Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain 1834 – Mulhouse, France 1904
Great Britain commenced 1793
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Materials & Technique: ceramics, flasks, glazed earthenware earthenware: transfer-printed and stencilled decoration over slip, clear overglaze
Dr Christopher Dresser was a Glasgow-born botanist, writer on the decorative arts and the first acknowledged designer for industry. Following a British government sponsored visit to Japan in 1876, he became an importer and collector of Japanese art and craft. His designs for metal tableware from 1878 show the influence of Japanese design in their simplicity of form, the use of geometric elements and functionality. These qualities were suitable for the industrial mass production of these objects well before the modernism of the 20th century. Dresser also designed for manufacturers of ceramics, wallpapers, textiles, ironwork and glass.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design