The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Pedestal
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1770
  • Pinewood, première-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, ebony, gilt bronze and brass
  • Object size: 130.5 x 48.8 x 33 cm
  • F55
  • Billiard Room
Further Reading
  • Veneered wtih première-partie Boulle marquetry, this pedestal supports a clock (F44, see below). It is not from the Boulle workshop and has undergone some restoration and nineteenth-century alterations, which may have included the addition of some extra gilt-bronze mounts such as the central mount and the lion-paw feet. In the early eighteenth century pedestals such as this were often combined with clocks.
    The clock dates from around the same period, perhaps a little earlier, but was not originally intended for display on this particular pedestal. It too is veneered with première-partie Boulle marquetry and has gilt bronze mounts including figures of Fame (on the top of the clock, recognisable from the trumpet she is holding, and the laurel wreath on her head), Prudence (on the left, with a serpent in her left hand) and Justice (holding a pair of scales). The inside of the back panel is also veneered with Boulle marquetry and is visible through the glass of the front.
    The clock movement has an eight-day, spring driven going train and a count-wheel striking train, with a verge escapement and a silk pendulum suspension. The back plate of the movement is engraved Vidal a Paris, while the front is stamped with R (crowned). However, the clock has been fitted with at least three different movements and this one post-dates the 1898 Hertford House inventory, although it is eighteenth-century.