The Desk of Prince Murat by Riesener Acquired by Richmond

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)
Bureau plat
Fiddle-back mahagony, gilt bronze, leather - 70.5 x 179 x 95.5 cm
Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Photo : Galerie Perrin

13/10/13 - Acquisition - Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - In our review of the last Maastricht Fair on this site, we had reproduced a "bureau plat" by Jean Henri Riesener presented by the Perrin Gallery from Paris. This piece of furniture, which belonged to the collection of Prince and Princess Joachim Murat, dispersed in 1961, was acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Born in Germany in 1734, Riesener came to France around 1754 where he apprenticed to Jean François Oeben, taking over the master’s workshop after his death, thus producing furniture stamped by Oeben. The most famous one from this period is the large "sécretaire à cylindre" from Louis XV’s interior cabinet, still residing at Versailles, which was finished by Riesener and bears the stamp of both cabinet makers.

Showing particularly elegant proportions, the bureau acquired by Richmond has a mahogany structure adorned with gilt bronzes, is not ostentatious and each side bears a medallion representing study.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 13 octobre 2013

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