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In the late nineteenth century, international exhibitions in London (1862), Paris (1867) and Philadelphia (1876) introduced the first major displays of Japanese art to the West, inspiring silversmiths in Europe and America to create works in the Japanese taste. One of the great designers of the time, Christopher Dresser embraced the naturalism and simplicity found in Japanese art in his designs for English silver firms such as Elkington, and Hukin & Heath. Dresser also traveled to Japan, purchasing works of art for Tiffany & Co.
By the Paris Exhibition of 1878, America's leading silver firms Tiffany & Co., and Gorham were producing fine works in this style, winning great critcal acclaim and establishing these firms as major forces in the world of design. As the popularity of the movement grew, silverplate manufacturers such as Meriden and Pairpoint were quick to follow the trend creating their own lines of more modestly priced plate which further spread the Japanesque influence.