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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.
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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Marie Antoinette (1755–1793)
The Prince Imperial with his Dog Nero
Louis XVI (1754–1793, r. 1774–93)
Etienne François de Choiseul, duc de Choiseul (1719–1785)
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Marking: Script L, R incised on top of plinth (approval mark of Josse-François-Joseph Le Riche (1741-1812), director of sculpture studio 1780-1801.
John A. Rutherfurd (until 1905; to MMA)
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