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stamped BVRB for Bernard II van Risenburgh

Paris, circa 1745
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Wood marquetry with gilt‑bronze mounts


H. 77, 3 cm (30 ½ in.); L. 74 cm (29 1/8 in.); D. 43 cm (17 in.)

Provenance

Marcel Bissey (1901‑1986), Paris


Hubert de Givenchy (1927‑2018), Paris

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Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel

Secrétaire à pente

stamped BVRB for Bernard II van Risenburgh

Paris, circa 1745
Enquire
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel

This elegant drop-front desk of beautiful proportions is characteristic of the production of Bernard II van Risenburgh (before 1696-after 1767). Although BVRB’s specialty was floral marquetry, the present desk features an abstract and symmetrical design, which blends harmoniously with the curved back and sides.

The only other related desk, surprisingly stamped by Pierre II Migeon, is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Despite its stamp, it is obviously the work of BVRB, who is widely considered the greatest Parisian cabinetmaker of the reign of Louis XV.

Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel
Secrétaire à pente - Galerie Kugel