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Tureen and cover with ladle; electroplate; the spun body on three cast feet with matching ivory bar-handles to bowl and cover; the ladle with stem angled above the bowl and terminating in an ivory handle.
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Diameter: 23.50 centimetres (cover)
Diameter: 8.30 centimetres (of bowl)
Height: 20 centimetres (tureen with cover)
Length: 35 centimetres (ladle)
Width: 31.10 centimetres (tureen with handles)
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection'. 2nd ed. no.88a-b.
For a full discussion of Christopher Dresser's metalwork see Curatorial Comment for catalogue no. 82 (1983.10-10.1) in 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950'.
Several versions of this design are known, in varying sizes, with handles in ivory or ebonised wood. This version is unusual in having three identical bar-handles instead of the more customary knop-shaped handle to the cover. For examples with knop-shaped handle to the cover, see Dennis, R. and Jesse, J., 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904', exhibition catalogue, Fine Art Society, London 1972, nos.116-18; London 1972, Royal Academy, 'Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Art. The Handley-Read Collection', D.161-2 (in the Victoria and Albert Museum), Collins, M., 'Christopher Dresser 1834-1904', exhibition catalogue, London, Camden Arts Centre and Middlesbrough, Dorman Museum, 1979, no.19; Joppien, R., 'Christopher Dresser, ein Viktorianische Designer', exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 1981, nos.13-14.
The design for this tureen and ladle, registered by Hukin & Heath on 28 July 1880, is recorded as no.352892 in the Registers of Ornamental Designs held by the Public Record Office (Vol. No. BT 43/47).
Additional text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection'. 2nd ed. 1994. Addenda.
Many of these pieces bear design registration marks. In theory, the mark stamped on the object should correspond to both a description and a representation in the records of registered designs held at the Public Record Office, but sometimes the wrong numbers were stamped on the objects. This means that although the brief listing in the Registers of Ornamental Designs confirms that Hunkin & Heath registered designs on that day (the listings rarely give detailed descriptions of the object registered), the actual design itself, contained in separate volumes of Ornamental Designs, may differ from the object.
Register BT 44/4. design no. 352892. The corresponding design in Representaion book BT 43/47 illustrates the more common version of this tureen with knop handle; the ladle is barely visible inside the tureen. A design for another version of this tureen, made of silver and wood, without a lid but with glass liner, appears later in Representation book BT 43/49 and is listed in Register BT 44/5 under 11 July 1881, parcel 11, design no. 366971.
Information supplementary to Rudoe 1994:
For an example of the wood version, with electroplated silver mounts, handles and feet, see ex.cat. 'British Design', The Fine Art Society, London, 2016, no. 20, pp. 24-5.
- On display (G47/dc15)
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