Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 90 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,759 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,214 items Explore
  • 8,526 items Explore
  • 5,009 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 122 items Explore
  • 10,625 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,579 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,065 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,705 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,040 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,867 items Explore
  • 1,108 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,608 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 946 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 18,906 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 148 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 6 items
  • 25,376 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,507 items Explore
  • 1,524 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 199 items Explore
  • 9,042 items Explore
  • 9,674 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,053 items Explore
  • 5,641 items Explore
  • 4,057 items Explore
  • 996 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,450 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,326 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,007 items Explore
  • 512 items Explore
  • 1,106 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,963 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 1 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,039 items Explore
  • 1,480 items Explore
  • 80 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,018 items Explore
  • 1,172 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 842 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 844 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 2,396 items
  • 2,565 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,382 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 31,802 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,314 items Explore
  • 238 items Explore
  • 7,933 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 710 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 158 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,477 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,457 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2,334 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 83 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 131 items
  • 292 items
  • 866 items
  • 725 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 487 items Explore
  • 10,759 items Explore
  • 761 items Explore
  • 6,266 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 5,747 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,301 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 6,990 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,001 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 223 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,495 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 696 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 135 items
  • 3,472 items Explore
  • 13,439 items Explore
  • 2,733 items Explore
  • 8 items
  • 9,273 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,343 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,019 items Explore
  • 3,308 items Explore
  • 2,029 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 163 items
  • 37,258 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,268 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 109 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,614 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,549 items Explore
  • 921 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 217 items
  • 677 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 2,279 items Explore
  • 1,635 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 82 items
  • 756 items Explore
  • 3,151 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,326 items Explore
  • 22,544 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1,368 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,293 items Explore
  • 3,571 items Explore
  • 2,635 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,886 items Explore
  • 4,024 items Explore
  • 439 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,549 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 41 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 450 items Explore
  • 5,859 items Explore
  • 8,891 items Explore
  • 1,882 items Explore
  • 4,133 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 9,996 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,577 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,054 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 88 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 458 items
  • 1 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,579 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,286 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,697 items Explore
  • 1,198 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,546 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 2,016 items
  • 5,843 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,726 items Explore
  • 1,386 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,544 items Explore
  • 16,049 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 47 items
  • 5,740 items Explore
  • 8,023 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,300 items Explore
  • 283 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 461 items
  • 173 items Explore
  • 8,308 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 22,367 items Explore
  • 6,628 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2 items
  • 678 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 334 items Explore
  • 12,215 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 3 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 183 items
  • 3,615 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,194 items Explore
  • 2,204 items Explore
  • 729 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 1,088 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 251 items Explore
  • 69,766 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,639 items Explore
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 30 items
  • 3,188 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 17,529 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 627 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 85 items
  • 29 items
  • 319 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,182 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 816 items
  • 46 items
  • 9,195 items Explore
  • 26 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 52 items
  • 15,493 items Explore
  • 90 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 6 items
  • 380 items
  • 2 items
  • 618 items Explore
  • 1,643 items Explore
  • 1,027 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 157 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Griffin Vase

Matthew Boulton (Birmingham 1728 - Birmingham 1809)

Category

Furniture

Date

Unknown

Materials

A blue-john oviform perfume burner and cover mounted in ormolu with pineapple finial, resting on three kneeling griffons and with swagged foliate garlands by Matthew Boulton (Birmingham 1728 - Birmingham 1809). An important blue-john oviform perfume burner and cover mounted in ormolu , the rim cast and chased with beadwork and foliage and with pineapple finial, raised on an urn and inverted trumpet shaped central pillar flanked by three kneeling griffons with their heads resting on the lower part on a trefoil-shaped giltmetal waisted concave platform mounted with finely chased swagged foliate garlands.

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

A George III ormolu mounted blue john ‘Griffin vase’ perfume-burner by Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) and John Fothergill (1728-1782), after a design by Sir William Chambers (1722-96), circa 1770-71, of ovoid form, with a berried pineapple finial above a pierced neck cast with ovoloes and foliage supported on the heads of three griffins flanking a facetted hexagonal baluster support on a flared socle and a concave-sided triform base with an egg and dart border and with laurel swags; lining now lacking; originally with three candlebranches Provenance: By repute from the Earl of Lonsdale’s Collection, Lowther Castle, Cumbria: Acquired by Ralph Dutton, later Lord Sherborne, in the 1930’s. Exhibited: Jackson-Stops, ed.,The Treasure Houses of Britain: 500 Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting, 3rd November 1985-13th April 1986, National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C. Literature: G. Jackson-Stops, ed.,The Treasure Houses of Britain, Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting, New Haven and London, 1985, no. 271, illustrated p. 345. Comparative Literature: Goodison, Ormolu, The Work of Matthew Boulton, 1974, London, pp. 157-158, figs. 89 and 93. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, 2002, London, plates 48 & 49, p. 86, plates 336, 337, 338, pp. 334-336 Goodison, 'William Chambers's Furniture',Furniture History, 1990, vol. XXVI, p. 67-89. Shena Mason, Matthew Boulton Selling What the World Desires, Yale University Press, Exhibition catalogue Gas Hall Gallery, May-September 2009. Although there is no sketch or design exactly corresponding to this rare model of a laurel-festooned griffin perfume-burner, it corresponds in part to eight vases that were included in Matthew Boulton's first sale at Christie's in 1771, known as a ‘Griffin Vase’. The sale catalogue description of 'radix amethysti and or moulu, lined with silver and perferated for essence, supported by three griffins upon a round pedestal of the same materials, the whole in the antique taste’. This corresponds to the vase illustrated by Goodison, op. cit., plate 336, p. 334 (sold Sothebys, New York, 21st November 1981, lot 150, now in the Gerstenfeld Collection) (fig. 10). This model depicting griffins draped in laurel swags relates to a candlestick, possibly one of the 'modells' lent by Sir William Chambers to Boulton in 1770. There exists a letter from Chambers to Boulton in around 1773, asking for the return of a ‘griffin model’, amongst other pieces. In Chamber’s celebrated Treatise on Civil Architecture, 3rd. ed.,1791 (Goodison, op. cit, p. 86, pl. 48), a model for a griffin candlestick is illustrated (fig. 11). Furthermore, there is a sketch by John Yenn (d. 1821), in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, who served as Chambers's assistant and pupil from 1764 to 1771. The sketch depicts a much earlier version of this design with minor variations such as the decoration of the plinth (see pl. 49, p. 86) (fig. 12). Also the wings of the griffin on the design are depicted upwards and not downwards as on the present model. 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.

Provenance

Lowther Castle,; acquired by Ralph Dutton about 1930-40.

Credit line

Maxine Fox

Makers and roles

Matthew Boulton (Birmingham 1728 - Birmingham 1809)

View more details