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Stand
  • Stand
    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904
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Stand

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass

  • Museum number:

    M.29-1971

  • Gallery location:

    Metalware, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery, case 1

Christopher Dresser is often regarded as the ‘father of industrial design’. He designed utilitarian objects for the general public, while making full use of the latest techniques of mass production. He trained at the Government School of Design in London and was significantly influenced by two of his tutors, Richard Redgrave and Owen Jones. He was receptive to a wide range of influences but above all he drew inspiration from botanical sources and Japanese art, both of which he studied intensively.

In Victorian Britain the applications of brass were almost endless; with physical qualities of toughness, hardness and colour that varied according to the zinc content of the alloy, brass was extremely versatile and inexpensive. The uses ranged from utility to ornament – from engineers’ grease cups to hearth furniture and tableware.

This stand for fire tools would have held fire irons and probably also a small shovel and brush for cleaning ash; all these items are missing.

Physical description

Three small scroll feet support a conical base with a crenelated rim. The spirally twisted stem supports two arms terminating in floral motifs.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Brass

Dimensions

Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 26.6 cm, Diameter: 12.03 cm base

Descriptive line

Brass stand for fire irons, probably designed by Christopher Dresser, with three scroll feet, twisted stem and floral motifs, English, ca. 1880

Materials

Brass

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns

Categories

Metalwork; Scotland

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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