Traveling Set with Decanter and Four Glasses

Object Name: 
Traveling Set with Decanter and Four Glasses

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Object Name: 
Traveling Set with Decanter and Four Glasses
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2008.2.6
Dimensions: 
(a) Decanter H: 25.1 cm, W: 14.1 cm, D: 10.9 cm; (b-e) Average Drinking Glass H: 9.4 cm, Diam (max): 5.8 cm; (f) Traveling Case H: 16 cm, W: 36.4 cm, D: 35.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
designed in 1881
made in 1882
Web Description: 
The decanter and four glasses were designed by Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904). Dresser, the author of The Art of Decorative Design (1862), is widely regarded as Britain’s first independent industrial designer. The decanter has an ebony handle and all five objects have sterling silver mounts. They are accompanied by their original, custom-made traveling case. The ensemble was designed in 1881 and made in 1882.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Associated Artists LLC, Source
Category: 
Inscription: 
JWM / JTH (rampant lion) / (leopards head) / G
inscription
Stamped On the silverwork of all the pieces (a-e) The letters are the initials of the makers, the rampant lion is the sterling mark, the leopard's head is the London mark, and the "G" is the London date letter for 1882
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown and cut; hallmarked sterling silver mounts, ebony handle, wood, leather, velvet, silk. Cut glass decanter with silver mounts and ebony handle and four beakers, all with silver mounts. Original fitted leather case with silk and velvet interior. Leather has been restored.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Seeing Through Modernism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 132;
Recent Acquisitions (2008) illustrated, p. 11 (top right); BIB# AI77256