The Private Collection of Joan Rivers, open to the public from June 16 to June 23, features a range of items from the late star’s East 62nd Street penthouse, including Victorian enamel broaches, couture from Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel handbags, Fabergé objets d’art and French furniture.
Oeben, born in Heinsberg near Aachen, was known for his naturalistic floral marquetry and for his skills as a mécanicien which are apparent in the elaborate mechanism of this table with its sliding top
Attributed to Adam Weisweiler (French, 1744–1820). Drop-front desk (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet), ca. 1787. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958 (58.75.57) #paris
Mantel clock, ca. 1780–90. French (Paris). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.2126) | The decorative theme of this clock is the Triumph of Love over Time.