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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:
wt. confirmed: 5 1/8 × 5 1/2 in., 1.3 lb. (13 × 14 cm, 589.676g) Diameter (center support): 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diameter (burner lid): 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm) Diameter (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 1775–76);
[2] anchor (Birmingham town mark);
[3] lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] M B (maker's mark for Matthew Boulton);
[5] I F (maker's mark for John Fothergill).

On rim of side of oil box:
[1] C (poor strike) (date letter for 1775–76);
[2] anchor (poor strike) (Birmingham town mark);
[3] lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] I F (maker's mark for John Fothergill);
[5] M B (maker's mark for Matthew Boulton).

On bottom of central ring of stand:
[1] M B (maker's mark for Matthew Boulton);
[2] I F (maker's mark for John Fothergill);
[3] C ( Birmingham date letter for 1775–76);
[4] anchor (Birmingham town mark);
[5] lion passant (English quality mark for sterling).
Madame Lilliana Teruzzi (until 1966; to MMA)
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