Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/35350293/

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18206795/

  • clear amber glass
  • Gift of Rodman Wanamaker

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18340829/

  • raised, cast, and applied gilt silver
  • Gift of Louise B. Scott
  • dining
  • storage
  • tableware
  • leaves
  • grapes
  • vines
  • ladder

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18344981/

  • painted and gilded lincrusta-walton
  • Gift of John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18443947/

  • painted earthenware
  • Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18562505/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • block printed on paper
  • Gift of Wilmer Moore

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18620857/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Linthorpe Pottery, Yorkshire
  • glazed earthenware
  • Gift of David Schafer
  • display
  • vessels
  • flared
  • form
  • earth tones
  • pouring
  • earthenware

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18633375/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Coalbrookdale Company
  • cast iron, marble, glass, brass
  • Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial and Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds
  • display
  • symmetry
  • domestic interiors
  • table
  • carved
  • Japanese influence
  • iron
  • furniture designers

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634195/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Linthorpe Pottery, Yorkshire
  • glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634329/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Minton, Hollins & Co.
  • glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment
  • interior
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • clouds
  • home
  • water
  • waves
  • display
  • exhibition
  • adornment
  • birds
  • decorative
  • stylized
  • sun
  • curving line
  • tiles
  • Japanese influence

The composition of this tile directly relates to a Japanese blue and white ceramic flowerpot that was exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition in London, showing the explicit influence of Japanese wares on Mintons’ production, an alliance that was reinforced with Dresser’s input. The Mintons factory archive holds two designs of flying cranes signed by Dresser.

This object is currently on display in room 213 in Carnegie Mansion.

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634351/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Benham & Froud, Ltd.
  • wrought iron, hammered copper, cast brass, carved ebony
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund
  • interior
  • container
  • domestic
  • home
  • display
  • dining
  • drinking
  • tendrils
  • curving line
  • globular
  • reflective
  • hosts

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18646737/

  • Designed by A.W.N. Pugin
  • Manufactured by Minton and Company
  • glazed earthenware, inlaid in the encaustic technique
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund in memory of Dona Guimaraes

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18646873/

  • Designed by Richard Redgrave
  • Manufactured by J.F. Christy
  • glass, enamel
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisitions Fund in memory of Dona Guimaraes

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18646875/

  • mahogany, leather
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisitions Fund, in memory of Dona Guimaraes
  • seating
  • concave
  • department store
  • Egyptian revival

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18697321/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by James Dixon & Sons
  • silver-plated metal
  • Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • food preparation
  • kitchen
  • dining
  • storage
  • geometric
  • stemmed
  • Japanese influence
  • triangular
  • ball joints

The clean, angular form of this toast rack is characteristic of Dresser’s innovative designs—simple lines create the form and replace ornament. Dresser, unlike other design reformers of his era, used industrial methods to make good design more affordable: here, silver electroplating makes the precious material available to a broader range of consumers.

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18804417/

  • Designed by Christopher Dresser
  • Manufactured by Hukin & Heath
  • silver-plated metal
  • Gift of Miles Lourie
  • food preparation
  • kitchen
  • dining
  • order
  • storage
  • tableware
  • silver
  • curved
  • line
  • eating
  • metalwork
  • ball joints
  • rods