Each candle vase has a reversible finial, nozzle above a guilloche band, with foliate handles and laurel-wrapped socle and circular pedestal with egg and dart upper edge and acanthus leaf to the plinth.
These candle-vases follow the sketch in Boulton’s factory pattern book numbered ‘859’ (N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, 2002, p. 304, p1. 275). The finials are reversible and are a popular Boulton feature that appear on other candle-vases. A pair of these vases based on sketch ‘859’ was in stock at Richard Bentley’s workshop in Soho in 1782, listed as ‘1 pair vases 859 blue john bodies ready to gild £2 3s Od’ (ibid., p. 184). Richard Bentley was noted as being of the ‘management’ of the ormolu department in 1770 and by 1782 was clearly the chief craftsman at Soho (ibid., p. 150).