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A GEORGE III ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE VASE PERFUME-BURNER attributed to Matthew Boulton, the domed anthemia-pierced lid surmounted by a stiff-leaf collar and bifurcated finial, enclosing a removable liner, the urn-shaped body with repeating foliate frieze and three scrolled acanthus handles suspending garlanded roses that frame oval medallions, cast in low relief with mythological scenes, above a foliate and fluted spreading socle with ribbon-twist plinth, the whole standing on a circular fluted platform and three herm-monopodiae supporting further garlands, on a fluted concave-fronted triangular plinth with central domed boss

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A GEORGE III ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE VASE PERFUME-BURNER attributed to Matthew Boulton, the domed anthemia-pierced lid surmounted by a stiff-leaf collar and bifurcated finial, enclosing a removable liner, the urn-shaped body with repeating foliate frieze and three scrolled acanthus handles suspending garlanded roses that frame oval medallions, cast in low relief with mythological scenes, above a foliate and fluted spreading socle with ribbon-twist plinth, the whole standing on a circular fluted platform and three herm-monopodiae supporting further garlands, on a fluted concave-fronted triangular plinth with central domed boss
15½in. (39.5cm.) high; 7½in. (19cm.) deep

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This model of vase perfume-burner is firmly attributed to Matthew Boulton's Soho manufactory on stylistic grounds. The most striking similarities are to pieces of Boulton and Fothergill's silverware. A silver perfume-burner illustrated in N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, pl. 156, is supported on a similar tripod of which the figures, although decorated differently, are clearly from the same source.
One from each of two pairs of this model, with small differences, are illustrated, ibid., pls. 157-158. A third pair were sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 6 July 1967, lot 48
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