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  • Corner cabinet (encoignure) (one of a pair), 1745–49
    Stamped by Bernard van Risenburgh (French, after 1696–ca. 1766)
    Oak veneered with ebony and Chinese Coromandel lacquer, cherry, and purple wood, gilt–bronze mounts, Spanish brocatelle marble; H. 35 7/8 x W. 33 7/8 x D. 26 1/8 in. (91.1 x 86 x 66.4 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1983 (1983.185.1a,b)

    This corner cabinet is veneered with panels cut from a late seventeenth-century Chinese lacquer screen. This colorful lacquer with its incised decorations is usually called Coromandel lacquer after the name of the English East India Company's trading post on the Coromandel Coast of India. Van Risenburgh frequently used such pieces of lacquer, supplied to him by various marchands-merciers, and he cleverly hid the edge of the panels behind scrolling gilt-bronze mounts.

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  • Corner cabinet (encoignure) (one of a pair), 1745–49
    Stamped by Bernard van Risenburgh (French, after 1696–ca. 1766)
    Oak veneered with ebony and Chinese Coromandel lacquer, cherry, and purple wood, gilt-bronze mounts, Spanish brocatelle marble; H. 35 7/8 x W. 33 7/8 x D. 26 1/8 in. (91.1 x 86 x 66.4 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1983 (1983.185.1a,b)

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