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Pair of perfume burners

Maker:
Matthew Boulton (British, Birmingham 1728–1809 Birmingham)
Maker:
and James Fothergill (died 1782)
Date:
probably ca. 1770
Culture:
British, Soho near Birmingham
Medium:
Derbyshire spar, tortoiseshell, and wood; Carrara marble base, gilded brass mounts, gilded copper liner
Dimensions:
Overall (each, wt. confirmed): 13 × 5 5/8 × 5 5/8 in., 13 lb. each (33 × 14.3 × 14.3 cm, 5.9 kg)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.1633, .1634
Not on view
Called "sphinx" vases, the sphinx supports were probably based on a design by Sir William Chambers (1723–1796), architect to George III, who supplied Boulton with several models for gilt bronze in 1770.
Irwin Untermyer (by 1962–64; to MMA)
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