Blue & White Cranes Teacup and Saucer from The Met Museum


This classic teacup and saucer set pays homage to a blue-and-white tile (ca. 1875) in The Met collection, painted with birds in flight flanked by decorative floral motifs. The tile was designed for Minton Ceramic Factory (British, 1793-present) by Christopher Dresser (British, 1834-1904), who served as a freelance artist and art advisor to the firm, although none of the pieces realized by Minton bear his signature. Guided by the philosophy that quality design requires not only a skilled artisan but a visionary artist, Dresser enjoyed a long career working as an ornamentalist; a lecturer in botany; and a designer of silver, glass, furniture, textile patterns, and ceramics.

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