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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 94

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU AND BLUE-JOHN CANDLESTICKS

    BY MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA 1765-70

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU AND BLUE-JOHN CANDLESTICKS
    BY MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA 1765-70
    Each of amphora form, with waisted nozzle, husk-cast and upswept acanthus-wrapped handles issuing a foliate garland, surmounted by a later moulded drip-pan, above a flowerhead-filled guilloche and beaded collar, on a waisted socle surmounted by acanthus leaves, on a square stepped plinth with fluted rim
    8¼ in. (21 cm.) high (2)


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    The Boulton garniture displays 'Apollo' laurels festooning the blue john krater-vases, which are wreathed by a pearled and flowered ribbon-guilloche and stand on Grecian double-stepped plinths. The laurels festoon from the handles' flowered and acanthus-wrapped volutes, that are reed-tied to the vases's hollowed necks.
    A closely related pair with white marble instead of blue john was sold anonymously, '50 Years of Collecting: Decorative Arts of Georgian England', Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 101 (£33,460 with premium).

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    Literature

    N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002, p. 301, fig. 267.