The Wallace Collection

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Pier glass
  • Pier glass
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1870
  • Glass, gilt and pinewood
  • Height: 340 cm
    Width: 175.5 cm
  • F439
  • Front State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This is a late-nineteenth-century imitation of a pier glass in the Louis XVI style, probably made in Paris. It is carved with typically neo-classical motifs such as the trophy at the top comprising Cupid's torch and quiver, encircled by a wreath of roses (the attribute of Venus) and tied by a ribbon bow to a double spray of bay leaves (symbolising Apollo's love for Daphne).
    The pier glass hangs in the Front State Room of Hertford House.