This corner cabinet is veneered with panels cut from a late seventeenth-century Chinese lacquer screen. This colorful lacquer with its incised decorations is usually called Coromandel lacquer after the name of the English East India Company's trading post on the Coromandel Coast of India. Van Risenburgh frequently used such pieces of lacquer, supplied to him by various marchands-merciers, and he cleverly hid the edge of the panels behind scrolling gilt-bronze mounts.
1740-1745 French Commode at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - A commode is the name used to refer to what in English-influenced areas would be a chest of drawers. This one is quite an ornate example - likely gracing some château or hôtel (the urban homes of the French wealthy). It also shows the fashion for goods with Chinese and Japanese influences in this time period.
Corner cabinet (Encoignure), Maker: Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767) Date: ca. 1745–49 Culture: French, Paris Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and Coromandel lacquer, cherry wood, and purplewood; gilt-bronze mounts; brocatelle marble top.