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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

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, Gallery 246


Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)




Birmingham (Object made in)

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Electroplated silver and ebony


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

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European Decorative Arts Purchase Funds

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