MATTHEW BOULTON AND JOHN FOTHERGILL, SOHO, BIRMINGHAM, THE MOVEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN WHITEHURST, DERBY, CIRCA 1771
Modelled as a vase, the body engraved with a ribbon-tied laurel medallion centred by an inscription in Greek to Adonis, 'Αϊ Αϊ / Ταύ Κυθέρϵιαν /Απώλϵτο /Καλοṡ Ἀδωνιs' above a foliate clasped spiral-fluted socle and rectangular white marble pedestal with medallion and drapery swags, flanked by figures of Venus and Cupid with a pair of doves, on a stepped Siena marble plinth (probably later) inset with a horizontal timepiece movement, silvered Roman hour and Arabic minute chapter rings, with large cylinder escapement and balance wheel
11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm.) high; 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) wide; 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) deep
Provenance George Innes-Ker, 9th Duke of Roxburghe, formerly at 2 Carlton House Terrace, London;
Christie's, London, 31 May 1956, lot 57.
L.A. Hart, Esq.
with Partridge Fine Arts, London, 1992.
Dr. Horace Wood Brock Collection, Massachusetts, USA.
with Mallett, London, 2000;
Private Collection, U.K. Literature N. Goodison, ‘Matthew Boulton’s Allegorical Clocks’, Connoisseur, February 1973, pp. 106-111.
N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, p. 127 and p. 308, plate 44.
Partridge Fine Arts, Recent Acquisitions, London, 1992, cover and pp. 26-7, No. 9.
Mallett, The Age of Matthew Boulton, London, 2000, pp. 48-49.
N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002, pp. 236-240 and fig. 191.
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