Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • David Roentgen and Company in Saint Petersburg, 1784–86
    Johann Friedrich Anthing (German, ca. 1753–1805)
    Cut paper, ink, watercolor, gold foil

    sheet 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (45.3 x 60.6 cm)
    Gift of Leopold Heinemann, 1948 (48.73.1)

    David Roentgen (second from right) is received by Strekaloff (with the long pipe), private secretary to the empress, to close a contract for a substantial order of furniture. Stephan Fedorovitsch, the imperial cabinet registrar, takes notes. The medallions above show Catherine the Great flanked by Grand Duke Paul and Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna. The figure at left, who places a key in a strong box, wears the typical pointed cap of a German journeyman, and a plane on the table points to his profession. He could be Johann Wilhelm Kronrath, who accompanied David on his voyage to Russia. The boxes displayed nearby are typical examples of that extraordinary period when French market demands and the rising numbers of orders from Saint Petersburg overlapped, creating the heyday of the Roentgen workshop, with an annual turnover that often reached that of the renowned Meissen porcelain factory.

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  • David Roentgen and Company in Saint Petersburg, 1784–86
    Johann Friedrich Anthing (German, ca. 1753–1805)
    Cut paper, ink, watercolor, gold foil

    sheet 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (45.3 x 60.6 cm)
    Gift of Leopold Heinemann, 1948 (48.73.1)

    Reminder of overdue payment

    Ink on paper

    The reminder over the sum of 26,000 rubles, dated June 22, 1789, was written by David Roentgen in Saint Petersburg. It refers to the order the installation of three cabinets (from a set of five) for the Hermitage Palace sixteen months earlier. Roentgen designed these cabinets, each with one hundred drawers, to house parts of the cameo and medal collections of Catherine the Great.

    From the estate of David Roentgen. Thomas J. Watson Library, Gift of Leopold Heinemann, 1948


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