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Watch as this desk's hidden features are revealed.
The richly embellished surface of this rolltop desk conceals a wealth of mechanical surprises and features, including a spectacular arrangement of almost forty compartments and drawers. Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen (1743–1807) designed this table not just for writing and reading but also to function as a dressing table, or poudreuse.
This table, from Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C., is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
Learn more about this object: http://trio.hillwoodmuseum.org/detail.php?t=objects&type=related&kv=13072
Footage courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
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Drop-front secretary (Secrétaire à Abattant or secrétaire en armoire)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 531
Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England (Baron Mayer de Rothschild)Baron Meyer de Rothschild ; Earls of Rosebery (until 1977; sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 20, 1977, lot 875) ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman (until 1986; to MMA)
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