Period: Nineteenth Century
Length: 9 inches
Width: 4.5 inches (at widest point)
An ornate iron stand, cast in a stylised leaf shape, with a sophisticated array of intertwining botanical forms, typical of Dresser's style. The founders marks 'A. Kenrick & Sons, No.8, Rd 15023' are found on the underside of the stand.The way in which Dresser here has taken a commonplace everyday object, and beautifully designed it to create a work of art, encapsulates his attitude towards function and design.
Dresser saw that, with increased mechanisation and mass production, British designers had to make strong design statements that unified beauty and utility, if they were to stay ahead of the competition. Thus we see here an apparently ordinary object, but undoubtedly a beautiful one.