Saturday, 6 December 2014

Jewellery Cabinet

Jean-Henri Riesener is the workman behind this jewellery cabinet which belonged to the Comtesse de Provence, sister-in-law of Louis XVI. It was finished and delivered in 1787; it was said to have cost 80.000 livres to make. During the revolution it was confiscated and later offered to Napoleon who refused it.

When opened the cabinet consists of 18 drawers as well as 3 shelves. When created it was intended for the Comtesse's bedroom at Versailles but she changed her mind and had it placed in the Palais du Petit-Luxembourg.

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