Riesener: Cabinetmaker to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
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Jean-Henri Riesener was the most famous cabinet-maker in Paris during Louis XVI’s reign and his workshop made some of the most spectacular pieces of furniture for the king, queen and other members of the French Royal Family.
This new book is the first in English to cover Riesener’s life and work and examines in detail thirty pieces of furniture in the Royal Collection, the Wallace Collection and Waddesdon Manor. Pieces from the Royal Collection include the famous Jewel Cabinet made for the Countess of Provence in 1787, now in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle; a cabinet and matching corner cupboards made for Louis XVI in 1774 and 1780; a marquetry roll-top desk in the White Drawing Room in Buckingham Palace, and a new discovery : a small writing-table at Windsor Castle was originally made for Queen Marie-Antoinette. The book is lavishly illustrated with new photography and contains essays and catalogue entries by leading curators and conservators who have worked on the project to catalogue and research this remarkable cabinet-maker.
28 x 23 cm.