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Covered Vase

circa 1771-1774

Matthew Boulton (British, 1728 - 1809)

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 Queen’s 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 inches

Museum Purchase: Delhom Collection 1965.48.103A-B

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH