Matthew Boulton (British, 17281809) and John Fothergill (English, died 1782)
Silver; H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Purchase, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Volunteer Anniversary Gift, 1993 (1993.73)
Tripod stand, 177576
Matthew Boulton (English, 17281809) and John Fothergill (English, died 1782)
Silver; 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 burner lid 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm), Diam. of burner 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Gift of Madame Lilliana Teruzzi, 1966 (66.192.5ac)
Made at the factory of Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill, located outside Birmingham in what would become the industrial Midlands, this hot-water jug 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, 177576, 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.