The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Perfume Burner
  • Perfume Burner
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1780 - 1785
  • Amazonite and gilt bronze
  • Height: 32.3 cm
    Width: 15 cm
  • F293
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  • One of a pair of perfume burners in the form of lidded bowls made from
    pale-green amazonite mounted on gilt-bronze central stems and
    tripods. Each tripod leg is decorated at the top with a goat’s head and a serpent twines around each stem. The bases are mounted with three infant satyrs, also in gilt-bronze. The perfume burners are perhaps the two ‘coupes en pierre montées en bronze doré’ recorded in the 1871 inventory for 3 rue Taitbout, one of the Parisian apartments owned by the 4th Marquess and bequeathed to his son, Richard Wallace after his death in 1870.