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This sweet little commode - made by Jean-Henri Riesener of inlaid woods, bronze, and marble - was designed for Marie Antoinette's private apartments at Marly. One can't help but wonder what the queen stored inside this commode - trinkets, sheet music, love notes from admirers, the stern, admonishing letters written to her from her mother in Austria? Learn more about Marie Antoinette: leahmariebrownhis...

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Marie Antoinette's sitting room in Versailles.

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Marie Antoinette's armchair from the Palace of Versailles.

Antique Louis XVI secretary, 1783 ~ by Jean Henri Riesener (French, 1734–1806). Oak veneered with ebony, black and gold Japanese lacquer, tulipwood, holly and black stained holly, amaranth, gilt-bronze mounts, white marble -- made for Queen Marie Antoinette at Versailles.

Commode Jean Henri Riesener  (French, Gladebeck, near Hessen 1734–1806 Paris) Maker: Mounts attributed to Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813/14) Date: 1783

Set of Furniture Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené  (1748–1803) Maker: Painted and gilded by Louis-François Chatard (ca. 1749–1819) Date: 1788 Culture: French (Paris) Medium: Carved, painted and gilded walnut; modern off-white cotton twill embroidered in silk Classification: Woodwork-Furniture Credit Line: Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.205.1-.3a, b

Marie Antoinette's cabinet de toilette (dressing room), Palace of Saint-Cloud, France

French, Paris, about 1775 - 1780 Painted and gilded walnut, gilded iron, modern silk upholstery and passementerie, and ostrich feathers. A grand bed like this one was meant to stand in a deep niche in the bedroom of the main apartment of a palace or mansion. In the 1700s, visitors were frequently received in the bedroom, while the host or hostess was still in bed or at his or her dressing table.

Drop-front secretary (Secrétaire en armoire)Jean Henri Riesener Date: 1783 Culture: French, Paris Medium: Oak veneered with ebony and 17th-century Japanese lacquer; interiors veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; gilt-bronze mounts; marble top; velvet (not original)

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