A Pair of Regency Period Blue John Obelisks
A Pair of Regency Period Blue John Obelisks

A Pair of Regency Period Blue John Obelisks

c. 1800 England

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A fine pair of George III blue-John and alabaster marble obelisks​, of good figure and colour, each with a rectangular body standing on slate plinths.

These Obelisks are in excellent condition, with no breaks or major repairs.
Unfortunately the majority of surviving examples have been heavily restored.

English, circa 1800

Height: 16" 40 cm

These mantlepiece or desk Egyptian pedestals evoke 'Eternity'. A similar pair of 'Pyramids were displayed on the Chimneypiece at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire where they were recorded in 1804.

The industrialist Matthew Boulton bought a similar obelisk in 1768, where he wrote that he had found a use for 'Blew John...Which is proper for turning in to vases...." Obelisk drawing also feature in his pattern book.
N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, pp. 30, 138 and fig. 166)

Similar obelisks are displayed at the Buxton Museum and Art gallery, Derbyshire.

Literature
Kedleston Hall, Guide Book, 1977, p.14
N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, pp. 30, 138 and fig. 166
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