DRESSER LEMONADE SET
Design attributed to Christopher Dresser (1834-1904)
Watcombe Terracotta Company (1869-1884), Torquay – Devon, England c. 1875
Attributed by scholars to Christopher Dresser, the design of this lemonade set’s terracotta jug bears strong resemblance to a spun copper example that has “Dr. Dresser’s design” inscribed on its base. That pitcher, now in the Birkenhead Collection, appears to be a prototype model. Terracotta examples of this distinctive jug form serve as the basis for attributing other works from the Watcombe Company to Dresser – an associated accepted by Dresser scholars. With its sleek design, silver rims and fille decoration, this ewer, tray and matching beakers have a quite modern appearance for their late 19th Century date.
Terracotta jug with silverplated lid, terracotta tray and three beakers with silver rims.
Base of one beaker chipped
See Durant, Stuart, Christopher Dresser. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993, p. 112, for image and discussion of a similar ewer; Harry, Ch. Dresser, The People’s Designer (1834-1904). Great Britain: Alastair Carew-Cox, 1999, figures 75, 46 and 47; Whiteway, Michael, Christopher Dresser 1834-1904. Milan: Skira Editor S.P.A., p. 153, for a discussion of this model’s prototype.
The ewer’s silverplated lid marked internally “P&F Schafer/27 Piccadilly” and externally hallmarked “JB/AJ” for London 1875. (All pieces similarly hallmarked.) The terracotta ewer impressed with “Watcombe/Torquay” and the nmber “1283.” The tray and two beakers stamped in black with the circular seal, “Watcombe Torquay.”
SIZE: Ewer: 8” h; Beakers: 4”-4” h; Tray: 13” d
CALL NUMBER: 338-II-O