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Abraham and David Roentgen were renowned German cabinetmakers whose workshop was famed throughout Europe for its exquisite marquetry work and complex mechanical devices. Exquisitely constructed, the case of this clock boasts finely detailed marquetry designs and a multitude of functions, including dials that indicate the time in ten of the most important cities in the world.
This clock is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013). See Collections to learn more about this clock.
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Cup and saucer with butterflies
Jar with cover
Pharmacy jar with cover
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 201
The imitation of Japanese porcelain was a priority at Chantilly, where the prince de Condé established a porcelain factory in 1730. His collection of Asian ceramics may have served as direct models for pieces made at Chantilly. This jar copies a Japanese form. The painted scenes are derived from print by Jean-Antoine Fraisse (ca. 1680–1739), whose Book of Chinese Designs (1735) was a source of motifs for the factory’s painters.
Marking: Hunting horn (in red on base)
Mme. Helen Dupuy (until 1948; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 2–3, 1948, no. 131; sold to Wilson)
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