The Wallace Collection

Talks and Lectures

Display Lecture: The Conservation of Marie-Antoinette's Riesener Commode

Monday 29th April, 2013

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Price: Admission Free

Ages: All Ages

Lecturer: Jurgen Huber 

Enjoy a talk by Senior Furniture Conservator, Jürgen Huber, on the recent conservation treatment of a commode made for Queen Marie Antoinette and now back on show in the Study at the Wallace Collection. This remarkable chest-of-drawers was made for the Queen's most private room, her cabinet intérieur, at Versailles by Jean-Henri Riesener. Cabinet-maker to the French crown from 1774 to 1784 Riesener supplied more than seven hundred pieces of furniture to the French court. Exquisite pieces of furniture such as this enable us to glimpse something of the beauty of Marie-Antoinette's original Cabinet intérieur, dismantled after only three years in favour of a more fashionable scheme.

Display talks will take place on 29 April and 24 May at 1pm.

Free, no need to book. Talks are limited to a maximum of 25 people and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.