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Jug (England), 1880–82

This is a jug. It was designed by Christopher Dresser and manufactured by Henry Tooth and Linthorpe Pottery, Yorkshire. It is dated 1880–82 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Christopher Dresser is often called the first industrial designer: he served as a freelance designer to a variety of firms and worked in many media, including clay, which he valued for its inexpensive price, malleability, and ability to absorb color. In 1879, he helped found the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough, England, and served as art superintendent until 1882. Although the pottery was only open for a decade, it produced some of the earliest art ceramics in England and became an industry leader, manufacturing well-crafted and affordable products. Critics praised Linthorpe’s wares for their beautiful colors, brilliant glazes, and variety of shapes. Each shape was given a number that was impressed on its underside in its Plaster-of-Paris mold; this pitcher is shape number 611. Also seen on the underside are HT—for Henry Tooth, master potter—Dresser’s facsimile signature, and the pottery stamp. Dresser was influenced by a variety of sources, most notably Japanese designs, botany, and classical Greek forms—the latter of which most likely inspired this pitcher, with its upturned lip. Dresser, through Linthorpe and other ventures, helped to raise the status of pottery from a functional necessity to an affordable artistic collectible.

This object was donated by David Schafer. It is credited Gift of David Schafer.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 21.5 x 12 x 13.4 cm (8 7/16 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Impressed on underside: "LINTHORPE/Dresser signature in script/611/HT in monogram".

Cite this object as

Jug (England), 1880–82; Designed by Christopher Dresser (British, 1834–1904); glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 21.5 x 12 x 13.4 cm (8 7/16 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.); Gift of David Schafer; 1986-42-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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