The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Pedestal
  • Imitator of Pierre Legros (1629 - 1714)
  • Imitator of Benoît Massou (1633 - 1684)
  • France
  • c. 1860
  • Marble
  • Object size: 128.8 x 44.2 x 44.2 cm
  • F452
  • Hall
Further Reading
  • This is one of three Carrara marble pedestals (with F450-1) in the Wallace Collection that are mid-nineteenth-century copies of the eight, or perhaps ten, marble pedestals carved in 1681 by Pierre Legros (1629-1714) and Benoît Massou (1633-1684), as supports for individual fountains in the Bosquet de l'Arc de Triomphe at Versailles, seven of which survive in the Musée National du Château de Versailles, and two similar pedestals in the Vielle Ecole de Médecine. The fountains at the bosquet were destroyed in 1793.
    Since the opening of the Wallace Collection, these pedestals have been used to support the marble busts of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, Lady Wallace and Sir Richard Wallace in the entrance hall of Hertford House.