Thomas P. Campbell
Preface and Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
From Rococo Playfulness to Neoclassical Elegance: Abraham and David Roentgen as Europe's Principal Cabinetmakers
Abraham and David Roentgen: Moravian Artisan and Merchant-Diplomat
A Unique Relationship: Charles Alexander of Lorraine and David Roentgen
David Roentgen and the Court of Versailles
David Roentgen under the "Special Protection" of the King of Prussia
Neuwied Furniture and the Russian Luxury Market
The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens
The Hidden History of a Roentgen Commode
Painting in Wood: Innovations in Marquetry Decoration by the Roentgen Workshop
Hidden Technology in Roentgen Furniture
Daniela Meyer and Hans-Werner Pape
Checklist of the Exhibition
"With a catalogue that provides the first scholarly treatment of the subject in English in more than 30 years, it promises to be one of the most significant furniture exhibitions of the decade."
The New York Times
“… the book, by Mr. Koeppe and other international scholars, puts this art in a radically new perspective…Should you miss the show, do not ignore a book that lays the foundation of a new approach to the decorative arts as part of a cultural process.”
The Magazine Antiques
"This resplendent catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition is worthy of its subject ... impressive essays on the Roentgens, their working methods, and their world ... the fascinating story is at once artistic, social and spiritual."
Australian Book Review
"This superbly illustrated book has essays by a team of experts, led by Wolfram Koeppe, on a range of the Roentgens' activities, their lives, and their relationships with key patrons, followed by brief object-specific essays on each of the pieces of furniture included in the exhibition. It is a model publications on decorative arts of the most extravagant and inventive kind."