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Discover the secret compartments of this writing table and see how it can be transformed into a private altar.
Perhaps the most exquisite and technically refined piece from German cabinetmaker Abraham Roentgen (1711–1793), this desk was made for his premier patron, the Catholic official Johann Philipp von Walderdorff. Its interior holds a multitude of drawers, panels, and compartments, in addition to sophisticated mechanical fittings that safeguard the elector’s privacy.
This writing table from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, is featured in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013). Learn more about the table: http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/collectie/BK-16676/bureau-op-s-vormige-poten-versierd-met-marqueterie.
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Signature: van Blarenberghe (painting on cover)Inscription: 438 (stamped inside bezel)Marking:  Keibel (in script) (maker's mark)
 The letter A and the reversed letter R in rectangle (mark of St. Petersburg assayer Alexander Ilitj Jaschinkov (w. 1795-1826) (see image)
 probably two-headed eagle in circle
 ET in rectangle (French mark for gold and silver imported from countries without customs conventions, 1864 to present)
Location of marks:
: inside bottom and cover
, : each twice inside bottom
 on bezel and on rim of cover
Marquis de Thuisy (until 1901; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 30–31, 1901, cat. 134)
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