As art patrons, King George III and Queen Charlotte avidly supported English manufacturers. Following a three-hour audience with the King and Queen in February 1770, Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) received a commission for a garniture of vases for the Queens Bedroom at Buckingham Palace. All of the commissioned vases have gilt-bronze mounts and were made from Derbyshire fluorspar (blue john), the luxuriously colored crystalline stone in which Boulton specialized.
Place object was created: Birmingham, England
bluejohn stone, ormolu
Measurements: height: 7.25 inches depth: 4.25 inchesMuseum Purchase: Delhom Collection 1965.48.103A-B
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH