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Title: 2000M15.1 and 2000M15.2 Cleopatra Vases
Description: 2000M15.1 and 2000M15.2
Cleopatra Vases, 1771
Ormolu mounted, with pale Derbyshire fluorspar or 'Blue John'.
Makers: Boulton & Fothergill

During the second half of the eighteenth century ornamental vases were very popular, in some cases sets of up to seven vases were produced to be placed together on a chimneypiece. Boulton was one of the first manufacturers to seize on the commercial opportunities created by the craze for the 'antique taste', or neo-classicism as we now refer to it, which flourished in the 1760s. The small size of this candle vase made it ideal for use on a side table or a part of a garniture on a chimneypiece and satisfied the eighteenth century craze for vase ornaments. No explanation for this candle vase's name 'Cleopatra vase' has been found.
Applied Arts
18th Century
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham Museums Trust/Soho House
Birmingham history
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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Credit Line: Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and the MGC / V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 2000.