The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Chest-of-drawers
  • Probably Bernard van Risen Burgh II (+1765)
  • France
  • c. 1730
  • Oak, veneered with purpleheart, tulipwood, quartered satiné, gilt bronze, brèche d'Alep marble, brass locks, steel key
  • Object size: 89.5 x 179 x 74 cm
  • F87
  • West Gallery II
Further Reading
  • This chest-of-drawers ('commode') is probably an early work of Bernard van Risen Burgh II (known as 'BVRB', maitre before 1730). There are similarities between the gilt-bronze mounts and those found on other pieces of furniture attributed to BVRB, for example the matted gilt-bronze frames of the drawer fronts, overlaid in the corners with oval cartouches edged with shellwork. If it is by him, however, it must be a relatively early work made before he began stamping his furniture.
    The general outline, the rectangular framing of the drawers, and the fact that the division between the drawers is only concealed within the central cartouche suggest a date of production of c. 1730.