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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. Proportioned for a stately public room or library, this musical clock is likely to have been the first Roentgen object to reach the United States, belonging to Gouverneur Morris, one of the nation’s founding fathers. Not only does it tell time, but it also displays the interior works, which are hidden in most clocks.
This clock, from The Nemours Foundation, 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
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Pair of bowls with covers (part of a toilet service)
Sugar bowl (or slop bowl from a tea set)
Pair of scent bottles (part of a toilet service)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 510
Marking:  b in pointed shield;
 Leopard's head crowned in pointed shield;
 Lion passant in rectangle;
 IS pellet below in shaped shield
Location of marks:
On underside of bowl (there are no marks on the cover)
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