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

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Fall-front desk 1777

Oak, purplewood, satiné, tulipwood, stained woods, burr wood, ebony or ebonised wood, box, gilt bronze, Carrara marble | 142.1 x 113.5 x 48.1 cm | 2476 |

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After receiving the Petit Trianon as a gift from Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette dedicated much time and expense to refurnishing its interior. In 1777, she ordered this fall-front desk for the king to use in his private study, together with two writing tables (one is now at Waddesdon Manor, the other is owned by the J. Paul Getty Museum and is on loan to the Petit Trianon) and a chest of drawers. This desk, stamped by Riesener, as well as the desk supplied to Marie-Antoinette at Versailles in 1780 were both based on a model by Oeben.

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