Chest of Drawers
Location: The Prince’s Bedroom
Dutch oak, amaranth satin finish veneer, barberry, sycamore, pear, wild service tree, holly, maple, hornbeam and boxwood. White marble. Gilded, engraved bronze.
This chest of drawers was commissioned from the cabinet maker Jean-Henri Riesener (supplier to the Royal Furniture Depository) for Louis XVI’s bedroom in Versailles in 1775. It was made in honour of the young king. The inlaid wood panel depicted Minerva and two medallions with the figures of the king and queen. It was replaced during the Revolution with a pastoral trophy. When Louis-Philippe’s belongings were sold in 1857, the Duke of Aumale purchased this piece.