Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 89 items
  • 3,438 items Explore
  • 92 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,891 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,212 items Explore
  • 8,530 items Explore
  • 5,000 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 128 items Explore
  • 10,646 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,615 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,013 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,725 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,070 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,805 items Explore
  • 1,109 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,528 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 937 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 19,073 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 800 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 145 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,020 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 26,052 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,656 items Explore
  • 1,528 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 158 items Explore
  • 9,525 items Explore
  • 9,689 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,059 items Explore
  • 5,622 items Explore
  • 4,051 items Explore
  • 1,490 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,479 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,337 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,062 items Explore
  • 511 items Explore
  • 883 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,932 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 310 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,936 items Explore
  • 1,523 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,356 items Explore
  • 1,189 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 839 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 132 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 1 items
  • 22 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 841 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 350 items Explore
  • 2,398 items
  • 2,533 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,386 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 33,273 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,307 items Explore
  • 279 items Explore
  • 8,044 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 711 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 161 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,589 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 21,772 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,337 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,050 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 164 items
  • 1 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 130 items
  • 294 items
  • 852 items
  • 878 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,292 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,247 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 6,614 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,319 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 7,394 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,000 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,493 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 134 items
  • 3,490 items Explore
  • 13,463 items Explore
  • 2,720 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 9,290 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,341 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,106 items Explore
  • 3,307 items Explore
  • 2,141 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 39,432 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,277 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 131 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,506 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,529 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 698 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,281 items Explore
  • 1,652 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 2 items
  • 83 items
  • 772 items Explore
  • 3,149 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,395 items Explore
  • 22,535 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,375 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,596 items Explore
  • 3,565 items Explore
  • 2,624 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 45 items
  • 6,879 items Explore
  • 4,746 items Explore
  • 437 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,467 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,724 items Explore
  • 53 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 5,872 items Explore
  • 8,882 items Explore
  • 1,850 items Explore
  • 5,451 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 10,250 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,600 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,147 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 87 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,605 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,409 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,698 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,201 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,544 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 1,990 items
  • 5,982 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 2 items
  • 12,759 items Explore
  • 1,385 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,572 items Explore
  • 16,140 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,679 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 58 items
  • 5,734 items Explore
  • 8,260 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,339 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 439 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 183 items Explore
  • 8,383 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 23,149 items Explore
  • 7,291 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 26 items
  • 2,695 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 4 items
  • 326 items Explore
  • 12,485 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,570 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,177 items Explore
  • 2,225 items Explore
  • 732 items Explore
  • 36 items
  • 1,148 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 246 items Explore
  • 71,117 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,064 items Explore
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 3,290 items Explore
  • 249 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 16,901 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 628 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 76 items
  • 29 items
  • 332 items
  • 3 items
  • 41 items
  • 1,176 items Explore
  • 108 items
  • 805 items
  • 32 items
  • 10,639 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 13 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 266 items
  • 15,848 items Explore
  • 78 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 6 items
  • 324 items
  • 2 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 1,594 items Explore
  • 1,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 261 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Griffin Vase

Matthew Boulton (Birmingham 1728 - Birmingham 1809)

Category

Furniture

Date

1770 - 1771

Materials

Blue john, Gilt, Ormolu

Measurements

56.00 cm (H)41.00 cm (W)

Order this image

Collection

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

North Drawing Room, Hinton Ampner House, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1529851

Summary

'Griffin Vase' purfume burner, fluorspar (Blue john) with gilt-bronze (ormolu) mounts, made in the workshop of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) and John Fothergill (1728-1782), after a design by Sir William Chambers (1722-96), Birmingham, England, about1770-71.

Full description

This elaborate object, for burning perfume oils or pastilles, was made by the manufacturers Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) and John Fothergill (1728-1782), after a design by Sir William Chambers (1722-96). No exact design is known for this model of perfume-burner, supported by three griffins, but it relates to ‘Griffin Vase [s]’ in Boulton's first sale at Christie's, London, in 1771.

Provenance

According to his purchase book, Ralph paid the antique dealer J. W. Blanchard £160 for this vase, in December 1948, and noted that it previously belonged to Earl of Lonsdale at Lowther Castle, Cumbria. Maxine Fox (2016):The garlands that hang across each griffin's shoulders and chest are reflected in Chambers' designs for the pair of 'Kings' candle vases from the Royal Garniture executed by Matthew Boulton from 1770-71 and now at Windsor Castle (illustrated by N. Goodison, 'William Chambers's Furniture', Furniture History, 1990, vol. XXVI, p. 67-89). On the Hinton Ampner perfume burner there is evidence of filled holes in the body and on the top of the griffin’s head which would have supported candlebranches and it is possible that the branches were similar in style to those on the ‘Persian vase’ illustrated by Goodison op. cit., 2002, plate 351, p. 348. It is worthwhile noting that the pierced neck with beading, the finial and the ovoid body, together with the hexagonal column supporting it and the decoration of the upper surface of the triform plinth are very similar to those on this perfume burner. A pair of these ‘Persian vases’ were purchased by Sir Lawrence Dundas, and are now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (fig. 13). Furthermore, the columnar stem reflects a drawing by Chambers in his ‘Franco-Italian’ sketchbook (see V & A Museum Department of Prints and Drawings, 5712). Seven of the eight perfume-burners sold at prices of between £11 0s.6d. and £15 4s. 6d. with Lady Godolphin and Colonel William amongst the buyers. The eighth unsold vase was probably that recorded to have been sent to Amsterdam by William Matthews, Boulton's London banker. Several examples of this model are recorded including: -one belonging to Sir John Griffin Griffin purchased for £10 20s 0d in December 1771. -a ‘small’ one in the Christie’s sale in 1772. -a pair of griffin vases with stone bodies listed among the stock in 1782 as a ‘griffin or moulu essence vase, white marble, and three round stone plinths for griffin vases’ -a larger version raised on an inward curved tripartite base, circa 1770-71, illustrated by J. Harris and M. Snodin, Sir William Chambers: Architect to George III, New Haven, 1996, p.162, fig. 242. -a further closely related pair was sold from the collection of John Villiers, Esq., Christie's, London, 16th November 1995, lot 3.

Makers and roles

Matthew Boulton (Birmingham 1728 - Birmingham 1809)

View more details