Matthew Boulton PAIR Ormolu Cassolettes C1770
(SOLD) A pair of very rare and delicious Mathew Bolton (Boulton and Fothergill) gilded bronze and enameled cassolettes. George III period: C 1770. Each with a spiral fluted leaf tip-cast and stepped finials reversing to waisted bobeches,the ovoid bodied hung with laurel leaf garlands from goats' masks, the uprising laurel leaf base and further stepped square plinth on ball feet, 22 cm tall.? The bodies originally came in green or blue enamel, gilt copper, white marble or Blue John. These have been re-enameled.
A pair in red (re)enamel sold at Christies', New York, sale 1037, lot 260, for US$21,510 in April 2002. A pair with Blue John bodies are illustrated page 169, in "Matthew Boulton, Selling What the World Desires", Yale University Press, edited my Shena Mason, 2009.
The National Gallery of Victoria is pleased to exhibit a pair of candelabra and a clock by Matthew Bolton. The Gallery of South Australia has just acquired a pair with Blue John, rather than enamel bodies, probably the pair at Christies, London in 23 May 2012 , lot 304, bringing GBP51,650.
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