 16.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        Chr Dresser
      • Inscription Comment

        Facsimile signature impressed.
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        maker's mark
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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Henry Tooth.
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      • Inscription Comment

        Model number, incised.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection'. 2nd ed. no.98.
    For a full discussion of Christopher Dresser and the Linthorpe Pottery see Curatorial Comment for cat. 96 (OA 10711) in Decorative Arts 1850-1950.
    For the same model with different glazes, see Dennis, R. and Jesse, J., 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904', exhibition catalogue, London, Fine Art Society, 1972, no.52, Collins, M., 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904', exhibition catalogue, London, Camden Arts Centre and Middlesbrough, Dorman Museum, 1979, no.145 (in the Dorman Museum, Middlesborough) and Joppien, R., 'Christopher Dresser, ein Viktorianische Designer', exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 1981, no.58. This model is one of a small group of models with incised rather than stamped numbers ; the reason for this is not known. The Dorman Museum also owns an unmarked version of this model of slightly larger size, in which the incised decoration lacks definition, suggesting that it is an after-cast from an original Linthorpe piece.


  • Bibliography

    • Rudoe 1994 99 bibliographic details
    • Rudoe 1991 99 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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