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See how this desk converts into a dressing table.
When closed, this table may not seem like one of the most complex pieces of European furniture ever made. However, once opened, its concealed drawers and hidden features are exposed, and the entire piece transforms into a dressing table, orpoudreuse. Scholars believe it was commissioned as a wedding gift from Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen (1743–1807) by Friedrich August III, Elector of Saxony, to his bride in 1769.
This table, from Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
Images courtesy of Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt.
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Signature: G. IACOBMarking: On the inside of back rail is pasted an old label which reads:
Garde Meuble de la Couronne
Ordre No. 99 du 25 février 1788
Fauteuil Meublant pour Le Salon des
Jeux du Roi à St. Cloud
Le Salon des Jeux du Roi, Château de Saint-Cloud, FranceLouis XVI, King of France (1788–89) ; Georges Hoentschel
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