The J. Paul Getty Museum

Bureau Plat

Object Details

Title:

Bureau Plat

Artist/Maker:

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

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1745–1749

Medium:

White oak, and pinewood, veneered with tulipwood, stained pear, and ebony; drawers of walnut and white oak; gilt-bronze mounts; brass, steel, and iron hardware and locks; replacement leather top

Object Number:

78.DA.84

Dimensions:

78.7 × 163.8 × 79.7 cm (31 × 64 1/2 × 31 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

This table is stamped for the Parisian cabinetmaker Bernard II van Risenburgh and in its size, profile, and gilt-bronze mounts resembles other works by this maker; however, its appearance has been significantly altered over time. Technical analysis revealed that the table has undergone at least three significant restoration campaigns. Some evidence suggests that major alterations were made as early as the second quarter of the 1800s. Two similar writing tables by Van Risenburgh have, respectively, floral marquetry and Japanese lacquer panels on the drawer fronts. This table may have had similar decoration originally. The current drawer fronts are certainly not original because the wood grain does not line up with the grain on the main body of the desk. If the original decoration was either floral marquetry or lacquer, the surface may have deteriorated to the point where it required replacement. 

Provenance
Provenance
- 1931

Henry Hirsch, English, died 1934 (23 Park Lane, London, England) [sold, The Important Collection of Old English Furniture, Fine Chinese Porcelain, French and Italian Furniture, and Objects of Art formed by Henry Hirsch, Esq., Christie's, London, June 10-11, 1931, lot 171, to J. M. Botibol]

1931 - 1940

J. M. Botibol, in business 1920 - 1953 (Hanway Road, London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1940.
Source: J. Paul Getty Papers, 1909-1989: Art collecting and collections, 1934-1974, 1977, 1982, undated: J. M. Botibol 1939-1940, in the files of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts department, J. Paul Getty Museum.

1940 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, upon his death, held in trust by the estate, 1976.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

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