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Cabinet

Bernard van Risenburgh II (after 1696−ca. 1766) and Bernard van Risenburgh III (act. 1764−ca. 1800)ca. 1764

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection
New York City, United States

This cabinet and its pair, 1918.5.42, may well be the last pieces of furniture made by the celebrated Parisian cabinetmaker Bernard van Risenburgh II just before he retired in 1764 and sold his workshop to his son, Bernard van Risenburgh III, who finished them. The cabinets feature eight panels of black-and-gold Japanese lacquers of exceptionally high quality taken from a seventeenth-century Japanese cabinet, chest, or screen. Beginning in the 1730s, the older van Risenburgh worked almost exclusively with the influential marchands-merciers (merchants of luxury goods), who provided the cabinetmaker with the rare and costly Oriental lacquers and sometimes with the design for the furniture on which to mount them.

Source: Vignon, Charlotte. The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook. New York: The Frick Collection/Scala, 2015.

Details

  • Title: Cabinet
  • Creator: Bernard van Risenburgh II (after 1696−ca. 1766) and Bernard van Risenburgh III (act. 1764−ca. 1800)
  • Date Created: ca. 1764
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 22 in. (89.5 x 120 x 55.9 cm)
  • External Link: See more on The Frick Collection website
  • Medium: Oak with veneered ebony, tulipwood, amaranth, and padouk; lacquer, gilt bronze, marble
  • Credit Line: Henry Clay Frick Bequest

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