Friday, January 1, 1971

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806)

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Jean-Henri Riesener
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Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), the greatest cabinetmaker of all times in the view of experts.
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When he was still young, he entered the workshop of Jean-François Oeben, the cabinetmaker to the King at the Arsenal of Paris, where he was able to perfect his talents. On the death of oeben, he became the head of the workshop and received his title of master on January 23rd, 1768. In July 1774, he became a cabinetmaker in ordinary to the Royal Furniture Repository.
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The next years were the most brilliant in the career of this artist. The accounts of the Royal Furniture Repository testify to the extraordinary popularity he enjoyed at the Court. He was also employed by the Comte and Comtesse de Provence, the Comte and the Comtesse d'Artois, the Duc d'Orléans and Duc du Penthièvre. All of high society acquired furniture from him.
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He created numerous models, one more magnificent than the other, ornemented with bronzes, panels of porcelain or lacquer, or richly and harmonious inlaid compositions. All his pieces were made with materials of the highest quality.
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Nobele, Paris, 1965