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Abraham and David Roentgen were renowned German cabinetmakers whose workshop was famed throughout Europe for its exquisite marquetry work and complex mechanical devices. Exquisitely constructed, the case of this clock boasts finely detailed marquetry designs and a multitude of functions, including dials that indicate the time in ten of the most important cities in the world.
This clock is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013). See Collections to learn more about this clock.
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet
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Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Demonstration
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Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Animation
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 517
Made in the shape of an ensign of the English Order of the Garter, the case of this watch depicts Saint George fighting the dragon, and its band is enameled with the motto of the order: HONI.SOIT.QVI/ MAL.Y. PENSE. Its function as a timekeeper would have been incidental to its function as a jewel required to be worn by a knight of the order as part of his daily dress.
Signature: N. Vallin (on movement)
Lord Londesborough , probably Grimston Park ; Frédéric Spitzer , Paris ; Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt and Berlin ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York
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