A Christopher Dresser design for Linthorpe Pottery art vase c1880. The vase is of dimpled baluster-form with long, slightly waisted neck. Gorgeous drip glaze of vivid blues and tonal greens to the body fusing into a deep blue-black lustre glaze at its foot. Streaked pale and dark russet-brown neck. Impressed Chr. Dresser signature and Linthorpe marks - both somewhat obscured by glaze (as is often seen with Linthorpe pieces). The vase is 23.5 cm in height.
In 1879 John Harrison (a local businessman) established Linthorpe Pottery in conjunction with Christopher Dresser, one of the most influential designers of the late 19th century. Dresser acted as artistic director at the Pottery until 1882 and continued to submit designs whilst the Pottery remained in production. Dresser recommended Henry Tooth, an artist from Buckinghamshire working at that time on the Isle of Wight, as pottery manager. Henry Tooth, with no prior experience of clay or pottery left Ryde for Linthorpe, spending time at the T.G. Green pottery in Church Gresley, Derbyshire to get a foundation in ceramics. Henry Tooth had brought Richard Patey with him from the Isle of Wight, who managed the pottery after he left in 1882 (to establish to Bretby Pottery in partnership with William Ault). Linthorpe Pottery was only in existence between 1879 and 1889. For more information on Linthorpe Pottery visit our Maker's History pages.
Christopher Dresser for Linthorpe Pottery Streaked Dimpled Vase c1880
This vase is in overall very good condition commensurate with age. Minor patches of very light crazing and signs of age. There is an invisible professionally restored (<1cm) chip to the foot. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.