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Excellent Wallace Collection worth a visit in London

The Wallace Collection opened to permanent public view in 1900; a condition of the bequest to the nation was that no object should ever leave the collection, even for loan exhibitions

The Wallace Collection opened to permanent public view in 1900; a condition of the bequest to the nation was that no object should ever leave the collection, even for loan exhibitions

Self-portrait, Rembrandt, 1637; the collection had a very high quality selection of Italian majolica pottery dating from the Renaissance period

Self-portrait, Rembrandt, 1637; the collection had a very high quality selection of Italian majolica pottery dating from the Renaissance period

1747 cartel clock; gilt-bronze case with figures of Love Triumphing Over Time; only 4 other examples of this type of clock are known to exist

1747 cartel clock; gilt-bronze case with figures of Love Triumphing Over Time; only 4 other examples of this type of clock are known to exist

Huge 1779 writing desk; the Wallace Collection is in Hertford House which was the home of Sir Richard Wallace so even the venue is imposing

Huge 1779 writing desk; the Wallace Collection is in Hertford House which was the home of Sir Richard Wallace so even the venue is imposing

I think many of the patrons were there to see the collection of Manolo Blahnik shoes on temporary display among the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection

I think many of the patrons were there to see the collection of Manolo Blahnik shoes on temporary display among the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection

The Laughing Cavalier, Hals, 1624; the museum was free and was an impressive surprise; there was an entire wing devoted to armor and weapons that I skipped

The Laughing Cavalier, Hals, 1624; the museum was free and was an impressive surprise; there was an entire wing devoted to armor and weapons that I skipped

The Wallace Collection contains the richest and most distinguished museum collection of 18th-century Sèvres porcelain in the world; it includes 137 vases, 80 tea wares, 67 useful wares, 3 biscuit figures and 130 plaques

The Wallace Collection contains the richest and most distinguished museum collection of 18th-century Sèvres porcelain in the world; it includes 137 vases, 80 tea wares, 67 useful wares, 3 biscuit figures and 130 plaques

The Village Alchemist, Steen, 1625; there were many great pieces among a strong collection of works by Dutch masters

The Village Alchemist, Steen, 1625; there were many great pieces among a strong collection of works by Dutch masters

French filing cabinet and clock, 1766; the detail on this piece (and many others) was just mind-boggling; the hours and skill required were incomprehensible

French filing cabinet and clock, 1766; the detail on this piece (and many others) was just mind-boggling; the hours and skill required were incomprehensible

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt, 1657; the Wallace Collection is best known for its quality and breadth of magnificent 18th-century French paintings, Sèvres porcelain and French furniture

Titus, the Artist's Son, Rembrandt, 1657; the Wallace Collection is best known for its quality and breadth of magnificent 18th-century French paintings, Sèvres porcelain and French furniture

French wardrobe, 1715, Andre-Charles Boulle; it's hard to imagine how these pieces were shipped to customers without being damaged and then moved more over time

French wardrobe, 1715, Andre-Charles Boulle; it's hard to imagine how these pieces were shipped to customers without being damaged and then moved more over time

French astronomical clock, 1750; not only are the collection pieces top quality but most were made for specific high profile individuals

French astronomical clock, 1750; not only are the collection pieces top quality but most were made for specific high profile individuals

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