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'His views were invested with emotion and drama, and he added variety with different atmospheric and light effects, so allowing the viewer to experience nature in all its moods' - on Claude-Joseph Vernet who died #OTD
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12/02/2016 at 08:50. Facebook
This late #C18th French clock is based on a design by François-Joseph Belanger, designer to Louis XVI. It is designed in the neo-classical style, and includes Greek-style winged sphinxes, fruit and flower garlands symbolising peace and plenty, and billing doves, the attribute of the goddess Venus. #art
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11/28/2016 at 10:09. Facebook
Trencher, Boy beating a drum, Faenza, Italy, c. 1520.
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12/01/2016 at 08:49. Facebook
Despite the fact he probably never visited Italy, Nicolaes Berchem's paintings created an irresistible and evocative vision, which was received with great enthusiasm by Dutch (and later French) collectors. In this painting, he has chosen a bustling harbour as a theatrical mis-en-scene, where people from different walks of life converge around a fountain. The rhythms of the contours of masts,...
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11/30/2016 at 08:15. Facebook
Possibly used as a pharmacy flask, this flagon was made in Italy during the mid #C16th. It has been decorated in bright colours, and depicts the biblical scene of David defeating Goliath. The flask was possibly part of the sale of Prince Napoleon in 1872, before it entered the Collection. #art
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11/29/2016 at 11:29. Facebook
One of a pair, this three-light candelabrum is indicative of the way in which the taste for the classical past gripped the decorative arts in the 1760's in Paris. Tripod-mounted incense- or perfume-burners became popular accouterments for fashionable rooms in the late 1760's and 1770's, and many variants – in gilt wood, hardstone or gilt-bronze – of different sizes were produced. This pair...
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11/28/2016 at 10:19. Facebook
This silver-gilt, tiger-headed #C18th Indian mace was once one of a pair - and used in processions to herald the approach of a prince, nobleman or important official. The tiger's eyes are made of garnets, and a green stone is mounted to the centre of the forehead.

Although it appears to be an imposing and heavy instrument, such maces were usually hollow - made of thin sheet silver, and the...
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11/28/2016 at 10:09. Facebook
Trencher, Boy beating a drum, Faenza, Italy, c. 1520.
The Wallace Collection
11/27/2016 at 08:00. Facebook
Henriette Sontag, born 1806, was one of the leading sopranos of her time. At the age of 18 she sang the solo soprano parts in the first performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

This miniature of Sontag is by Alessandro Fiocchi, and is after a painting by Franz Winterhalter, a renowned court painter. Fiocchi produced very few miniatures, so the fact we have 4 miniatures in the Collection...
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This rare #C15th wooden saddle is overlaid entirely with carved stag horn, enriched with coloured wax. Intricate scenes appear on the saddle, including a conversation between two courtly lovers: the lady asks 'and if the war should end', to which her lover replies 'I will rejoice ever to be thine'.

It is not entirely clear when these saddles would have been used, perhaps when the horse was...
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Last chance to see our #free exhibition 'The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection' - closes this Sunday.
To all those celebrating - have a happy Thanksgiving!
FREE LECTURE

The Wallace Collection, the Frick Collection, Knole House & their interconnections
Friday 25 November, 1pm, drop in

In a lecture by Hiliary Williams, explore an era where collecting was at the height of fashion. Discover the personalities who helped form these famous collections, and uncover how the Wallace Collection directly inspired the formation of the Frick Collection in...
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This stately Dutch seascape is regarded by many as Willem van de Velde the Younger's masterpiece. Celebrating the seafaring prowess of the Dutch, it was probably commissioned by Admiral Cornelis Tromp to commemorate his brief spell as the commander-in-chief of the Dutch fleet - his flagship Liefde is shown in the left foreground.

Want to know more? Come along to a free talk today at 1pm. #art...
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For this week’s #wallacecuratorpick we have chosen a set of six armchairs and two sofas upholstered with Beauvais tapestry dating from the 1750’s. Becoming one of the three leading tapestry manufactories in France, Beauvais’s production reached its heyday when Jean-Baptiste Oudry, leading animal painter of his time, was made director in 1734. He insisted on higher technical standards and...
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Closing week for our #free exhibition 'The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This ornate Toilet mirror, attributed to André-Charles Boulle, the cabinet-maker to Louis XIV, was originally bought by the great-niece of Louis.

The back of the mirror is covered in a beautiful, virtuoso display of Boulle marquetry, which was a technique of combining turtle shell and brass to form a veneer.

Want to know more? Watch this video by Curator Helen Jacobson: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Represented in our Collection by his masterpiece, 'A Dance to the Music of Time', French #artist Nicolas Poussin died #OTD.
As part of the nationally celebrated 'Museums Takeover Day', join us today students from St. Vincent’s Primary School take over the museum. The day also including giving a public tour at 1pm, given by our 'Young Curators', aged 8 -11.
Since June 2012, conservators at the Wallace Collection have been working on the Riesener Project, aiming to better understand the works of Jean-Henri Riesener in the Collection, and also pieces at Waddesdon Manor and in the Royal Collection.

Read our new blog to find out more

The Wallace Collection » Riesener Revealed: Documentation and Observation…the Journey so far

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