Dresser demonstrates his mastery of the Aesthetic style by combining elements of Indian, Persian, and Gothic design on the surface of this stunning potpourri container. The décor is a complex composition of flowers, arches, intertwined lines, and bands of stlized figures rendered in a lush color scheme of gold, pink, green, and blue. The lid is pierced in two concentric circles (the outer one composed of twelve holes, the inner of six) to allow the spicy contents to perfume the air. The Thomas Goode paper label and lack of other markings suggest that Thomas Goode, an elite emporium established in 1827 and now holding three royal warrants, commissioned the design and manufacture of this piece.
About Christopher Dresser
Praised as Britain’s first independent industrial designer, Christopher Dresser forged his own language of design, known for a modern style suited for mass availability. Dresser began studying at the industrial level Government School of Design in London at age 13, graduating from student to teacher in less than ten years, during which time he focused his coursework on botany and design. Inspired to transcend the confines of Western art, Dresser attended the 1876 World Exhibition in Philadelphia and subsequently traveled to Japan on a trip that had a formative effect on his aesthetic. Dresser developed the belief that regardless of financial status, all should be entitled to beautiful surroundings, and aimed to produce goods that linked high quality with mass production, such as textiles, furniture, glass, ceramics, wallpaper, and metalware (including an extensive array of playful and innovative toast racks.)
British, 1834-1904, Glasgow, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom