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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.
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 (one of a pair)
Upright Baskets of Flowers
Flowers in a Vase
[Flowers Arranged in a Glass Vase]
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 510
The beautifully painted flower baskets on these two dishes derive from French engravings based on the work of Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1634-1699). On the back of each dish are the arms of a Scottish family named French from Berwickshire.
[ Antique Porcelain Co. , New York, 1962; sold to MMA ]
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