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Design for the north elevation of His Majesty's Sitting Room, Room 200, Windsor Castle

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. 

Explore the objects below

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)

Cabinet