A Pair of ‘Goat’s Head’ Vases by Matthew Boulton

Height: 8" 20cm
Width: 2 ½ " 6.5cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1768 – 1782

This was the most popular of Boulton’s small candle vases.  They were produced between 1768, with the first recorded sale to Mrs Yeats, and certainly1782, when they were listed amongst the stock.  Whilst the metalwork was almost always ormolu, the bodies varied and included blue and green enamel, alabaster, leopard and tiger stone and, as in this example, Blue John.


The goat’s head candle vases in ormolu and Blue John are considered by many to be the most successful and attractive of Boulton’s ornaments. The design may be found in Pattern Book I, p.171


Nicholas Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, 1974,  figs. 120 – 125

Nicholas Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, 2002,  figs. 332 – 335.


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