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Wellspring Carafe

This is a Carafe. It was designed by Richard Redgrave and manufactured by J.F. Christy and produced by Sir Henry Cole (also known as Felix Summerly). It is dated 1842–1852 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is glass, vitreous enamel, gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Artist Richard Redgrave was the headmaster of the Government School of Design in London where he trained designers for industry and taught “art botany” to Christopher Dresser. Redgrave designed this carafe for Felix Summerly’s Art Manufactures, a company run by Henry Cole, who would work with Paxton on the Great Exhibition a few years later. The decoration follows the principles of design reform and
thus reflects the functionality of the object—the painted plants seem to emerge from a spring when the carafe is filled with water.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisitions Fund in memory of Dona Guimaraes.

  • Vase (Netherlands)
  • glass, enamel.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and....
  • 1994-71-9

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Sidewall (USA)
  • machine-printed paper.
  • Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • 1971-58-8-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 16.5 × 10.8 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Wellspring Carafe; Designed by Richard Redgrave ; England; glass, vitreous enamel, gold; H x diam.: 16.5 × 10.8 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/4 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisitions Fund in memory of Dona Guimaraes; 1993-78-1

In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser.

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