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Wolfram Koeppe, the Marina Kellen French Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses the intricate furniture designs created by Abraham and David Roentgen. The father-and-son team created innovative designs that were combined with intriguing mechanical devices to revolutionize traditional French and English furniture types.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens, on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013.
The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
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Wine cup on high foot (Tazza)
Cup with cover
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 521
The red-glazed ground of this cup was originally decorated with a finely-drawn gold decoration which has now largely worn off. This style of painting in gold on a colored ground was produced in China primarily for the Japanese market, where it was termed kinrande ("gold brocaded.") Queen Elizabeth I was presented with a similar mounted cup in 1582.
8 9 IV TTMarking:  bird in shaped shield (maker's mark)
the Rt. Hon. Montague, first Lord Swaythling (until 1924) ; [ Christie's, London ; May 6, 1924, #115 ] ; William Randolph Hearst ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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