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Toast Rack

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


c. 1880


Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by James Dixon & Sons Ltd. (Sheffield, England, 1835-1976)

About this artwork

The use of sinuous coils differentiates this toast rack from Christopher Dresser’s more angular silver designs. In an era increasingly dominated by cheaply produced, low-quality goods, designers began considering how to improve both the design of objects and the conditions of the workers who made them. As a proponent for English design reform, Dresser sought to make high-quality goods in a variety of styles to appeal to a wide range of customers. This softer model may have enticed consumers who were not quite ready for the pointed starkness in some of Dresser’s more radical designs.


On View, Gallery 246


Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)


Toast Rack


Sheffield (Object made in)

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14.6 × 13.7 × 10.2 cm (5 11/16 × 5 3/8 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Harry and Maribel G. Blum Endowment

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