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Dresser leads low-down on post-1860 sales scene

The well-established decorative and design format in the spotlight

With sales of post-1860 design a seasonal fixture round the country, an argument could be made for Scottish auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) having a geographical edge.

From CR Mackintosh to Jessie M King, Scotland’s sons and daughters have contributed hugely to this market.

Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was of Yorkshire stock and educated in London but, as the cataloguer reminded us, he too was born in Glasgow. At L&T’s October 25 sale in Edinburgh the eight lots he designed and three others attributed to him all found buyers.

Topping the section was a teapot from the series he designed for Sheffield maker James Dixon.

While much of Dresser’s teapot designs were rooted in Japanese art, this 5½in (14cm) tall ebony-handled teapot equally had echoes of those made in Scotland in the early 18th century. Famously, despite Dresser’s enthusiasm for mass production, these were expensive. Even the electroplate version of this rare design cost £1/3s/10d in 1882, making it unusually expensive.

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