The Wallace Collection

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Pedestal
  • Pedestal
  • Manner of André-Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732) , shape of pedestal
  • France
  • c. 1700
  • Pinewood, première-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, ebony, gilt bronze and oak
  • Object size: 125 x 47.6 x 29.4 cm
  • F53
  • Reserve Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This pedestal and its pair (F54) probably date from his lifetime but are almost certainly not by André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). The marquetry is different in character from that on pieces securely attributed to him, with less luxuriant scrolls and also with strapwork frames that are uncharacteristic of his work. They are however related in shape to a model by Boulle which can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The gilt-bronze scallop shell motif, with acanthus below, which decorates the fronts of these pedestals is also found, mounted the other way up, on two octagonal pedestals attributed to Boulle in the J. Paul Getty Museum. It can also be seen on another pedestal in the Wallace Collection (F52). The presence of this mount is, however, insufficient to support an attribution to Boulle.
    Pedestals like this derive their form ultimately from the marble or stone pedestals used to support sculptural busts and hardstone vases