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Carolyn Sargentson, independent art historian and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, outlines how changing social practices altered the designs and styles of furniture, both for the nobility and the lower classes.
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.
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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Plate with lion-dogs
Plate depicting a lady with parasol
Dish with a scene of tea cultivation (one of a pair)
Pouring vessel (Kendi) with lanscape
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 201
This ewer with the Portuguese royal arms is witness to the first East-West trade in Chinese porcelain carried on by the Portuguese in the mid-sixteenth century. The form is neither Chinese nor European; rather, it is based on an Islamic metalwork vessel made for the Near Eastern market that was appropriated for the new European trade. The Chinese painters have misunderstood the Portuguese coat of arms, which appears upside down.
Marking: Hsüan Tê nien hao (in underglaze blue, on underside within double circle)
Helena Woolworth McCann ; D.M. Hubrecht (until 1961; sale, Sotheby & Co., London, October 17, 1961, no. 107; to MMA)
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