A glimpse of Sheffield’s silver-making past has taken pride of place in a prestigious exhibition in the Middle East.
Tea Service For One, a silver-plated copper alloy three-piece tea set, was made by Neepsend-based James Dixon & Sons in about 1880 and forms part of the Birth Of A Museum display at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat art centre.
Comprising a teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, the items were designed by Christopher Dresser and form part of a summer ‘taster’ exhibition.
It will feature in a permanent exhibition being assembled by leading art curators for Louvre Abu Dhabi, a new museum being created in association with its famous Paris namesake and set to open in 2015.
A museum spokesman said: “The tea service attests to the radical simplicity of Dresser’s models, his knowledge of plant morphology, and his admiration for the clean lines of Japanese design.”
The pieces are on show in Birth Of A Museum until Saturday, July 20.