Riesener at Waddesdon Manor

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Mia Jackson, Guest Lecturer

Free for ICAA Members
 / $20 General Public
Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event.


Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806) was one of the greatest French cabinetmakers of all time. From humble beginnings as a German immigrant in Paris, he found fame through the delivery of a magnificent roll-top desk to Louis XVI in 1769 and went on to become Marie-Antoinette’s favorite cabinetmaker, supplying the queen and the court with sumptuous furniture of superb quality. In the 19th century, Riesener’s name became associated with the very best of Louis XVI-period French furniture, and his furniture was later prized by 19th century collectors.

Siblings Ferdinand and Alice de Rothschild were part of this new generation of late nineteenth century collectors who were particularly interested in the authenticity and provenance of their Riesener furniture. The eleven Riesener pieces they owned are now part of the collection at Waddesdon Manor (a National Trust property), the only surviving intact Rothschild house open to the public. Dr. Mia Jackson, Curator of Decorative Arts at Waddesdon, will speak about these amazing treasures at Waddesdon Manor.

Dr Mia Jackson previously worked for English Heritage, the Wallace Collection and the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the cabinetmaker André Charles Boulle and his collection of works on paper. She is interested in decorative arts in general and French ceramics and furniture in particular. She recently co-edited, with Helen Jacobsen and Rufus Bird, the book Jean-Henri Riesener: Cabinetmaker to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

Image: Waddesdon Image Library, Chris Lacey

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