The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Wall light
  • Wall light
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1780
  • Gilt-bronze, gold and steel bolts
  • Object size: 94 x 53.3 x 40.5 cm
  • Incised mark: With assembly marks Incised and punched
  • F372
  • Oval Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • One of a set of four gilt-bronze wall-lights, each cast with a central shaft surmounted with a vase of lilies and roses, the arms decorated with sprays of acanthus leaves. Originally part of a set of three pairs, transferred on 16 August 1786 from Compiègne to the salon des jeux de la Reine or Queen’s Games Room at Fontainebleau. The wall-lights would have been moved to Fontainebleau as part of Marie-Antoinette’s refurbishment of her apartment there. The fact that they were moved is proof that the Queen did not always commission new works of art but often relied on the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne (the royal furniture depot) to source existing pieces from another palace.