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Japanese Cranes Over Waves Tile, ca. 1870

This is a tile. It was designed by Christopher Dresser and manufactured by Minton, Hollins & Co. and Minton's. It is dated ca. 1870 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) held a position of considerable importance in the history of design during the 19th century. His published theories on design were based on the importance of an object’s functionality and the simplicity of botanical forms.
This design of cranes on this tile was one of those developed at Minton by Christopher Dresser, and matches the crane pattern on a pair of Minton vases attributed to Dresser in Cooper-Hewitt’s collection. The addition of this tile to our group of Dresser objects would nearly complete our coverage of this artist’s work.

This object was purchased from Margot Johnson, Inc. and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Tile In Silver Mount, 1301–50
  • luster-glazed and painted earthenware, rolled and pierced silver (later mount).
  • Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.
  • 1966-3-5-a/c

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 15.2 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm (6 x 6 1/16 x 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Japanese Cranes Over Waves Tile, ca. 1870; Designed by Christopher Dresser (British, 1834–1904); England; glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 15.2 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm (6 x 6 1/16 x 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment; 1990-159-1

In addition to Passion for the Exotic: Japonism, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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