This diminutive, multipurpose table is similar in scale and style to another model by van Risenburgh in the museum’s collection (1977.102.7). The top is decorated in floral marquetry of veneered tulipwood and end-cut kingwood, and is hinged at the back and opens to reveal three compartments. A separate drawer on the right contains three metal receptacles for writing equipment. This table en chiffonière features an extra shelf framed in gilt bronze between the curving legs, a feature that adds stability and some extra space for storage.
Signature: Stamped on bottom of drawer in center: B.V.R.B. Jme
Inscription: Stenciled underside of drawer in center and underside of shelf: 1398
baron Maurice de Rothschild , Château de Pregny, Switzerland ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1984; to MMA)
Artist: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Oak veneered with panels of Chinese Coromandel lacquer and European black-lacquered veneer; gilt-bronze mounts; brèche d'Alep marble topAccession: 1974.356.189On view in:Gallery 551