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Work and writing table (table en chiffonière)

Maker:
Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)
Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
French
Medium:
Oak and pine veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, purplewood and satiné, gilt bronze, silvered metal
Dimensions:
Overall: 26 1/8 × 16 1/4 × 12 1/2 in. (66.4 × 41.3 × 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.471.1
Not on view
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)
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