Introduction to Christopher Dresser Ceramics c.1880-1893

March 16, 2015 by CTF Editor


Christopher Dresser was a cofounder (1879) and the art director (1879–82) of the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. There are ten Linthorpe pieces included in this section, all of which bear the Linthorpe mark. Nine of these are also marked with Dresser’s facsimile signature. The manager of Linthorpe from 1879 to 1882 was Henry Tooth (1842–1918); his initials appear on all ten of the pieces.


Ceramic designs by Dresser were also produced by Ault Pottery in Swadlingcote, South Derbyshire, founded by William Ault in 1887. In 1890 Ault purchased the Linthorpe molds for Dresser’s designs, and in 1893 Dresser signed a contract to produce new designs for Ault. The last three pieces illustrated in this section were manufactured by Ault and impressed with Dresser’s facsimile signature.


All of the ceramics illustrated are marked on
the bottom of the pieces.