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A kettle to make scholars think again

10 June 2013Written by ATG Reporter

Is this Elkington kettle the earliest provable Christopher Dresser design for electroplated silver?

Although not manufactured until 1884, the kettle's pattern number 10272 places the design to 1866-67 and contemporary with the 1865 copy of The Building News which records Elkington's first experiments with Dr Dresser's electroplated silver designs.

In short it pre-dates by more than a decade the iconic Hukin & Heath and Dixon & Sons designs of 1878-79 and Dresser's 1876-77 trip to Japan that is often cited as the turning point in his design philosophy.

The possibly unique teapot, sourced from a private collection, carries an estimate of £15,000-20,000 at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on June 19. 

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