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Claret Jug

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

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  • A work made of silver, glass, and ebony.


c. 1892-c. 1893


Probably designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by J. T. Heath and J. H. Middleton (Birmingham, England, 1887-1952)

About this artwork

Claret, a French wine, had become increasingly accessible in England by the late nineteenth century, prompting silversmith firms to produce a wide variety of jugs specifically for its enjoyment. Christopher Dresser designed many for the Birmingham-based manufactory Heath and Middleton (successor to Hukin and Heath, established 1855). In this example, Dresser played with form, coupling an elongated neck with a starkly straight ebony handle of equal length.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)


Claret Jug


Birmingham (Object made in)

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Silver, glass, and ebony


H.: 44.7 cm (16 5/8 in.)

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Gift of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

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