Christopher Dresser for Linthorpe Pottery Antique Arts and Crafts Peruvian Face Vessel or Vase c. 1880, 18cm high.
Rare & stylish Peruvian inspired twin spouted Face Vessel, Linthorpe, England c. 1880;
The vivid coloured glazes are extremely well fired and controlled. The vessel is finely modelled with great attention to detail; Reference Michael Whiteway Christopher Dresser 1834-1904 p116 & Michael Whiteway Christopher Dresser A Design Revolution p165;
With Christopher Dresser marks (with Dresser's facsimile signature) and Linthorpe Pottery marks to base with Henry Tooth monogram.
Size: 18cm high.
Provenance: Private Collection UK.
Condition: In excellent original, unrestored condition. There are a couple of inconsequential very minor nicks to the rear of the left spout.
Who was Dr Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser, born in Glasgow in 1834, probably has the greatest claim to be called the world's first industrial designer. From the late 1850's he designed functional, yet beautiful objects across a whole range of domestic items, including wallpaper, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, carpets, glass and furniture. While most other professionals at this time were designer-architects working on unique projects for rich clients, Dresser concentrated on producing commercial designs for industrial manufacturers. He was one of the first people to run a large freelance design studio.
Dresser was a man of strong opinions, which he expressed in a great many articles and publications, as well as in radical designs. He became a well known Victorian personality and extremely wealthy, and influenced a generation of designers in Britain, Europe and America. However, after he died in 1904, his work was largely forgotten. Today many of his designs look truly contemporary even though they are more than 100 years old.