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Christopher Dresser

(1834—1904) designer and botanist

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Aesthetic Movement

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

Term designating late-nineteenth-century enthusiasm for opulent arts and handcrafts, especially within a domestic context. Advocating beauty as a touchstone for every aspect of life, it...

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Alessi

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1921)

Founded in northern Italy by Giovanni Alessi Anghini as a manufacturer of metal components, the company began to produce everyday domestic and catering products...

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Birmingham

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

City in West Midlands, Eng., with splendid mus. tradition. Fest. was held there triennially, with occasional breaks, from 1768 to 1912. Costa cond., 1849–82; Mendelssohn's Elijah f.p. 1846...

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Bretby Art Pottery

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

English pottery established in 1883 by Henry Tooth and William Ault; its formal name was H.Tooth & Co. Ltd. Tooth had recently left Linthorpe art Pottery, where he had worked ...

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Coalbrookdale Iron Company

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English iron foundry established in Shropshire in 1708 and still in business. From the late 18th century the Company supplemented its core business of domestic and industrial ironwork with...

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Dixon, James, & Sons

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

English firm of silversmiths established in Sheffield c.1806. The company was one of the pioneers of the new electroplating process (silver-plating on base metal) and was an important...

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Frank Furness

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Architecture.

(1839–1912).

American architect. He was the dominant figure in Philadelphia's architectural world from 1866, when he settled there, having worked in Hunt's office. He designed...

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japonaiserie

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Art.

Until the mid-C19 Japan was largely a closed book to the West. After 1858, when the USA signed a trade agreement with that country (followed by European nations), Japanese artefacts became...

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Liberty, Arthur Lasenby

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

(b Chesham, Bucks, 13 Aug 1843; d The Lee, Bucks, 11 May 1917). English fabric manufacturer and retailer. On 15 May 1875 he opened his first shop, East India House, at 218A Regent Street,...

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Lightbown, Aspinall

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& Co. English wallpaper manufacturing company founded in 1854 in Bredbury, Lancs, by Henry Lightbown (1819–99), who had worked for Potter & co. By 1847, he was in business with ...

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