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Furniture by one of the greatest cabinet-makers of the eighteenth century

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Chest of drawers 1778

Oak, purplewood, satiné, tulipwood, stained woods, burr wood, ebony or ebonised wood, box, gilt bronze, Campan marble | 100 x 180 x 67.3 cm | 2252 |

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Madame Élisabeth was Louis XVI’s youngest sister, and Riesener made this chest of drawers for her bedroom in the new apartments she was given at Versailles in 1778. The marquetry decoration on the breakfront panel, showing a serpent-handled hardstone vase next to a basket of fruit and flowers, was one which Riesener used on other pieces of royal furniture, including a chest of drawers delivered to Louis XVI’s cabinet de retraite at Fontainebleau.

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Watch the film below to learn about the construction of the chest of drawers