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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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Desk chair (Fauteuil de bureau)
Writing table (Bureau plat)
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Marking: Three brand marks of the initials C M J surmounted by a princely or ducal crown on the under side of the seat rail between the legs of this chair, and can be interpreted as collectors' marks of Caroline and Joachim Murat.
possibly from the collection of Prince Joachim Murat, later King of Naples ; Georges Hoentschel
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