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The inventive talents of David Roentgen are evident in this exceptionally refined desk. The monogram "DR" inlaid beneath the keyhole on the lower drawer indicates the cabinetmaker's satisfaction with one of his most mechanically ingenuous creations: a single key inserted at different depths unlocks the center drawer, releases the rolltop, or releases the hidden side drawers; if a button is pressed on the underside of these drawers, each swings aside to reveal three other drawers. Above the rolltop, the rectangular structure consists of a single wide drawer. The artist's creativity is evident in the chinoiserie marquetry scenes, created by using minute pieces of naturally colored exotic woods that have a painterly effect.
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This desk is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 533
Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718-44:Du Paquier potters clearly were familiar with Chinese teawares, as they imitated and adapted their forms. Here, both the four-cornered shape and the arched sections of the foot were copied from Chinese models. The brown ground, also Chinese in origin, is a rare example of the use of a ground color at Du Paquier; inside the cartouches are chinoiserie scenes in the Meissen style of Johann Gregorious Höroldt (1696–1775).
Karl Mayer (until 1928; sale, Auktionshaus für Altertümer, Vienna, November 19, 1928, no. 38); Heinrich and Lisa Arnhold ; [ E. Pinkus , New York, before 1954]
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