The ovoid shaped alabaster vases with ormolu mounts conform to designs by Matthew Boulton and relate to other known examples detailed below. The voluted handles terminate in Bacchic ram-masks and are festooned with laurel and hung with ribbon-tied swags. The waisted fluted socle and square stepped base supported on a further waisted square socle in alabaster with guilloche cast ormolu mounts.
The Edward Sarofim Collection
The design may be found in Pattern Book 1, p.171, which is illustrated in N. Goodison, Ormolu, The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, pl.163, fig. m.
N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton Ormolu, London, 2002, p.305, pl.278
A related pair is illustrated in Goodison, op. cit., 1974, pl.141 and op. cit., 2002, pl. 279
Amongst related vases with this handle pattern are a pair almost certainly commissioned by Sir Edward Knatchbull (d.1779) for Mersham-le-Hatch, Kent sold by Lord Brabourne at Christie’s London, 19 11 1992, lot 4.