Corner cabinet (encoignure) (one of a pair)

Maker: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)

Date: ca. 1745–49

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and Coromandel lacquer, cherry wood, and purplewood; gilt-bronze mounts; brocatelle marble top

Dimensions: H. 35-7/8 x W. 33-7/8 x D. 26-1/8 in. (91.1 x 86.0 x 66.4 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1983

Accession Number: 1983.185.1a, b


This corner cabinet is veneered with panels cut from a late seventeenth-century Chinese lacquer screen. This colorful lacquer with its incised decorations is usually called Coromandel lacquer after the name of the English East India Company's trading post on the Coromandel Coast of India. Van Risenburgh frequently used such pieces of lacquer, supplied to him by various marchands-merciers, and he cleverly hid the edge of the panels behind scrolling gilt-bronze mounts.