Friday, January 1, 1971

Bernard Vanrisamburgh (d.1800)

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Bernard Vanrisamburgh
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Bernard Vanrisamburgh I, of Dutch origin, set up in Paris before 1696 and founded a dynasty of cabinetmakers the last of whom died in 1800: 
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• Bernard Vanrisamburgh I (died 1738) 
• Bernard Vanrisamburgh II (1696-1766) 
• Bernard Vanrisamburgh III (1731-1800) 
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Bernard Vanrisamburgh I was named master before 1722. He specialized in the production of bracket clocks, mantel clocks and case clocks in Boulle marquetry. 
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Bernard Vanrisamburgh II was the best known of the family. He obtained the status of master in 1730 and used the mark B.V.R.B. He worked for the king of Portugal, then for the important Parisian furniture dealers such as Hébert, then Lazare Duvaux and Poirié, focusing on luxury furniture with wood, lacquer and porcelain marquetry. Vanrisamburgh’s great specialty was furniture decorated with Japanese lacquer such as the commode he made for the queen and delivered to Fontainebleau in 1737. He supplied a good deal of furniture to the Crown, for example, the secretaire-bookcase for the Trianon in 1755 (now in the Le Mans Museum). 
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Bernard Varisamburgh III, the son of Bernard II, bought out his father’s cabinetmaking business as well as the furniture in stock. He seems to have been above all a sculptor and creator of ormolu models and devoted himself primarily to this profession after 1775. A series of neoclassic pieces of furniture, dated after 1765 and marked B.V.R.B. prove that he continued to use his father’s mark. These pieces were done in Japanese lacquer such as the commode with drawers in the Frick collection.