The Wallace Collection (1), Regents Park, London
The main entrance to Hertford House (the Wallace Collection) on the north side of Manchester Square.
The museum's collection numbers nearly 5,500 objects featuring a fine collection of European and Oriental arms and armour as well as displays of gold boxes, miniatures, sculpture and medieval and Renaissance works of art such as maiolica, glass, bronzes and Limoges enamels.
The balustrade of the grand staircase was installed in Hertford House in 1874 and is specifically mentioned in Lady Wallace's will as being part of her bequest to the British nation. Should the Wallace Collection be housed elsewhere, the balustrade had to be de-installed from Hertford House and taken to the new site.
The balustrade was not made for Hertford House however, being originally installed in the Royal Bank of France, and had to undergo extensive modification when it was installed here.
The Back State Room is a tribute to the patronage of King Louis XV (1715-74) and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. It displays some of the greatest examples in the Wallace Collection of rococo art, which flourished under their patronage.
Part of the Sevres Porcelain collection.The Wallace Collection has the finest museum collection of Sevres porcelain in the world.
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