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A Regency Silver-Plated Argand

Origin England
Period 18th Century
Materials Silver fused to copper, tin, and glass
W. 9 in; H. 12.75 in; D. 4.5 in;
W. 22.86 cm; H. 32.39 cm; D. 11.43 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1790
Description This elegant silver-plated argand represents one of the first examples of the collaboration between Ami Argand and Matthew Boulton to create a revolutionary form of artificial illumination to eclipse candlepower. The elliptical urn-shaped body is ornamented with a pair of delicately scrolled wire handles and rests on a rectangular plinth with reeded sides. The lamp still retains its original drop-in burner. In 1790, Gouverneur Morris of New York purchased fourteen nearly identical lamps for Mount Vernon at George Washington’s request while in London.
Styles / Movements Classical, Neoclassical, Regency
Book References Reference: Wolfe, John J. Brandy, Ballons, & Lamps, Ami Argand, 1750–1803. Carbondale and Edwardsville, Illinois, Southern Illinois University Press, 1999. page 150, plate 1014.
Dealer Reference Number D1093
Incollect Reference Number 290505
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