Tripod stand

Matthew Boulton British
John Fothergill
Designer James Wyatt British

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.

Tripod stand, Matthew Boulton (British, Birmingham 1728–1809 Birmingham) (Soho Manufactory), Silver, British, Birmingham

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Tripod stand (66.192.5a–c) and hot water jug (1993.73)