The New International Encyclopædia/Riesener, Johann Heinrich

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RIESENER, rē'ze-nẽr, Johann Heinrich (1734-1806). A German cabinet-maker, born at Gladbach, Rhenish Prussia, Early in life he went to Paris and entered the workshop of Johann Franz Oeben (died 1766, a pupil of Boulle and protégé of Madame de Pompadour), after whose death he married his widow, carried on his business and was received as master into the Paris guild in 1768. Specimens of Riesener's work, in the style of Louis XV., executed for the royal palaces, may be seen at Fontainebleau, Trianon, Compiègne, and in the Musée du Mobilier National, Paris, while the majority of it was sold abroad, particularly into England, in consequence of the Revolution.