Claret jug

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)

    Manufactured by Elkington & Co. (1824-1968)

  • Detail

    Electroplated metal

    English (Birmingham), 1885

  • Marked

    Maker’s marks and date letter (see right)

  • Literature

    Adrian Tillbrook, Christopher Dresser: Designs for Elkington’, The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 –The Present, 9 (1985), p. 26, pl. 6a (for an illustration of the design drawing for this model)

    Michael Whiteway (ed.), Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser’s Design Revolution, 2004, pp. 202-203, no. 268 (for an illustration of this model)

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    On 2 March 1885, Elkington registered a total of six Dresser designs (National Record Office, Kew: BT 51/12, ff. 59-64).  Other registered designs that day included a ‘Soup or Sauce tureen’ (Michael Whiteway, Christopher Dresser 1834-1904, 2001, no. 195), a Tea or Water Kettle (H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art, 2012, no. 15), a claret or water jug (H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art, 2014, no. 18), and a barrel-shaped ‘Water Jug’ (Whiteway, op.cit., no, 205).