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    Sale 7746

    PARISIAN TASTE IN LONDON: A PRIVATE COLLECTION AND FURNITURE

    10 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 277

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILT-COPPER 'GOAT'S HEAD' CANDLE-VASES

    BY MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA, 1770

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III GILT-COPPER 'GOAT'S HEAD' CANDLE-VASES
    BY MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA, 1770
    Each with a reversible reeded nozzle and finial above an ovoid body with goats' heads and laurel swags, hung to one side with an oval medallion depicting the head of Alexander the Great, on a turned foliate and spirally-fluted socle and a stepped square plinth, with ball feet
    201/2 in. (22 cm.) high, as candle sticks (2)


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    The 'goat's head' vase pattern was first recorded by in 1769 when a Mrs Yeats ordered from Matthew Boulton '1 pair of goat's head vauses light blue cheny or enamelled'. Several pairs were also listed in Christie's sale in 1771 of Boulton's ornaments. Twenty-eight pairs of 'candle vases with laurel festoons' were included in that sale, three enamalled pairs and five gilt pairs. A pair with blue john bodies with medallions of Alexander the Great (the only known medallion applied to the goat's head vase) is in The Royal Collection (see Goodison 2002, op. cit., p. 331). A pattern for the vase was included in the Pattern Book, vol. I, p. 171 and reproduced here.

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    Provenance

    The late Ann, Lady Rootes; Christie's, London, 22 May 1969, lot 26 (850gns).
    With Norman Adams.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, p.156 & pl. 120.
    N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002, p. 332, pl. 334.