English, 1834 - 1904
Linthorpe Art Pottery, manufacturer (Middlesbrough on Tees, Yorkshire)
Sea Urchin vessel, 1879–1882
H. 7 x W. 5 1/2 (to handles) x D. 5 3/4 in.
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution had a tremendous impact on turn-of-the-century designers, rekindling a new appreciation in them for plant and animal forms. Christopher Dresser, a renowned botanist, writer, and designer, created this vessel, which was inspired by the humble sea urchin and the double-spouted forms of pre-Columbian pottery. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Dresser readily accepted mechanized production while stressing the importance of good design and quality craftsmanship.