Work and writing table (table en chiffonière)

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

Date: ca. 1760

Culture: French

Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, purplewood and satiné, gilt bronze, silvered metal

Dimensions: Overall: 26 1/8 × 16 1/4 × 12 1/2 in. (66.4 × 41.3 × 31.8 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.471.1


Van Risenburgh is known to have made a number of these elegant tables, some of them without a shelf joining the legs. The gilt-bronze molding around the lower edge of the table, with its foliated mount in the center and continuing down the legs, is typical of van Risenburgh's work. A table of this type is depicted in the 1756 portrait of Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher (Munich, Alte Pinakothek).