© Waddesdon Manor, The Rothschild Collection
(The National Trust)
Formerly in Hamilton Palace, South Lanarkshire, now
in Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Jean-Henri Riesener created many of his best pieces
for Queen Marie-Antoinette of France.
This exquisite writing table was supplied in 1782
for the Queen's 'boudoir de la Méridienne' at Versailles, and has
marquetry and realistic, jewel-like mounts of the very highest quality.
The gilding alone, by Remond, cost 1,050 livres. An inventory mark
records that the piece was subsequently in the Petit Trianon.
During the last years of the 10th
Duke of Hamilton's life, the writing table was definitely in
the Duchess's Sitting Room, along with the secretaire
and commode now in the Frick
Collection. Marie-Antoinette's table fetched £6,000 - a very
high sum - at the 1882 Hamilton Palace sale and is now at Waddesdon
Manor, near Aylesbury.