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Tea Vase

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1887M934
Collection:Applied Art - Metalwork
Date:1770 c - 1770 c

Maker Information

Attributed to:Matthew Boulton - View biography for Matthew Boulton


Boulton & Fothergill made tea urns in silver, Sheffield plate and bronzed copper. The earliest such urn appears to date from a James Stuart design for a 'tripodic tea-kitchen' dated 1769. In 1770 Boulton wanted to show a 'tripod tea kitchen' to King George III.This tea urn was sold to the Museum as "a product of Soho", this is probably correct as there are a number of copper and brass tea vases in Volume 1 of Boulton's Pattern Books, though all are more elaborate than this.

Presented by Auguste Willms.

Further Information

Medium:Copper body and base, with a brass tap, and steel fittings.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England


Height:510 mm
Width:270 mm
Depth:290 mm