Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE
2 More
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE
5 More
These lots have been imported from outside the EU … Read more
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE

BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, CIRCA 1785

Details
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND ACAJOU MOUCHETE CONSOLE DESSERTE
BY JEAN-HENRI RIESENER, CIRCA 1785
The grey-veined white marble top above a frieze drawer mounted with foliate channels in encadrements, flanked by a sprung drawer to each side similarly mounted, above an under tier platform with marble top and pierced gallery and on short tapering square legs, stamped J.I.RIESENER
39 3/8 in. (100 cm.) high, 58 in. (147.5 cm.) wide, 22 in. (56 cm.) deep
Special Notice

These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.
This lot will be removed to Christie’s Park Royal. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. Our removal and storage of the lot is subject to the terms and conditions of storage which can be found at Christies.com/storage and our fees for storage are set out in the table below - these will apply whether the lot remains with Christie’s or is removed elsewhere. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Christie’s Park Royal. All collections from Christie’s Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s it will be available for collection on any working day 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Lots are not available for collection at weekends.

Brought to you by

Paul Gallois
Paul Gallois

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

Condition Report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

Jean Henri Riesener, maître ébéniste in 1768.

This console-desserte with refined combination of striking mahogany panels with finely chased ormolu mounts, is a superb example of Riesener’s later work. The architectural shape with ormolu frieze of fluted arches between sprays of foliage surmounted by berries appears on a number of other pieces by this ébéniste delivered to the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. For example, the frieze of a commode and companion secrétaire delivered to Marie-Antoinette c. 1780, stamped Riesener and now at the Frick Collection (see Theodore Dell, Furniture in the Frick Collection: Part II, New York, 1992, pp. 71-90). The same mounts also appear on a commode c. 1785, stamped Riesener and with marks of the Petit Trianon (see Alexander Pradère, Les Ebenistes Français de Louis XIV à la Revolution, p. 382, fig. 467).

Other related console-dessertes by Riesener include:

- An example at the Petit Trianon, Versailles, stamped Riesener, with the mark of the garde-meuble, of similar form to the present lot and also incorporating the use of mahogany instead of marquetry panels. Acquired by the château de Versailles from The Collection of the Vicomtesse Vigier, Paris, Palais Galliera, 3 June 1970, lot 145.
- Dimitri Mavrommatis Collection; Sotheby’s London, 8th July 2008, lot 46 (£373,250). This parquetry example is stamped Riesener and of similar D-form and with the same frieze.
- Christies, London, 19th May 1983, lot 109. This example, with provenance from Caldwell Hall, Burton-on-Trent, is attributed to Riesener, of similar form to the present lot and with the same frieze mount.
- Pierre Kjellberg, op. cit., p. 713. Of D-form, with open back and similar frieze mounts to the present lot.
- Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1st June 1949, lot 108, stamped Riesener.
- Christies, London, 19th May 1983, lot 110. Attributed to Riesener. Of similar form to the present lot.
- Christie's, New York, 1st November 1989, lot 105, stamped Riesener.
- Sotheby's, Monaco, 27th February 1992, lot 45, stamped Riesener and with similar frieze mounts.

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734 – 1806)
Arguably the most celebrated ébéniste of the late 18th century, Riesener, along with Boulle and Cressent, was one of the very few makers to be specifically named in 18th century sale catalogues. Riesener was appointed ébéniste ordinaire du mobilier de la Couronne in 1774. He was celebrated not only for his use of marquetry of the highest quality but also for his selection of the most striking mahogany which offered a stark contrast against rich ormolu mounts. His oeuvre was promoted extensively by the Court, with Marie-Antoinette ordering three commodes and two encoignures related to the present piece for the Salon des Nobles at Versailles in 1786 (C. Frégnac et. al., Les Ebénistes du XVIIIè siècle Français, Paris, 1963, pp. 194-195).

More from The Collector: European Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics

View All
View All