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Tripod perfume burner for Wentworth Woodhouse

Tripod perfume burner for Wentworth Woodhouse (detail), James Stuart, 1760. Museum no. M.46-1948

Tripod perfume burner for Wentworth Woodhouse (detail), James Stuart, 1760. Museum no. M.46-1948 (click image for larger version)

This tripod perfume burner is one of Stuart's most important and enduring designs. It is is based on his sketch of a reconstruction of the tripod that once stood on the roof of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens. On his return to London, Stuart revived this tripod form, which appears as a decorative object in his drawings dating from as early as 1757.

Tripods would become a standard part of the Neo-classical repertoire, but this one by Stuart appears to be the first made in metal since ancient times.