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Maker:
Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)
Date:
ca. 1740–45
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Oak veneered with panels of Chinese Coromandel lacquer and European black-lacquered veneer; gilt-bronze mounts; brèche d'Alep marble top
Dimensions:
34 x 63 x 25 1/4 in. (86.4 x 160 x 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.189
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
Bernard van Risenburgh (active about 1730–1765), who signed this with his initials BVRV, has been described by Sir Francis Watson as "one of the great masters of the fully developed Louis XV style." Instead of marquetry, the decoration here is colorful panels from an incised Chinese lacquer screen, skillfully adapted in Van Risenburgh’s workshop to the curving front and sides.
Signature: Stamped with die, once on top of each leg under marble top: B•V•R•B•
Duc Antoine Alfred Agénor de Gramont , Paris (until 1925; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 22, 1925, lot 62; to Schoeller); Andre Schoeller (from 1925) ; Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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