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Riesener Masterpieces: royal furniture in Britain
Three of the most important collections of Riesener furniture in the world are in Britain, and in this evening's online talk we join speakers from the Wallace Collection (Helen Jacobsen, Curator of French 18th-century Decorative Arts), the Royal Collection (Rufus Bird, Surveyor of The Queen's Works of Art) and Waddesdon Manor (Mia Jackson, Curator of Decorative Arts) as they discuss some of the 30 pieces in their care. These include celebrated works made for Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI and the French royal family that demonstrate the extraordinary levels of skilled craftsmanship achieved in the Riesener workshop and the design sophistication of which Riesener was capable. Our speakers will consider the popularity of French royal furniture in Britain in the 19th century and will illustrate the talk with stunning new photography from all three collections, revealing findings from the collaborative Riesener Project and shedding new light on both Riesener's techniques and the provenance of some of the furniture.

Dec 7, 2020 05:30 PM in London

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