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Ladle

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

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  • A work made of electroplated silver and ebony.

Date:

c. 1880

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Electroplating, an electrical means to adhere a thin layer of silver to a base metal, was patented by a Birmingham manufactory in 1840. By the late 1800s, the region was home to many firms specializing in this technique. Christopher Dresser viewed electroplating as a means to produce elegant and modern design at reasonable prices for the middle class. This ladle and the tureen it accompanies are based on simple Buddhist metalwares he observed while in Japan in 1876.

On View

Applied Arts of Europe, Gallery 246

Artist

Christopher Dresser (Designer)

Title

Ladle

Origin

Birmingham

Date

1875–1885

Medium

Electroplated silver and ebony

Dimensions

H. 34.6 cm (13 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

European Decorative Arts Purchase Funds

Reference Number

1993.158

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