The Wallace Collection

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  • 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
Further Reading
  • This pedestal and its pair (F54) probably date from c. 1700 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 work by Boulle. They are however related in shape to a model by Boulle which can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Although no doubt influenced by Boulle, these pedestals derive ultimately from the marble or stone pedestals used to support sculptural busts in the late 17th and 18th centuries.
    The gilt-bronze scallop shell with acanthus below on the fronts of F53-4 is found, mounted the other way up, on two octagonal pedestals attributed to A.-C. Boulle in the J. Paul Getty Museum. It is also found below the applied pilaster on the front of another pedestal in the Wallace Collection (F52). The presence of this mount is, however, insufficient to support an attribution of this pedestal to A.-C. Boulle.