The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Chimney-piece
  • Chimney-piece
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1769 - 1775
  • Marble, gilt bronze, steel and cast iron
  • Object size: 104.5 x 162.5 x 37.2 cm
    Hearth, Width: 158.5 cm
    Hearth, Depth: 45 cm
  • F252
  • Boudoir
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Close in design to the chimney-piece of the grand salon of the Hôtel d’Orsay in Paris, this fireplace has engaged, fluted columns at the sides and a scrolling frieze mount along the top. The grand salon was decorated for the comte d’Orsay between 1769 and 1775, so the chimney-piece probably dates from the same years and the Wallace example probably to the same period or a few years later. The grate, fireback and side panels would have been supplied for the chimney-piece
    when it was installed in Hertford House between 1872-5 and are the same design as examples used elsewhere in the house.