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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. Exquisitely constructed, the case of this clock boasts finely detailed marquetry designs and a multitude of functions, including dials that indicate the time in ten of the most important cities in the world.
This clock is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013). See Collections to learn more about this clock.
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
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Pomade pot with cover
Wine bottle cooler (one of a pair)
Mustard pot with cover and stand
Jar with cover
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The widespread use of beauty products in eighteenth-century France inspired the creation of porcelain toilet jars, or pots à fard, in different sizes, sometimes provided with silver mounts.
Marking:  Hunting horn (Chantilly factory mark, in red, on bottom)
 Possibly dog's head on silver rim (Paris discharge mark for small silver, 1732-38)
Catherine Hannon Auchincloss (until 1993; to MMA)
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