Armchair en cabriolet

David Roentgen German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

Well-known for intricate mechanical furniture and fine marquetry, the production of chairs was never a substantial output of the Roentgen workshop. In contrast to other cabinetmakers, his guild-exempt status allowed David Roentgen to make both case furniture as well as seat furniture. This neoclassical example incorporates an arched top rail with gilt-bronze knobs most likely for the loops of a cushion in order to make the backrest with its coiling serpents more comfortable for the user.

Armchair en cabriolet, David Roentgen (German, Herrnhaag 1743–1807 Wiesbaden, master 1780), Mahogany, gilt bronze, brass; modern suede upholstery, German, Neuwied am Rhein

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