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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.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

  • Vase (USA), 1928
  • silver-plated metal.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and General....
  • 1993-111-1

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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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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