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Title: 2002M26 Pair of Candlevases
Description: 2002M26
Pair of Candlevases, 1773
Ormolu with white marble and opaque white glass.
Manufacturers: Matthew Boulton, John Fothergill
Glass maker: James Keir

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. Objects like this one were known as candle vases as they could be used to hold a candle or as a vase. Ornamental wares of this and simpler kinds made up the bulk of Boulton's production.
Applied Arts
18th Century
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham Museums Trust/Soho House
West Midlands
Birmingham history
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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 Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 2002