This is a fascinating piece of glass. Designed by Christopher Dresser (arguably the world's first industrial designer and a giant of very early modern design), this is a "modernized" take on ancient Persian Rosewater Sprinklers (used to scatter perfumed water drops around a room - requiring a curved neck and a lobed mouth). Long before the turn of the 20th century Dresser wrote "If a material is worked in its most simple and befitting manner, the results are more beautiful than those which are arrived at by any roundabout method of production." This is essentially anticipating the modern designers mantra that form follows function.
Dresser based some of his design shapes on Islamic models such as this piece. He was interested in the colouring of glass but not in its ornamentation, preferring to concentrate on the beauty of the form.
This piece was produced by James Couper and Sons and would have been shockingly modern for its time.
This Dresser design also anticipated the Art Nouveau movement (among others), given its gracefully organic and flowerlike form. This notation from Wikipedia is very relevant to this Rosewater Sprinkler: "He received training in design and took botany as his specialization. He lectured on the new subject of Art Botany to complete his studies before his appointment in 1855 as Professor of Artistic Botany in the Department of Science and Art, South Kensington. He wrote a series of articles that appeared in the Art Journal in 1857, "Botany as Adapted to the Arts and Art Manufactures".
This important and rare glass is in excellent condition with no issues.
29cm H., 9cm D.
Christopher Dresser Clutha Vase/Sprinkler, James Couper and Sons/Liberty c.1898
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