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CHRISTOPHER DRESSER: HISTORY & VALUATIONS

Have you ever wondered what your piece of Christopher Dresser silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of Christopher Dresser and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Christopher Dresser silver

Christopher Dresser is widely considered to be the first industrial designer, and as a result, his pieces are highly valued. 

If you own a piece of Christopher Dresser silver, use the form on the page to request a free valuation of your item. To find out more about the history of the designer, scroll down to the history section at the bottom of the page.

The Market for Christopher Dresser silver in 2020

The market for Christopher Dresser silver has been steadily rising due to the popularity of his unique design. 

As an appreciation for designers and makers rises, so does the popularity of rare pieces by infamous designers, with the rarest pieces commanding a high premium. 

More than ever condition is key and collectors discriminate against even the smallest imperfection, wanting pieces to be in mint condition. 

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Selling your Christopher Dresser silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

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Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

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We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Christopher Dresser silver we can have a no-obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no-obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Dresser silver for the highest possible price.

A History of Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser is considered by many to be the first industrial designer – an accolade that reflects his love of using machinery in creating his silver. Dresser is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential independent designers of the Aesthetic Movement. Dresser was not afraid to explore the positives and negatives on machine manufacturing in domestic objects such as teapots. 

Dresser was born in 1834 in Glasgow and studied at the Government School of Design in London from a young age. Here, he came into contact with designers such as Henry Cole and Owen Jones, who were known for leading the design reform movement. During this time Dresser also studied Botany, taking this as a specialisation and even lecturing in the subject. Later, Dresser obtained a doctorate in absentia from a university in Germany. 

In terms of design, Dresser adhered to the school of thought developing at the time – that deceptive manufacturing was immoral and dishonest towards the customer. Based on this theory, Dresser developed three principles of design: Truth, Beauty, and Power. The idea was that all three principles combined would create a perfect product and design. 

Dresser took inspiration from his love of Botany when designing, using the geometric shapes that he found in nature. This was a very scientific approach to design that was unusual at the time. These simple and natural designs show Dresser’s fascination with the most basic elements of design. 

Later in his career, Dresser was heavily influenced by Japanese, Peruvian, Egyptian, Persian, and Fijian objects. Much of his work from the 1860s features typical Japanese design elements and motifs. 

Christopher Dresser designed a plethora of different objects, including carpets, furniture, ceramics, glasswork, and silver. In the production of this work, he recognised the merits of using machines, unlike many of his counterparts, who would only produce handmade goods. It is this attitude that made Dresser become known as the first industrial designer. Dresser was a freelance designer in this time and provided designs for many different manufacturers, meaning that his influence stretched far. 

Among some of his most famous silverworks are the numerous teapots that he designed. The teapots feature stark straight lines and odd but functional features. His work is almost instantly recognisable, contributing to the nature of its collectability today. 

Dresser penned a number of books surrounding design and ornament, namely The Art of Decorative Design (1862) and Principles of Design (1873),

Later in life, Dresser set up his own store, whilst still providing designs for other manufacturers. However, Dresser’s declining health saw the company fall in 1883. Dresser died in 1904. In modern times Dresser is regarded as one of the most important independent designers the UK has ever seen. His works are prized, as is the legacy of his designs.

What is your piece of Christopher Dresser silver worth?

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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Have you ever wondered what your piece of Christopher Dresser silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of the designer Christopher Dresser and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Christopher Dresser silver

Christopher Dresser is widely considered to be the first industrial designer, and as a result, his pieces are highly valued. 

If you own a piece of Christopher Dresser silver, use the form on the page to request a free valuation of your item. To find out more about the history of the designer, scroll down to the history section at the bottom of the page.

Receive a free valuation for your Christopher Dresser Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

Basic Contact MINI
Images of Your Item
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB
Are You a Robot?
I agree to the privacy policy *

Selling your Christopher Dresser silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Christopher Dresser silver we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Dresser silver for the highest possible price.

A History of Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser is considered by many to be the first industrial designer – an accolade that reflects his love of using machinery in creating his silver. Dresser is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential independent designers of the Aesthetic Movement. Dresser was not afraid to explore the positives and negatives on machine manufacturing in domestic objects such as teapots. 

Dresser was born in 1834 in Glasgow and studied at the Government School of Design in London from a young age. Here, he came into contact with designers such as Henry Cole and Owen Jones, who were known for leading the design reform movement. During this time Dresser also studied Botany, taking this as a specialisation and even lecturing in the subject. Later, Dresser obtained a doctorate in absentia from a university in Germany. 

In terms of design, Dresser adhered to the school of thought developing at the time – that deceptive manufacturing was immoral and dishonest towards the customer. Based on this theory, Dresser developed three principles of design: Truth, Beauty, and Power. The idea was that all three principles combined would create a perfect product and design. 

Dresser took inspiration from his love of Botany when designing, using the geometric shapes that he found in nature. This was a very scientific approach to design that was unusual at the time. These simple and natural designs show Dresser’s fascination with the most basic elements of design. 

Later in his career, Dresser was heavily influenced by Japanese, Peruvian, Egyptian, Persian, and Fijian objects. Much of his work from the 1860s features typical Japanese design elements and motifs. 

Christopher Dresser designed a plethora of different objects, including carpets, furniture, ceramics, glasswork, and silver. In the production of this work, he recognised the merits of using machines, unlike many of his counterparts, who would only produce handmade goods. It is this attitude that made Dresser become known as the first industrial designer. Dresser was a freelance designer in this time and provided designs for many different manufacturers, meaning that his influence stretched far. 

Among some of his most famous silverworks are the numerous teapots that he designed. The teapots feature stark straight lines and odd but functional features. His work is almost instantly recognisable, contributing to the nature of its collectability today. 

Dresser penned a number of books surrounding design and ornament, namely The Art of Decorative Design (1862) and Principles of Design (1873),

Later in life, Dresser set up his own store, whilst still providing designs for other manufacturers. However, Dresser’s declining health saw the company fall in 1883. Dresser died in 1904. In modern times Dresser is regarded as one of the most important independent designers the UK has ever seen. His works are prized, as is the legacy of his designs.

Receive a free valuation for your Christopher Dresser Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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