Toast Rack (England), ca. 1879
This is a toast rack. It was designed by Christopher Dresser and manufactured by James Dixon & Sons. It is dated ca. 1879 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is silver-plated metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
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.
This object was
Phillips de Pury & Luxemburg and
General Acquisitions Endowment.
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 14 x 13 x 10.8 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.)
It has the following markings
Stamped with manufacturer's mark and designer's facsimile signature.
Cite this object as
Toast Rack (England), ca. 1879; Designed by Christopher Dresser (British, 1834–1904); silver-plated metal; H x W x D: 14 x 13 x 10.8 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2002-22-1