Collection Online
porcelain (bone china)
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Robert Wilson Collection. Gift of Dr Robert Wilson, 2012
Gallery location
18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
The decoration on this match pot was designed by Christopher Dresser, one of the most innovative British ornamental designers and theorists of the nineteenth century. The decoration shows the direct influence in both motif and colour palette of nineteenth-century Chinese embroidered textiles. Despite this greater fidelity to a genuine Chinese design source, the application of these motifs onto a European ceramic form is a wholly European conceit.