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Wolfram Koeppe, the Marina Kellen French Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses the intricate furniture designs created by Abraham and David Roentgen. The father-and-son team created innovative designs that were combined with intriguing mechanical devices to revolutionize traditional French and English furniture types.
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.
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Inscription: (in panel at center of top border) COSILIAT CANTV IVVENV PARIS OMNIV AMORE/DAT SOCYS FRVCTVS BALNEA MVLTA PETENS; (on bottom edge of Paris's tunic) ALEXAI (ALEXAAI?) (Free translation: Paris by his song gains the love of all the youths/He gives his companions fruits and visits [or seeks] many baths, by M. Milne, 26 N 46)
[ Christie, Manson and Woods , London, May 18, 1911, no. 103; sold to Bush ] ; [ French and Co., New York ; sold to H. Edward Manville ] ; H. Edward Manville , Pleasantville, New York (until 1941; to MMA)
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