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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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Beaker and saucer
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 508
The third factory in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain was founded in Venice in 1720 by Francesco Vezzi (1651–1740); it remained in operation for only seven years. The imperfections of the teapot's glaze reflect the experimental nature of porcelain at this time.
Marking:  Ven:a (in underglaze blue)
 Af (incised)
[ W. Agnew and Company, Ltd., London, England (until 1999; sold to MMA) ]
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