Boulton, Mathew

A tripod perfume burner of a type used to sweeten the air in the dining rooms of great 18th century houses.

Made from white marble and ormolu (gilt bronze), the cassolet, (from the French word for ‘perfume burner’) is in the form of a covered marble vase raised on an ormolu tripod bolted to a triangular marble plinth. The perforated cover is surmounted by a fruit-finial.

The design corresponds to a drawing in Boulton and Fothergill’s Pattern Book I, p.171 but probably originated from a plate in James Athenian Stuart and Nicholas Revett’s Antiquities of Athens, the first volume of which was published in London in 1762. More information about this cassolet can be found in N.P. Goodison’s, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu (2002), Shena Mason (ed), Matthew Boulton: Selling what the world desires (2009), and  Christopher Gilbert’s Furniture at Temple Newsam  House and Lotherton Hall, (1978).

Matthew Boulton

Tripod perfume burner, ormolu and white marble

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