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A design for the elevation of south wall, the panelled walls decorated in crimson and framed with a gold moulding, a fire-place surmounted by a mirror. Inscribed on mount

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

Riesener in the Royal Collection

The sale of royal and aristocratic property during the French Revolution made it newly possible for English collectors to acquire pieces by the best eighteenth-century French cabinet-makers. George IV was the first of the celebrated collectors of Riesener furniture. It is unclear whether he acquired the pieces for their historical associations with the Court of Louis XVI, or for the magnificence of their gilt-bronze mounts and marquetry. 

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Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Chest-of-drawers (commode),

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Roll top desk (bureau à cylindre)

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Jewel Cabinet

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Pair of corner cupboards

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

Writing table

? Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)