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Hertford House

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

Riesener at the Wallace Collection

In the mid-nineteenth century, the 4th Marquess of Hertford took a connoisseurial interest in Riesener’s furniture and was particularly attracted to its lavish gilt-bronze mounts. He claimed not to be interested in provenance, but his excellent eye and deep pockets meant that he bought several important royal pieces. Some of these had been altered to suit later tastes after they had left the French royal collection.

His furniture now forms part of the Wallace Collection. 

Explore the objects below

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Gueridon (work table)

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Roll top desk

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Fall-front desk

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Chest of drawers

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Writing and toilet table

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Chest of drawers

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Fall-front desk

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Corner cupboard

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Fall-front desk

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Cylinder desk

Design attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener

Gilt-bronze plaques

Probably French, possibly Russian

Corner cupboard