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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. Proportioned for a stately public room or library, this musical clock is likely to have been the first Roentgen object to reach the United States, belonging to Gouverneur Morris, one of the nation’s founding fathers. Not only does it tell time, but it also displays the interior works, which are hidden in most clocks.
This clock, from The Nemours Foundation, is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
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Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Demonstration
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Teapot with storks
Pair of seated figures with globes
Cup and saucer with butterflies
Jar with cover
Pharmacy jar with cover
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 201
The imitation of Japanese porcelain was a priority at Chantilly, where the prince de Condé established a porcelain factory in 1730. His collection of Asian ceramics may have served as direct models for pieces made at Chantilly. This jar copies a Japanese form. The painted scenes are derived from print by Jean-Antoine Fraisse (ca. 1680–1739), whose Book of Chinese Designs (1735) was a source of motifs for the factory’s painters.
Marking: Hunting horn (in red on base)
Mme. Helen Dupuy (until 1948; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 2–3, 1948, no. 131; sold to Wilson)
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