The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Chimney-piece
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1768 - 1770
  • Carrara marble, steel, gilt bronze and cast iron
  • Object size: 120.1 x 178.4 x 38 cm
  • F251
  • Small Drawing Room
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Further Reading
  • This chimney-piece (cheminée) is in the neo-classical style, made of white Carrara marble and mounted with gilt bronze, including a frieze of scrolling foliage and chandelles in the flutes of the tapering columns that support the mantel. As with all the French chimney-pieces in the Wallace Collection, it was brought to London by Sir Richard Wallace and installed in Hertford House during the 1870s, but it is not known from where it came originally.
    The side panels are of polished steel, while the grate and the fireback are of cast iron. These date from the nineteenth century and were presumably supplied for the installation of the chimneypiece in Hertford House.