The initials with which Bernard II van Riesen Burgh (master in 1735), the greatest cabinet-maker in the reign of Louis XV, signed his work. His model personify the rocaille style in its most perfect expression.
Moissonnier’s finishing workshops are where furniture is given the patina of age. The wood is worn along the edges and aged with knocks and traces of woodworm. Once sanded, the lacquered models are given several coats of matt acrylic paint. The painted wood is then shaded before a layer of shellac is applied, forming a glaze. Wax adds the final touch.
In applying a matt glaze, a coat of slightly dark paint is first applied with a brush, before the wood is then given a coat of matt varnish.
This finish is popular for its decidedly modern matt appearance, with a pallet of muted, powdery shades.