Curator's Choice: Furniture at The Wallace Collection

Tuesday 18 February 2020

The Wallace Collection is without doubt one of the finest museums in Britain, comprising extraordinary examples of paintings, furniture, armour and objets d’art which are displayed in the elegant townhouse bequeathed to the nation by Sir Richard Wallace in 1897.

Dr Helen Jacobsen is Senior Curator and Curator of French 18th century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection where she is responsible for the remarkable collection of clocks, furniture, porcelain, gold boxes and gilt bronze. We are delighted that she is able to join us for a private tour this February. After coffee and refreshments Dr Jacobsen will focus in particular on some of the finest examples of French furniture in the museum as well as a number of highlights of the decorative arts collection.

The tour is now fully booked but let us know if you would like to join a waiting list in case spaces become available 



Light refreshments (included) will be served in the Wallace Restaurant and Cafe from 10.30. We then convene in the Entrance Hall on the ground floor at 11.00. This is the main entrance of the museum, at the bottom of the staircase. Our tour will last a little over an hour. Please do arrive in good time as we will be moving around the galleries, so latecomers may find it hard to find us. There will be time for questions after the tour.

Helen Jacobsen is Senior Curator and Curator of French 18th-century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection. Her current research interests include the furniture of the later 18th century, the collecting of ancien régime decorative art in the 19th century, and bronzes d’ameublement. Her recent publications include Gilded Interiors. Parisian Luxury and the Antique (London, 2017), in association with an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, and contributing essays in C. Baulez and C. Vignon (eds.), Pierre Gouthière. Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court (New York and Paris, 2016) and D. O. Kisluk-Grosheide and B. Rondot (eds.) Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789), (Paris and New York, 2018). She graduated in History of Art from Cambridge University and later received her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum. She did further postgraduate study at Oxford University, where her DPhil investigated the foreign influences in art, architecture and the decorative arts that characterised much cultural patronage by English diplomats in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the role played by architecture and the arts in diplomatic and political life. Luxury and Power: the Material World of the Stuart Diplomat appeared with Oxford University Press in 2011. Helen is on the Councils of The Attingham Trust and the French Porcelain Society.


Lunch is not included but refreshments before the tour are - see above.

Further Study Day Information

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN

To view a map of the gallery location click here

Travel Information:

BUS: Numbers 2, 10, 12, 13, 30, 74, 82, 94, 113, 137, 274 all stop nearby.

TRAIN: Marylebone Rail Station is approximately a 10-15 minute walk.

TUBE: The nearest tubes are Bond Street (Jubilee & Central Lines), Baker Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Metropolitan Lines) & Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines), which are all 10-15 minute walk.

If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here 

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked (please do let us know if you would like to do so, and give us the name of the person who will be taking your place). Booking closes two weeks before the study day, and availability is limited.

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What a glorious day and special visit to the Wallace Collection , which has opened my eyes to this hidden art treasure for which thank you so much. ”

Lady Joyce Acher

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  • Private tour with Senior Curator at the Wallace Collection
  • Explore masterpieces of the Decorative Arts collection
  • Refreshments included
  • Meet like-minded people



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