A fine and rare late 18th century Adam period ormolu mounted blue john Cleopatra candle vases, each having a fluted neck above an ovolo shaped blue john body mounted with cast swags supported on a leaf cast cradle above a spirally fluted base on a square socle with stamped Greek key decoration above a square plinth with ormolu sides mounted with medallions of Ceres to each side; on a stepped square pith base terminating in ball feet.
Note: The majority of Cleopatra vases by Boulton feature stone or glass panels behind the medallions of Ceres. Only few examples with entire ormolu bases exist
Hotspur golden jubilee 1924-1974, pl. 8;
Mallett, The Age of Matthew Boulton - Masterpieces of Neo-classicism, 2000, p. 70;
Nicholas Goodison, Matthew Boulton-Ormolu, London 2002, p. 330, ill. 330.
Private collection, England.
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