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The inventive talents of David Roentgen are evident in this exceptionally refined desk. The monogram "DR" inlaid beneath the keyhole on the lower drawer indicates the cabinetmaker's satisfaction with one of his most mechanically ingenuous creations: a single key inserted at different depths unlocks the center drawer, releases the rolltop, or releases the hidden side drawers; if a button is pressed on the underside of these drawers, each swings aside to reveal three other drawers. Above the rolltop, the rectangular structure consists of a single wide drawer. The artist's creativity is evident in the chinoiserie marquetry scenes, created by using minute pieces of naturally colored exotic woods that have a painterly effect.
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This desk is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 554
Signature: J.M.H. (in red inside foot)Inscription: Copernicus: (in gold panel below) Copernic. Systeme planétaire
(in banderoles) Motu/octave spherae
(in shield above) Thom.
Gutenberg: (in panel below) Guttemberg invente l'imprimerie en 1446
(in banderoles) abcdefghilm(n)o/...eccellisMarking:  Crowned monogram LP, SEVRES 1844 printed in blue (factory mark 1834-48)
 32-2 incised
 unidentified mark incised
[ sale, Arcole , Paris, 27 June 1989, lot 82 ] ; Guy Stair Sainty
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