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View of the North Front, Waddesdon Manor, 1897. Waddesdon Manor (acc. no. 54).

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

Riesener at Waddesdon Manor

Brother and sister, Ferdinand and Alice de Rothschild were part of a new generation of collectors in the late nineteenth century who were particularly interested in the authenticity and provenance of their Riesener furniture. They used maker’s marks, garde-meuble stamps and cyphers to help identify it and often recorded object histories in notes and other writings.

Their furniture now forms part of the collection at Waddesdon Manor (National Trust).

Explore the objects below

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Roll top desk

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Chest of drawers

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Roll top desk

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Chest of drawers

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Fall-front desk

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Writing table

Attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Writing table

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Chest of drawers

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Writing table

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Writing table (chiffonnière)

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806)

Writing table and filing cabinet