Watch a video to find out.
Stay logged in
Go to Navigation
Go to Content
Go to Search
Search the collections
Please enable flash to view this media. Download the flash player.
Please enable flash to view this media.
Download the flash player.
See how this desk converts into a dressing table.
When closed, this table may not seem like one of the most complex pieces of European furniture ever made. However, once opened, its concealed drawers and hidden features are exposed, and the entire piece transforms into a dressing table, orpoudreuse. Scholars believe it was commissioned as a wedding gift from Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen (1743–1807) by Friedrich August III, Elector of Saxony, to his bride in 1769.
This table, from Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013).
Images courtesy of Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt.
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet
(00:02:20) 10613 views
Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Demonstration
(00:02:17) 16640 views
Rolltop Desk by David Roentgen: Animation
(00:01:00) 3015 views
Vase (Jasmin Japonais)
Medici vase with a scene of the park at Saint-Cloud (one of a pair)
Vase (Vase gothique Fragonard) (one of a pair)
Vase with cover
Browse current and upcoming exhibitions and events.
This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 556
At the end of the nineteenth century French potters were strongly influenced by the naturalistic forms and variegated glazes of Asian ceramics. In 1900 at Sèvres, Léon Kann designed a number of gourd-shaped vases. The mellifluous lines and subtly graded coloring of this example merge an Asian aesthetic with the last flowering of the Art Nouveau style. A gentle spiral movement is sustained by the curve of the flowering vine and the artful placement of the snails.
Signature: [incised under glaze near base]: L KannMarking: [on underside, stamped in black]: S / 1900 in triangle (factory mark designating pâte nouvelle, 1900–11); [on underside, incised]: (see thumbnail sketch)
[ Lillian Nassau, Inc. , New York (until 1989; sold to MMA) ]
© 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.