Here you can find information about one of the 18th century’s most celebrated furniture-makers, Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806).
The Wallace Collection has one of the most important holdings of Riesener furniture in the world and this site provides information about his life, his work for the royal French court and his patrons. Most importantly, it examines the furniture at the Wallace Collection, revealing insights into his working methods, the materials he used and the cabinetmaking techniques he employed.
The results of a recently completed five-year research project on Riesener, in collaboration with the Royal Collection and Waddesdon Manor, have given us new insights. This research is introduced throughout this site. Richly illustrated with new high-resolution photography and digital content, the Riesener site allows you to explore the stories of Riesener’s life, his furniture, his craft and his legacy.
We are very grateful to all of the generous donors who supported the Riesener Project, in particular The NJT Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust, who supported the project from its inception.
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