Double Desk

Object Details

Title:

Double Desk

Artist/Maker:

Bernard II van Risenburgh (French, after 1696 - about 1766, master before 1730)

Culture:

French (Paris)

Place:

Paris, France, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1750

Medium:

Oak veneered with tulipwood, kingwood and bloodwood; drawers of mahogany; gilt-bronze mounts

Dimensions:

107.8 × 158.7 × 84.7 cm (42 7/16 × 62 1/2 × 33 3/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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The double form of this unusually large desk is unique. When lowered, both sides form writing surfaces and reveal drawers and pigeonholes veneered with marquetry. The finely cast and chased gilt-bronze mounts delineate the edges of the drawers, front, and legs. On the fall fronts of the desk, bunches of marquetry flowers seem to sprout from the sculptural mounts.

The desk was probably made for the fermier général (a type of tax collector) François-Balthazar Dangé; a similar desk is described in an inventory taken at his death in 1777. The desk is also found in the 1795 inventory of his son Louis, who was guillotined during the French Revolution.

Provenance
- 1777

Possibly François Balthazar Dangé du Fay, French, 1696 - 1777, sold to his nephew and heir, Louis-Balthazar Dangé de Bagneux, 1777.
Source: Recorded in the inventory after the death of his wife Anne (née Jarry), dated March 27, 1772 (Arch. Nat. MC/ET/LXXXVII/1138), and also in the inventory after his own death, dated March 6, 1777 (Arch. Nat. MC/ET/LXXXVII/1165, inventory item no. 125).

1777 - 1794

Louis Balthazar Dangé de Bagneux, French, 1739 - 1794, by inheritance to his wife, Anne-Marie Sanson, 1794.
Source: Listed in the inventory taken at his death, dated 19 frimaire an IV (December 10, 1795) (Arch. Nat. MC/ET/LXXXVII/1276, inventory item no. 108).

1794 - 1796

Anne Marie Sanson, French, died 1796, by inheritence to her daughter, Marie Emilie Françoise Dangé de Bagneaux Creuzé, 1796.
Source: Recorded in the inventory after her death, dated 6 ventôse an IV (February 25, 1796) (Arch. Nat. MC/ET/LXXXVII/1277, verso of page with inventory items adding to 14191 livres).

1796 -

Marie Emilie Françoise Dangé de Bagneaux Creuzé, French
Source: Recorded as the only heir in the inventory after the death of her mother, Anne Marie Sanson, dated 6 ventôse an IV (February 25, 1796) (Arch. Nat. MC/ET/LXXXVII/1277, p. 1)

possibly early 19th century- 1847

John Douglas Edward Henry Campbell, seventh duke of Argyll, Scottish, 1777 - 1847, by inheritance to his son, George John Douglas Campbell, 1847.

1847 - 1900

George John Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll, Scottish, 1823 - 1900, by inheritance to his son, John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 1900.

1900 - 1914

John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, ninth duke of Argyll, Scottish, 1845 - 1914, by inheritance to his nephew, Niall Diamid Campbell, 1914.

1914 - 1949

Niall Daimid Campbell, tenth duke of Argyll, Scottish, 1872 - 1949, by inheritance to his first cousin once removed, Ian Douglas Campbell, 1949.

1949 - 1951

Ian Douglas Campbell, eleventh duke of Argyll, Scottish, 1903 - 1973, sold to Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, 1951.

1951 -

Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, fifth Bart., English, 1896 - 1976, sold to Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc.

- 1953

Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc., sold to J. Paul Getty, 1953.

1953 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Exhibitions
Louis XV: un moment de perfection de l’art français (December 1, 1974 to April 30, 1975)
  • Hôtel de la Monnaie (Paris), December 1, 1974 to April 30, 1975
Education Resources

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The Ultimate Desk

Lesson in which students learn about the Baroque period, work in groups to create a Baroque desk, and reflection on the process in journals

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; Music

3-5

Long-Term Unit