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image of Lean-to Writing Desk (secrétaire en pente) Bernard van Risenburgh II (cabinetmaker)
French, active c. 1730 - 1765/1766
Lean-to Writing Desk (secrétaire en pente), c. 1750
veneered on oak (stained purple on the underside of the top) with tulipwood cut on the quarter, root-cut kingwood, and other end-cut woods; gilded bronze mounts
overall: 80 x 53.3 x 35.8 cm (31 1/2 x 21 x 14 1/8 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Rococo Decorative Arts of the Mid-1700s
Object 5 of 7


Sir Edward Page Turner [d. 1874]; by inheritance to his wife, Lady Page Turner, Battlesden House, Preston Park, Brighton; (her estate sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 20 February 1903, no. 91A); (Frank Partridge, London).[1] (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 24 February 1910 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] Sir Edward Page Turner was a well-known British collector. According to a Christie's marked catalogue, the writing desk sold for 1680 Pounds to "Partridge," presumably the dealer Frank Partridge. A note on this sale (in Connoisseur 5 (January-April 1903): 48) asserts that Sir Edward originally paid 21 Pounds for the writing desk.

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