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A George III Neoclassical Ormolu Ice Pail Attributed to Matthew Boulton

A George III Neoclassical Ormolu Ice Pail Attributed to Matthew Boulton

Of circular urn form with two double swan handles ending in acanthus, the body with two horizontal bands of shell and foliate and Greek key decoration, raised on a circular fluted foot ending in a square plinth. Following Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill's 1768 establishment of a high quality gilt bronze (ormolu) manufactory in Soho, Birmingham, the 'ice pail' cistern was among their products discussed the following year and put into production in 1772. Conceived in the French fashion, these ice-pails are of bacchic vase form with foliage-wrapped bowls and pronounced handles derived from the celebrated marble antiquities known as the Medici and Borghese wine-krater vases. There are drawings for ice-pails in the Boulton and Fothergill pattern books which were intended for production either in ormolu or silver. Boulton seems to have based his designs on those of the prominent London silversmith Charles Frederick Kandler who was producing ice pails in silver. Boulton sold ice pails to a number of wealthy clients including the Earl of Ashburnham, the Countess of Derby and the Earl of Beauchamp. Vase shaped ice-pails were very fashionable in France and French prototypes are likely to be the original source for this ormolu version.

Late 18th Century

14 1/2in. high

Status: Available

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Price: 25,000.00

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