This small work and writing table by Bernard II van Risenburgh is made of oak veneered with tulipwood and end-cut kingwood, and mounted with gilt bronze. The hinged top opens to reveal a partitioned recess divided into three sections. A separate drawer opens on the right side of the table, which contains a narrow compartment with a silvered metal inkwell, a trough for a sponge, and a box for sand to blot up excess ink. Although not nearly as ornate as the Asian-style lacquered corner cabinets produced by van Risenburgh in the museum’s collection (1983.185.2a, b), this piece demonstrates the persistent Rococo aesthetic found throughout the master cabinetmaker’s work, and his care in coordinating asymmetrical gilt-bronze mounts with the serpentine outline of the small table.
Signature: Stamped by Bernard van Risenburgh (mark much effaced under front apron at left)
Inscription: Stenciled beneath bottom of drawer: 1021
baron Maurice de Rothschild , Château de Pregny, Switzerland ; Charles and Jayne Wrightsman , New York (until 1977; to MMA)
Artist: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1760Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, purplewood and satiné, gilt bronze, silvered metalAccession: 1984.471.1On view in:Not on view
Artist: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1765Medium: Oak and pine substrate; tulipwood and purplewood veneer; probably holly stringing; marble tops; gilt-bronze mountsAccession: 1974.356.210On view in:Not on view