Christopher Dresser was one of the first and most important designers in Victorian Britain. He was a pioneer in making beautiful furniture and decorations for people’s homes which could also be mass-produced and affordable.
In 1876 he embarked on a journey that would take him across the world in search of inspiration from other designers. His ultimate destination was Japan, but first he arranged a business contract with the New York designers Messrs. Tiffany and Co., and was sent to Japan as an emissary by the British Government.
This was an exciting time for the West – after centuries of isolation from the world Japan was opening its doors to international trade. Dresser was instructed to select decorative Japanese objects to be sold in the Western markets.