Christopher Dresser, ‘Vase’, about 1888, Design/Decorative Art, Glass, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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Christopher Dresser

Vase, about 1888

Glass
Permanent collection
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Indianapolis

Indianapolis Museum of Art Accession Number: 2011.276, Indianapolis Museum of Art Object Type: …

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Manufacturer
James Couper and Sons
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Public domain / Image provided by Indianapolis Museum of Art
Christopher Dresser
British, 1834–1904
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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.)

Christopher Dresser, ‘Vase’, about 1888, Design/Decorative Art, Glass, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
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Indianapolis Museum of Art Accession Number: 2011.276, Indianapolis Museum of Art Object Type: Containers, Manufacturer: Benham & Froud

Medium
Manufacturer
James Couper and Sons
Image rights
Public domain / Image provided by Indianapolis Museum of Art
Christopher Dresser
British, 1834–1904
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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.)

Christopher Dresser

Vase, about 1888

Glass
Permanent collection
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