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Tureen with Cover

A work made of electroplated silver and ebony.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of electroplated silver and ebony.


c. 1880


Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by Hukin and Heath (London and Birmingham, England, 1855-1953)

About this artwork

This tureen and the accompanying ladle, starkly modern and devoid of ornamentation, were produced in two sizes in both silver and electroplated silver; the set became one of Christopher Dresser’s most well-known designs. Dresser was heavily influenced by Japanese metalwork, which he began importing into London in 1879 following an extended visit to Japan. Both the look of the silver brackets that grip the tureen’s handles and the angled stem of the ladle are indebted to Japanese designs.


On View, Gallery 246


Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser


Tureen with Cover


Birmingham (Object made in)

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Electroplated silver and ebony


20.3 × 31.1 × 23.5 cm (8 × 12 1/4 × 9 1/4 in.)

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Florence L. Notter Endowment

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