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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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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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