‘Bowl & stand complete’
Designer / Maker
Designed by Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)
Manufactured by Hukin & Heath (various partnerships, 1855-1953)
Electroplated nickel silver, with ebony handles
5 ½ in (14 cm) × 5 ½ in (14 cm)
8 ¾ in (19.7 cm) – length of spoon
English (Birmingham), circa 1878
The stand, burner and bowl with design registration mark; with the H&H maker’s mark, the numbers 1888 and 1889 and ‘DESIGNED BY DR C. DRESSER’ under the base (see gallery)
The spoon unmarked
On 6 May 1878 Hukin & Heath of Birmingham, with whom Dresser is known to have been associated from 1878–81 (and probably later) registered the design for a ‘Bowl and Stand Complete’ (The National Archives, Kew, BT 44/4, f. 59, no. 321186). In the corresponding photographic register (BT 44/43) recorded under no. 321185, is a ‘Boiler & stand complete’ (see below).
The present set is the first intact example of this design to be recorded. A bowl and stand, lacking the spoon, was sold at Christie’s South Kensington, 5 July 2007, lot 97. For the stand only, with an ivory handle, see Michael Whiteway, Christopher Dresser 1834–1904, Milan, 2001, no. 66.