The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Bookcase
  • Jean-Louis Faizelot-Delorme (active between: master 1763)
  • France
  • c. 1770
  • Oak, ebony, première-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, gilt bronze, glass, brèche violette marble, steel
  • Object size: 98.6 x 149.8 x 43 cm
  • Stamp: 'J.L.F. DELORME' (twice)
    Royal mark: Crossed Ls Cast
  • F387
  • Landing
Further Reading
  • A break-front bookcase, with three doors, the middle one mounted with a figure of Pomona (goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards). The bookcase derives from a type made in the workshop of André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) during the latter part of Boulle’s life. However it has a panelled back, as one would expect on bookcases of the second half of the eighteenth century, and the design of the marquetry is not as rich as that found on pieces attributed to Boulle.

    Possibly sold in the Bezenval sale, 10 August 1795, the bookcase and its pair F386, are likely to have been purchased by the 4th Marquess of Hertford at the Baron D’Ivry sale, 8-16 March 1841. They were exhibited at Bethnal Green in 1872-5 and by 1890 were recorded in the Reynolds Drawing Room (now the Small Drawing Room).