Jean-Henri Riesener - Writing table

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734 - 1806)


1734 BORN IN GLADBECK, NEAR ESSEN (WESTPHALIA).

1754 SETTLES IN PARIS AND BEGINS HIS APPRENTICESHIP WITH JEAN-FRAÇOIS OEBEN AT THE ARSENAL (ROYAL PREMISES EXEMPT FROM THE GUILDS'S RESTRICTING REGULATIONS, WHERE HE COULD HIMSELF MODEL, CAST AND CHASE THE BRONZES HE DESIGNED FOR HIS FURNITURE (AS ANDRÉ-CHARLES BOULLE HAD DONE AT THE GALERIES DU LOUVRE, UNDER LOUIS XIV’S REIGN).

1763 OEBEN DIES. RIESENER TAKES OVER DIRECTON OF OEBEN’S WORKSHOP.

1767 MARRIES OEBEN'S WIDOW, BECOMING BROTHER-IN-LAW TO ROGER VAN DER CRUSE (R.V.L.C) CALLED LACROIX AND MARTIN CARLIN.

1768 BECOMES A MASTER IN THE CABINETMAKERS’ GUILD AND STARTS TO USE HIS OWN STAMP.

1769 COMPLETES, SIGNS AND DELIVERS TO KING LOUIS XV THE FAMOUS CYLINDER DESK CONCEIVED BY OEBEN, COMMISSIONED NINE YEARS EARLIER.

1771 FIRST DELIVERY TO THE CROWN GARDE-MEUBLE.

1774 APPOINTED « ÉBÉNISTE ORDINAIRE DU MOBILIER DE LA COURONNE », REPLACING GILLES JOUBERT.

1774 – 1785 SUPPLIER TO THE ROYAL GARDE-MEUBLE.
PARTICIPATES AT THE FURNISHING OF MOST OF THE ROYAL RESIDENCES AND THOSE OF THE HIGH NOBILITY, SOMETIMES SUBCONTRACTING TO ADAM WEISWEILER.

1774 - 1789 MARIE-ANTOINETTE’S FAVORITE CABINETMAKER.

1793 - 1795 DURING THE CONVENTION, AT THE REVOLUTIONARY SALES, HE BUYS BACK PIECES HE CREATED FOR LOUIS XVI AND MARIE-ANTOINETTE.

1797 - 1798 CEASES ACTIVITY.

WORKS BY RIESENER (TABLES, DESKS, COMMODES, SECRETARIES, CABINETS, CORNER CUPBOARDS ETC.) FIGURE IN MOST OF THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN EUROPE, THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA.