Archive for the Dresser Category

Always Room for Dresser

Posted in 19th cent., Aesthetic Movement, Dresser on April 26, 2010 by babylonbaroque

As it is Monday evening, and I ought to be studying, I have instead decided to post about the Eternal Dresser.

Always a wonder, so just a few images:

Vase 1880

Painted floral decoration in imitation of cloisonne

Old Hall Earthenware Co.

14″ high

A favorite for quite some time, these oddball designs Dresser came up with, to amuse and dazzle. always tickled by demon handles, can never have enough.

Vase 1888

I need this color, EVERYWHERE.

hallstand 1867

I love how well Dresser adapted to the needs of the Industrial Revolution. He seemed content mass producing his designs, even something as wonderfully banal as a coat-tree.

The man, the genius,

Christopher Dresser


Modern Gothic corner chair, week 10

Posted in 19th cent., Aesthetic Movement, chair, Dresser, Eastlake, Modern Gothic on April 23, 2010 by babylonbaroque

This corner chair is a very good example of the Reformers influence on manufacturers and the products they peddled. The chair was produced by Kimbel & Cabus of New York.The Brooklyn Museum describes  the chair as in the Modern Gothic style. The references to the Aesthetic movement are apparent. Dresser an obvious influence as it is ebonized, but I see a closer link to Eastlake, the squat square construction, the decorative incising . What I find most interesting is the “tile” decoration. From what I can gather they are printed on paper. A charming, inexpensive way of adding visual interest. I plan to steal that idea.

Corner Chair

Kimbel & Cabus, 1863-1882

New York, New York

Ebonized wood, gilt-incised decoration, modern upholstery

approx. dimensions 28x19x19

Brooklyn Museum

One of the” tiles”, wee little mice,

the other, little birds, the Dresser reference very apparent.

So widespread was the Eastlake mania, many manufacturers created “Eastlake ” furniture. This advertisement from 1880, offers a Eastlake chair for 25 cents. The manufacturer Adams & Bishop Comp. of New York.

Good Shabbos

Indiscriminate Object of Beauty

Posted in 19th cent., Aesthetic Movement, Dresser, Orientalist on March 10, 2010 by babylonbaroque

Given my ambivalence concerning Quimper pottery,I wanted to find something I love without question. Dresser to the rescue.

“alas poor Yorick!”


Designed by Christopher Dresser

English 1880

painted wood


What isn’t there to love, I’m crazy at how 60’s “retro” the owls are. Victorian Dresser aping the mod.