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: Attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1750–56Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood and kingwood; gilt-bronze mounts; Sarrancolin marble; silk moiré drawer lining (not original)Accession: 1985.313.1On view in:Gallery 523
Artist: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1745–49Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and Coromandel lacquer, cherry wood, and purplewood; gilt-bronze mounts; brocatelle marble topAccession: 1983.185.1a, bOn view in:Gallery 525
Artist: Attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)Date: ca. 1755–65Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, purplewood, kingwood, satiné wood, walnut; gilt bronze; modern silk velvetAccession: 1983.185.3On view in:Gallery 547