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
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Accession Number: 
(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
Not on Display
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.
Associated Artists LLC, Source
JTH / JHM (passant lion) / (leopards head) / G
Stamped On the silverwork of all the pieces (a-e) The letters are the initials of the makers, John Thomas Heath and Jonathan Hartshorne Middleton, the passant lion is the mark for British sterling, the leopard's head is the London mark, and the "G" is the London date letter for 1882
Primary Description: 
Traveling Set with Decanter and Four Glasses. Colorless glass; mold-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
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 19 (fig. 22); BIB# 149403
Seeing Through Modernism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 132; BIB# AI77119
Recent Acquisitions (2008) illustrated, p. 11 (top right); BIB# AI77256