Perfume Burner

ca. 1760 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 118, The Wolfson Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This perfume burner is made of cast and chased gilt bronze. It is based on the classical tripods of ancient Greece which were to be found in temples and similar monuments.

Design & Designing
This burner was made by the London ormolu maker Diedrich Nicolaus Anderson (died 1767) to a design by the architect James Stuart (1713-1788). Designs by Stuart for similar perfume burners are to be found in Sir John Soane's Museum in London.

Makers & Making
At the edge of the bowl are three slots. These were designed to take three branches with candle-sconces. A very similar perfume burner at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, is fitted with branches, and one of the designs by Stuart in Soane's Museum shows such branches. The other design has none, which seems to indicate that such branches were optional.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Perfume Burner
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Cast ormolu (gilt bronze) on marble plinth
Brief Description
Ormolu



Ormolu
Dimensions
  • Height: 53.97cm
  • Approx. width: 27cm
  • Maximum depth: 28.8cm
Gallery Label
British Galleries: The ancient Greek and Roman tripod form, originally devised for sacrificial altars, was used in many ways by Neo-classical designers. This early example was designed by the architect James Stuart for Spencer House in London.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Made in London, probably by Diederich Nicolaus Anderson (dies 1767), from a design by James Stuart (born in London, 1713, died there in 1788)



James Athenian Stuart Exhibition RF.2005/775



Classical Ideal Exhibition RF.2009/1012
Summary
Object Type
This perfume burner is made of cast and chased gilt bronze. It is based on the classical tripods of ancient Greece which were to be found in temples and similar monuments.

Design & Designing
This burner was made by the London ormolu maker Diedrich Nicolaus Anderson (died 1767) to a design by the architect James Stuart (1713-1788). Designs by Stuart for similar perfume burners are to be found in Sir John Soane's Museum in London.

Makers & Making
At the edge of the bowl are three slots. These were designed to take three branches with candle-sconces. A very similar perfume burner at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, is fitted with branches, and one of the designs by Stuart in Soane's Museum shows such branches. The other design has none, which seems to indicate that such branches were optional.
Collection
Accession Number
M.46:1, 2-1948

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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