Lot 44

WRITING TABLE OF STYLE LOUIS XVI After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener
In mahogany and rosewood veneer, chased and gilded bronze ornamentation, the cross-shaped top surrounded by an openwork gallery of ovals, the belt decorated with sunflowers among foliage scrolls, fitted with a sliding writing tablet, flanked by side drawers, resting on tapered legs with cut-off sides
H. 76 cm (30 in.)
l. Width : 84 cm (33 in.)
P. : 50 cm (19 ½ in.)
Provenance :
Belgian private collection.
Comparative bibliography :
D. Alcouffe, A. Dion-Tenenbaum, A. Léfebure, "Le mobilier du Musée du Louvre", Éditions Faton, Dijon, 1993, vol I, p.272-273.
P.Verlet, "Le mobilier royal français", Picard, 1994, p.179-181.
A Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted, mahogany and tulipwood writing table, after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener
This writing table is a replica of the one made by Jean-Henri Riesener (received master in 1768) currently kept in the Museum.
of the Louvre. The model belongs to a series of writing tables made by the cabinetmaker in the years 1780-1785. It is distinguished by the continuity of its ormolu decoration of foliated scrolls in a frieze on the belt, without the presence of bas-reliefs. The diversity of the floral decoration is one of the characteristics of Riesener's works. Here the sunflower is depicted in its natural form, the sunflower surrounded by acanthus leaf scrolls on the belt's protrusions, the rose in the falls at the corners, and the laurel leaves as hooves.
This model can also be compared to a writing table delivered in 1783 by Riesener for the interior cabinet of Madame Elisabeth, sister of King Louis XVI at Versailles, kept in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The same decoration of gilt bronze scraps can be seen on the octagonal legs.
Riesener's creations were often taken up by the cabinetmakers of the
Nineteenth century. François Linke (1855-1946) was inspired, like the cabinetmaker of our writing table, by the legs and their ornamentation in gilt bronze for the realization of a writing table that went on sale in New York, Christie's, June 7, 2011, lot 202.
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