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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. Lavishly embellished and expertly crafted, the Apollo clock is one of the best-known pieces of Roentgen furniture.
This clock, from Roentgen-Museum, Neuwied, is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet
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Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Demonstration
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Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Animation
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Maria Magdalena, Archduchess of Austria, Grand-Duchess of Tuscany
Louis XIII, King of France (b. 1601, r. 1610-43)
Louis XIII, King of France (b. 1601, r. 1610-43) and Anne of Austria, his consort (1601-66)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 544
Coiffed and bejeweled in the height of turn-of-the-century courtly fashion, a female nude reclines in a pool of water. The overturned urn and the cornucopia she holds identify her as a personification of a natural spring, a favorite subject of the School of Fontainebleau. The scoop shape suggests that the cup was a toilet accessory, possibly used for bathing, although its fine state of preservation indicates that it likely served a purely decorative function.
Marking: On stickers:
2] 6761 (Berwind list number)
Possibly Émile Gavet (until 1897, possibly this piece; sale, Collection de M. Emile Gavet, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 31–June 9, 1897, no. 514)
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