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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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Vase with cover
Vase (one of a pair)
Toilet jar with cover
Bottle cooler (Seaux à demi-bouteille) (one of a pair)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 551
This small globular vase is the surviving bottom half of what was known as a double gourd vase. It dates from the earliest years of the Saint-Cloud manufactory, the first in France to produce artificial or soft-paste porcelain commercially. The decoration in cobalt blue reflects the influence of imported Chinese porcelains, but the designs of arabesques and fantastic creatures is French in origin.
Marking: pseudo-Chinese calligraphy
Karrick Riggs (until 1947; Pauline Riggs Noyes sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, February 7, 1947, no. 69; sold to Bensimon); [ Gaston Bensimon , New York, before 1950; sold to Wilson ]
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