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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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Vase (one of a pair)
Plate with tiger and bamboo
Chocolate cup and saucer with dragons and phoenixes
Teapot in the shape of a peach (cadogan type)
Teapot with equestrian scene
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 201
The form of this vase is Chinese in origin, but the decoration freely combines Chinese and Japanese motifs. The vases can be dated to 1733, the only year in which the mark on the base was in use.
Marking: FA in underglaze blue on underside
Lesley and Emma Sheafer
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