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Toast Rack (England)

This is a Toast Rack. It was designed by Christopher Dresser and manufactured by Hukin & Heath and distributed by Degler. It is dated designed 1881 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is silver-plated metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dresser believed in an underlying order, unity, and symmetry derived from nature, and the stems and rivets of this toast rack are remarkably similar to his studies on branch growth, as seen in the facsimile drawing nearby. This is one of many silver and electroplated wares Dresser designed for Birmingham silversmiths Hukin & Heath. Dresser’s functional objects reveal not only his scientific background, but also his concern with limiting ornamentation to make objects affordable and suitable for serial production

It is credited Gift of Miles Lourie.

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  • silver-plated metal.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Margery and Edgar Masinter and from General....
  • 2002-22-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.7 x 14.6 x 9.8 cm (5 x 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped underside of base: "H & H [for Hukin & Heath] / Eagle [trademark for firm] / 2556 / [registry mark 9 May 1881] / Degler-Norwich."

Cite this object as

Toast Rack (England); Designed by Christopher Dresser (Scottish, 1834 – 1904); Manufactured by Hukin & Heath (United Kingdom); Distributed by Degler; silver-plated metal; H x W x D: 12.7 x 14.6 x 9.8 cm (5 x 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.); Gift of Miles Lourie; 1985-105-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Botanical Expressions and Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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