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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. Lavishly embellished and expertly crafted, the Apollo clock is one of the best-known pieces of Roentgen furniture.
This clock, from Roentgen-Museum, Neuwied, 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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Desk (Bonheur du Jour)
Small writing desk (Bonheur du jour) (one of a pair)
Desk (Bonheur du jour) (one of a pair)
Drop-front secretary on a stand (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
Upright Secretary (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 539
Inscription: 19th century paper label (affixed to underside) with ink inscription: EARL SPENCERMarking: see catalogue cards
Spencer House, London, England (Fifth Earl Spencer)Fifth Earl of Spencer (by 1862) ; William Astor ; 3rd Viscount Astor (until 1967; sale, Christie's, London, June 29, 1967, lot 95; to Linsky); Jack and Belle Linsky (1967–82; to MMA)
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