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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.
David Roentgen: Long-Case Clock
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Signature: Signed and dated: (on stone block, below column, in reverse) BOUCHEP/ 1736
Boulard de Gatellier (until 1896; sold to Joel Duveen) ; [ Joel Duveen (purchased in 1898) ] ; R. W. Hudson (from 1900) ; George Blumenthal (from ca. 1928) ; by descent, Mary Ann Robertson (until 1964; to MMA)
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