French Neoclassical Louis XVI kingwood "table à écrire" or writing table after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener commissioned for Marie Antoinette, today it is on display in the Rococo room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rectangular writing surface surrounded by three-quarter pierced 22K gold bronze gallery above frieze with an extra large deep drawer mounted with 22K gold winged cherubs surrounding key hole, wreath handles and borders; raised on square tapered legs mounted with 22 K gold bronze floral, foliage and borders; terminating in gold bronze shoes.
After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806,) celebrated German "ébeniste", cabinet maker. Favorite cabinet-maker of Marie-Antoinette and official "ébéniste du roi, Cabinetmaker to French King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Celebrated and recognized for his work of the Neoclassical period.
French Neoclassical Louis XVI writing table. Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774 and his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or add exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1860
Dimensions - 32 in.Hx35 in.Wx26.5 in.D
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: consistent with age and use.