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Kettle And Stand (England)

This is a Kettle and stand. It was designed by Christopher Dresser and manufactured by Benham & Froud, Ltd.. It is dated ca. 1885 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is copper, brass, ebony (kettle), wrought iron (stand). 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. Unlike many of his peers, he recognized the implications of mechanized production and integrated an understanding of industrial processes into the development of his designs, which were produced by various manufacturing companies.
This kettle and stand, manufactured by Benham and Froud, are today rarely seen together as a pair. The kettle illustrates Dresser’s desire for undecorated, geometric forms. The stand, with its intertwined tendril-like forms, reflects his interest in botany.

It is credited Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund.

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  • Gift of Peter Norton.
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  • cast iron, marble, glass, brass.
  • Museum purchase from Walter R. Scholz Memorial and Decorative Arts....
  • 1989-64-1

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (kettle): 24.8 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm (9 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in.) H x W x D (stand): 73.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm (29 x 16 x 15 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped underside of kettle and on stand: flower and globe mark of Benham and Froud.

Cite this object as

Kettle And Stand (England); Designed by Christopher Dresser (Scottish, 1834 – 1904); copper, brass, ebony (kettle), wrought iron (stand); H x W x D (kettle): 24.8 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm (9 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in.) H x W x D (stand): 73.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm (29 x 16 x 15 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund; 1990-167-1-a/d

In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibitions Hewitt Sisters Collect and Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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