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Tripod stand

Maker:
Matthew Boulton (British, Birmingham 1728–1809 Birmingham) (Soho Manufactory)
Maker:
John Fothergill (died 1782)
Designer:
James Wyatt (British, Weeford, Stafforshire 1746–1813 near Marlborough, Wiltshire)
Date:
1775–76
Culture:
British, Birmingham
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); L. of supports: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Diam. of center support: 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. of lid of burner: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm); Diam. of burner: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Madame Lilliana Teruzzi, 1966
Accession Number:
66.192.5a–c
Not on view
Made at the factory of Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill, located outside Birmingham in what would become the industrial Midlands, this hot-water jug (see 1993.73) and tripod stand were acquired by the Museum more than twenty-four years apart, yet the base of the jug fits perfectly into the little ledge on the stand. Its date of manufacture, 1775–76, is a useful indication of how deeply the Neoclassic taste had become the public taste, for only ten years earlier it was a more esoteric style favored by a small aristocratic clientele.
Marking: On wick holder:
[1] C (date letter for year 1775-76);
[2] anchor;
[3] lion passant;
[4] M B;
[5] I F;

On rim of side of oil box:
[1] C (poor strike);
[2] anchor (poor strike);
[3] lion passant;
[4] I F;
[5] M B

On bottom of central ring of stand:
[1] M B;
[2] I F;
[3] C (date letter for Birmingham, 1775-76);
[4] anchor;
[5] lion passant
Madame Lilliana Teruzzi (until 1966; to MMA)
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