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Vase - Bacchanalian Vase

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2000M13
Collection:Applied Art - Metalwork
Date:1776 c - 1778 c

Maker Information

:Boulton & Fothergill - View history


Boulton & Fothergill designed to hold essence or perfume. It was based on the antique Gaeta vase created by the Greek sculptor Salpion, now in the National Museum, Naples.BR>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, and especially for ornamental vases, which flourished in the 1760s.

Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, the Wolfson Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Foundation, and Birmingham City Council.

Further Information

Production Period:18th Century
Medium:Ormolu and white marble.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England