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A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk

by Bernard II van Risenburgh

Paris, 1745‑1749
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H. 77 cm (30 ¼ in.); L. 150 cm (59 in.); D. 77 cm (30 ¼ in.)

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A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel
A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel
A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk

by Bernard II van Risenburgh

Paris, 1745‑1749
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A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel

This exquisite desk is stamped “B.V.R.B” for Bernard II van Risenburgh, the most important cabinetmaker working in the Rococo style. He created about half a dozen desks with similar dimensions and ornaments to the present one. Each one presents little variations in the bronzes or in the design of the marquetry. The elegant foliage scrolls adorning the drawers of the present desk vary from the usual S-shaped foliage swirls.

Two comparable desks are housed in US public collections, one in the Cleveland Museum of Art (inv. 44123) and the second one, slightly smaller, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. 1974.356.186).

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel
A Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry desk - Galerie Kugel