James Wyatt (British, Weeford, Stafforshire 1746–1813 near Marlborough, Wiltshire)
Matthew Boulton (British, Birmingham 1728–1809 Birmingham)
John Fothergill (died 1782)
Height: 14 1/2 in., 1.8 lb. (36.8 cm, 839.154g)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Volunteer Anniversary Fund, 1993
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 and tripod stand (see 66.192.5a–c) 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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Engraved on front: initials THB (in monogram)
Marking:  lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);  anchor (Birmingham town mark);  C (date letter for Birmingham for 1775–76);  IF (maker's mark for John Fothergill);  MB (maker's mark for Matthew Boulton).