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.)
Marcel Bissey (1901‑1986), Paris
Hubert de Givenchy (1927‑2018), Paris
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.