A Regency Silver-Plated Argand

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.


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 Charles Clark
Date: Circa 1790
Origin Birmingham, England
Artist/Maker Attributed to Matthew Boulton
Measurements Height: 12 Width: 9 Depth: 4
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Website http://www.clarkclassical.com
Contact Charles Clark, 203-982-1008 or  charles@clarkclassical.com

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